cura: 1. spiritual charge: care. 2. to restore to health and soundness, to bring about recovery: cure. 3. Root of the word “curator” in Latin; one who is responsible for the care of souls, later, one in charge of a museum, zoo, or other place of exhibit. 4. instrument with two or three strings that is used in folk music. 5. small sparrow. 6. the name of a short story written by Cevat Sakir Kabaagacli, also known as the Fisherman of Halicarnassus (A Flower Thrown to the Sea from the Aegean, 1972). 7. “The double sense of cura refers to care for something as concern, absorption in the world, but also care in the sense of devotion” Martin Heidegger

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Suggested Reading List/ Iz Oztat

I came acroos the texts below while researching for the residency:

Urry, John. The Tourist Gaze: Leisure and Travel in Contemporary Societies. London: Newbury Park: Sage Publications, 1990.

Hollein, Max and Ulrich, Matthias. All Inclusive. Tourist World. SNOECK Verlag, Cologne, 2008.
Preface by Max Hollein.

Colex, Alex, editor. Site-Specificity: The Ethnographic Turn. London: Black Dog Publishing, 2004
Interview with James Clifford, An Ethnographer in the Field.

Johnstone, Stephen, editor. The Everyday/ Documents of Contemporary Art. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2008.
Nikos Papastergiadis, extracts from "Everthing that Sorrounds: Art, Politics and Theories of the Everyday", In Everyday. 11 th Biannale of Sydney, 1998

Tan, Pelin. Spatiality, Resistance and the Production of Locality. 10th International Istanbul Biennial, 2007.

Tanyeli, Ugur. Holiday Habits of Turkish Citizens and Architecture.

Mapping the Contemporary Landscape
Below you will find translated summaries of recent newspaper clippings from Radikal Newspaper about Bodrum. Although it is a very subjective collection (very short period and only one newspaper), it gives an idea about the contemporary issues in the region.

“European Shore” Insurgence in Bodrum, 28th April, 2008
In Golturkbuku, where most celebrities choose to go for their vacation, the municipality started executing the “City Planning Project, which has a budget of 2.000.000 YTL. On the side of the beach known as the “Anatolian Side”*, which is mostly used by middle-class tourists, about 30 decks were taken down. The demolitions were stopped when the “European Side”* of the beach was reached, where more expensive hotels are. 100 signitures were collected with a petition protesting the injustice.
*It references the two sides, continents, of Istanbul, which is on both Europe and Asia.

Deprivation Zone Bodrum, May 04th, 2008
In Bodrum, where 100,000 tourists do open-water scuba diving each year, the decompression chamber cannot be operated because a doctor cannot be appointed.

The Ghost Appeared in Habur, Oktay Durukan, May 4th, Radikal Iki, 2008
The article is about 18 refugess, who were caught trying to pass the Aegian sea to arrive at Greece. Once caught, they were brought to a river, Dicle, at the boder of Iraq. They were forced to pass the river by swimming. 4 of them drowned to death.

A decision from the Council of State to save Bodrum, May 31st, 2008
A new article was passed, which gave the authority to confirm the building schemes for Bodrum, to Ministiry of Tourism and Culture. With an appeal to the court by architects, who argued that this would have disastorous results for ecology, the decision was taken back.
With the incentive of “Tourism and Culture Development Program” of the ministry, 30,000 houses have been constructed in the last two years in Bodrum. According to the ministry plan, 70 hectars in Golturkbuku and 368 hectars in Mumcular have been consigned to become golf fields. According to the plan, almost all the areas that have been protected and open to public use until now, was given to private sector for tourism.

Shores in Turkey are under the custody of this mentality, June 17th, 2008
In the Pina Peninsula of Mugla, it was discovered that MNG construction has used the rubble of their construction site to fill the sea . They filled 6500 m2 area. The construction was stopped with promises from the local government to make them remove the fillings. The Tourism Ministry allowed the constuction to continue…

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