In his Lecture, the artist presents his artistic reappraisal of the historical function and ongoing reception history of the Pergamon Altar located in Berlin, based on his work Bergama Stereo (2019). The altar is considered one of the most important Hellenistic structures from the 2nd century BC, and is located in the museum named after it in Berlin. Thematically, the artist is oriented to the issues of the exhibition, but puts them in the context of his own artistic work that closely examines the development of the reception of antiquity in science and culture of the last century. In the work exhibited at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, Erek refers to the famous giant frieze of the altar, the fragments of which were transported to Berlin at the end of the 19th century from their original location in what is now Turkey. In the 34-channel composition, sound takes on the central role of creating an architecture that visitors can hear as they move through the space.
Cevdet Erek, (*1974 Istanbul, lives in Istanbul), studied architecture at the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Istanbul and sound engineering and sound design at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Music of the Istanbul Teknik Üniversitesi, where he also received his PhD. Cevdet Erek incorporates the characteristics of each site into his works. Videos, LEDs, rhythmic sounds and images are elements of his projects, which are often about changing perception and the sense of space. He has been represented with monographic exhibitions from Istanbul to Basel to Gothenburg. As part of group exhibitions, his work has been shown in San Francisco, London, Kuwait City and in Beirut. In 2012, he was represented at Dokumenta 13 in Kassel, Germany. Erek is also a drummer in the Istanbul-based experimental rock band Nekropsi.