From Çokçok to Zikzak: Istanbul Alphabet

The focus of this exhibition is on theçokçok collection accumulated by the curators, Max Borka and Anna Pannekoek, during a sojourn of 100 days in Istanbul. This collection was developed from the things that the designers and artists left and the interventions that they performed in the curators’ home in Istanbul, and the objects, sounds and images that Anna Pannekoek collected while wandering through the city, in a situationist and Istanbulite way: meandering, guided by intuition and chance.

Curator Anna Pannekoek says that”The point was not to look for high-quality designer or brand-name products, but for objects that are at the other end of the scale: everyday products that seem to havebeen in existence for an eternity without ever having received much attention.”


“These objects are found everywhere, but especially in big cities, most strikingly in Istanbul, where they play an important part in the lives of the Istanbulites themselves, as means of survival. Istanbul has become the world’s model of a selforganized city in which millions of unregistered inhabitants have to reinvent their lives day in and day out. These objects are a great help in this process.” ̶ Anna Pannekoek

Istanbul Alphabet is the second in a series of exhibitions on Istanbul. Each part of the series will appear in new forms. Challenging and surprising, but at the same time highly entertaining, the exhibition in theMuseum der Dinge combines the essay and the encyclopaedia, the snapshot and the three-minute song.

Taking the museum as a place of negotiation, the curators will receive visitors in the exhibition, offer them tea, and invite them to discuss Istanbul, now Europe’s largest city. As a link between Asia and Europe, Istanbul has always managed to bridge differences that seemed irreconcilable, like those between East and West or between
the religious and the secular.


If you will be in Berlin until 9th of April, don’t forget to have a cup of tea with Max Borka& Anna Pannekoek and chat with them about İstanbul. ☺

Invited designers, design studios und artists:

Refik Anadol/ Ali Bakova/ Alper Böler/ Ela Cindoruk/ Nezaket Ekici/Ömer Ozan/ Erdogan& Creative Bonanza/ Gürsan Ergil/ Aykut Erol/ Arzu Firuz& Paul Huber/ GAEAforms (Tugrul Gövsa& Pinar Yar)/ Serhan Gürkan/ ilio& Demirden Design (Nil Deniz, Demir Obuz, Mehtap Obuz, Sema Obuz)/ Meriç Kara/ Asli Kiyak Ingin& Made in Sishane/ Mashallah.Design, Hande Akcayli, Murat Kocyigit Tamer Nakisci/ Nerdworking/ KorayÖzgen/ Kunter Sekercioglu and others.

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