Social Dive (International)

Ruderal Garden

Buşra Tunç + Kerem Ozan Bayraktar

*This project has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 infection that prevented the artist from coming to Japan.

<Tokyo Biennale 2020 SOCIAL DIVE Artist-in-Residence Projects>

This work, which consists of drawings, graphics, three-dimensional visualizations and images taken in the industrial spaces, margins, borders and undefined areas of Tokyo, focuses on the life relations within the urban sphere, the spontaneously emerged plants of the city and the new ecosystem that blurs the distinction between nature and the city.

In the multi-channel video installation, elements from infrastructure systems, industrial pieces of abstract shapes, rubbles and ruderal plants which start to grow in ruins and barren lands, to eventually invade certain areas, are presented along with graphics and texts referring to traditional gardening techniques. While the unique aesthetic principles of Japanese gardening are sought in this strange new nature of the city, the historical memory of plants and rocks, the change over time and what they represent today are discussed.

Images that are presented as collage in terms of composition and content, as we try to point out the traditional in the new, actually reveal the impossibility of differentiations such as conventional and modern, nature and city, human and other creatures, and exhibit a hybridity that is necessary due to the nature of culture and biology.

(As of March 2020)

1: “Ruderal Garden” 2019, Berlin, photo by Kerem Ozan Bayraktar
2: Kerem Ozan Bayraktar “Nocturne” 2019
3: Buşra Tunç “Left-over” 2019, Istanbul


Buşra Tunç + Kerem Ozan Bayraktar

Buşra Tunç (Architect, Artist)
Buşra Tunç is an architect/artist whose work focuses on perception and experience in the fields of architecture, art and design. Having studied architecture, cinema and sound, she works with “Atmosphere” as the focal point of her work. Working with industrial and everyday materials, optical units and analog instruments, she often considers structures containing remnants and memories from industrial spaces and crowded cities.
To date, she has collaborated with Istanbul Modern Museum, Pera Museum, Massimiliano Fuksas and Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade. Her main site-specific projects are; “Ather” (2020, Goethe Instutute), “Oculus” (2016, MSGSÜ Tophane-i Amire), “Majaz” (2017, Buyuk Valide Khan), “Suruhu” (2015, Nakilbent Cistern). She also has been involved with a spatial video work in the exhibition “Re/Framing Louis Kahn” (2017, Pera Museum), “Remix” (2017, Akbank Sanat) and “Parajanov, with Sarkis” (Pera Museum, 2019) in various roles in the architectural design.

Photo by Zeynep Fırat

Kerem Ozan Bayraktar (Artist, Academician)
Kerem Ozan Bayraktar’s work centers around establishing physical and conceptual environments. Using digital visualizations, photographs, animations, models, everyday objects, texts and graphics, he focuses on the behavior of natural and artificial systems, their occlusion points, boundaries, collapses, mutations, and how we make sense of them. These systems consist of organizations ranging from spontaneous urban plants to exoplanets, which are quite different in terms of content but have similar systemic principles.
He recently participated in the “Berlin Senate Residency Program” and the “Istanbul Biennial Production and Research Programme“. Previous to his latest solo exhibition “Rocks and Winds, Germs and Words” (2019, Sanatorium), he had opened six solo shows. Some of the group projects that the artist participated in 2019 include: “Ubiquitous Surfaces” (2019, Seager Gallery, London), “The Sound of No-one Listening” (2019, The Corridor Art Space, Amsterdam), “Openhaus” (2019, ZK/U, Berlin), “Istanbul Biennial Digestion Program” (2019, MSFAU, Istanbul), “flesh and bone” (2019, Operation Room, Istanbul).
He lives in Istanbul, and continues to work at SAHA Studio. He is represented by Sanatorium.

Photo by Zeynep Fırat