Yeryüzü+Gökyüzü // Zenith+Nadir
This project was a performance at the Konak Clock Tower, in Izmir, Turkey. The Clock Tower was designed by Raymond Charles Père, and built in 1901, as a gift from Emperor Wilhelm II to Sultan Abdülhamid II. It was designed for a much smaller plaza than exists today. Over the last century, the plaza was gradually widened into a vast expanse surrounded by headquarters for government agencies and security forces.
The widening of the plaza unintentionally opened up the alternative possibility of the Clock tower acting as sundial, a much older kind of clock. The project utilizes the 20 segments of the plaza paving as 36-minute intervals by which to record the shadow of the Tower on the 21st of June, the longest day of 2013. The performance was based on the rituals of plane table surveying, with the drawing table circumambulating the Tower over the course of the day, and scaled using a miniature souvenir of the Tower.
The project took place at the height of the Gezi protests throughout Turkey, when the atmosphere in public spaces was especially tense. The drawing recorded not only the shadow of the Tower, but also conversations with undercover cops, journalists, curious passerby, and fortune-tellers in the plaza, over the course of that day.
The satellite tower and its drawing were later used to re-project the path of the sun across the sky during that day, at 49A, an independent art space in Izmir. This construction is a spatial projection of the intersection between a rotation (of the earth) and a revolution (of an individual).