ayse erkmen at venice art biennale 2011: plan B ayse erkmen at venice art biennale 2011: plan B
jun 05, 2011

ayse erkmen at venice art biennale 2011: plan B

ayse erkmen’s work ‘plan B’ at arsenale image © designboom

turkish artist ayşe erkmen’s sculptural installation ‘plan B’ draws on the ineluctable and complex relationship venice has with water. her project transforms a 300 sq. meter room inside the arsenale into a complex water purification unit where machines perform as sculptures, encompassing the audience inside of the filtration process, which eventually provides clean, drinkable water back to the canal.

the project transforms a room inside the arsenale into a complex water purification unit where machines perform as sculptures, enveloping the audience inside of the filtration process that provides clean, drinkable water back to the canal image © designboom

drinking water is a subject that interests and affects people in many ways. the BERU 4000/800 plant consists of a pre-filtration with backflushing-enabled disc filters, ultrafiltration and reverse osmosis. it can supply about 4,000 litres of drinking water per hour. each component of the filtration unit has been separated out, humorously disseminating the machinery throughout the room then reconnecting the elements with extended pipes. erkmen choreographs the elegant industrial forms to draw attention to the process of transformation, at the end of which, the purified water is returned to the canal: a futile, yet courageous gesture against the overwhelming scale of the canal and the ocean.

ayse erkmen’s work ‘plan B’ at arsenale image © designboom

‘plan B’ abstractly conveys systems and processes that we are part of daily: blood circulating through the body, capital flowing through borders, the mechanisms of authority, the supply of natural resources. while proffering a poetic reference to the potentiality of change, the work is simultaneously a subtle, humorous critique of the euphoria for unsustainable short-lived solutions within the complex systems and structures that surround us.

each component of the filtration unit has been separated out, disseminating the machinery throughout the room then reconnecting the elements with extended pipes. image © designboom ‘plan B’ refers to the back up plan when the hypothetical ‘plan A’ fails. this expression becomes a common feature of conversation in the build up to the venice biennale with the myriad of planning and production issues it presents, and the competitive temperament that its scale and style provokes.

ayse erkmen’s work ‘plan B’ at arsenale image © designboom

ayse erkmen’s work ‘plan B’ at arsenale image © designboom

ayse erkmen’s work ‘plan B’ at arsenale image © designboom

ayse erkmen’s work ‘plan B’ at arsenale image © designboom

ayse erkmen’s work ‘plan B’ at arsenale image © designboom

ayse erkmen’s work ‘plan B’ at arsenale image © designboom

ayse erkmen was given a room with a window in the arsenale — her artwork entitled ‘planB’ makes use of it. from here the canal water enters the room in violet pipes and, after the cleaning process, returns into the canal through turquoise pipes image © designboom ayse erkmen portrait © designboom

ayse erkmen offers konstantin grcic a glass of purified water image © designboom

a tote bag that contained the catalogue of the exhibition was designed by industrial designer konstantin grcic and attracted considerable attention

the pavilion of turkey is is located at the artiglierie, in the arsenale complex, and was curated by fulya erdemci, with danae mossman as curatorial collaborator. the exhibition has been organised by the istanbul foundation for culture and arts (İKSV), and is sponsored by FIAT. it is realised under the auspices of turkish ministry of foreign affairs, with the contribution of the promotion fund of the turkish prime ministry.

venice art biennale 2011 the 54th international art exhibition, with the title of ILLUminations (ILLUMInazioni), curated by swiss art historian bice curiger — the curator of the zurich kunsthaus and co-founder of the art magazine ‘parkett’ — opened today, on saturday june 4th and will be accessible to the public until november 27th, 2011.

  • And another way to dig in for the project http://goo.gl/zwP9i

    Burak ozdelice says:
  • “a tote bag that contained the catalogue of the exhibition was designed by industrial designer konstantin grcic and attracted
    considerable attention.”

    Can we see a pic?

    Curious says:
  • image of tote bag has been added

    birgit-designboom says:
  • Looks like designboom bag!

    Plan db says:
  • plan db –
    that is what ayse commented too.

    massimo-designboom says:

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