Cevdet Erek’s 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.
During his architecture studies at the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Cevdet Erek (1974, Istanbul, Turkey) worked at various architectural practices and co-founded the music band Nekropsi. In 2003, he left the master’s program at MSU for the Istanbul Technical University’s Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM), where he studied Sound Engineering & Design and worked as a research assistant from 2002-2011. Erek was an artist in residence at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam between 2005-2006. He currently lives and works, both as an artist, teacher and musician in Istanbul, Turkey.