AYŞE GÜL SÜTER

Could you briefly explain your work in “Waves” exhibition? What is the title, and how did you design this project?

Aurora (northern lights) has always been a physical phenomenon that I was interested in. I realized that their formation is very suitable to this exhibition’s concept. After researching on the concept in different contexts, I decided that I wanted to work on auroras through the conceptualization of waves. The next step was the technical research I needed to do in order to decide how to visually put together the piece. The ‘lights stuck to the curtain’ look that the northern lights have, has been my focus when designing the piece. I formed the main body of my piece through employing a net made of heavily threaded fish lines, that holds the light but is transparent. I later projected the lights to the lined web construction.

What kind of waves are you working with for the “Waves” exhibition? Why have you chosen this kind of waves?

Through referencing auroras, I tried to bring attention to earth’s magnetic field (magnetic wave) in my work that focuses on the possibility of different dimensions when gravity is overcome. The mystical state northern lights seem to have with their extraordinary colors and structures that feel like a signal to another universe, and the possibility of other worlds, are what drove me to work on this subject. Why is the earth’s magnetic wave important to me? Because it may carry within a clue that will open up different dimensions. Last March cosmologist came across a magnetic wave that indicates to be around since Big Bang. Before this project, I had always been curious about and investigated the existence of other dimensions. This vague information belongs to a subject in which humanity couldn’t fully discover yet. To work on this subject is exciting and mystical for me. Light and movement had always been themes in my work. To depict this subject in an exhibition through northern lights will be an interesting experience for me; I hope I can share the affect I wish to achieve with the viewers.

What kind of a relationship do you think exists between magnetic waves and humans; or what kind of a relationship you would have wished for?

Different societies had different beliefs about and attributions to auroras. For instance, in medieval Europe auroras were believed to be a sign from God. Alaskan beliefs understood these lights as the souls of the animals they hunted. Aborigines on the other hand, believed the lights were the souls of their people. 

What kind of a transformation relationship is there within your work? (Such as movement’s transformation to sound/light etc.)

In terms of transformation, we can mention the way the viewer’s reaction take form according the installment of the work. By using both light and sound, I have created an experience space and time for the viewer. Light beams will hit the line-web construction, creating reflections and refractions. There will be a synchronized sound accompanying these waves of light’s movements. Upon entering the space, the viewer will first encounter the piece, and then lounge around on pillows to watch the beams of color as if they are watching northern lights.

I do have an aim to create a certain feeling and guide the viewer towards a certain thought, but it might be too difficult to accomplish. If the viewer is already in a certain emotional state, if they have a certain bodily need, or are in a time crunch, I believe the desired outcome will not be seen through. If the piece crates a feeling of curiosity towards the installation in the viewer, if the viewer is starting think on the piece, or they are trying to find more information through the brochure they are holding, then we can say we have arrived at the viewer reaction I was hoping to find.