Material Inconstancy Istanbul, 2013, 5:15 min
Héctor Zamora's performance Material Inconstancy Istanbul was staged at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, which was founded in 1883 as the first Fine Arts Academy of the Ottoman Empire and provided the education in architecture. The performance begins with 36 bricklayers throwing hundreds of bricks from one person to the other in a continuous loop. Zamora's choreography of the performance transforms them from ordinary people belonging to the working environment into actors, heroes of the stage. We are hypnotized by the dance, gestures, subjected only to the weight of the bricks and to the particular abilities of the bricklayers. Zamora's performance pays a tribute to the tradition of building and collective work. It questions the modernist push for modernity. He brings the bricklayers inside to highlight the processes by which our societies are built. Through his research on community organization and its place in the urban environment, Zamora shows how architecture emphasizes a sense of our belonging to the culture.