Art Space Project is an guerilla exhibition concept that has begun on the road and will always be on the road. It aims to make the world a better place for a few seconds by visiting the city from the city, inviting everyone who pass by to paint, to dance, to sing and to make music. In every city it goes, it exhibits the paintings drawn in the previous cities, and obtains new paintings. İt is an interactive exhibition constantly growing.
It frees the infinity of the potentials by declaring each area as a temporary autonomous region. İt’s not against anything, it doesn’t fight for anything. Art Space Project proposes drawing for peace, singing for peace, dancing for peace… As there is no case, there is no end or result. It is the result of itself.
The Art Space Project was first implemented by Diren Demir on September 20, 2016 in a village of Fethiye during his travels.
1- Everyone must become his own utopia. The possibility of another world will reveal its
existence in the clearest way as soon as we pass the energy into the action form.
2. Every battle against illusions will feed them. War cannot be countered by war, at which
point the art is the most harmless and most powerful weapon.
3. Art Space Project defends the view that “art is everything and everywhere” against
galleries that limit art to definitions and shape it according to the amount of money.
4- The world is an autonomous region like every other end of the universe. The Art Space
Project is an uprising against the system that is trying to make us forget it.
5- Composing peace, drawing peace, writing peace, will always keep positive energy
6- Art Space Project is a utopia, utopias are for realization.
Art Space Project, yolda başlamış ve hep yolda devam edecek olan bir gerilla sergi konseptidir. Şehirden şehre gezerek, yoldan geçen herkesi resim çizmeye, dans etmeye, şarkı söylemeye, müzik yapmaya davet ederek dünyayı bir kaç saniyeliğine daha güzel bir yer yapmayı hedefler. Gittiği her şehirde, önceki şehirlerde çizilmiş olan resimleri sergiler, ve yeni resimler edinir, bu yönüyle devamlı olarak büyüyen interaktif bir sergidir.
Ayak bastığı her alanı geçici otonom bölge ilan ederek potansiyellerin sınırsızlığını özgür bırakır. Hiçbir şeye karşı değildir, hiçbir şey ile savaşmaz. Barışı çizmeyi ve barışı bestelemeyi önerir. Bir davası olmadığı gibi, bir sonu ve sonucu da yoktur. Kendi kendisinin sonucudur.
Art Space Project, gezgin Diren Demir tarafından ilk kez 20 Eylül 2016’da Fethiye’nin bir köyünde ortaya çıkarılmıştır.
1- Herkes kendi ütopyasının kendisi haline gelmelidir. Başka bir dünyanın mümkünlüğü biz enerjiyi eylem boyutuna geçirdiğimiz anda en net şekilde varlığını ortaya koyacaktır.
2- Dünyada varlığını sürdüren illüzyonlara karsı verilen her savaş onları besleyecektir. Savaşa savaş ile karşılık verilemez, bu noktada en zararsız ve en güçlü silah sanattır.
3- Art Space Project, sanatı 4 duvar arasına sıkıştırıp paranın miktarına göre şekillendiren burjuvazi galerilere karşı “Sanat her şeydir ve her yerdedir.” görüşünü savunur.
4- Dünya, evrenin geri kalan her sonsuz köşesi gibi otonom bir bölgedir. Art Space Project, bize bunu unutturmaya çalışan düzene karşı bir ayaklanmadır.
5- Barışı bestelemek, barışı çizmek, barışı yazmak, pozitif enerjiyi her zaman dinç tutacaktır.
6- Art Space Project bir ütopyadır, ütopyalar gerçekleşmek içindir.
About Diren Demir
Diren is a backpacker performance artist who follows the guidance of the “way” in his life and artworks, as being impressed by Beat Generation. During his travels, he’s invented an anti-elitist gallery concept in a guerilla way, its called “Art Space Project”. Since he began this Project in 2016, lots of drawings about “Peace” has been requested form stranger people on the streets. Diren carries these pictures in his backpack to the next city, sets up street exhibitions and receives new drawings about “Peace” again. He has also set an Online Exhibition for everyone else. Art Space Project is a “traveller exhibition” continuously increasing. Diren believes “Art happens everywhere and every moment.”, his intention in Art Space Project is to prove it.
As being impressed by the process he had spent in Ancient Greek depatment at University of İstanbul in 2016, he left the school and hichhiked to the ancient citys and temples. Then he started to study Sculpture at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts and Philosophy at University of İstanbul as a second degree in 2017. Therefore “Paganism” and “ritual” concepts have been evident themes on his artworks. Because of the political situation, most of his artworks are also based on activism.
İn 2018 he designed a project as a solution for disabled people whose can’t able to reach to the cultural places and galleries, it’s called “Non-Barrier Art Map” which has been chosen 1.st Project of the “Art and Culture” category in HEG. İn 2019, his Project for developing reuned village schools by providing assistance and materials to fine art students whose can not afford their art ideas, has been chosen as the best in “Art and Culture” category again.
His literary works are mostly related to “LGBTİ+ History”, “Music” and “Art” topics. İn 2018, he translated “S.T.A.R”. (“Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries”, Sub Press) to Turkish. İt is one of the first books about transgender visibility in Turkey. İn 2019 he wrote the book “A Night of June: Biographical Analysis of the Stonewall Riots” (org: “Bir Haziran Gecesi: Stonewall Devriminin Biyografik Çözümlemesi”, Kaos Çocuk Parkı Publishing) Same year, he participated in the “Be Mobile, Create Together” artist residency programme between EU and Turkey and produced performing artworks in the Rast Theather, Amsterdam.