In his audio performances, artist and musician Cevdet Erek examines the relationship between architecture and sound, natural rhythms and sounds generated by technology. His conceptual and site-specific works combine, in addition to tones, our shared experience and are therefore political, without being explicitly so. The acoustic space is a space of the collective. Shamanic trance, progressive rock’s audio experiments, the uniformity and strict monotony of minimal electronica, and techno’s hedonism: all these are made tangible in his multi-voice performance with the traditional oriental davul drum.
Cevdet Erek was born 1974 in Istanbul, lives and works in Istanbul. He currently presents his installation ÇIN in the Turkish Pavillion at the 57th Venice Biennale. He participated in the Istanbul Biennale (2003, 2011 and 2015) and dOCUMENTA 13 (2012). In June 2017 he released his album Davul.