City as an organism, developing and growing by itself and right opposite; a city shaped, re-built, and at the end of the day, constantly demolished and reconstructed. As we look past this ambivalent yet fixed verbatim line, what are we left with? The city as we know it is a living structure, at least as lively as we are, that is shaped according to needs and most importantly, movement.
Before splendidly plotting against the city, let’s review some constructions that have led us to lengthily contemplations through collective memory axis: monuments. The exhibition “Nonument” of MACBA, Barcelona, as well as being a group exhibition that tackles all of the questions and problems above, can be seen as an open lab where the city can be reconstructed and the ongoing symbolization at all real and virtual spaces can be alternatively reproduced. Alicia Kopf has gotten our attention among the exhibition, carrying the works of 28 separate artists, perhaps because her work has bestowed us with new memories. She presents us her relatively complicated mind map where she reconciles her own subliminal conquest with the conquest aiming to ossify monuments, sculptures, constructions we can refer to as indispensable dynamics of the cities.
Following the exhibition’s main context, along questioning what these sculptures and monuments that we see all the time are telling us, the collection of still moments dictated to the collective memory, meaningless for the individual, gains a whole new meaning through Kopf’s personal map. Just as the society and its past has gains and losses, we can see Kopf’s individual gains and losses as well. In spite of the monuments we are not allowed in or the monuments we can enter to some extent and address certain points of our collective memory, we sense a sincere, yet alienating aspect at Kopf’s maps and are pleased because of this. However, there is a situation we must highlight; Kopf’s success and failure series and all of the notes go beyond being just a conquest journal; they also pave a small way for our own individual conquests, for today or later.
Dilan Ceylan Emektar