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, “the modernizer,” who had abolished the fledgling Ottoman Parliament in favor of his own autocratic rule. It was designed for a much smaller plaza than exists today. Over the last century, the plaza was gradually widened into a vast expanse encircled by headquarters for government agencies and security forces.

The widening of the plaza opened up the alternative possibility of the clock tower acting as sundial, a more archaic clock. The project utilized 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. It also drew inspiration from the “Standing Man” protests taking place at the same time, as part of the larger Gezi Park protests throughout Turkey.

 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 the 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. The construction wove together my revolution around the tower with the earth’s rotation around its axis.