Show: Tactics of Invisibility

above, installation

below, sketch

Sky ornamentation with 3 sounding dots and anti-pigeon net

Sky ornamentation with 3 sounding dots and anti-pigeon net

Site specific installation
Courtesy of the artist
Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna and Vehbi Koç Foundation, Istanbul

Presentation by Gudrun Ankele:

Cevdet Erek’s commissioned installation in the courtyard of the baroque Palais Erdödy-Fürstenberg in Vienna combines sound and architecture as to means of organizing space as well as of decoration. One reference for his work is Adolf Loos’s notorious essay “Ornament and Crime” (1908), in which he explored the idea that the progress of culture is associated with the deletion of ornament from everyday objects and architecture. The clear grid of the net floating above the small courtyard is being combined with three white squares, which contain extremely flat loudspeakers. This material ornamentation is being punctuated by a 3-channel sound piece titled 3, which is structured by basic variations on a ¾ beat. Each of the directional speakers thus produces an immaterial soundspace of its own, which overlaps at its edges with the following one. By walking through the courtyard, the audience can experience an ever-changing, progressing space that combines visual and auditive levels of the sensible, striped bare of all referential signs. Sky ornamentation with 3 sounding dots and antipigeon net is using the presence of music and the materiality of the pigeon net to produce an aesthetic experience which can be understood as an (ironic) experiment in non-referential, non-representational beauty.

Cevdet Erek, 1974 born in Istanbul, lives and works in Istanbul


Late December and January Shows and a Performance

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Altogether Elsewhere, Rodeo, Istanbul, 29.01.2010 – 05.03.2010, with Andy Coolquitt, Jason Dodge, Cevdet Erek, Haris Epaminonda, Jason Kalogiros, Jim Lambie, Rupert Norfolk, Sergei Paradjanov, Eftihis Patsourakis, Nathalie Rebholz, Mungo Thomson

Dokuman, CND, Paris, 27/28/29 – 01.2010, with TALDANS

Arrangements, Sextant Et Plus, Marseille, 12.01.10 – 13.02.10, with Elmas Deniz, Cevdet Erek, Deniz Gul, Borga Kanturk, Ahmet Ogut, Canan Senol, Merve Sendil, Gokce Suvari

Ankara Modern 1, Sketches for a Set of Nesting Tables and Rhythms


Masa, Istanbul, 25.12.2009 – 08.01.2010, Cevdet Erek

I AM NOT THERE, Center For Curatorial Studies, Bard College, NY, 14.12.2009 – 19.12.2009, with Can Altay, Cevdet Erek, Köken Ergun, Yasemin Özcan Kaya

Show: Unknown Territory 2009

From 21 augustus to 8 november, Museum De Paviljoens shows Unknown Territory 2009: a cabinet of art with objects, visions and observations. Unknown Territory 2009 is a plea for parallel and interdisciplinary approaches of architectural environment. With work by: Annesas Appel, Gwenneth Boelens, Nickel van Duijvenboden, Hala Elkoussy, Cevdet Erek, Anne Holtrop, Yasmijn Karhof, Marijn van Kreij, Vincent Meessen, and Sarah van Sonsbeeck