Aliaskar Abarkas, Deniz Kirkali, “Secret Sits in the Middle and Knows”, performance

19 May 2023, 19:00


Aliaskar explores the limits of communication in an experimental act that challenges conventional speech. Using his research in indigenous whistled languages and his experience with "The Community Whistling Choir," he replaces spoken language with the sound of a whistle in a performative encounter that pushes the boundaries of human expression.

Drawing inspiration from the composition of Matei Visniec's 1998 play "The Story of the Panda Bears Told by a Saxophonist Who Has a Girlfriend in Frankfurt," Aliaskar invites the audience to engage with the narrative through their responses and reactions, resulting in a dynamic and unpredictable sonic experience that unfolds collectively.

Deniz Kirkali’s residency and event is supported by SAHA supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey, within the scope of SAHA Studio.
Free admission
Language: English
Duration: 15 minutes

Doors open at 16:30. Performance starts at 19:00.

Aliaskar Abarkas (Esfahan - London) is a trans-disciplinary artist with a strong background in alternative education. He explores themes of transformation, emergence and communication through art.

Deniz Kirkali is a curator and writer based in Istanbul and London. She has co-founded topsoil, a transnational curatorial and research collective, and Garp Sessions, a summer programme in Babakale, Turkey. Her writings have been published internationally on platforms such as AQNB, Flash Art, this is tomorrow and Art Unlimited. She is the co-author of Otomy, published in 2022. She is currently doing her PhD in Advanced Practices at Goldsmiths, University of London.