Cevdet Erek

Out of Place

Cevdet Erek  Out of Place

source: tateorguk
Tate Modern’s Project Space presents Out of Place, an exhibition that has arisen from a collaboration between Tate Modern and Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan. The exhibition features four artists from different backgrounds whose diverse political and social circumstances have prompted them to consider their environment. The artists in Out of Place each explore the relationship between dominant political forces and personal and collective histories by looking at urban space, architectural structures and the condition of displacement.
Hrair Sarkissian’s In Between 2007 is a series of large-scale photographs of austere Soviet-style buildings left abandoned in the dramatic hills and valleys of rural Armenia. They register the paradox experienced by this Syrian artist of Armenian origin of ‘returning’ to a land which he had only known from family stories, as the reality of the region replaced the country he had imagined. In The Valley 2007–8, Ahlam Shibli explores conditions in the village Arab al-Shibli, where Palestinians living under Israeli jurisdiction face relocation from their land. In Goter 2002–3, she looks at the lives of Palestinians of Bedouin descent from al-Naqab (Negev).
In the 1970s, Ion Grigorescu began recording everyday scenes in his home city of Bucharest with an 8 mm camera. In his films and photographs he focuses on the unregimented activities taking place amid the rapidly changing urban landscape. His images of children playing, as well as of haphazardly discarded objects, contrast with the uniformity of the surrounding architecture from Romania’s Communist past. Cevdet Erek’s Shading Monument for the Artist 2009 reflects more generally on the possibilities of political art. The shadow-sculpture casts text on the gallery wall with varying intensity throughout the day; the words have been taken from memorials to those who fought in the Spanish Civil War. Appropriating these words for his artist’s monument, Erek blurs the status of political activism and artistic action.
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source: mor-charpentier
Cevdet Erek’s artistic practice is based on the themes of sound, architecture, rhythm, measured time, dance music and site-specificity. Based on the analysis of a given space and on the use and reuse of everyday objects and shapes, Cevdet Erek‘s work is above all a sonic and three dimensional investigation about the structure of the so called “natural” and “human made” spaces and times, and the way we try to measure, organize and materialize these concepts.

Cevdet Erek studied architecture at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul between 1992 and 1999. In 2003, while practicing as an architect and performing with the Istanbul avant-garde rock group Nekropsi, Erek received his master’s degree in sound engineering and design at the Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM) of Istanbul Technical University.

He was awarded the Uriot Prize with his video Studio (2005) during his residency at Rijksakademie vbk (2005-2006, Amsterdam) and the Nam June Paik Prize (2012). Erek’s book SSS – Shore Scene Soundtrack was published by BAS in Istanbul in 2008 and more recently, Room of Rhythms 1 was published by Walther König on the occasion of dOCUMENTA(13) in 2012.

Erek’s solo exhibitions include: Alt Üst, Spike Island, Bristol, UK (2014), Re- mor charpentier, Paris, France (2014), Pattern Anti Pattern‚ duo show with Slavs and Tatars, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany (2013), Week, Kunsthalle Basel, Basel, Switzerland (2012), Ahmet Cevdet Bey, duo show with Ahmet Öğüt, Overgaden, Copenhagen, Denmark (2011).

He has also taken part in group exhibitions in international venues such as Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Collection display (2014), MAXXI, Rome, Italy (2014), Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey (2014), 5th Marrakech Biennial, Marrakech, Morocco (2014), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2014), MAK, Vienna, Austria (2013), 11th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (2013), 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT), Queensland Art Gallery, Stanley Place, Brisbane, Australia (2012), CCA Wattis, San Francisco, USA (2012), dOCUMENTA(13), Kassel, Germany (2012), SALT, Istanbul, Turkey (2012), New Museum Triennial, with Ala Younis and group, New Museum, NY, USA (2012), 12th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey (2011), Arter, Istanbul, Turkey (2011), Tate Modern, London, UK (2011).

Cevdet Erek is a member of the advisory team for the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015), curated by Carolyn Christov-Bargakiev.
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source: akincinl
Cevdet Erek’s (1974, Istanbul) work is characterised by a marked use of rhythm and site specificity. Erek combines video, sound and images, often in an attempt to alter the viewer’s perception and experience of a given space. The result functions as a hypothesis, probing the viewer’s instinctive logic and thus appealing to the senses. Interestingly, Erek manages to combine rational components such as references to architecture and linear time with instinctive impulses thereby levelling the gap between two supposedly opposing spheres.

Erek studied architecture at the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul (1992-1999), and received a PhD in Music (2003-2011) after completing his studies for sound engineering and design (2000-2003) at the Center for Advanced Studies in Music of Istanbul Technical University. He was artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2005-2006), as well as at Artists Space, New York (2009), Lokaal 01, Antwerp (2009) and Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2007). In 2012, Erek received the Nam Jun Paik award. Solo exhibitions include Alt Üst at Spike Island, Bristol (2014), Week at Kunsthalle Basel (2012), Ahmet Cevdet Bey, duo show with Ahmet Öğüt, Overgaden, Copenhagen (2011), Ankara Modern 1, Masa, Istanbul (2009), Side by Side, m3, Göteborg (2009) and On the day I fix a turbine to my belly, Lokaal 01, Antwerp (2009).

