A Fictive Dialogue on Dunes 

Artistic research, lecture performance and installation / İzmir / Bayetav Sanat 
The project is developed within the scope of the Mahsul Vakaları and Shorelines projects.


The lecture-performance, titled Identification of the Dune, Invention of the Coast, is based on Professor İbrahim Atay’s book Identification and Afforestation Technique of Dunes published in 1972. It begins with an intergenerational dialogue between the performer and the author through his voice memos, exploring the contrasts between the perspectives of the identifier and the reclaimer, companion seeds, and architectural interventions. This fictive dialogue takes past studies conducted on the Mediterranean coasts into account and aims to ignite discussions on the practices that lay the groundwork for the transformation of Turkey’s coasts. The installation, A Fictive Dialogue on Dunes, invites the viewers to experience the performance space containing the presentation-performance recording, research outputs and observation tools.


Photos from the exhibition: Kayhan Kaygusuz

A Fictive Dialogue on Dunes, 2024 
Dilşad Aladağ
Video, site-specific installation
Performance recording, 47’ 00” (loop),
Archive file containing drawings, sand and plant samples, texts, overhead projector and magnifying lamp, ‎150 x 50 x 120 cm
Text: İbrahim Atay, Kumulların Tesbiti ve Ağaçlandırılması Tekniği, İstanbul Üniversitesi Orman Fakültesi, Kurtulmuş Matbaası, İstanbul, 1972
Voices: Erdem Şenocak, Dilşad Aladağ
Performance recording and editing: Sezer Koç ve Burak Çevik
Sound Design: Postgarden

"Identification of the Dune, Invention of the Coast” research was supported by CultureCIVIC, a project by the European Union, which included consultancy support from Meriç Öner.. The lecture performance, which was developed as part of the "Shorelines” research conducted by Meriç Öner, is supported by the British Council’s Creative Collaborations Grant Programme.