In January 1985, the General Directorate of the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) banned the use of 205 words on TV and radio broadcasts on the grounds that they do not comply with the general structure and operation of the Turkish language and that they are beneath the level of standard Turkish. The order banned words such as “memory, remember, recollection, experimental, motion, revolution, nature, dream, theory, possibility, history, freedom, example, conversation, whole, life,” but it was ultimately repealed.
191/205 is a song created with the Turkish MC Fuat, consisting of 191 of these banned words found in TRT archives and newspapers.
Printed on 12’’ LP with an edition of 100 signed copies, 7′ 16’’ + List of words, framed, 38x122cm
The absurdity, and desperation, of authorities is encapsulated in Aslı Çavuşoğlu’s artwork 191/205 (2010), for which the artist took 191 of the 205 words banned in 1985 by the state media channel TRT—including “memory, remember, recollection, experimental, motion, revolution, nature, dream, theory, possibility, history, freedom, example, conversation, whole, life”—and had Turkish rapper MC Fuat turn them into a song, which she then pressed into a vinyl record. The words were supposedly “beneath the level of standard Turkish.”
Çavuşoğlu, rap şarkıcısı Fuat Ergin ile işbirliğine giderek tüm bu kelimeleri içeren bir şarkı hazırlıyor. 100 adet basılan bir plağa okunan bu parçaya söz konusu kelimelerin listesi de eşlik ediyor.