The Grup Grip-in Collective, established by Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin and his former students Ali Cindoruk, Eray Makal and Erhan Muratoğlu in 1991, reinterpret the artist’s archive. The project, titled Index and Circulation: Driftmentary, is on view from September 10 at SALT Galata.
Index and Circulation: Driftmentary
The Grup Grip-in Collective
SALT continues to invite others to reinterpret the Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin Collection, which consists of the artist’s archive and books, located at SALT Galata. So far four installations have been realized, by Alptekin’s spouse Camila Rocha and by three of Alptekin’s friends Ahmet Şenkart, Özgür Uçkan and Luchezar Boyadjiev. The fifth project, titled Index and Circulation: Driftmentary, is undertaken by the Grup Grip-in Collective whose members Ali Cindoruk, Eray Makal and Erhan Muratoğlu had participated in diverse projects and exhibitions with Alptekin.
The Grup Grip-in Collective was constituted during the “Philosophy of Modern Art” graduate classes, co-lectured by Alptekin and Vasıf Kortun at Bilkent University, Graphic Design Department. The student collective self-evolved following discussions aboutthe exhibition High and Low: Modern Art and Popular Culture (Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1990-1991), which examined popular culture versus institutional art. The collective later organized the exhibition Popular Myths and Graphic Intertextuality (ANFA, Altınpark, Ankara, 1992) based on design, kitsch, authorship and popular culture.
Index and Circulation: Driftmentary aims to draw interrelations between the indexical and artistic approach of Alptekin. The listing available in the Café at SALT Galata represents the whole archive, while the objects and images displayed in SALT Research examine the relationship between the index and archive. This approach enables the viewer to navigate his/her own path through the concepts that Alptekin often referred to, such as circulation, heterotopia, intertextuality and appropriation.
Ali Cindoruk works on commission, collective, initiation based interdisciplinary design in İstanbul and New York.
Eray Makal is owner of the design studio 12punto, a lecturer in İstanbul Bilgi University and the creative director of the magazine GQ Türkiye.
Erhan Muratoğlu currently teaches part time in METU, Department of Industrial Design. He was one of the founding members of NOMAD, an association working on digital art and culture and was in the organizing committee of ctrl_alt_del sound-art project.
From the exhibition Popular Myths and Graphic Intertextuality (ANFA, Altınpark, Ankara, 1992)
SALT Research, Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin Archive