Group exhibitions (selection): Stedelijk Museum collection display, Amsterdam (2014); MAXXI, Rome (2014); Istanbul Modern (2014); Marrakech Biennale 5 (2014); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); MAK, Vienna (2013); Sharjah Biennial 11, Sharjah (2013); 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (2012); CCA Wattis, San Fransisco (2012); dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel (2012); Museum of Manufactured Response to Absence, Museum of Modern Art, Kuwait City (2012); Sound Space, ZKM, Karlsruhe, TBA21 (2012); Turkish Art New and Superb, Tanas, Berlin (2012); Ungovernables – 2012 New Museum Triennial, with Ala Younis and group, New Museum, New York (2012); The Riot Act, Galerie Mor Charpentier, Paris (2011); Maps, Timelines, Radio Programs, La Galerie, Noisy-le-Sec (2011); An Exchange with Sol LeWitt, MASS MoCA, Massachusetts (2011); Untitled, 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011); Aksak Ritim/Odd Time Beat, Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul (2011); Art of Climbing Mountains, 303 Gallery, New York (2011); Tactics of Invisibility, Arter, Istanbul (2011); Out of Place, Darat al Funun, Amman (2011); Out of Place, Tate Modern, Level 2, London (2011); Another Country, IFA, Berlin (2010); Un-incorporated, Manzara Perspectives, Istanbul (2010); Tactics of Invisibility, Tanas, Berlin (2010); Home Works 5, Ashkal Alwan for Contemporary Arts and the Home Works Academy, Beirut (2010); Another Country, IFA, Stuttgart (2010); Tactics of Invisibility, TBA21, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Wien (2010); Arrangements, Sextant Et Plus, Marseille (2010); Altogether Elsewhere, Rodeo Gallery, Istanbul, (2010); I’m not there, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York (2009); Centry – Fugacions, La Capella , Barcelona (2009); Columns Held Us Up, Artists Space, New York (2009); Manifesty Destiny, Extra City, Antwerp (2009); Istanbul, traverses, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille (2009); Just in Time, Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam (2006); Poetic Justice, 8th Istanbul Biennial (2003).
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source: mor-charpentier
Cevdet Erek fonde sa pratique sur une expérience et une analyse du son, de l’architecture, du rythme, de la mesure du temps, de la musique dance et de l’in situ. En combinant vidéo, son, et images, il tente de modifier la perception et l’expérience que fait le spectateur d’un environnement donné. Il s’intéresse plus particulièrement à la façon dont nous appréhendons le monde autour de nous et organisons nos vies en mesurant l’espace (système métrique), le temps (calendrier et l’horloge), et les sons, la musique (tempo, battements par minute). L’artiste rapproche ces systèmes objectifs à d’autres plus subjectifs, tels que la chronologie d’événements ou les changements de rythme dans des improvisations musicales.

Cevdet Erek a étudié l’architecture à la Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts d’Istanbul (1992 à 1999). . En 2003, il reçoit son diplôme du Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM) de l’Istanbul Technical University, en ingénieurie du son et design, alors qu’il est engagé dans une pratique d’architecte, mais aussi de musicien avec le groupe de rock avant-gardiste Nekropsi.

Lors de sa résidence à la Rijksakademie (2005-2006, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas), il a reçu le Uriot Prize pour sa video Studio (2005), et il a été lauréat du Prix Nam June Paik (2012). Son livre SSS – Shore Scene Soundtrack a été publié par BAS à Istanbul en 2008, et plus récemment, Room of Rhythms 1 a été publié par Walther König à l’occasion de la dOCUMENTA(13) en 2012.

Le travail de Cevdet Erek a été présenté lors de plusieurs expositions personnelles, telles que : Alt Üst, Spike Island, Bristol, Royaume-Uni (2014), Re-, mor charpentier, Paris, France (2014), Pattern Anti Pattern‚ en duo avec Slavs and Tatars, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Allemagne (2013), Week, Kunsthalle Basel, Bâle, Suisse (2012), Ahmet Cevdet Bey, en duo avec Ahmet Öğüt, Overgaden, Copenhague, Danemark (2011).

Il a également participé à de nombreuses expositions collectives dans des institutions internationales, parmi lesquelles le Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Pays-Bas, présentation de la collection (2014), le MAXXI, Rome, Italie (2014), Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turquie (2014), la 5ème Biennale de Marrakech, Maroc (2014), le Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (2014), le MAK, Vienne, Autriche (2013), la 11ème Biennale de Sharjah, Émirats Arabes Unis (2013), la 7ème Triennale d’Art Contemporain de l’Asie-Pacifique, Queensland Art Gallery, Stanley Place, Brisbane, Australie (2012), le CCA Wattis, San Francisco, États-Unis (2012), dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, Allemagne (2012), SALT, Istanbul, Turquie (2012), la Triennale du New Museum, avec Ala Younis, New Museum, New York, États-Unis (2012), la 12ème Biennale d’Istanbul, Turquie (2011), Arter, Istanbul, Turquie (2011), la Tate Modern, Londres, Royaume-Uni (2011).

Cevdet Erek fait partie de l’équipe consultative pour la 14ème Biennale d’Istanbul (2015) curatée par Carolyn Christov-Bargakiev.