GOBEKLITEPE, THE GATHERING
The most exciting archaeological find of the century has been the focus of attention ever since it was unearthed. Therefore, Göbeklitepe is sometimes at the center of sensational, exaggerated discourses. Apart from all this, The Gathering exhibition offers a mental journey into the past,adressing the inner feelings of visitors. This is your first opportunity to experience the ancient community that built the most fascinating structure of human history
Visited by 4000 guests
in the first 10 days
The Gathering exhibition, which was visited by 4000 guests in the first 10 days; provides a multisensorial experience with its light, color, smell and story, it. You will leave the world you are accustomed to, take a night walk in the Neolithic time, witness the symbolic world of that time, and become a partner in the mysterious adventure of people 12,000 years ago. Get ready to explore new meanings by creating a context from the perspective of the people who lived in that period, building bridges between yesterday and today. The main purpose of The Gathering exhibition is to inspire visitors to ask new questions instead of presenting sensational, exaggerated or ’’ definite facts’.
DISCOVER THE EXHIBITION EXPERIENCE THAT HAS QUESTIONED ITS EXISTENCE FOR OVER 12,000 YEARS.
“GOBEKLITEPE, THE GATHERING” EXHIBITION INVITES US TO LITERALLY GATHER AROUND AN ANCIENT MOMENT IN TIME AND SPACE
A UNIQUE APPROACH TO THE STORIES HIDDEN UNDER STONES
RISING TO THE SKY.
This is your first opportunity to experience the ancient community that built the most fascinating structure of human history. The Gathering exhibition, developed by Cer Modern and Reo-tek, is a product of a great amount of labor and cooperation, just like Göbeklitepe. When we take a look at human history's biggest turning points, we come across to people who work together for a common purpose. The people who were surrounded by darkness and wild nature got together and built these pillars of civilization. “Gobeklitepe, The Gathering” exhibition invites us to literally gather around an ancient moment in time and space. Moreover, Göbeklitepe joins world's digital heritage with this exhibition.
A MYSTERIOUS JOURNEY OF HUMANKIND
These limestone carved pillars, located at the heart of the fertile crescent, have changed the world's view on history and humans. Göbeklitepe, as a 11.600 year old epic success of humankind, triggers a universal enthusiasm. The ancient worship place is 7.500 years older than Egyptian pyramids and 8.000 years older than Stonehenge of England.
Excavations revealed findings that have completely changed our understanding about sedentary life. These 60 ton stones were erected entirely by the power of man without any advanced modern technology. This was only made possible through organization and cooperation. What do these pillars mean? What motivated these ancient people to construct this monumental structure despite the harshness of nature? What does the symbolic world of neolithic man mean to us 11,600 years ago?
The purpose of the temples is yet to be discovered. The subject probably requires years of research. Certainly however, Göbeklitepe is the first temple to be discovered and the turning point of cultural evolution. It has also united different hunter-gatherer groups due to its spiritual significance.
With only stones in hand, people who can portray the complex world they live in were the people that the modern world regarded as "primitive!". Göbeklitepe is the work of organization and imagination beyond the firsts. It is the human centered pinnacle of creativity and productivity that is encoded into the human DNA. It is the most striking example of mankind, who is a complex organism in nature in its own right, which challenges it to come together and dare to write its own racial destiny.
GOBEKLITEPE IS THE WORK OF ORGANIZATION AND IMAGINATION BEYOND THE FIRSTS.
ORDINARY DAY IN
The gathering exhibition aims to give visitors the experience of the human world 12,000 years ago. Designs reflected from the odor, sound and projections in 4 different sections enable the visitors to internalize the fears, rituals and symbolic world of the Neolithic by visitors and thus take people on a perceptual time journey.
Refik Toksöz, Zihni Tümer
Efe Alpay, Zeynep Çeterez
Ayşe Işkın Töre, Efe Alpay, Mehmet Öğüş,
Refik Toksöz, Simge Toksöz
Andreas Treske, Thomas Zimmermann
Efe Alpay, Simge Toksöz
Motion Graphics & Compositing:
Efe Alpay, Mehmet Öğüş, Oğuz Akın, İpek Yağcı
Efe Alpay, Erhan Tunalı
Conceptual Art & 3D Modeling:
Music & Sound Design:
Efe Alpay, Kıvanç Çubukçu
Projection Mapping & Software Development:
Deniz Ertürk, Kıvanç Çubukçu
Sensors & Electronics:
Burcu Nur Kaynar, Claire McIntosh,
Deniz Akyıldırım, Eda Acer, Hazal Yazıcı
Adem Burak Özgen, Ali Kaan Göksu,
Aisan Sisani, Ege Kaya, Furkan Ayvaz