VIDEO BR1 ELFO-polis parade 2-istanbul 2014
series of actions playing with police car toys
two channel HD videos
02:56 min; 01:27 min
filmed and edited by the artists
Affected by the people’s awe toward the police, surely influenced by Gezi park episodes, but by the
large police deployments as well, it is not difficult to understand the daintiness of the social tension.
The artists wanted to play down going around the town with toy police cars: besides having made
out in front of a police condolences at Istiklal caddesi and in other parts of the city, these cars had
their celebration on a traditional brass dish typically used to eat the fish, at a grill in the district of Tarlabasi.
In the video you can see the cars moving disorganized, going and rear-ending the other, with
sirens mixed to the melody of the parades. The resulting situation is comical, basically because imaging
security forces on clumsy and disorganized situations helps to shorten the distance between
the ordinary citizen and the authorities. On the other hand, is far-fetched to think that people could
see in the security forces an ally, a friend, a citizen, especially during a demonstration. The majority
of people considers them as the representation of the strong powers of the State against which the
population manifests, and the police works to protect the interests of those strong powers, even if
this means violence and brutality against the citizen. It is curious how the term Polis is used internationally
to identify the Greek polis, which expected from free inhabitants the active participation of
the political life, in sharp contrast to the police state.
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