• İrem Günaydın
    (b. 1989, Istanbul)
    BA Fine Art in Central Saint Martins, London in 2014.


  • The Integral Part, The Decimal Point, And The Fractional Part



    The Fractional Part
















     The Decimal Point

    The landlord opens the door and welcomes the prospective tenant inside the house. The distinct smell of a combination of vegetables catches one’s attention just before stepping into the space. It either fades away or one gets used to it. If it fades away, where do the smells of one large bunch broccoli and fresh ginger go? The landlord’s shirt is made of polyester woven fabric, which tends to have more static discharge value than ones of cotton or silk weave. The flyaway hair of the landlord must be the result of an enormous amount of friction because two materials are in contact: shirt and hair. What about two Ibs mushroom, one large carrot, three small potatoes, three bunches green onions, two green chili peppers and two cups coconut milk, what happens when they’re in contact?

    The garbage man has got his broom under his arm and something is caught in its bristles. The thing’s substance resembles the bristle itself but lighter and brighter fluttering hither and thither as the garbage man puts one foot in front of the other. One might say it is volatile and ephemeral even without the tactile sense. You could almost tell there is nothing keeping the bristle-like thing from falling off the broom when the garbage man moves. One can almost hear a hissing sound due to the attraction between the bristle-like thing and the garbage bag that the garbage man is carrying.

    Besides, there’s a flyaway object that clings to the landlord’s shirt: a feather ball. It must have come from somewhere outside. As the landlord leads the prospective tenant to the kitchen, all the dust remaining from the previous construction is attracted to the landlord’s clothes. All the dust starts to intermix with the feather ball. But really, where does this static cling come from?

    Blanchot knew that objects, which are produced by changing the state of things in turn, change the world. What about two large potatoes, one bunch of spinach, quarter queensland blue pumpkin, one-teaspoon salt, a beetroot bunch and two ears of corn? Do they change world when their entire surface is in contact with boiling water?

    Remember the scenes: when Tom is flattened by a rhino, an anvil, a pan, and a wringer, what happens to Tom? What about Jerry, when it is flattened by a barrel or a shovel? They become one-dimensional, flat, and static, when resting on the surface. They desperately try to push themselves above the surface to go back to the state of being two-dimensional again. Say, they don’t have bones and organs; say, their body was hand-colored on celluloid sheets and photographed onto film stock one at a time and yet they nonetheless endeavor to persist in their being: Tom eternally wants to be a Tom and Jerry a Jerry.

    Imagine actual three-dimensional meat pounded thin with a meat mallet for pan-frying. Not only does this ridged hammer affect its muscle tissue, texture, and integrity, but also causes it to lose some of its dimension. One can’t help but think though, wouldn’t it be somewhere in between two and three dimensions, like two point five, when the tenderizing process goes past the point of no fucking return?  Neither flat nor not flat: welcome to the world of middle grounds.

    Bubble wrap is needed for moving house and it’s more needed in the kitchen than anywhere else. A glass, a plate, a jar, a cup, a whisk, a bowl, a spoon, a fork, a knife, dishes, a frying pan, and a pot. It cushions kitchen utensils perfectly.

    …And the tenant starts to pack. They start to peel the bubble wrap off a roll and all of a sudden it clings to the entire surface of their clothes. Their flyaway hair must be the result of an enormous amount of friction because two materials are in contact. What about fifty-five gr celery, one small carrot, one medium head cauliflower, one medium Japanese radish, four sprigs of parsley and one can chicken broth, what happens when they’re in contact?

    The prospective tenant stops by supermarket on their way back home to buy one-pound fresh asparagus, a stick of butter, and one large onion. Thick, wide asparagus is woody and fibrous in texture whereas ultra thin spears are way too easy to overcook, making them floppy and limp. No one wants soggy spears. The tenant chooses the package that contains the most proper asparagus. Most of food packaging is made from polyethylene film, which is good because it enables you to see the product inside; however static charge built-up can attach dust onto a food package, which is aesthetically undesirable. Apparently these packages are not made to resist static buildup. All the dust from tenant’s clothes becomes attracted to the package. But really, where does this static cling come from?

