Hangin’ Out to Dry

A performance by artist Isabelle Garbani

July 14 and July 15
1:00-5:00 PM                                                                                                              

Performance begins at 2:00

Power is a continuum: one can exert power over someone, while at the same time, being oppressed by an entire group. Power struggles between gender is at the center of “Hangin’ Out to Dry”, a performance installation by local fiber artist Isabelle Garbani. Using yarn from unfinished or abandoned knitted projects by women, who donated the yarn for the artwork, the artist wants to start a conversation about the power of appropriation and asks the audience to consider how we, as women get power.

Naming a New Era:

Artist talk and conversation by M Cem Mengüç

July 19
7:00-9:00 PM

The term teleocene was inspired by the contemporary debates regarding how to name the current epoch of climate change. Geologists have proposed the term anthropocene to describe the era starting from the emergence of significant human impact on the Earth’s geology. Some of their critiques argued that the term capitolocene may be a better choice since the current epoch is a result of our economic misbehavior.

With teleocene, Mengüç suggests that the current era is also an epoch of new collective romanticisms. We watch the climate change and the destruction of our ecology in an inactive and disengaged manner while mesmerized by its imagery. We pretend that the apocalypse that is dawning upon us has its own purpose and logic, and it progresses beyond our control and comprehension, hence it is a teleological matter. We replace facts with fiction, truths with lies, and life with death.
Teleocene is at best a proposal meant to start a conversation.

M Cem Mengüç is an artist, writer and a historian who holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge.