Nevin Aladağ. The city plays itself

Andreas Schlaegel, Frieze, 08/2015

A yellow balloon floats into the white sky, while a flute dangling from it produces a high-pitched note as it ascends. The balloon rises; the sound slowly fades. On a second screen, an accordion is suspended between a lamppost and a seesaw shaped like a Viking longship. As the seesaw rocks back and forth, the accordion releases two alternating, haunting chords. Traces (2015), Nevin Aladağ’s latest three-channel video installation, follows the artist’s interest in how and where music is played, and the way these performances can, in turn, be a metaphor for personal or artistic autonomy, or its impossibility.


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