A view from the walk in Dikmen, Ankara
  • video
  • non-fiction
  • urbanwalks
  • BILGI Workshop

Ankara, Turkey

Time in Dikmen Village

by Rezzan Gumgum & Erhan Muratoglu

This project, Time in Dikmen Village, strives to draw attention to the brutal capitalism's intervention to time, place, human and other beings.

Dikmen village is a residential area in the center of Ankara where an urban transformation project has taken place. Although the residents of the village resisted this transformation project for many years, they could not save their village. Under the name of Dikmen Valley Project, the Dikmen village has been transformed into a ghost quarter. The village, where used to be a place with lush green life once, is now nothing but the remains of the demolished houses, a few fruit trees and the bad smell of Dikmen creek flowing through Dikmen village. Single storey houses with small gardens are replaced with blocks of apartments and construction of the new ones continue restlessly.

Unplanned urbanisation in Dikmen
Unplanned urbanisation in Dikmen
New apartment complexes being built in Dikmen
New apartment complexes being built in Dikmen
Ruins of an old diminished house
Ruins of an old diminished house

Using a wooden window frame found among the ruins of a demolished house in the site, the performance questions the modeling of daily life. A wall clock found from the garbage during one of the walks from the city center to the periphery is also used in the project. External interventions to time, space and bodies and the pace of urban transformation is conveyed through the broken rhythm of the clock in the video, where the mirrors around the clock seek for the reflections of the times lost.

The wall clock found in the garbage for the performance
The wall clock found in the garbage for the performance
Rezzan at the field trip
Rezzan at the field trip