Merve Ertufan

Can an answer be surprising?

2017-2020; video installation, 22 minutes
Commissioned by BAHAR, the Istanbul off-site project of the 13th Sharjah Biennial.

Can an answer be surprising? regards dialogue as an encounter, or at least as a possibility of encounter. It’s not clear whether a dialogue is indeed between separate entities (persons or bots), or if it is an echo.

Beginning from a phrase that already suggests a prior association “So, I have a question”, Ertufan sets on a path that contemplates on the notions of readiness and receptivity. Without knowing where the conversation will eventually lead, the emphasis is on momentary utterances, on correlations, on concurrence and discord that flow in the betweens.

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Photo credit: GörLab - Ali Taptık