Why Turks are good at protesting

…he Turkish uprising started as a peaceful sit-in against the demolition of Taksim Gezi Park and spread in a matter of days to become a country-wide protest against the government and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Soon after the initial display of opposition in the streets, it evolved into a series of sometimes violent encounters between the police and unarmed demonstrators. The iconic photo of the woman in red being tear-gassed at close ran…

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Three Sided Football

…as Büsch and Louisa Döderlein) to make this match an unforgettable ‘spectacle’.- With this match we will offering a positive contribution to the recent protests in Turkey…. Read more… The After Match on Taksim Thomas Büsch In the frame of the Three Sided Football match in the afternoon, the squads played an after match late at night on Taksim Square in front of Gezi Park…. Read more……

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Searching Traces

…m İstanbul (Harbiye Çayırı Sokak No:3, Kat:3-4 Kısmet İş Merkezi, Elmadağ, Taksim). Whirling is not the main objective of these studies but a mere means to reach it. Whirls help unfold the true energy of the participants by shaking their physical and mental states. Apply for the Workshop!   Everybody interested in the age of minimum 18 years is welcome to attend, no matter of professions or previous dance experience. Azazi pays individual attentio…

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Protests after the Referendum in Turkey

…text of the referendum. Groups like ‘Haziran Hareketi’ (June Movement) or ‘Taksim Gezi Parkı Derneği’ (Taksim Gezi Park Association) that were founded in 2013 called for protests via Twitter or Facebook. A lot of fotos and videos exists on social media with the hashtags #hayırbizkazandik, #hayırdahabitmedi, #hayır or #YSK whereas the official Turkish media doesn’t report much about protests following of the government’s censorship. Although the co…

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Philosophers become cultured barbarians in city of protest

…sts Thomas and Sabine invited the three teams back to their apartment near Taksim Square and Gezi Park, the root of the initial protests in June when the government revealed they were going to build a shopping mall on the park. Thomas and Sabine were incredible hosts: nothing was too much trouble for them and they showed genuine warmth toward us and seemed to think the day was a great success. Their apartment was a wonder and overlooked the Bospho…

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Genco Gülan: The King beheading himself

…co Gülan installed his work “the King eating his head” at Gezi Park and on Taksim Square. A sculpture made out of one of the gas capsules, Gülan had been exposed to while trying to attend to the protest in Gezi Park. The high quality of different artistic contributions ennobled the uprisings in Turkey around the small Gezi Park at Taksim Square. What first seemed to be a sudden outburst of public anger was in fact a long emerging process including…

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B-fact (Black Sea, Baltic Sea, Barents Sea)

…ear in other places) included two other segments in different venues. Near Taksim Square, the heart of contemporary Istanbul and the elegant Marmara Hotel, a street-level foyer was the site of Bathers (2001–03), a video by Elina Brotherus. On three large facing screens nude Finnish bathers slipped in and out of a cool Northern lake, dispassionately entering and exiting the vision of the stationary camera. Brotherus’s piece is about the ordinary ev…

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Tencere Tava Havasi / Sound of Pots and Pans

…t. The occupation of Gezi Park, the still standing of man and woman at the Taksim-Square as well as the kitchenware-protests across Istanbul are primarily a defense of public space.   Inspiring uprising The artistic spirit of the Gezi-Park movement is just phenomenous. Ignoring ethnic backgrounds, political views and even football-team preferences, people are protesting in concert and creating in common.   The latest innovation of some of the Capu…

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Transformation of Istiklal Avenue

…ot, Beyoğlu became one of the most popular going out areas worldwide. 2013 Taksim Square and İstiklal Caddesi were a platform for mass demonstrations.The Protests started end of April when the police prevented a protest against the demolition of the Gezi Park beside Taksim Square violently. In 2016 a bomb attack by the IS hit the street, in summer the failed coup d’etat and the state of emergency hit tourism. The tremendous presence of security fo…

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