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A Snapshot of Objectivity: Public Reconstruction of TV News in Collaboration with the Artist

A Snapshot of Objectivity: Public Reconstruction of TV News in Collaboration with the Artist A SNAPSHOT OF OBJECTIVITY Public Reconstruction of TV News in Collaboration with the Artist Âli Yurtsever and Zerrin Iren Boynudelik Anlik Görüntü/Snapshot, a performance by Isil Egrikavuk, PIST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space, Istanbul, January 7, 2007. We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are. Anais Nin O n a cold and wet January evening in 2007, the pedestrians of a busy street in central Istanbul couldn’t help but notice a bright TV monitor behind the display window of a corner shop. Those who approached to take a closer look could also hear the audio that was being fed to the street through a loudspeaker neatly placed on the windowsill. It must have been the news hour since the silver screen reflected that familiar image of a news studio, a trademark of our mass media-molded present reality. The high-tech minimalist decoration in the background, the anchorman with his formal dressing style and his semi-authoritarian reassuring face, and his neat table with almost nothing on it were all properly framed within the respectful medium close-up the studio’s pivot camera captured. Even if you could not tell which network it was and could probably not recognize the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

A Snapshot of Objectivity: Public Reconstruction of TV News in Collaboration with the Artist

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
© 2009 Âli Yurtsever and Zerrin Iren Boynudelik
ISSN
1520-281X
eISSN
1537-9477
DOI
10.1162/pajj.2009.31.2.78
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Abstract

A SNAPSHOT OF OBJECTIVITY Public Reconstruction of TV News in Collaboration with the Artist Âli Yurtsever and Zerrin Iren Boynudelik Anlik Görüntü/Snapshot, a performance by Isil Egrikavuk, PIST/// Interdisciplinary Project Space, Istanbul, January 7, 2007. We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are. Anais Nin O n a cold and wet January evening in 2007, the pedestrians of a busy street in central Istanbul couldn’t help but notice a bright TV monitor behind the display window of a corner shop. Those who approached to take a closer look could also hear the audio that was being fed to the street through a loudspeaker neatly placed on the windowsill. It must have been the news hour since the silver screen reflected that familiar image of a news studio, a trademark of our mass media-molded present reality. The high-tech minimalist decoration in the background, the anchorman with his formal dressing style and his semi-authoritarian reassuring face, and his neat table with almost nothing on it were all properly framed within the respectful medium close-up the studio’s pivot camera captured. Even if you could not tell which network it was and could probably not recognize the

Journal

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: May 1, 2009

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