July 19 20 | 20.00
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Welcome to a degenerated utopia, a ticket to a society between times – and the losses it entails: AN(A)KARA is a sci-fi TV variety show hosted by Gucci Chunk a.k.a. Göksu Kunak that explores Turkey's late modernity with a particular focus on the city of Ankara, and the bodies of the neoliberal TV hosts that are like monumental statues as they embody nationalist ideologies, serving as instruments of propaganda. AN(A)KARA aims at toppling the statue of the young and athletic NEW MAN and replacing it with shapewear underwear. The performance also explores the shift in a concept of time: from kısmet, the idea that fate predetermines a person's path, to the clocked fast pace of modernity and the friction in between.
In AN(A)KARA memories and confusions of a Muslim child appear as voices and objects speaking from a past of the 1980s and 1990s. While the performance gives an overview of this distinctive era of Turkey, Göksu Kunak simultaneously addresses the clichés and clashes about the East-and-West and the ever-present (self-)censorship.
Göksu Kunak (Ankara, 1985) a.k.a Gucci Chunk is a writer, researcher, performer, and performance maker based in Berlin. Göksu’s interest lies in queer methodologies (especially chronopolitics) and hybrid texts that deal with the performative lingo(s) of contemporary lifestyles. Influenced by Arabesk culture and late modernities, Göksu imagines new situations out of real encounters that point out the problematics of hetero-patriarchal structures. Orientalism, self-Orientalization (the perception of the 'Eastern', and how the Eastern sees themselves through this construction), as well as Eastern masculinities in relation to state governmentality are other interests of Göksu.
CONCEPT, PERFORMANCE, INSTALLATION, COSTUME, SOUND Göksu Kunak DRAMATURGY Isabel Gatzke LIGHT DESIGN Annegret Schalke STAGE DESIGN Julian Weber PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Nara Virgens, Florian Greß SOUND MASTERING Laure M. Hiendl DOCUMENTATION Ethan Folk
A production by Göksu Kunak in coproduction with SOPHIENSÆLE. Funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Media partner: taz.die tageszeitung.