IKSV (The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Art) has released some information about Cevdet Erek’s artwork that will represent Turkey Pavilion in 56th Venice Biennale which will be held between 13 May and November 2017. Artist, musician and academic Cevdet Erek’s ÇIN will be a site-specific work. Erek’s words best explain the details (which are more like “feelings” rather than solid details) about the work:

"Instead of trying to describe a project that is meant to be experienced on-site, and is still in the phase of formation, I propose to imagine a scene together as an exercise: There is a fenced ruin in the distance with a guard inside of it who should not leave during the day. The guard, while walking in silence, notices a visitor who carefully peeks around and the concert of thousands of crickets thanks to the visitor. This duo, who try to talk to each other at a distance, briefly cry out at the same time from the ear pain caused by a violent noise that occurs out of the blue. Then, at night, in another place as the officer tries to suppress the ringing in her ears by opening the window two fingerbreadths and the noise a notch, enters an alarm sound: ‘viyuviyuviyuviyu’. Then she tries to imagine again in the same order by going back to the beginning."

The team behind the project is made up of its coordinator Yelin Bilgin, architect Gürden Gür, architect Elif Tunçel, art historian (and Cevdet Erek’s sibling) Ayşe Erek and visual identity designer Yetkin Başarır. A gif relating to the project was also released.

For those of you who are not familiar with Erek’s works that are characterized by use of rhythm and site specificity (often combining video, sound and images) can visit his website. Born in Istanbul, Erek created his first installation in 2012 for Documenta 13. When Erek is not creating his art or teaching, he plays drums for a Turkish prog-rock and metal band called Nekropsi.

Out of Place by Cevdet Erek