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THE HIDDEN CITY Simone Pekelsma You may have walked the main street to your ofice many different times: you have seen it covered in snow, flooded in pouring rain and fried on hot sunny days. syf. 3


WHAT USE CAN A CITY


MAKE OF CULTURE Rarita Zbranca A former factory in a former industrial area of the city. Twenty years after the industrial production of brushes has stopped, the building still looks like a factory from outside. syf. 4


FELIX MERITIS Ruggero Lala felix meritis : a european public space in amsterdam, belgrade, tbilisi, brussels, sinop and beyond... syf. 6


THE FUTURE OF SINOP WILL BE DESIGNED AND EMBODIED BY ITS INHABITANTS


THE FUTURE OF A CITY SHOULD BE SHAPED BY ITS OWN INHABITANTS. THE EVENTS OF THE PROJECT COLLECTING THE FUTURE THAT EMERGED FROM THIS IDEA WILL COMMENCE ON THE 7TH OF SEPTEMBER, 2011 IN SINOP. THE CITIZENS OF SINOP WILL COME TOGETHER TO ANALYSE THE FUTURE OF THE CITY.


ollecting the Future aims at raising the awareness for the existing values of Sinop as well as indicating and revitalising the perishing ones. The project provisions the idea that the future of a city should be designed and handled by its citizens.


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Collecting the Future can be regarded as one of the most significant steps in shaping the future of Sinop, as it will bring together numerous artists and other cultural actors from Turkey and abroad to discuss the issues of the city.


The first action of this project will start with an international forum Urban Meeting that will take place on 7th and 8th of September, 2011. At the seminars and workshops, that will take place right after this meeting, Sinop citizens will have an opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge with local and European experts and artists.


How should the future of Sinop be? What is worth to save or use from today and from past when building and constructing the future? What was missing until now? When building the future, which experiences and models should we use? During that process, what will be our duties and responsibilities? While searching answers to these questions, Collecting the Future project will prepare a temporary ‘City Museum’.


In designing the future of Sinop, Think-Tank and planning process with experts in workshops will be realised including the subjects of urban design, tourism, re-functioning of heritage buildings, culture’s contribution to city’s economy, role of civil society on city’s development. Ideas developed will be both published during the project on papers (Sinopsis) and will be documented with a book after the project is finalised.


During all the thinking process, the artists will produce artworks in collaboration with Sinop citizens and will present their artistic proposals for future Sinop. This project which is supported by the ‘Promotion of the Civil Society Dialogue II’ grant program between EU and Turkey is an extension of


Sinopale International Sinop Biennale that is going to reach its fourth edition in 2012. Project partners are AltArt from Romania, Felix Meritis from Netherland and Collabor.at from Austria. Nuova Icona from Italy, City Council Youth Assembly of Sinop, Sinop Young Businessmen Association as well as the Romanian Cultural Institute are the associates of the project.


Collecting the Future will build a foundation for regional and local projects which are initiated Sinop in future years.


Sinop


The city of Sinop lies on the northernmost point of the Black Sea coast of Turkey. For thousands of years this city has been a strategic point in the cultural and trade systems of the Black Sea Region. The port of Sinop has been a host to many civilizations, including Bronze Age, Greek, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman. Although the city was an important centre for shipbuilding during the Ottoman period, it lost its function during the transformation of the empire. In 1887 the historical dockyards were converted into a prison complex. As a result, the shipbuilding and commercial centre of the past became a prison town and was left to poverty. The geographical position of Sinop, on a foreland with only a single entry point, also contributed to the isolation of the city. In the cold war period Sinop became the “big ear” of the western alliance and was used as a NATO base to control the USSR.


Sinop entered 20th century as an isolated place from


the world. The isolation of the city created other problems such as economic recession, unemployment and migration of young people from the city. The main employment facility of its citizens was the NATO base. After the collapse of the eastern bloc there has been no need for the NATO base in Sinop, which made the economy even worse and the main employment area was closed.


After a long period of isolation, Sinop is now in the opening up process. Today, Sinop is getting more popular due to its values and resources coming from the past. The citizens are very excited about the new situation. However, the new situation of the city should be carefully evaluated. Otherwise, in case of unplanned opening up process, the city will experience merely short term benefits and popularity but not a sustainable development. The city and its citizens may even lose their existing values and resources.


The main importance is to create and increase the awareness for their values and then create consciousness for protecting these values. The best sustainable solution will be to put the case clearly and to freshen the lost and existing values for future. Popular events and popular investments can create a lively Sinop for today but after some time Sinop will be left again to its destiny, destructed like many other cities. Before it is too late for Sinop, this project aims to create this awareness of protection for better future. This project will try to contribute to this solution using ‘Arts and Culture’.


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