26 March 2013. Error Renewal is in it’s third week of operations in the Kurdish capital, Diyarbakir. Eight Errorists from northern regions with support from local artists and academics have occupied a flat on Revolution Boulevard, a section of an industrial compound and periphery regions of Sümerpark. Error Collectivists have been interrogated by police and escorted by urban tanks in attempts to comprehend their actions. Fashion Errors including but not limited to short shorts have provoked conflict with Muslims and clashes between neighbors and family members.
Errorist were seen in the outlaying Bağıvar where reports of mural bombing the elementary schools. Laser cut stencils of traditional Estonian mitten patterns were spray painted across the school’s exits. The walls, painted with texts like, “Let’s be friends,” and “Life is beautiful” as well as the paintings of an elephant, bunny, butterfly and flowers are a constant reminder to the village children of a chain of inexplicable errors.
A local businessman commented, “I see them advance to Sümerpark every morning and quick march back to Revolution Boulevard late at night, and they are always carrying garbage,” the man gestured his bewilderment and asked, “WTF are they doing?”
On 22 March an Error intervention at Sümerpark occurred when a 170 centemeter diameter sphere covered in plastic waste material was carried in a ritualistic procession. Park inhabitants seemed mostly undisturbed but the action drew the attention of a gang of feral children and an unconfirmed “village idiot workshop” coinciding in the same territory. Tensions arose when the giant ball of garbage was hoisted atop the roof of ecological project ruins. A video recording of an onlooker waving a big stick, drawing his knife was posted by Error on YouTube. Errorists set fires around the compound and brandished a burning banner of what seemed to be a dirty old piece of textile on a stick. Error claimed responsibility for setting two traps, one of which was stolen by passing school children, the second turned out to be a benign installation art. Rumors circulated of police involvement and long prison sentences however sources confirm only one Errorist was detained briefly by park security forces, offered tea and nice tobacco. The evening ended without incident and only minor bloodshed from work related injuries. Local newspapers cited their actions as artistic, ecological, and political.
After the 22 March demonstration onlookers offered the following comments;
“Their clothes are dirty, they appear unwashed and the men are unshaven.
Sometimes I offer them food and tea because they seem so pitiful. They are always taking things from the streets.”
A bewildered regular of Sümerpark observed, “They all carry knives, sometimes clubs or a saw. Once I saw one of them from Finland sweeping the street. He is from one of the richest nations in the world with the best social care. Why is he sweeping up cigarette butts from the streets of Diyarbakir? And why does his dustpan have wheels?”
A man who prefers to have his name remain anonymous explained, first one Errorist from Estonia arrived unannounced and moved into my flat. A friend of mine vouched that they were sympathetic but within a few days two more flew in from northernmost Europe, a week later three more joined them from Finland then another came from Sweden. They only use money for art materials, frivolities and inebriation. They sleep on scraps of cardboard on the floor, they eat all the food, and they fill the flat with waste material they find on the street.”
It is reported that on 23 March three of the collective member hitch-hiked to Istanbul and another is retreating Estonia in the early morning 27 March. It is not clear if the movement indicates evacuation or another baffling strategy for which this collective is known. It appears that Error members have momentarily retreated from Sümerpark, leaving behind scorched earth, a bottle of pee, broken windows fused into glass art, a few shitty DIY berimbau and the shimmering sun of garbage hovering above the southeastern corner of the park.
On the 27th of March, Error issued a statement:
"This is the hour of our errors. Mostly we break things but sometimes we can fix it too. We are mobile and sustainable, our actions are independent and guerilla. Let our Error bell ring; if an Error can occur in Diyarbakir an Error can occur anywhere."