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Cevdet Erek, "Bergama Stereo"

Bergama Stereo

SAHA provides support for Cevdet Erek’s installation Bergama Stereo, which takes place at Ruhrtriennale and Hamburger Bahnhof. Bergama Stereo, realized as part of the series “Works of Music by Visual Artists“ with the collaboration of Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e.V. with Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, supported by Kulturstiftung des Bundes, is on view between 24 August-28 September 2019 at Ruhrtriennale in Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum, and then at Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin between 19 October 2019-8 March 2020. Forming an integral part of the exhibitions is a programme of concerts and performances, which is staged within the respective halls and will take up themes and structural aspects of the architecture.

In the installation Bergama Stereothe Istanbul-based artist and musician Cevdet Erek uses the form, content and historical reception of the Pergamon Altar that is now in Berlinas the point of departure and reference for a new, architectural interpretation of the monumental Hellenistic construction. Bergama is the Turkish name for the ancient city of Pergamon as well as the present town and district in Asia MinorThe famous Gigantomachy frieze of the altar will be interpreted with a multichannel sound composition that will fill the space. Sound here assumes the central role in creating an architecture that visitors perceive acoustically as they move through the space. 

About Cevdet Erek

During and following studying architecture at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Cevdet Erek (1974, Istanbul) worked at various architectural practices while also taking part in the music band Nekropsi. Upon completing his masters degree in Sound Engineering & Design at İTÜ MIAM Center for Advanced Studies in Music, Erek was an artist in residence at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in 2005-2006. Erek’s installations and performances were shown in dOCUMENTA (13) (2012); Istanbul Biennial (2003, 2013 and 2015), Sydney Biennial (2016), Sharjah Biennial (2013), Stedelijk Museum (2014), MAXXI (2014 and 2015), Istanbul Modern (2014, 2015 and 2016), Arter (2011), SALT (2012 and 2015) and others. Major solo exhibitions of his work are AAAAA in M HKA, Antwerp in 2018, Spike Island in Bristol, titled “Alt Üst” (2014), and "Week" at Kunsthalle Basel (2012). The Venice Biennial of 2017 featured the solo show of the artist at the Pavilion of Turkey. His published books are: ''SSS – Shore Scene Soundtrack” (2008, BAS), “Room of Rhythms 1” (2012, Walther König) and “Less Empty Maybe” (2015, Revolver/Artist).  “SSS – Shore Scene Soundtrack” was the recipient of Nam June Paik Media Art Prize given by Kunststiftung NRW (2012). Among his most recent sound/music work are; sound and music direction for Kaan Müjdeci's feature length film “Sivas” (71st Venice Film Festival - Special Jury Prize, 2014), music and sound co-design for Emin Alper’s feature length film “Frenzy” (72nd Venice Film Festival - Special Jury Prize, 2015). Since 2011 Cevdet Erek has taught at Istanbul Technical University and lives and works in Istanbul.