The Codes Of Light

Audiovisual Light Installation, 2015
16×285 cm
4126 pieces of quartz glass with variable height, led display.

Concept and Design: Buşra Tunç
Video Recording and Composition: Buşra Tunç
Sound Design: Cem Çakmak
Technical Support: On Electronic

X-Change/Plugin New Media Art Section, Contemporary Istanbul
Curation: Ebru Yetişkin
Lutfu Kirdar Congress and Exhibition Centre, Istanbul

Thanks to Murathan Sırakaya, Vildan Kapukaya, Semih Özdemir, Leon Lapa pereira, Anna Maria Merkel, Ezgi Gül, Nida Ekenel, Martina Eddone, Lara Hohmann.

Light’s existence, inexistence, and its density form a relationship that creates the negative of the image. Each image that falls onto the mind is a density map formed through the coding of light. Exactly like the way in which the photograph gets inscribed on the surface with light, images get coded onto our minds.

The ever-streaming world of images surrounding us have a rhythm and speed that constantly manipulate the sensory. The images of the outer world crashing onto us transform into afocal images without a prior or a subsequent. Their temporality and spatiality have shifted. Similar to the sense of smell becoming desensitized to a re-occurring scent, the eye loses its sensitiveness towards the stream of images it perceives.

Accompanying these images we are subjected to, our bodies and psychologies have their own rhythms. Blinking, pulsation, nerve compression, blepharospasm…

Our own rhythms and the rhythms of the rapid stream of images surrounding us transmute into one another, and create the perception of movement. Through a composition of codes of light, the project creates a simulation of movement by attempting to pair off sensory reflexes with the exterior movement subjected to. With a light that turns on and off momentarily, the project investigates the moment of doubt the viewer finds themselves in, wondering whether they have blinked or not. Switching between following the viewer’s ordinary rhythm and interrupting it, the project attempts at composing an x-change.

The project implements the medium prevalent in the city; light sources blinking and crashing onto our eyes with their sliding texts. This medium transforms the image into a point cloud, and depicts the range of the eye according to the density of light points. The source of light generates a meaning in which the content and the importance of the image have disappeared, and only the movements of light crashing onto us in waves stay stable. The composed image consists of real time recordings of the city on the move and the simulation of human reflexes.