I'm a Victim of This Song, 1995
, 5 min 6 s, colour, sound
Courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York
The Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist appropriates the song Wicked Game, by the American singer Chris Isaak, and what was originally a romantic performance imitating the archetypal crooner style of the 1950s becomes a hallucinogenic fantasia in which images from his personal diary are combined with psychedelic colours that lead the music into the realm of dreams and memory. The song is performed by the artist herself with her voice with the collaboration of one of her sons, who at times distorts his voice to extremes of horror.
Istanbul’s Seaside Leisure: Nostalgia from Sea Baths to Beaches exhibition brought together photographs, magazines, comics, objects, and books from various private and institutional collections, and told a nostalgic story while also addressing the change and socialization of the norms of how Istanbulites used their free time. Istanbul’s Seaside Leisure was a documentary testament of the radical transformations in the Republic’s lifestyle.
He had imagined the court room as a big place. It wasn’t. It was about the size of his living room, with an elevation at one end, with a dais on it. The judges and the attorneys sat there. Below it was an old wooden rail, worn out in some places. That was his place. There was another seat for his lawyer. At the back, about 20 or 30 chairs were stowed out for the non-existent crowd.
Inspired by the exhibition And Now the Good News, which focusing on the relationship between mass media and art, we prepared horoscope readings based on the chapters of the exhibition. Using the popular astrological language inspired by the effects of the movements of celestial bodies on people, these readings with references to the works in the exhibition make fictional future predictions inspired by the horoscope columns that we read in the newspapers with the desire to receive good news about our day.
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