Residency Unlimited

The Pinocchio Syndrome: They are among us

Sunday October 30, 2022 | 2:00pm

Governors Island, Nolan Park
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*This performance will be conducted at the occasion of Pumpkin Point, Governors Island’s annual free pumpkin patch and fall festival. View this program on Governors Island’s website

The Pinocchio Syndrome performance by Hamza Kırbaş is a symbolic reflection on current socio-political event and a subtle tribute to the 1988 movie They Live. It references directly the “Pinocchio effect, namely when a person lies, they experience an increase in the temperature around the nose and in the orbital muscle in the inner corner of the eye”.

For this event, the artist will invite the public to wear and walk around with Paper Pinocchio masks that he will have made.

So who is this Pinocchio? Could it be me, or could it be you? Are we all Pinocchio? With Pinocchio Syndrome, Pinocchio becomes tangible.

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The Pinocchio Syndrome: They are among us

Born in Turkey and now based in New York, Hamza Kırbaş studied graphic design at the University of Silesia in Poland and completed a Master’s degree at Hacettepe University Fine Arts Institute in Ankara. Kırbaş’ practice encompasses 3D visuals, 3D animations, sculptures, site-specific installations and augmented reality shaped and conceived as a communication model between space, time and the audience. Subjects are taken from daily life soliciting the viewer to become an active participant. They establish links with past, future and present, transforming the moment we live into images that reflect the global scale and inevitable effects on our lives.

Kırbaş has exhibited internationally, most recently in New York at the Cuchifritos Gallery and Project Space in a group show of RU artists titled Presence (2022, New York). Other notable events include Morrow Collective 50 years of the UAE Virtual Metaverse Exhibition (2021, Dubai); 34th Festival Les Instants Video (2021, Marseille); IN-SONORA 11 International Festival of Sound and Interactive Art (2021, Madrid); Video Art Miden, Meta-Thesis exhibition (2020, Greece); Cuvo Festival ‘Teen Game’ 2020 (2020, Madrid); FILE Festival (2019, São Paulo).

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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