Static Shifts, Dynamic Rifts
Burak Kabadayı

Burak Kaba­dayı’s exhi­bi­tion Sta­t­ic Shifts, Dynam­ic Rifts exam­ines con­cepts of motion and ener­gy through cas­es from tuner cul­ture. The exhi­bi­tion traces the com­plex rela­tion­ships between cars made in Turkey, and ama­teur dri­vers[1] who use them arbi­trar­i­ly for spec­ta­cles, con­sid­er­ing envi­ron­men­tal and mechan­i­cal fac­tors that affect driving.

The mul­ti-chan­nel instal­la­tion, shar­ing the same title as the exhi­bi­tion, doc­u­ments per­for­mances by dif­fer­ent peo­ple in their usu­al flow, occur­ring in var­i­ous loca­tions in the city. These per­for­mances rep­re­sent man­i­fes­ta­tions of pow­er among dri­vers, as well as moments when the car and the dri­ver become equal­ly crit­i­cal, pulling off maneu­vers that gen­er­ate resis­tance against force. We find dif­fer­ent groups of videos arranged het­ero­ge­neous­ly in the exhi­bi­tion space. Empha­siz­ing the dom­i­nance of spa­tial con­di­tions in per­for­mance, these show vast areas in which dri­ving spec­ta­cles take place. More­over, they reveal the chang­ing focus of pow­er from the per­spec­tive of a vehi­cle in motion in which periph­er­al sights lose their form, an effect of accel­er­a­tion. Com­pris­ing the sub­ti­tles, Cir­cle, Straight, and Oblique, the instal­la­tion focus­es on the move­ments of the cars, out­lines of the track, and traces of  the rides from dif­fer­ent angles.

Cir­cle con­sists of two simul­ta­ne­ous video record­ings of a car revolv­ing around the same cen­ter in an emp­ty space. The images show a car that moves sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly and steadi­ly. We see the hori­zon from the inte­ri­or and the inter­ven­tions on the ground from above. Straight shows the move­ments of a vehi­cle trans­port­ed on a tow truck and the changes that occur on its dash­board. While the car skids to a stand­still, the trac­tor moves towards the hori­zon before final­ly dis­ap­pear­ing. The indi­ca­tors on the dash­board ren­der the expend­ed ener­gy explic­it and the fog cloud dis­solves into the atmos­phere, mak­ing the oppos­ing forces vis­i­ble. Oblique focus­es on the two lat­er­al wheels and a glass globe sus­pend­ed in the rearview mir­ror of a car while it does a lap around a track. Each maneu­ver of the vehi­cle gen­er­ates a new pro­jec­tion. The sound com­po­nents of the work com­bine these three sub­ti­tles in the exhi­bi­tion space. This com­po­si­tion con­sists of sounds and nois­es par­tic­u­lar to the car engine, exhaust, and tire to fore­ground the cri­te­ria of prox­im­i­ty, dis­tance, and its cri­te­ria along­side the inten­si­ty of movement.

Sta­t­ic Shifts, Dynam­ic Rifts deals with the rela­tion­ship between objects and humans, the deci­sive role of expe­ri­ence and impulse in this rela­tion­ship, and the ’emp­ty spaces’ that con­stant­ly shapeshift dur­ing per­for­mances. Dis­tanc­ing from hier­ar­chi­cal, one-way, and cen­tripetal rela­tions that stem from dis­tinc­tions such as liv­ing-inan­i­mate, active-pas­sive, and  oth­er relat­ed para­me­ters between sub­jects and objects, it aims to approach all com­po­nents of events as equals and to reveal their con­scious interactions.




[1] Ama­teur dri­vers form com­mu­ni­ties and orga­nize events relat­ed to cars. They usu­al­ly come togeth­er in car parks or closed track areas to per­form spec­tac­u­lar dri­ving tech­niques like drift and spin. The dri­ver’s com­pe­tence lies in the core of their per­for­mance, which relies heav­i­ly on both the vehi­cle and the com­mu­ni­ty. Vehi­cles are tak­en out of their fac­to­ry set­tings and are cus­tomized accord­ing to dri­vers’ tastes and dri­ving styles to pull off cer­tain maneu­vers. They are per­son­al­ized in terms of aes­thet­ics and tuned with per­for­mance enhance­ments. Although the vehi­cles share sim­i­lar­i­ties, mod­i­fi­ca­tions occur idio­syn­crat­i­cal­ly. As a result, each vehi­cle  is unique in its own way.