Becoming Anti-Monument

What does anti-monument of water mean?

When we deal with the question separately, “water” can be seen in many myth, as the concept of woman. Besides, in the yin-yang duality of the Eastern philosophy, yin symbolizes femininity and infinity, while yang identifies with masculinity and finite.

“Becoming-woman” can also be thought as a form of understanding other than being a biological gender. For example, contemporary philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari offered “becoming-woman” to men, women also. In this case, it can be seen that women who are trying to exist in areas where men are more dominant now begin to behave like men.

The anti-monument can be understood by examining the monument concept because it is the opposite of the monument. Monument refers to being a masculine in the framework of the concept it represents. It defines the functions of reminding and actively voicing common values as a symbol of power, authority and ideology. In this context, it can be discussed that skyscrapers are monuments that represent the power of Capitalism today. If these phallic structures are proportionally above the human scale, they can be thought of as imposition of power. They represent the concept of masculinity because of their being phallic structures. For this reason, if the anti-monument concept is understood as the opposite of the monument, it can be related to the concept of femininity.

On the other hand, responding to “What does anti-monument of water mean?” by looking for a different monumentality has conversion  potential from the anti-monument to a monument with the change of authority in the future. Therefore, by approaching this way, creating the candidate monument does not exactly match the concept being considered.

In this sense, the anti-monument things not impose its authority, it may be something that is not active in the effort to have a say. In this case, it may even be necessary not to solidify it. Because there is always the possibility that anything that builds and expands into the third dimension will always gain a monumental value. For this reason, two-dimensional and horizontally expanding things would be more appropriate for the anti-monument of water concept. Also, it can lead to the design of female architecture and cities with architectural considerations to be developed by this method.


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