Video and performances

2010

THISTLES OF SAZAK

2009

HESA FREDRIK

02.09 min. / 2009, Stockholm / Hakan Akçura

sv: En skränig ljud- och händelseblandning med krockande betydelsevärldar. Titeln Hesa Fredrik syftar på krigssirénen som ljuder kl 15.00 första måndagen i varje månad.

eng: A blatant sound and event mixing with the crash of different meanings of worlds. Fake Rio Carnivals street show and Afghan immigrants hunger strike with “Hesa Fredrik” at the same time on center of Stockholm.  The title Hesa Fredrik aimed at war sirens that sounds at 15:00 first Monday of each month at Stockholm and all big cities of Sweden.

tr: Bu kısa videoda Stockholm’un en merkezi meydanı Sergelstorg’de üç olayın birlikte kaydı sözkonusu: Afgan mültecilerin açlık grevi, daha çok salsa hayranı isveçlilerin itibar ettiği ve Rio’yla aynı zamanda düzenlenen sahte karnaval geçidi ile “Hesa Fredrik”. “Hesa Fredrik”, buraların en tuhaf adeti, her ayın ilk pazartesi günü saat 15:00′de yayınlanan ve önce ‘olağanüstü durum’u, ardından bu durumun geçip gittiğini bildiren mutad şehir sirenlerinin argodaki adı… (Tam çevirisi, “sesi -bağırmaktan- kısık Fredrik”. Hasbelkader İsveç’in şimdiki Başbakanı ile adaş…) Herkesi olası bir hava saldırısı karşısında hazır mı tuttuğu yoksa giderek daha kayıtsız mı kıldığı tartışılır olan güçlü uyarı sirenleri…

VARFÖR INTE?

WHY NOT? / NEDEN OLMASIN?

04.19 min. / 2009, Stockholm / Hakan Akçura

sv: Hur vore det med en sådan signal i dagens Sverige?

eng: “Why not?” is a one of the little suggestion for Stockholms daily life: On the subway, instead of so “clear” swedish voice, 15 years Swedish immigrant’s accent announcements… It seems to be innocent to you I know, but you can’t imagine how a strong taboo is that  in Sweden.

tr: “Neden olmasın?”, sayısının bayağı kabarık olduğunu -yüz binleri bulduğunu- düşündüğüm gizli ve tabii ki diğer az sayıdaki bilinir, gürünür isveç ırkçısının kabusu olabilecek çok basit bir öneriyi, olasılığı kurguluyor: Metroların kaydedilmiş, yol yordam, durak belirtir mükemmel isveççe konuşan kadın sesinin, 25 yıldır buralarda yaşayan bir göçmenin sesiyle yer değiştirmesi. Küçük bir aksan sorunu yani sadece!

2008

“LOOK WHAT BEAUTIFUL SEASHELLS!”

(Recording four and five)

Turkish&swedish with english subtitles / 12.28 min. / Image: 04.05.2008 15:43, Stockholm Highway, Sweden / Voice:03.05.2008 18:03, Möja Island, Sweden / Hakan Akçura, Stockholm, 2008

> med svensk text

>türkçe altyazıyla

RUSH HOUR

(Recording three)

03.17 min / Stockholm, November 2008 / Hakan Akçura

GERÇEKLER BİLİNSİN YETER

Üç ayrı kimliğiyle Abdülkadir Aygan’ın ya da Türkiye’nin karanlık 22 yılının portresi

Kayıt iki / 210.35 dakika / Stockholm, Haziran 2008 /  Hakan Akçura

IT IS ENOUGH THAT THE TRUTH COMES OUT

(Recording two)

210.35 min. / Stockholm, June 2008 / Hakan Akçura

Abdulkadir Aygan was one of the PKK (The Kurdistan Workers Party) guerrillas, between 1977 and 1985 in Turkey. He was a kontr-guerilla working in Turkish Armies special gladio team called JITEM (Gendarmerie Intelligence and Counterterrorism) between 1991 and 1999 too.

This recording include all his confessions from this 22 years. Aygan is now a refugee in Sweden and living with his family under the Swedish Secret Police security. Hakan Akcura found and conviced him for this long interview and talked with Aygans three identities when he was sitting on three different chairs with three different clothes, facing three different angles.

CATHARSIS

(Recording one)

05.17 min / Stockholm, May 2008 / Hakan Akçura

sv: Från “den andra sidan” av Gamla Stan. Några invandrarungdomar rappar på sitt hemspråk. En catharsis för våra invandrare, något som alla stora städer i Europa behöver anser Hakan Akcura.

eng: Gamla Stan is the center area of Stockholm. Oldest and more touristic zone of the city.

