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Ritual Not Optional, Begüm Çelik, 2022, Installation - Raspberry Pi, accumulator, relay card, linear actuator, umbrella, sound system

The work takes its inspiration from the artist's childhood memory of catching tuberculosis and appearing unprepared on stage for the traditional primary school celebration with a black adult-sized umbrella found at the time. The object that is mainly identified as a protector, points out a state of exposure, in contrast to hiding in this installation. The autonomous umbrella, whose movement is defined by the weather forecast of Üsküdar/Istanbul, offers a ritualistic performance. This ritual starts with the initiation of rain in Üsküdar and continues until when the rain stops.

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