SCAPE 6 - Waiting for a Bus
by Ahmet Öğüt
This sculpture reflected Öğüt's interest in patterns of social and public movement through urban spaces, and encouraged us to consider the daily occurrence of waiting, taking pause between more apparently significant periods of activity.
Ahmet Öğüt’s interactive carousel, Waiting for a Bus, was originally conceived as a playful and thought-provoking alternative bus shelter to be located in Victoria Square. Later relocated to Rolleston Avenue, the gently rotating carousel provided an invitation for people to enter, sit, stop and observe the slowly unfolding view of the altered city surrounding them.
Image & video credits:
Waiting for a Bus, Ahmet Öğüt, 2011
© SCAPE Public Art & Ahmet Öğüt
Ahmet Öğüt is a Turkish artist based in Amsterdam. His work encompasses various media – installation, video, drawing and text – and examines the patterns of social and public movement through urban spaces. For the Venice Biennale, Öğüt’s work, Exploded City, used a mock-architectural model of a fictional city to explore contemporary notions of collective space and environment. Each model exists as a mark of our familiar public spaces (civic structures, hotels, offices, places of worship and public transportation), yet each structure in the ‘model city’ represents an actual building or object destroyed or significantly damaged in a terrorist attack. Through an indelible mark of collective grief these composite locations examine the notion of urban trauma. The artwork features an architectural fact sheet on each structure, the history relating to its damage, and a faux travel guide, almost rendering the work as an exemplary 21st-century tourist attraction of spectacle.
Öğüt’s solo exhibitions include Ahmet Öğüt, Mala Galerija / The Museum of Modern Art of Ljubljana, 2005; Softly But Firmly, Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic, Zagreb, 2007; Across the Slope, Centre d'Art Santa Mònica, Barcelona, 2008; Mutual Issues, Inventive Acts, Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland, 2008; and Things we count, Künstlerhaus Bremen, 2009. Group exhibitions include Lapses, 53rd Venice Biennial, The Pavilion of Turkey, Venice, 2009; 28th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, 2009; 7th SITE Santa Fe Biennial, 2008; 5th Berlin Biennial, 2008; Stalking with Stories, Apexart, New York, 2007, and 9th Istanbul Biennial, 2005.