Ferry performance by Berkan Karpat makes Rumi's verses tangible
Ferries are an important means of travel in İstanbul -- flanked on the north and south by seas, and divided by a strait.
Now ferries are serving as a stage for an extraordinary artistic performance that pays tribute to the 13th-century Sufi scholar and poet Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi on the 800th anniversary of his birth, celebrated internationally as part of the 2007 Year of Mevlana.
The ferry, named after the late musician Barış Manço, which occasionally features concerts as part of festivals and special commemoration events, is currently hosting artist Berkan Karpat's latest project, which involves what the artist calls "vocal sculptures."
Karpat's project is based on the idea that sound also has texture, proving it is possible to touch sound. The starting point for the artist was the verses in Mevlana's book "Divan-ı Kebir."
Karpat concretizes verses recited by Mevlana scholar Houssein Mansouri from "Divan-ı Kebir" via various objects that differ in material and size. The objects, which absorb the music and sound, transform these acoustics into a visually recognizable concrete item. Rice, wood and rose oil are some of the materials utilized for the performance.
Another unique feature of the performance is its utilization of a speaker system that is capable of transmitting sound without distortion and loss as far as one kilometer away.
The event, titled "Making Contact with Mevlana on the Ferry," will run through June 17.
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