The Sound of Galata

A poetic introduction to the daily movements and sounds of an incredibly diverse neighbourhood, which is being transformed in fast-forward mode.

This is a video produced during the URBZ Mashup Workshop in Galata-Sishane, Istanbul by Jeanne Fouchet, Eléonore Boissinot and Deniz Üstem. It is a poetic introduction to the daily movements and sounds of an incredibly diverse neighbourhood, which like many others in Istanbul and throughout the world, is being transformed in fast-forward mode. This is happening both through an “organic” process of gentrification, as well as through a very deliberate and top down “renewal” process initiated by the metropolitan authorities.

It is without any nostalgia but with a clear artistic sensitivity and a deep sense of engagement that Jeanne, Eléonore and Deniz have portrayed Galata-Sishane as it is today. Regardless of how much the neighbourhood is transforming, the video also shows the “practices of everyday life” through which, residents, workers and visitors keep on producing its identity and making it a unique place in the world, which is their own, for a lifetime, a few years or a day.

See the project’s web page http://urbz.net/workshops/mashup/istanbul/output/picturingsounds/

We are still processing and uploading the output of the Istanbul Mashup Workshop, so stay tuned!