Erek Cevdet

Cevdet Erek (TR) is an Istanbul-born artist and drummer. In 1989, he was one of the founders of the lauded four-piece experimental band Nekropsi, whose eclectic style has run the gamut from thrash metal and noise to psychedelic and electronic. Erek studied architecture in Istanbul before studying sound engineering and design. While Nekropsi provided an early musical platform for his innovations in percussion, his solo explorations of sound and architecture have appeared more frequently in his work as a conceptual artist. Erek was an artist-in-residence at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam from 2005 to 2006. He participated in dOCUMENTA13 with his installation Raum der Rhythmen/Room of Rhythms, which was also presented at Rome’s MAXXI in 2014, the Istanbul Biennial in 2015, and the Sydney Biennial in 2016. His study Courtyard Ornamentation was shown at the Sharjah and Marrakech Biennials in 2013 and 2014 respectively. His series Rulers and Rhythm appeared at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the 12th Istanbul Biennial, and the Asia Pacific Triennial in Brisbane. This past summer (2017), he represented Turkey at the Venice Biennale with ÇIN, an architectural intervention with sound. In his installations, Erek creates site-specific immersive environments that challenge perceptions of space and time.