The first time that Oda Projesi was at ANA http://www.astrid-noack.dk residency was at 2013 with the project ANA. The project ANA was on the issue of "motherhood" and everyday life production also focusing on the resistance and occupy movement in Istanbul. The inspiration for ANA project had occured from the very need of Oda Projesi being as artist mothers and participating to this residency with their kids. Another important influence was from the artist Deidre M. Donoghue from Ada Collective, Rotterdam; who was and still is working on a research project called http://www.mothervoices.org (M)other Voices: The maternal as an attitude; maternal thinking & the production of art.
The second time of the residency at ANA was April 2016; Oda Projesi this time searched for tactics and strategies on how to go on as an artist collective, working individually, after such an intense experience of working together. This time they decided to work on their own projects at the studio space of Astrid Noack. The studio as a space offered different corners and different points of attraction. Oda Projesi at the begining of 2000 when getting together, has experienced a similiar mode of working in the space. The question was, what do we need? and what does the space offer? what are the potentials?
So after 16 years this was the very first time Oda Projesi worked in the same place but on different topics as individuals.
This gave a very refreshing energy to the group, as collectiveness can be defined in various ways, and it is always needed to get a distance to ones practice and try to re define it.
From this time and on there will be the new episode of Oda Projesi collective; as a togetherness they will focus on "the archive of the project" and individually the group members will work on their own productions.
Exercises in Artists' Self-Organization
edited by Nico Dockx & Pascal Gielen
14 × 21cm
Oda Projesi organized several round-table conversations with mothers and fathers from various backgrounds about the possible relationship between parenting and producing at the same time. Oda Projesi being artist mothers, needed to learn from each others' tactics. And the question as an inspiration to these talks was how our production is effected from mothering/fathering. Another influence came from the artist Deidre M. Donoghue from Ada Collective, Rotterdam; who is currently working on a research project called (M)other Voices: The maternal as an attitude; maternal thinking & the production of art. The contribution of Oda Projesi to Mobile Autonomy book is one of the 4 sessions realized between 2013-2014 as part of ANA project started in 2013.
Oda Projesi in conversation with:
Sema Aslan (writer, journalist)
Banu Cennetoğlu (artist and founder of BAS, a space for artists' books, İstanbul)
Biray Kolluoğlu (Professor at the Sociology Department, Boğaziçi University, İstanbul)
Defne Koryürek (food activist, head of Slow Food Turkey)
Burcu Serdar Köknar (architect, founder of Anonim, İstanbul)
March 29, 2014
MOBILE AUTONOMY (August 24 – 30/2015) @ Middelheimmuseum, Antwerp, Belgium
ORGANIZING OURSELVES AS ARTISTS TODAY
Lectures and workshops by Åbäke, Nico Dockx, Pascal Gielen, Erik Hagoort,Thomas Hirschhorn, Hotel Charleroi, Isabell Lorey, Oda Projesi, Tara Cranswick, Emma Rushton and Derek Tyman,Gerald Raunig and Raqs Media Collective.
Hosted by Lokaal 01, Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerpen, Middelheimmuseum, Extra City, Arts in Society
Presentation "Space User-Makers in Istanbul: From Oda Projesi to Gezi Resistance" by Derya Özkan at the Workshop "Protests in the Metropolis" as part of the Project "Doing Tolerance" on 7 November 2015 at Center for Metropolitan Studies in Berlin. more info.
Presentation “Urban Common and Commoners in Istanbul. From Oda Projesi to Gezi Resistance” by Derya Özkan at “Civic Engagement and Participatory Art in the Middle East and South Asia” Panel at CIADA 2015 Conference on 7-9 October 2015 in Singapore. more info.