The Wish Machine

‘The Wish Machine’, by multi-disciplinary practice Autoban, was a contemporary version of the 'wish tree' on which people tie notes of hope.

Messages fed into the Wish Machine were carried through a tunnel of transparent pneumatic tubes and around the West Wing of Somerset House, before being deposited into the unknown, like coins tossed into the bottom of a well. The gesture of casting a wish into the dark reflected the profound hope of those among the biggest movement of people in recorded history, who search for utopian lands with dreams of a better future.

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Photography: Ed Reeve


Administering Body:

Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV)

Design Team:

Seyhan Özdemir, Sefer Çağlar, Çağla Gürbay, Zeynep Akten (Autoban)

Paul McMillen, Zehra Uçar,Koray Malhan (curatorial advisors)

Umut Südüak (graphic design)


Dino Korca

Supporting Bodies:

Turkishceramics (sponsor)

TEKNO/BARRISOL (production support)

Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism

2016 Exhibitors