Çiler's video animation Sir Filthy Mouth successfully represents the current communication explosion and the stress it creates in individuals. With the pace of communication taking away most of our energy, time is limited while the data to be processed is heavy.
About the Artist
The Reflex exhibition's curator İpek Yeğinsü comments about Derin Çiler's work: "The character Sir Filthy Mouth created by Derin Çiler has a body covered with mouths. Its only purpose appears to be reacting to every bit of information he receives from the two antennas on his head, to answer everyone. Despite the enormous size of the toothbrush, he is obliged to clean each mouth one by one and this need for cleaning gives the sensation that his words are trivial and cause “data pollution”. While one image illustrates the character’s portrait, the other enables us to look at the mouths more closely. The video animation explicitly reveals the “answering everyone” state by animating the mouths. Sir Filthy Mouth successfully represents the current communication explosion and the stress it creates in individuals. With the pace of communication taking away most of our energy, time is limited while the data to be processed is heavy. Our comments on social media, and the reactions to the messages we receive have thus become “reflexes”. Hours-long debate programs on TV with the so-called specialists with no output other than yelling at each other; parliament images resembling martial arts movies; the anger and the depression of the individual bombarded by endless fights and insults on social media, all appear to have concretized in Sir Filthy Mouth.
Card games are based on probability and strategy. The player’s experience and the intelligence in his moves are as crucial as his luck. Dead King Card is about a legend, Elvis Presley, who brought his own end by making the wrong moves. According to Çiler, every medallion has two faces. The inverse symmetry in playing cards reflects Elvis’s ambivalent situation, who is both physically dead and an immortal king to his fans. Another ambivalence arises from the wealth and the unimaginable pressure simultaneously brought by fame, and is represented by the microphone and the skull respectively, placed on the opposite sides of his scepter. Elvis is holding. While ironically reminding us of our alternatives and their multidimensional consequences, Dead King Card calls our decision mechanisms into action."
Derin Çiler holds a BA from Yeditepe University Department of Industrial Design (2005) and graduated from Saint Michel French highschool,Istanbul in 2001.He is an Istanbul based freelance illustrator and designer using the alias MEKAZOO, and has exhibited his work at Galeri MCRD with the group in Reflex exhibition.