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12 MARCH 2022 - 30 APRİL 2022

PİLOT Gallery is pleased to announce that Ali Miharbi's third solo exhibition, Degrees of Freedom, will be held at its gallery space between September 10 and October 22, 2022. Degrees of Freedom becomes a  ground where the audience gains the chance to observe and experience the subtleties of certain possibilities by testing these possibilities for physical and intellectual movement in their current environment, using various tools and site-specific installations. 

The term "degrees of freedom," which is frequently used in control theory, refers to the range of motion of system components. Daniel Dennett also examines man as a system in the context of human freedom; he compares a person's level of physical and intellectual freedom to the constraints on the decisions he can make. At one point, it emphasizes how broad a person's intellectual potential is, despite his limited physical range of motion. Degrees of Freedom by Ali Miharbi, thus, is an exhibition of the area between these two parallel lines.

Miharbi's Transitive Verbs and Very Beautiful works are inspired by coding wheel mechanisms, which brought together magical thinking and logical possibilities in the Middle Ages and are now accepted as pre-computer systems from a modern perspective. These mechanisms which mix and match various situations were also used as a prophetic tool. Miharbi claims, considering this historical context, that rather than foretelling the future or revealing an unchanging reality as it was understood at the time, these tools, which support pre-scientific thinking, can help raise awareness of the possibilities ahead and alternate routes that would otherwise go unnoticed.

The site-specific installation created for the exhibition, Tesla Valve, interacts with the gallery's building form. The work imagines the visitors as fluid particles that flow, pause, and change direction. It forces the audience to behave in ways that they would not typically desire due to its structure, and at one point it questions the audience's own "degree of freedom" as a result.

Sea level rise, one of the greatest environmental risks to humanity and the link between the planet and man, is brought up in Miharbi's Waterline. Careful calculations are used to mark the Pilot Gallery's wall according to the proximity of its geographical location to sea level. The audience is free to imagine the scenarios that they would have to face, in the event of a calamity.

Routes on the Affect Space is a work that can happen when humans and machines work together to create a meaningful outcome by employing machine capabilities; it is not merely a product of a computer or algorithm. Miharbi generates circular journeys in thousands of random routes in a 3-dimensional conceptual space based on recent psycholinguistic experiments, utilizing computer software to mark stopping locations at regular intervals (and the three words closest to that point). Various objects, such as two- or three-dimensional prints, sponge pieces, elevator weights, and herbal teas, have taken their spot in the installation as objects that are as context-free as possible, to ensure that everyone who experiences the work can connect with the conceptual journey laid out.

Degrees of Freedom, Ali Miharbi's third solo exhibition at PİLOT Gallery, can be seen until October 22.





Egemen Tuncer, Memory Etudes: Pilot, 2022, 4K video, 5’42’’