Bani Adam (the Children of Adam) and One of Shaadi’s Bayts

“Humans (lit., ‘children of Adam’) are the limbs of one/the same body,
and are from the same essence in their creation.
When the conditions of the time hurt one of these parts,
other parts will suffer from discomfort/restlessness, as well.
If you are indifferent about the misery of others,
it is not deserving to call you a human being.”

– Shaadi Shirazi

Original of the bayt:

 بنى آدم اعضاء يک پیکرند
که در آفرينش ز يک گوهرند
چو عضوى بدرد آورد روزگارد
دگر عضوها را نماند قرار 

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Photo: Kobani, Western Kurdistan. Aftermath of Isis’s Siege

Urbex Seoul 2; An Old Structure on Cheonggyecheon

I don’t know the story of this structure, but it deserves a post on Dogania.

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Location; 200 meters from Sinseol-dong Subway Station (Line 1).

Lets talk about the story of Cheonggyecheon project in a post next time. It is an appreciable change made by Seoul in recent years.

Urbex Seoul; An Epic Place in Hoegi

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It is from the back gate of my university, Seoul City University. Though I have passed hundreds times by here, I just realized how a place it is.
I certainly need to check the sky more often. Unless doing that I will miss many things in the city.
Look up.!


Subway Line 1, Hoegi Station, Exit 2.

Gudi; An Ancient Chaldean Song from Hakkari ( Kurdistan, Turkey)

Young girl sing for her lover Ammo ( Emanuel ) and she says ; l make fresh butter for my love ” Ammo ” ! …l ‘m tired, but doesn’t matter, l ‘ll go on to make butter for him… l love you Ammo ! …

 

Korean Person Performing Azerbaijani Maqam

Music maqams of Middle Eastern cultures is a huge tradition. Especially Kurds and Azarbaijanis are two most important owners of this tradition.

It makes a good feeling to see that a Korean person performing something from my culture. Koreans are mostly interested in popular culture and its features like pop music. Therefore, Koreans of this sort are special. Thank you man. Thank you Kim Seoq!

Seoul Town Meeting (with European Residents)

Yesterday (March 6, 2015), there was a fruitful meeting at Seoul’s Global Center. The theme of the meeting was to raise some ideas or concerns by the Europian residents of the city to develop new policies. The mayor, Mr. Park also was ready on the meeting, sitting on the center of hole, listening the comments and taking many notes carefully.

Seoul Town MeetingQuestions and comments were raised mainly around these titles;

-The situation of foreign schools in Seoul. Inadequacy of elementary schools in districts where foreigners mostly live.

-Difficulties of bank loans for foreigners and foreign institutions.

Traffic safety. Many participant raised their unhappiness with Seoul’s traffic situation.

Lack of governance caring some sub-community groups like gays and trans.

Garbage based problems. Dirty situation of the streets.

-And sure, language barrier for foreigners in the city. A few participants asked for bilingual system for services and e-government websites.

At the end, Mayor Park did a speech, and answered some questions.

By the way, he gave a good news that they are going to open Seoul Foreign Resident Council this year.

Hope to see such meetings with the other residents of the city. With Muslim residents, with South East Asian in the city, with foreign students in Seoul, with architects, urban planners, and so on.

Here you can watch the meeting:

Dream Your Own Urban; Fill the blanks!

Rapid, uncontrolled and inegalitarian urbanization in Turkey, and the authoritarian impulse behind it, constitute an immense challenge to all citizens and make our cities virtually unlivable. We foster the idea that the city becomes livable when, as citizens, we make it our own; when we reclaim and create its common (public) spaces together. In this regard, making the city liveable becomes a form of dissent. Our objective is to encourage everyone to take part in ‘placemaking’ activities geared towards co-creating places of encounter in neighborhoods and opportunities to participate in communal activities. We aim to inspire and enable spontaneous urban interventions to turn the streets into the city’s living room. So let’s make this our common purpose and imagine it into being!

Project & production by Erman Topgül, Arzu Erturan, Gökçe Su Yoğurtçuoğlu, Merve Uçak, Fatih Bilgin, Hande Zerkin, Tan Mavitan.

Special thanks to İmre Azem as we used footages from his documentary film “Agoraphobia”; and to Ilgın Niron and Özlem Apaydın for acting in the animations.

Radical Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons is a new project seeking to amplify the message of local struggles between citizens and urbanisation processes in Poland, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. docnextnetwork.org/radical-democracy-reclaiming-commons/

This work is part of Doc Next Network Media Collection. For more info visit docnextnetwork.org/

You May Doing Wrong by Moving to South Korea

DSC_0122Are you preparing to move to Korea (the capitalist one)?

Or, do you have such a dream to move there in a point in the future?

You should think about it again. I don’t want to demolish your imagination of Korea, but there is a huge problem.

Or, try it, and decide by yourself.

If you ask about my comment.  I have a few things to tell you. This is experience of my 2 years of life in this country.

At first glance, Korea looks to be country of perfectness: Streets are so clean and safe.  People are very peaceful and silent. Everywhere is fulfilled with great innovation of modern times. Transportation system is excellent. There are amazing places to walk around, to do hiking.

However, all those qualities may not work well.

After a while you may feel terrible lonely in this spot of the planet. You will find no human-beings there.

You will take the subway with hundreds of people but none of them will be there. They all have another life in their cyber world. They join that world through their smart phones. You will stare around to catch a couple of eyes, but in vain.

Sometimes you may think you are doing very funny friends in the school or in the workplace. They will demonstrate a great enjoyment with your jokes and speeches. But you will be wrong. They are not enjoying, they  are just playing a role.  You will understand that when you graduate the school or when you change to another work. You may have none (“Zero” plus “You”). I hear that you are telling ” it is same everywhere in all over the world.” No my friend. It is not same everywhere. Definetely, you will make more more good friends in any other country than those you may make in Korea. (bad friends as well)

Lets play with your dreams a bit more.

You know Korean people have Korean faces. You will be different in this country. You may learn Korean better than a normal Korean but still they won’t believe you. You will always be a vegugin (foreigner). It sounds like an animal’s name.

You will ask an address on the street, but ajumma will cover her face and run away from you. Young school girl will also do so. If you are lucky one of them will say; “I speaky no engilishy.” Then purr.

“Hey don’t go. Please.  I know Korean. It is not problem to answer me in Korean.”

You will be talking by yourself…

Anyway Korea is a Heaven if you are talking to yourself just like me.

I admire this country, because I love to be alone.  I can live in here one whole year without making a word to humanbeings. This is inspiring. This is like novels of Haruki Murakami.

Take the subway. Check the app on your smart phone. Go to the place you want to go. Do your works just facetoface with computers or such other creatures -but no humanbeings-.

Then go home and sleep. This world is wonderful. Because you can create a world there that is totally belongs to you.

You may write a long book, a novel. And you may throw it deep into an ocean. No one will read it. That is a good story. A precious one.

Seoul, Korea. March 1, 2015

 

While I was on their planet 3

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Today when I was looking around a flee market near to Dongmyo Station in Seoul, I encountered by this view.

While I was on their planet 2

Processed with VSCOcam with a4 presetAt the campus of University of Seoul. Korea.

Who left me here!?

 

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