Oasis is a notebook which turns into an autobiographical map when its finished by its user. You cannot find any map that will show the true places. However, you are able to create this map by yourself through Oasis.


Oasis focuses on how the “house” constructed through objects, memories, time and

connections. In the Poetics of Spaces, Gaston Bachelard writes the house is

“the topography of our intimate being”, both the repository of memory and the lodging of the soul. Our house is our corner of the world, and it is inside of us.


House is a powerful symbol of our past and identity. Through little cues about the

house, Oasis enables the user to dream and to remember about oneself. It will lead you to peaceful dreams and profound observations. In the end, your Oasis will look like the world you recognise both inside and outside of yourself.


Oasis is not for collecting, communicating or reflecting. It just provides a space for

creation and realisation. Remember, analysing and accepting yourself takes time.

Oasis could be the first step for that. If you can finish your Oasis in the two weeks, this will be perfect as a first step. Besides, while you are completing your Oasis, stay with yourself, be alone. As Deleuze writes in Negotiations, “it’s not a problem of

getting people to express themselves but of providing little gaps of solitude and silence in which they might eventually find something to say. Repressive forces don’t stop people expressing themselves but rather force them to express themselves; What a relief to have nothing to say, the right to say nothing because only then is there a chance of framing the rare, and even rarer, the thing that might be worth saying.”


Oasis intended to be an intimate map of your world. All poems, prose of all kinds,

photographs, sketches, drawings, tickets, charts, and diagrams are welcome. You can ended up hanging your Oasis on your wall.

Oasis by Anı Ekin Özdemir


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