Faltaşı
    Faltaşı

    5 min. digital film
    1999

    The 5 minute video film, “Faltaşı”, resulted from a fortune telling performance staged at my home. The fifteen female homemakers, psychologists, art historians, graphic artists, accountants, and university professors, aged from thirty to seventy, included unmarried women as well as several married or divorced mothers and grandmothers and one woman in her ninth month of pregnancy. While one of the participants recorded the events on video, we laughed, told stories, ate, drank, and in the flow of events, I told each participant’s fortune from their coffee cup.

    Serious, yet intuitive, frightening and mysterious, fortune telling lets one say what one feels and hear what one needs to hear. Can searching drips of coffee for order, repetition, clues, archetypes, associations and hidden meanings while moving between conscious and unconscious, rational and irrational states in this feminine practice be compared to similar techniques used in the predominantly male domain of twentieth century abstract painting? Can this film be seen as a metaphor for the tendency to glorify male activities while relegating similar female practices to superstition? Could it also be seen as a metaphor for the tendency to value concrete sellable objects while neglecting the ephemeral realm of thoughts, sounds, relationships, experiences, and dialogue?