Saturday, November 27: Experimental Art Space 1646 welcomes you to performance, video and sounds that, together, form the first manifestation of Baha Görkem Yalim's time at the1646 residency in The Hague. The practice of Baha Görkem Yalım (DAI, 2018) is often an encounter between poetry, fiction and academic reflection. During their time at the residency, Yalım explored Herman Melville’s seminal novel Moby Dick, and found it to be a document of exaggerated, obsessive enthusiasm or preoccupation with one thing. Thus Yalım began writing an auto-fictional novella, fusing their own memories with meticulous details from each chapter of Moby Dick.
“When the world is ending, there is a childish urge to become one’s own arc. This Mobius strip turns on itself by memory’s formless form. There is solastalgia, emotional or existential distress caused by change -from climate catastrophe to a journey into a remote location, into a remote emotion, a remote memory- married with a strange comfort. In “for the time being, Moby Dick”, the body dissolves into its environment and contaminates everything it touches. It dissolves by an act of writing, a culmination of different forms of writing, writing in its broadest sense.”
What can an uncompromising body of work; the obsessive enthusiasm or preoccupation with one thing; an arc, mean for an artist? Yalım manages to invert the novel’s content by turning it into a piece of auto-fiction, though still maintaining its structure as a reshuffling of its syntax. With “for the time being, Moby Dick” revolving around this question, the artist draws and writes with words, images, the body and water, giving matter form to dissolve it back again.
Performances take place at 14:00 and 17:00. N.B. This is a seated event. Each attendee will be asked to provide a corona QR-code at the door. Please maintain 1,5m distance and wear a face mask at the venue.