State-ing a Joke (2003)

Performance I Istiklal Street, Istanbul

As an experiment in how public space is negotiated, plastic band imprinted with “DEVLET”  (STATE) is placed at waist level to close off Istiklal Street. Responses of the passer byes are recorded until the tram comes and takes it off. For half an hour no one complained or questioned why the street could be closed off. Instead, everybody changed their way…