Cevdet Erek was born in 1974 in Istanbul, Turkey, where he lives and works.
Cevdet Erek’s artistic practice is based on the themes of sound, architecture, rhythm, meas- ured time, dance music and site-specificity. Combining video, sound and images he o en a empts to alter the viewer’s perception and experience of a given environment. He is particularly interested in the way we apprehend the world around us and organize our lives through measurements of space (metric system), time (calendar and clock) and music tempo (beats per minute). The artist conflates these seemingly objective systems with other appar- ently more subjective ones, such as the timeline of events or the changing rhythm in musical improvisations.
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 Necropsy, Erek received his master’s degree in sound engineering and design at the Center for Advanced Studies in Music (MIAM) of Istanbul Technical Univer- sity, where he also completed a PhD.
Recently, Cevdet Erek was nominated for the Jameel Prize 4 and has been elected for the Turkish Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. Earlier, 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.
Cevdet Erek has had solo exhibitions at venues including Spike Island, Bristol, UK (2014), MaerzMusik, Berlin, Germany (2013), Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2012), 300m2 Art Space, Gothenburg, Sweden (2009). He has presented his works at the Marrakesh Biennial, Morocco (2014), the Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates (2013), the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Con- temporary Art (APT7), Queensland Art Gallery, Stanley Place, Brisbane, Australia (2013), dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel (2012), the Istanbul Biennial (2015,2011, 2003) and Home Works 5, Beirut, Lebanon (2010), as well as in group exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Nether- lands (2014), the Museum of Modern Art of Kuwait City, Kuwait (2012), Tate Modern, London, UK (2011), TBA 21, Vienna, Austria (2010), Artists Space, New York, USA (2009), and Extra City, Antwerp, Belgium (2009), among other venues.