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Listening to the Texture

June 2022 - May 2023

The project focuses on the daily lives of women textile workers and pays attention to the soundscapes in which these women are immersed during their working hours. In the textile industry, more than 50% of the workforce are young women aged 17-34, who face many issues caused by cheap, uninsured, and non-union labour.

The objective of this project is to create an audio composition using sounds heard in workplaces by women working in the textile industry, as well as to listen to their voices and words. In the heart of this work lie the interviewees' voices being heard as well as how they participate or ignore their workplace sounds.

One cornerstone of this project is to create a platform on which textile workers can freely express their struggle against cheap, uninsured and non-unionised labour. Through the resulting composition sound piece, new connections and experiences will emerge beyond the borders of the space and people within.

Ilgın Hancıoğlu

Çisel Karacebe

After getting her Sociology degree from Mimar Sinan Fine Art University, Çisel Karacebe started Istanbul Bilgi University’s graduate program in Philosophy and Social Thought. During her master’s programme, she began to think about concepts of sound, music and noise based on her daily audio experiences, and wrote her thesis exploring the relationship between city sounds and a sense of belonging in Istanbul’s Balat neighborhood. With the support of Mimar Sinan Fine Art University Scientific Research Projects and Center for Spatial Justice, she participated in a research project on the soundscape of Istanbul’s Kurtuluş neighborhood and its residents’ auditory experience. She composed a sound piece by manipulating audio materials she collected from her sound walks in Dolapdere as part of the My City My Voice Project. Currently, Karacebe is working on various sound-related projects as well as her Ph.D. on Sociology at Mimar Sinan Fine Art University.

This page is published on 1 June 2022.
Last update: 7 June 2022