Ayşenaz Toker, Merve Tuna
“object*oriented*magic” creates new superstitions as an antidote to our relationship with the material world, which is framed by a rationalist approach to apprehending reality. Drawing from vernacular folk beliefs, psychomagic, witchcraft, alchemy and astrological methods; “o*o*m” creates ritualistic assemblages with everyday objects, recharging them with magic, mystery and myth and revealing their inherent vibrancy. Using everyday objects as ingredients for spells, the manual of “object*oriented*magic” offers guidance to the lost souls of the modern world for handling everyday problems. Three recipes are presented in this film: *Divided They Fall* transposes a folk spell into the work environment, using office objects along with cats and dogs to disperse colleagues who are against you. A spell to increase the chance of mating, *Winds of Change & Weeds of Sex* directs the energy of sexual residues to the spell-maker with the help of everyday objects. *Delivering the Proof in the Policy of Truth* uses kitchen tools to expose hypocrites; peeling their masks off and feeding the skins back to them. By introducing a layer of irrationality, “o*o*m” suggests alternative narratives that go beyond the normative human-object relations, reframing the meanings assigned to the things that occupy our environment.
The programme was compiled by architect and curator Mariana Pestana, a selection of videos originally released as part of the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial, organized by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), under the title of Empathy Revisited: Designs for More Than One.
29.09 – 18h30
Introduction by Mariana Pestana