Nowadays, as a result of technology and the effect it has had on our lives, records have begun to take on all new forms. The written, visual and audial records were once used as a way of stopping time, a way of forging a sense of reality, of actually being there whilst still managing to manipulate the collective memory of a former society. Now, as the level of sharing records gains increasing speed, the result is that these records have become easier to distribute to the masses, taking on a form that can easily transform individual and collective social memory. This is notable in social media where photos, videos and essays are shared and made available in abundance, creating daily memories – imprints - and leading to advances in the way we interact with one another, breeding a culture that is feeding on many forms of misinformation.
This new way of interacting has created cracks in the once mighty ability to manipulate societies’ collective memory, which has also taken on a new role in depicting our personal lives by creating a collection of memories in an effort to present ourselves to the world. With these records, we create a schedule of our personal intellectual processes. Yet, we also try to create fictional alternatives to our limited lives. Records have become a way of proving our objective existence and the pleasure that we experience as a result of watching our passions flourish under these conceptual ideas have now taken on more therapeutic and seductive roles in our lives.
The multi-disciplinary exhibition Kayıt/Record focused on developing perspectives surrounding the effects on individual and social memory in contemporary art. The artists looked at the theme of records and recording, and now even more so where the lines between fiction and reality are becoming ever more blurred, and with our memories warped, Kayıt/Record group exhibition aimed at manipulating this through the viewpoint of the audience.