Commissioner: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV)
Curators: Sevince Bayrak, Oral Göktaş
In order to reveal more hopeful proposals for the future, the exhibition aims to question the accepted perceptions of and approaches to buildings. Based on Ursula Le Guin’s 1986 essay “The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction,” the exhibition draws strength from the radical changes the world of architecture has undergone in the last two decades and suggests listening to and understanding the stories of abandoned buildings, rather than focusing on more successful examples. The research included an open call, aimed at compiling recent documentation of unused buildings across Türkiye. Considering these buildings as “the laboratory of the future,” the exhibition introduces novel tools to transform existing structures based on collective dreams and discussions.