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Cevdet Erek

© Stuart Whipps

Alt √úst - Spike Island

Spike Island in Bristol hosts the solo exhibition by Cevdet Erek. SAHA provided support for the production of Cevdet Erek’s new work realized for the exhibition held between 15 February–13 April 2014.

Cevdet Erek’s work combines video, sound and images, often in an attempt to alter the viewer’s perception and experience of a given environment.  He is particularly interested in the way we apprehend the world around us and organise our lives through measurements of space (metric system), time (calendar and clock) and music tempo (beats per minute). He brings into play his responses to the architecture of the gallery (the central atrium of a former factory), the sounds already present in the building and the wider context of the Bristol music scene.

About Spike Island

Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design. Based in Bristol, UK, it is home to a gallery, café and working space for artists, designers and creative businesses. A vibrant hub for production, presentation and debate, they offer opportunities for audiences to engage directly with creative practices through participation and discussion.

Spike Island’s vision is to position art as central to society, which they do in two ways: by offering a high quality, challenging programme of exhibitions and events; and by fostering a dynamic and critically engaged community of artists and designers. Spike Island collaborates with local and regional partners as well as with international institutions, museums and universities.

About Cevdet Erek

After studying at Mimar Sinan University, Department of Architecture, Erek completed his master’s and doctoral degrees in the field of sound engineering at ITU MIAM (Istanbul Technical University, Center for Advanced Studies in Music).

Exploring the transformation of the phenomena of time and space into diverse visual and aural forms, Erek spent the years 2005-2006 in residence at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. Erek has held solo exhibitions at institutions such as 300m3 Art Space, Goteborg (2009); Akinci, Amsterdam (2011); and Kunsthalle, Basel (2012). His works have been exhibited in Artists Space, New York (2009); Tate Modern, London (2011); MASS MoCA, Massachusetts (2011); and TBA21, Vienna (2010). The artist has two books: SSS-Themes and Variations for Carpet, published in 2008 by BAS Artist Books, Istanbul, and Room of Rhythms, published in 2012 by Walther Koenig Books within the scope of Documenta 13. One of two artists from Turkey to have taken part in Documenta 13 in 2012, Cevdet Erek was nominated for the Nam June Paik Awards the same year.