Other side of the Gamla Stan subway station is seeing inland sea, have a nice panorama but trashy…

When I recorded some scenes at this area a few young men which were high came up to me and wanted to do “rap” in front of my camera.

I said: “Okay!” and recorded them.

I was only a recorder and a witness.

All big cities in Europe need this kind of purifications. Immigrants could help.

I’m sure.

60 SECONDS

(An other suggestion of nightmare for G. W. Bush)

05.51 min / Stockholm, 2008 / Hakan Akçura

A neo-fluxus art interference

Caution: This artistic video include brutal images.

GOOD MORNING

8 + 87 min / Stockholm, 2008 / Hakan Akçura

This video performance have been formed with two parts: “Epilog” and “Good Morning”.

In “Epilog” (8 min) I explaining why did I made this videoperformance in my kitchen when I smoked cigarette, drunk tea and read daily newspaper at 29th June 2007 (05:15 AM).

Second part by name “Good Morning” (87 min) include my same mornings (06:30 AM) video performance at Stockholms suburban train station by name Jakobsberg when I dealed out free daily newspapers to peoples with my thousands “good morning”. It was the my selected, decided way for directly communication with my clients. It was the my selected, decided calling way for get their answers to me and directly communications with me.

2007

MR. PRESIDENT LET ME CHALLENGE TO YOU FACE HIS (1- 2)

(A suggestion of nightmare for G. W. Bush)

A neo-fluxus art interference

04.19 min / Stockholm, 9.1.2007 and 15.1.2007 / Hakan Akçura

Transformed and re-edited anonymous mobile phone records of Saddam Hussein’s execution.

Caution: This artistic video include brutal images.

About:

“Akçura is an artist who doesn’t keep his views to himself. The execution of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s affected him deeply and he aroused a bit of international interest when he changed the face of the overthrown Iraqi leader lying in the morgue with that of U.S. President George W. Bush. He posted the video on Youtube.

Two experimental videos titled ‘Mr. President let me challenge you to face his,’ which show Bush in a provocative way during the execution process of Saddam made it to the most watched videos section of the ‘Arts and Animations’ category rapidly in January. But not for long.

The videos were taken off the Web site with claims that the video embraced violence. Akçura said: ‘It was said that my video included violence. It was virtual, yet the real execution images were displayed to billions of people on TVs everyday hundreds of times.’ The artist says that he sent the video to the White House as part of his virtual campaign for justice.

After Youtube blocked his work, the artist posted the video on Google Video. He mentions that they also blocked it after a short period and his reaction is ‘My search for justice got stuck in virtual censor.’

Akçura’s censored video has been shown at the New York Scope Art Fair 2007.”

Caution: This artistic movie include brutal images.

2006

OPEN LETTER TO THE SWEDISH MIGRATION BOARD

ÖPPET BREV TILL MIGRATIONSVERKET / İSVEÇ GÖÇMEN BÜROSU’NA AÇIK MEKTUP

115 min / turkish with swedish subtitles / Stockholm, 2006 / Hakan Akçura,

It’s my necessary open letters record to Swedish Migrations Board when I waited long time (10 months) for get my second residence permission.

This video performance evoked lots of comment and responces from the public opinion and media in Sweden and Turkey.

I called the board to humanly treatment for me and other waiting 10000 immigrants with my sincere explanation about my attitude, process and about Sweden and them.

2001

SOMETIMES WHEN I’M HIGH I WATCH TV

BEN BAZEN KAFAM KIYAKKEN TV İZLERİM

Video performans / 115 dakika / 2001, İstanbul / Hakan Akçura
(7. Uluslararası İstanbul Bienali ana kavramına yönelik bir tartışma önerisi: “Neden herhangi bir misyon için superegoyu meşru kılmalıyız ki?!”)

Ben bazen kafam kıyakken tv izlerim

Ben bazen kafam kıyakken tv izlerim

Från ”den andra sidan” av Gamla Stan. Några invandrarungdomar rappar på sitt hemspråk. En catharsis för våra invandrare, något som alla stora städer i Europa behöver anser Hakan Akcura.

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  1. I don’t necessarily agree with the above post, and would like to take to task a few of the OP’s points. Not everyone will see it this way and though I am one of them, I do respect your right to have your view. Either way I have enjoyed reading Video and performances Hakan Akcura – Open Flux.

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