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


2007 april-/to do list/publik

-11 April – 06 May 2007, Gallery Tanya Rumpff, Haarlem Cevdet Erek _’Constant’ at group show ‘On Memory’, curated by Johan Deumens in collaboration with Gallery Tanya Rumpff. List of artists below.

-14, 16 May 2007, 19:00, Pantin (Studio 3), Centre National de la Danse, Paris GRAF by Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sizanli in collaboration with Cevdet Erek and Erkie De Vries

-29 May 2007, 22:00, Indigo, Istanbul Nekropsi at Indigo

-03 June 2007, Garaj Istanbul GRAF at Istanbul Dance Festival, by TALdans (Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sizanli) in collaboration with Cevdet Erek and Erkie De Vries

-17 June 2007, 19:00, Park Orman, Istanbul Nekropsi at One Love Festival, with Beastie Boys and Cirkus

28 August 2007, Istanbul Lütfi Kirdar Convention & Ehibition Centre SSS at the opening of INTERNOISE 2007 (to be confirmed)

5 September 2007, 15:00 – 16:00, The Hall, Cevdet Erek artist talk TRIANGLE PROJECT

5 September 2007, 01:00 -02:00, The Hall, Cev Edit performs TRIANGLE PROJECT
7 September 2007, 17:30 – 18:00, PLATFORM GARANTI CAC, Nekropsi proudly presents 4/4
8 September 2007, 10:00 -11:00, IMC, Keep working or networking. Speakers: Annie Fletcher and Cevdet Erek
8 September 2007, 18:00 -21:00, Balkon, MOOD SALON with Hannah Hurtzig, Brian Dillon, Dieter Roelstraete, Irene Kopelman, Marino Castillo Debal, Bülent Tanju, Cevdet Erek among others.

-11 September 2007, Cetin Emec Gallery, Izmir Group Show ‘OFF THE RECORD’ by Adnan Yildiz

-29 September – 03 October 2007, Art Forum Berlin, at Akinci

-1 – 23 October 2007 , Townhouse, Cairo Residency

-22 October 2007 , 19:00, Townhouse, Cairo Artist Talk ‘Dark Light Dark’

– 24 October – December 2007, Can Xalant, Spain Residency

-1 November 2007, Santralistanbul, Istanbul Opening “Light, Illumination and Electricity” Project supported by Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue

-4 November 2007, BAS Istanbul BENT 004: “Cevdet Erek – SSS” Publication launch at BAS Artist books

-Sometime November 2007, Rijksakademie, Amsterdam ‘Cevdet Erek – Studio’ Book launch

-January 2008, Akinci Gallery, Amsterdam C. Erek solo


11 April – 6 May 2007

Curated by Johan Deumens in collaboration with Gallery Tanya Rumpff

Kasper Andreasen / Christiane Baumgartner / Pavel Büchler / Chris Burden / Claude Closky / Cevdet Erek / Kendell Geers / Mona Hatoum / Information as Material / Ligorano/Reese / Meredith Monk / Moshekwa Langa / Tine Melzer / Julião Sarmento / Thomas Schütte / Anne-Marie Schneider / Nedko Solakov & The Temporary Archive on Memory

Gallery Tanya Rumpff, Spaarnwouderstraat 74, 2011 AE Haarlem, NL.


I’ll be participating

Just In Time. Municipal Art Acquisitions
at Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1.12.06 – 11.03.07

I’ll install Stedelijk Waterfall, Shore Scene Soundtrack and a new piece.

“The annual Municipal Art Acquisitions exhibitions allow for an overview of cultural activity in Amsterdam, in terms of visual art, photography, design and applied arts.
Each year one or a combination of disciplines is central to the exhibition. Work from the show is selected and acquired for the Stedelijk Museum collection.

In 2006 the set-up and organization of the Municipal Art Acquisitions has changed with the introduction of a guest curator. The guest curator formulates a concept for the exhibition and, together with the jury which also includes a curator from the Stedelijk Museum, realizes the show. This year the Stedelijk Museum invited Maxine Kopsa, freelance curator and associate editor of the contemporary art magazine Metropolis M, as guest curator. She will curate the show entitled Just In Time.

Will Holder is responsible for the graphic design.”

Artist list:
Kaspar Andreasen
Adam Avikainen
Maria Barnas
Lonnie van Brummelen/Siebren de Haan
Mariana Castillo Deball
Cevdet Erek
Mark Manders
Sebastian Diaz Morales
Arnoud Holleman
Germaine Kruip
Falke Pisano
Maaike Schoorel
Lucy Stein
Jimmy Robert
Radio Rietveld SMCS
If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Revolution