Needed: You 672 hours live process, 2018

Curated by Simge Burhanoğlu

The platform took the first step toward a new phase by presenting NEEDED: YOU, a long durational live process that was last for 28 days, 672 hours straight with no intervals, ıt was  held between 16 February – 16 March 2018 and by laying the foundations of Performistanbul Live Art Research Space, which will be Turkey’s first initiative, providing a dedicated space for performance art.

The aim was to reveal the raw material of humanity; to remind the most primitive feelings in us. A long durational work had the power to trigger the transformation needed, and that’s why Needed: You presents the process itself instead of offering a resolution. The aim behind this objective is to had the audience involved in the process and to present a mutually nourishing, pure experience. The audience is expected to enter the door unbiased; find a place of their own and feel valuable.

Supported by  ARF Group, Brandisyou, Digitalhouse, Dore Music, Ersa, Pieton, Roka Davet, Spot, Şerifoğlu İnşaat ve Mühendislik LTD., Timeout İstanbul.

Modesty, 2018

İ. Ata Doğruel
28 days 672 hours


In Modesty, İ. Ata Doğruel asked the audience to do the act of eating and through this he investigated the relationship between people and society; social dynamics and the limits of being an “individual”.

“Welcome to my home,

Please feel comfortable as if you are in your own home. Walk around, sit down, lie down, look around, touch, mingle, let it all hang out. I’m hungry when I’m at the black side, and full when at the white one. For an entire 28 days, I’m leaving my act of nutrition to your hands. Unless you feed me, I won’t be nourished. If I’m at the black side and you feel like feeding me; it would be enough to sit down on the chair with the food you brought. If you bring me food when I’m at the white side, you can hang out with me and wait for me to turn back to the black side again. Either you may give the food to someone in need outside of this building. So that we can spread this performance outside these walls together. Above all, I do not expect you merely nourishing me. You are free to be here with empty hands and just share my hunger as well as my fullness. This process belongs to you. I will be under this roof until the 16 of March and will be waiting for you day and night.”

Warm regards, ata.