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Banu Çiçek Tülü
Aural Flesh

30.08.2024–05.01.2025

Banu Çiçek Tülü uses sound as both a medium and a method to make things perceptible that often elude our ears. In Aural Flesh she picks up on the relationship between sounds and memories as well as the significance of hearing in relation to our orientation and questions their bodily implications. What could we perceive when we listen with our entire body? To what extent does one’s body become a non-human object as a result of a medical operation. How do inside and outside interact in different rhythms through sound?

For Aural Flesh, Tülü produces new works that focus on the figure of the female migrant body and transform the exhibition space into an interior of the body: Large-format hand-knitted and hand-stitched works hanging from the ceiling, fabric veins and a sculptural sound installation pervade the space forming a hybrid, technical-organic structure. The audio lines of Banu Çiçek’s sonic sculptures comprise of personal and fictitious stories, which tell of body changes, attributions, wounds, memories, and scars. These narratives are embedded within different tempos and harmonies, heartbeats, and drone elements that create a fleshy and fluid soundscape. Made of porous loofah and raw wool, the sculptures invite movement, whereas a 6-channel sound installation spreads itself throughout the entire space via speakers on ear level as well as subwoofers on the floor. Its oscillating soundscape is based on Tanbur recordings, a Mesopotamian longneck lute whose special role in traditional medicine is based on its proximity to the human voice. The installatoin shifts listening towards the inside of the body, emphasizing the physicality of listening.

Bodies are embedded in socio-political conditions, perspectives, and norms that obscure the view of other contexts. They are complex entities that become altered in many ways by technologies, politics, and emotions. Bodies feel pain. In Aural Flesh, Banu Çiçek Tülü examines the possibilities of giving this pain a voice. What are we listening to? What is a voice? And where is a voice when it is not voicing?

(Banu Çiçek Tülü (*1984, Adana/Turkey, lives in Berlin) is an artist, music producer, DJ and researcher with a background in urban design, ecology, feminism and queer theory who uses artistic, cultural and political imagination as tools for social change. Between techno and experimental electronic music, Banu Çicek Tülü creates amazing experiences in her DJ sets while creating a clear transition between music and sound art. A lecturer in the Sound Studies program at the UdK Berlin and guest lecturer in the Music Department at the College of The Arts in Windhoek, Namibia, she believes in the political possibilities of sound and music and uses both as a means to empower different communities and minority groups.
Recent exhibitions: Temple of Intersectionality, Akademie Schloss Solitude (2023), Stuttgart; Pink Noise, Galerie im Turm, Berlin (2023); Aural Rupture, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin (2021); The female sonic cartography and the safe space, galerie futura, Berlin (2020). Scholarships and residencies, among others: Culture Moves Europe of the Goethe Institute (2023); Namibia Initiative of the Akademie Schloss Solitude (2022); Ankara Queer Art Residency (2021) by Kaos GL (Ankara/Turkey) supported by SAHA Association (Istanbul/Turkey); Sound of Our Cities Roeselare/Belgium, organized by Idensitat/Spain with the Creative Europe Program (2020); IdeasCity New Orleans/USA, an initiative of The New Museum, New York/USA (2019).

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30.08.2024–05.01.2025

Fri, 30.8.2024, 7 pm
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Further events will be announced shortly.

Funding

Der Senator für Kultur der freien Hansestadt Bremen, Waldemar Koch Stiftung, SAHA Foundation as well as Musikfonds/Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien

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