ONLINE COMMISSION: Ahmet Ögüt 'Happy Together: Collaborators Collaborating'


A special online commission for Chisenhale Gallery’s website produced as part of Ahmet Öğüt’s exhibition Happy Together: Collaborators Collaborating.  

Transforming Chisenhale Gallery into a TV studio in April 2015, Öğüt staged a public discussion with people of various professions and nationalities with whom he has previously collaborated. The film documents the discussion, which was staged in front of a live audience and chaired by Andrea Phillips, Professor in Fine Art and Director of PhD programmes in the Art Department at Goldsmiths. Happy Together: Collaborators Collaborating functions as a form of retrospective, collectively formed through the memories and experiences of Öğüt’s collaborators. Ten collaborators, including an auctioneer, a firefighter, a hairdresser, a stuntman, a lip reader and a sports caster, were invited to Chisenhale Gallery to share their experiences of collaborating with Öğüt. The collaborators take the stage whilst Öğüt positions himself amongst the audience. Revisiting past collaborations in this new work, he explores the agency of those who participate in a work’s production and the nature of collaboration itself.  

Ahmet Öğüt (born 1981, Diyarbakir, Turkey) is a Kurdish artist living and working in Amsterdam and Berlin. Recent solo exhibitions include Forward!, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2015); Apparatuses of Subversion, Horst-Janssen-Museum, Oldenburg; Strategies for Radical Democracy, The Blackwood Gallery at University of Toronto (both 2014); and Fahrenheit 451: Reprinted, Checkpoint Helsinki (2013). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale (2014); Performa 13, New York (2013); 7th Liverpool Biennial (2012); and the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011).

Collaborators: Bora Akıncıtürk, Wayne Docksey, Mulugeta Fikadu, Dağhan Irak, Alexander Peikert, Tess Posthumus, Özgür Tekol, Benthe Tupker, Jaakko Väätäinen  

Chair: Andrea Phillips  

Translators: Serra Tansel, Anikó Kuikka, Manuela Barczewski  

Film production by WORLDwrite with special thanks to Bloomberg  

WORLDbytes Volunteer Camera crew: Eden Bokrezion, Arek Susik, Carol Dodsworth, Fraser Myers, Joanna Walsh, Mariam Afrahi, Marisa Pereira, Rebecca Danicic  

Camera Tutor: Andy Hirst  

WORLDbytes Director & Editor: Ceri Dingle  

Set Designer: Peter Zuiderwijk, Collective Works  

Lighting Designer: Beau Scott  

Gaffer: Jim Agnew  

Music composed by: Pery Pereira Sodre  

Music performed by: Fino Blendax  

Production Assistants: Joel Furness, Pip Wallis   

Production: Katie Guggenheim  

Executive Producer: Polly Staple  

Conceived by: Ahmet Öğüt  

Thanks to Chisenhale Gallery staff: Tiago Coelho, João Conceição, Mark Couzens, Georgina Corrie, Ian Daniell, Jamie George, Elizabeth Hudson, Calvin Laign, Victoria Lupton, Dorothea Jendricke, Lucie McLaughlin, Emma Moore, Jammie Nicholas, Ioanna Nitsou, Laura Parker, Oliver Rafferty, Grace Storey, Laura Wilson.

With special thanks to Panalux and Acre Jean.  

Happy Together: Collaborators Collaborating is commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery.  

The commission is supported by the Mondriaan Fund, SAHA Association, Maya and Ramzy Rasamny and Yana and Stephen Peel.  

This film was commissioned as part of How to work together, a shared programme of contemporary art commissioning and research devised by Chisenhale Gallery, The Showroom and Studio Voltaire.  

How to work together is supported by a capacity building and match funding grant from Arts Council England through Catalyst Arts, with additional funding in the second year from Bloomberg, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Resolution Property and Bilge & Haro Cumbusyan.

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