Urban Exploration in Istanbul: exploring the first intercontinal tunnel under the Bosphorus, connecting Istanbul’s Asian and European sides via an undersea commuter train line: the Marmaray project.
Library of Babel 2- “Successive Totems and other Stories”
Rafet Arslan is questioning the relationship between a Totem as an item of eternity and icons, that got pseudo Totems of our daily life and consumerism. The Chanel-bottle, Car-brands and genderbased icons got Totems of a lifestyle, that is falsly confused with an eternity it doesn’t include.
People have been spotting random funny signs in the London underground. Some of them are plain hilarious. It’s unknown who makes these, but it sure is funny and gives the commuters something to do.
Library of Babel 1 – “Ziggurat Tamer”
The reference of the “Library of Babel” evokes a couple of associations. The famous short story of Jorge Luis Borges’ (1941) describes the architecture of a universe-size Library. The discussion following the text scrolled around the infinity of knowledge regarding endless possibilities of combining knowledge and creating new relations. Several artists have worked on this motive, while Borges himself named a collection of fantastic narrations his “Library of Babel” (1974).