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Burak Obelisk

june 18

Cities provide the basis for a kind of mobility that enables the flow of energy. This energy is transformed in uncertain ways and turns into an inefficient end product. Individuals living in the city, animals, machines, factories, architectural structures, works of art and museums, entertainment centers or historical ruins generate different kinds of energy flows, regulate them, change their forms and leave a mark. These traces are often completely invisible in the new hyper-productivity-oriented world. But it's there, and everybody knows it's there. Heat represents the invisible energy systematic of this connection between things and its most basic unit.


Heat-Flux is a research project that deals with heat changes in the Bayrampaşa district of Istanbul. It aims to analyze the situations that arise in the light of these data, independent of time and place. It is aimed to note the relationship of the change of heat data with the main flow in the city, in the light of themes such as traffic, water movements, urban connection points, squares, wind data, human movement patterns, with certain technical tools and to create a general heat/flow map with the resulting data. A polar/binary model will be adopted during the one-month research process.

During the process, two research stations will be established in Bayrampaşa. The first mobile station will consist of data to be collected with traditional recording formats such as photographs and/or videos, and the second station will simultaneously collect public and public streaming data (Google Earth, Accu Weather, etc.) over the internet in a supportive manner, specific to Bayrampaşa. This flow will last for three weeks, and in the last week, all visual and auditory data will be analyzed and an installation work will be produced. This installation will consist of an aesthetic setup of elements based on books, photography and new media art.

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