    Optimistically, Tom or Jerry can manage to be at an interval between 1.1 and 1.4 dimensions after being flattened by some objects. They’re already fractionated. Isn’t it too late for them to be integral again?

    Blanching happens when one plunges vegetables into boiling water for a short amount of time and then transfers it to an ice bath, which quickly stops cooking. With this technique one would keep their texture, color, and flavor almost intact. Don’t let what happens to Tom and Jerry when they’re flattened happen to your asparagus. Don’t let your asparagus lose all its dimension but instead compromise and find a middle ground. That’s why you should always blanch your asparagus, no matter how you’re making them.

    There’s tons of pigeons, fluttering hither and thither, in the city square. The prospective tenant needs to cross the square to get to the apartment that they were scheduled to view with the landlord. The square where the tenant must walk through pigeons is long and wide. And pigeons always strive to fly over your head thus one might get a hit in the face by them. One of them strikes the tenant in the mouth very specifically. In collision with the tenant, the pigeon receives the static electricity shock, squawks, and attempts to fly away while the products carried by the tenant spill out of the grocery bag. And the pigeon’s feathers flutter down all over the tenant. Pedestrians passing by squash the veggies and the garbage man sweeps up the what’s left of them.

    When friction is caused between two different materials as they come in contact with each other, the electrons in one material will tend to attract the electrons in the other material to balance their atoms and bubble wrap is most often formed from polyethylene film.

    Yes, a distinct smell of combination of vegetables catches one’s attention just before stepping into the house. It must have come from a trash bag which is left outside the door, which also formed from polyethylene film just like bubble wrap.

    According to research, odors and winds allow pigeons to find their way home. The odor of four whole heads of garlic, two medium shallot onions, half head cabbage, one eggplant, three zucchinis, three large leeks and one-teaspoon fresh thyme coming from the mouth of the prospective tenant appear to have mislead the pigeon.



    The Integral Part

























  • The Hand, Vertical Strata, Horizontal Characters, And The Ginseng































  • From a Tummy to the Sky -via a Mouth-
    Ark Kültür, İstanbul / TR 2017























































    To accompany the exhibition the artist has produced limited edition screen prints entitled An Arbitrary Formation Of Vectors Perceived As A Figure Or Pattern.


    Photographed by Cem Mirkelam and Emin Yüksel.


  • {iniş çıkış yukarı aşağı}
    Red Bull Art Around, İstanbul / TR 2016










































    Photographed by Cem Mirkelam.

  • İşleyiş – Mechanism
    As part of PRODUCE #3 ('The Game Settled Into a Cagey Midfield Match') project, 2016
















    İşleyiş – mechanism is an installation of 1) a set of words, 2) a book of words and 3) a diagram of words.

    Works by artists Charlie Coffey, Irem Günaydin and Merve Kaptan use video, print and the online screen to explore connections between narrative, language and translation.


    Photographed by Cem Mirkelam.

  • ÆND
    torna project space, Istanbul / TR




















    Limited edition book by İrem Günaydın, published by torna on the occasion of her exhibition at torna in February 2016.

    Photographed by Emin Yüksel.

  • Hatırlatıcı
    Irem Günaydin & Merve Kaptan


    A presentation of two work by two people at two different location.

    And here is the conversation.



    I have my notebook in front of me, the notebook I’ve been keeping since July, to which I solely dedicated this piece of work. I turned the cover over to figure out how I should start, and the first thing that came up was:

    “Cardiac- Related to Heart/ Kalp








    between 27th and 29th;





    Something happened today. A man died. A man jumped out of a window. Fell onto the ground. They put a white coat on top of the man. Men in white coats walked towards the cars.



    *Hatırlatıcı (meaning ‘reminder’ in English).It covers the notions of written text, sound, language and translation.Even though it is a Turkish word, it sounds foreign even in its native language.



  • to the Things themselves
    Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Degree Show, London / UK