By Sergio Díaz De Rojas
We had the pleasure of speaking with Müge Yıldız on the blog this week. She discussed with us her relationship with art and philosophy, her creative process and her upcoming projects.
Müge: I studied cinema and television at Galatasaray University. As an Erasmus student in Paris I took courses, and at that time I was reading Gilles Deleuze. This is what caused me to be interested in cinema and moving images, especially in cinema’s relation with philosophy.
After my degree, I decided to embark on a masters in philosophy. During these studies I indulged in writing articles and making videos, but particularly my first short film, “A Walk Under the Bridge,” was inspired by my readings of Gilles Deleuze. Until recently I have had no other fictional/experimental pieces. After “A Walk Under the Bridge” my videos have been shot with a documentary style or observational approach; although, through editing, the film incorporates a level of fiction. I am inspired by people such as Aki Kaurismaki, such as his somewhat surrealistic version of reality, and philosophers such as Soren Kierkegaard and his work on anxiety in relation with existentialism.
After “A Walk Under the Bridge” I have had a collection of short videos edited from observational footage captured from urban to mountainous settings. I have taken a liking to shooting with 8mm film, but unfortunately, film is an expensive affair. My alternative is to shoot with my iPhone. By doing so, I can be inconspicuous as an observer, also termed as a ‘ghost.’ My video works capture diurnal life, but through editing I can add more layers such as philosophical speeches, music, sounds, separate environmental recordings, or voiceovers.
I am now working on another experimental documentary project in the Istanbul neighborhood of Tarlabasi. I am interested in how the residents occupy the streets and exterior spaces such as the domestic one, and how boundaries between interior and exterior become blurred.