Remake, Remix, Rip-Off

Salt Ankara

March 2 – April 4, 2017

Motor 2014 <i>MOTÖR: Kopya Kültürü ve Popüler Türk Sineması</i> (2014) belgeselinden bir kare
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Still from Remake, Remix, Rip-Off (2014)
Courtesy the director
10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00, 18.00
Çankaya Municipality Contemporary Arts Center, Ankara
Video Art Room

Remake, Remix, Rip-Off (2014)
Director: Cem Kaya
96 minutes
Turkish and German; English subtitles

Included in the exhibition One and the Many by SALT at Çankaya Municipality Contemporary Arts Center, Remake, Remix, Rip-Off (2014) will be on view in the Video Art Room until April 4. Directed by Cem Kaya, the documentary examines Turkish cinema in relation to the exhibition’s theme, genuine copies.

Produced over seven years, Kaya’s Remake, Remix, Rip-Off features interviews with legendary Turkish directors, producers, actors, and film technicians, as the documentary uncovers and captures a glimpse of the country’s tumultuous filmmaking history.

Until the 1970s, the lack of educational departments for film in Turkey resulted in a generation of Yeşilçam filmmakers whose professional knowledge was limited to Turkish-dubbed Western movies. Played across theaters in Turkey in the 1940s and 50s, such movies were seeding samples at the time for those learning the crafts of filmmaking.

Pressured for various reasons including harsh censorship, lack of film stock and proper equipment, as well as regulatory laws on cinema, the main source of “freedom” available to filmmakers was the lax copyright conditions. Hence, they helped themselves by taking fragments from the entire world’s cultural pool, be it scripts, soundtracks and even film sequences. This way, new productions emerged from the existing.

Under these circumstances, can appropriation be considered explicitly an act of wrongdoing, or could there in fact be potential in the act of copying just as there has been in the field of cinema?