A Dictionary of Sensitive Sounds/Hassas Sesler Sözlüğü (book by Elif Öner&Evrim Kavcar)
“Within our artistic practice, but outside of language, somewhere without any words. In an effort to designate with words that which cannot be spoken, in pursuit of the layers of sound. Sensitive descriptions of sounds, in-between sounds, sounds that we en counter in our daily life, sounds that we point at with words yet the sounds that resist being worded. Not sounds that overpower, but the sounds that escape our attention. Sounds that belong to different bodies. Animals, plants, microcosms within and outside of us… Not the sounds that are imposed on us, but the sounds that we pay no attention to. A sound transports us to different experiences, different times and places. That is because we have a problem with linearity. We have trouble listening to one another. We don’t want to call it pitter patter and brush it off. We don’t want to generalize. We are on the side of the sensitive. As sounds accumulate, a fraction of the collective memory becomes apparent. Both similarities and differences are revealed. Does a dictionary present opportunities to listen to them? Can it invigorate both the memory and the relationship with the present? Description as a form of art, description as an expression of witnessing. Sound is both a supply and an emotional state. Sound is both itself and its own metaphor. It is the trace of the untamed within a tame practice of life. The sound heard inside the mind, that sound… Is the sound I hear the same as the one they do?”
A Dictionary of Sensitive Sounds: A polyphonic, multiform, participatory art project that traces the subjective, social and cultural layers of sound, carried out collaboratively by Elif Öner and Evrim Kavcar since February 2019.
The entries that constitute A Dictionary of Sensitive Sounds are compiled from the 20 in-person and online interviews held with guest speakers from varying fields of expertise, as part of the “Dear Reader” series. The numbering system at the end of each entry indicates which interview the respective statement is quoted from.
0 Elif Öner, Evrim Kavcar, November 28, 2020, Daire Sanat / Çevrimiçi.
1 Nevzat Kaya/German and Comparative Literature Scholar, November 28, 2020, Daire Sanat / Çevrimiçi.
2 Dr. Özkan Kaan Karadağ /Public&Occupational Health and Public Administration Specialist , April 25, 2019, Pasaj Istanbul.
3 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ayşe Devrim Başterzi/Psychiatrist-Psychotherapist, December 5, 2019, Kasa Gallery.
4 Kerem Dündar, M.D. Specialist/Neuroscientist, December 11, 2019, Kasa Gallery.
5 Tolga Tüzün/Composer-Sound Designer, April 19, 2019, Pasaj Istanbul.
6 Nermin Saybaşılı/Art Historian, December 25, 2019, Kasa Gallery.
7 Erdoğan Özmen/Psychiatrist, December 25, 2019, Kasa Gallery.
8 Vahit Tuna/Artist, December 13, 2019, Kasa Gallery.
9 Alper Maral/Composer-Musicologist, December 13, 2019, Kasa Gallery.
10 Eda Sezgin/Editor-Author, April 26, 2019, Pasaj Istanbul.
11 Murat Uyurkulak/Author, December 11, 2019, Kasa Gallery.
12 Gayem Köprücü/Speech-Language Pathologist, April 20, 2019, Pasaj Istanbul.
13 Selçuk Artut/Artist, December 5, 2019, Kasa Gallery.
14 Cevdet Erek/Sound Maker-Artist-Academician, December 5, 2019, Kasa Gallery.
15 Süleyman Polat/Noise Control and Occupational Safety Specialist, May 2, 2019, Pasaj Istanbul/Çevrimiçi.
16 Dr. Gülin Güneri, M.D./Clinical Psychologist, April 19, 2019, Pasaj Istanbul.
17 Sinan Bökesoy/Composer, May 3, 2019, Prinkipo Island (the Princes’ Islands)
18 Zeynep Sayın /Image Theorist, December 13, 2019, Kasa Gallery.
19 İlker Küçükparlak /Psychiatrist, November 21, 2020, “The Moods of Sounds”, Daire Sanat / Çevrimiçi.
20 Oğuz Öner/Sound Researcher-Sound Designer, December 13, 2019, Kasa Gallery.