UZUN  INCE  BIR  YOLDAYIM    /  I ' M  ON  A  LONG  NARROW  ROAD

video credits _ Iris Ganz   //

This performance is a series of performances _ new rituals

drafted on my knowledge of ancient rites transmitted by my ancestors.

In the town of Giswil,

in the middle of Switzerland,

at the base of a mountain,

there is a waterfall.

For this performance,

I transmuted this geological stage 

into my travelling temple and 

its ever-growing foundations.

There, I experimented and executed 

my own translations of rituals into new rituals. Each rite reflects a past but evolves within a new history and symbolism.

As an evolutive piece of my personal mythology, I'm building a sanctuary,

a laboratory for healing rituals

perhaps a remedy for immortality.

This first rite was the beginning of the performance, a procession,

a walk towards the next rituals. 

First to join the walk was the artist Murat Mevlana Temel.

Transitioning from his performance

and with a bell I gave him [family heirloom]

he shepherded the audience to me.

We then started our walk, reciting together the poem 

Uzun ince bir yoldayım in Turkish and English while guiding the audience on the road to the waterfall, a sanctuary that became my temple.

Uzun ince bir yoldayım _ I'm on a long narrow road

Âşık Veysel (1984-1973) is one of the most renowned representatives of

the âşık tradition in 20th century Turkiye,

which dates back to the 15th century in Anatolia.

The Âşık is a wandering troubadour, singing poetry of their own composition,

accompanied by the saz, a stringed instrument.

Âşıks became the voice of common people,

expressing their relationship with their land, their loves, inner conflicts, and expectations,

generally depicting all aspects of rural life.

One of the most beloved songs of the entire Turkish folklore canon

is his song Uzun ince bir yoldayım.

In which, Veysel compares the journey of life to a han

[ a long building often using small work areas for various crafts and professions ] 

with two doors, a door at each end.

We enter life through one door, travel the length of it, and exit through the far door.

As in all Türkü of this type, Veysel applies the song to himself in the concluding stanza. 

It is not an exaggeration to say that most Turks can sing it by heart,

and it has been interpreted by many musicians and singers of all eras.

Def . Türkü  [Turkish folk music]
 

It is a type of song whose lyrics are usually in the form of folk poetry, whose author and composer are unknown. In fold poetry, written in syllabic meter, usually with a conjunction, the pain, joy, etc, of the individual or society.

It is a type of rune that is sung with a unique melody.

From Lead to Gold [ Transforming _ Transmuting ]

This next rite was in two parts:

First _

I executed my own version of the ancient rite called Molybdomancy.

I melted lead into a ladle then poured it into a bowl of water.

[ ceramic bowl by artist _Nida Şafak ]

Second _

With family heirlooms used as tools,

I started a make up routine by covering parts of my face with golden leaves on a charcoal based glue.

Then I covered the rest of my visible skin with blue pigment as a preparation for the next rituals.