From the Silver Screen to Soccer Field

Full HD Video – Color- Sound – 9’24” – 2016

“Yıldız Movie Theater” was opened in the beginning of the 1950’s. The location and the environment of the cinema have changed because of the fact that urban renewal within years. Video work approaches this transformation from social and architectural perspective. “Basmane” is that the region of the movie theater was the city center of Izmir. However, in the beginning of the 2000’s, many immigrants came to Izmir and “Basmane” has started to become male-dominated area. Then, “Basmane” has become a marginalized region. The cinema “Yıldız” had affected by that change and the place has been changed as enclosed soccer field and billiards saloon. It is easy to notice the traces of these constrained and rushed changes in the place. The goalpost in front of the silver screen clarifies the morphological contrast and social history of the cinema. This work addresses an issue with architecture as a witness of the social memory, the process of transformation of soccer field from a cinema and the social impacts of cinema and football.

Production: Nursaç Sargon
Cello Performance: Zeynep Ayşe Hatipoğlu
Sound Design: Tolga Balcı