elii [oficina de arquitectura]


Next Sunday 15th we shall be taking part in 'IMPACT20 – Planetary Alliances'. We shall show, together with Orkan Telhan, the project ‘Microbial Fruits of Istanbul’, an ongoing transdisciplinary proposal, that aims to explore a complex urban political ecology that calls into question dominant definitions of public spaces as human sites operating independently of microbial spaces. 

‘Microbial Fruits of Istanbul’ is part of the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial. It is a platform, designed by Orkan Telhan and Elii [architecture office], that will be placed in a public space of the city of Istanbul to tell the complex histories of Istanbul community gardens (bostans) from the perspective of microorganisms.

Microbial Fruits of Istanbul is a project by the Mutant Institute of Environmental Narratives (IMNA) in partnership with Istanbul University Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Kokopelli Sehirde and Nadas collectives. The microbial cultures used in the project are shared with IMNA’s partners in Istanbul, who will continue to grow and disseminate the oral-cultures after the Biennial.

Commissioned in co-production with Matadero Madrid.