SYNTHESIS, 3min., Turkey, Experimental
Directed by Sukru Ozcevik
We; We were born as a synthesis as a result of the contrast between the thesis of the west and the antithesis of the east.
From the past to the present, all humanity including myself, has searched for something, and found that narratives are a means of combating death. They tried to make sense in search, to make reason in meaning, and finally parsed them; just as they found, named, and eventually parsed West and East while in search of meaning.
However, I, as a child of this century and a member of the Y generation, I was born by synthesizing the thesis of the West and the anti-thesis of the East as a result of this opposition. I was fed by myths, religions, fairy tales, science, architecture, painting, music and theatre. Finally, I realized that all religions, all places, all art movements, all melodies are for us all. Even though there are differences in our rituals, and holy places, all our pursuits were one and the same... From ancient times to the present, we have cared about symbols, we tattooed those symbols on our body as an expression. We believed that it healed, we added meaning into them, and we synthesized it and turned it into a work of art.
We blew a breath into the reed flute which has the same knuckle count as the human knuckle. With the reed flute consisting of seven holes and seven exquisite levels, we synthesized all the realms within us and expressed it as a melody.
We proved the existence of rhythm with the heartbeats of the fetus in the womb. In the ages where there was no word, we learned to communicate through the movement of our bodies. We danced into joy, sadness, birth and death. We presented it as a new identity in all cultures from the west to the east. Finally, we wrote poems with our bodies synthesizing all identities.
Our costumes were first our basic needs, then the reflection of the cultures, then the codes of the individuals, and finally, they all became ours synthesizing the contrast between thesis and antithesis. We trace this synthesis in the kimonos used as costumes in the movie. On Turkish carpet motifs, which have been reflected by women for thousands of years by symbolizing all their discourses on pain, hope and lifew we embark on a historical visual journey about the synthesis of east and west of art by featuring Mona Lisa, Woman with Erect, Aphrodite, Three Angels, and Zeus.
I based this movie on this dialectic. I placed the human being in the center, who is formed with both spiritual and material integrity. I built the venues, the mise-en-scene, the art design, the light, the music, the actors… everything in line according to this perspective.