Safety Guide

Sound project, 26:44min, 2009

At Istiklal Street, renowned as ‘one of the most important streets of civilization’, the notions of art, trade, freedom and entertainment have been increasing and expanding to cover more and more ground everyday, sustaining a habitat consisting of various different resident profiles.
Sound work “Safety Guide” tells the stories of the owners of small businesses that play supporting roles on this vast stage. Following a pre-determined route with the directions of a guide, events that were witnessed by the shopkeepers on that same route are being told.
On the audio tour, the shopkeepers from electricians to tailors, on street pilaf rice vendors to textile merchants at Istiklal Street’s most busy sidetrack Balo Street evaluate Istanbul through a paranoid tongue.