Can Sungu – Oponašanje doma / Replaying Home

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Can Sungu – Replaying Home, 2013.

Photo by Robert Sošić

Oponašanje doma (2013.) bavi se krijumčarenjem iz Njemačke u Tursku, uglavnom posredstvom turskih „gostujućih radnika“ (gastarbajetera) koji žive u Njemačkoj. Brojni „prvi“ predmeti stigli su iz Njemačke u Tursku u prtljažnicima: kozmetika, elektronika, kvalitetna tekstilna roba itd. Videorekorderi i videovrpce, najznačajniji među tim prokrijumčarenim proizvodima, izrodili su novu kulturu videa u Turskoj. Videorekorderi uglavnom su se pridruživali televizorima u boji i smještali u omiljeni kutak dnevne sobe. Uključivali su se samo za uobičajene „video večeri“, svojevrsna društvena događanja na kojima su sudjelovali susjedi i rodbina. Videoteke gdje su se posuđivale videovrpce bile su prilično česte. Novo tržište videa širilo se u Turskoj, no doimalo se pomalo improvizirano ili „poluzakonito“, a na njemu su vladale umnožene ili prokrijumčarene videovrpce. Ova video instalacija dočarava „video kutak“ anonimne turske obitelji te donosi found footage video s odabranim prizorima s tih videovrpca, kao što su turski filmovi iz sedamdesetih i osamdesetih snimani u Njemačkoj, niskobudžetne video produkcije, prezentacijski filmovi turskih video studija u Njemačkoj, TV reklame, filmski foršpani i naslovne animacije.

Before the invention of cheap flights, cars were the most important means of long distance travel for Turkish “guest workers” (Gastarbeiter) living in Germany. Many “first” items were carried from Germany to Turkey in the trunk: Cosmetics, electronics, high quality textiles etc. Video recorders and videotapes, the most significant of these smuggled products, gave way to a new video culture in Turkey. The video recorders were mostly combined with colour TV’s and placed into the favourite corner of the living room. They were just turned on for regular “video nights” which were a sort of social events including the neighbours and the family. Video clubs where videotapes were rented for favourable prices were very commonplace.  The new video market rapidly grew in Turkey, but it was a bit improvised or “semi-legal” and mainly dominated by duplicated and smuggled videotapes.

The video installation, Replaying Home, recreates a “video corner” of an anonymous Turkish family and presents a found footage video includes selected cuts from some of these videotapes such as the Turkish movies from the 70’s and 80’s shot in Germany, low budget video productions, presentation films of Germany-based Turkish video studios, TV commercials, movie trailers and title animations.

Replaying Home offers a journey to a transit space where the memories meet up with the universe of videotapes. It is eclectic, but fragmented and even sometimes disrupted.

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Screenshots from the movie Replaying Home


eulogo   “With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union”

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