Pray For Rain
Yanköşe, the not-for-profit art platform realized in autumn 2017 by Kahve Dünyası, the largest coffee chain in Turkey, is happy to host from 21 November 2018 to 29 March 2019 “Pray for Rain” by SO? Architecture and Ideas, founded by Sevince Bayrak and Oral Göktaş.
If a work is to be exhibited in open air, facing all the elements; what does that change – if rather than in a specially climatized, controlled space, it sustains its existence by coping with every season’s unique conditions? Can the scorching sun, rain that may cause flooding and the wind be considered collaborators that transform design, rather than events that require precaution? These are the questions “Pray for Rain”, specially designed for the site of Yanköşe by SO?, departs from.
To be shown in the autumn and winter months, the work will be installed in the open air, and that is a design factor. The installation itself, its shadow, volume, form and effect can change in time, but they need rain to change. The movement of “Pray for Rain” is predictable only as far as the weather is predictable. It is about nature although it belongs to the city, despite its spectacular appearance it needs an external element, and although it appears abstract at first, it is a concrete work in terms of its functioning. Fostered by dualities, this installation gently falls in step with the city’s chaos and weather; and it will have completed its mission if it encourages passers-by to think about nature, the city and time, even if only for a few moments.