Cevdet Erek wins Nam June Paik Award 2012
The jury of the Nam June Paik Award 2012 – International Media Art Award of the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia (Kunststiftung NRW) - praises the work of Cevdet Erek (born 1974, lives and works in Istanbul) as an ‘inspiring project which transforms the neutral architecture of the exhibition space into a fantastical and poetic place’. Erek’s installation can be seen as part of the award exhibition at Kunstmuseum Bochum, which presents the works of the seven shortlisted candidates. The show will be on display until 13 January 2013.
The jury selecting the winner based on the exhibition was composed of Ory Dessau, critic and curator (a.o. Herzliya Biennial of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv), Manu Park, Director of the Nam June Paik Center in Seoul, and Dr. Eva Schmidt, Director of Kunstmuseum Siegen.
SSS – Shore Scene Soundtrack is about mimicking the sea, or more generally about imitating a common natural phenomenon by using two hands and a piece of carpet. It was conceived as an ongoing experimentation with performance, memory, the body, technology, interactivity, instruments, nature and situation specificity.
The installation comprises a synthetic carpet found on the exhibition premises. Additional elements in the installation are a video of the performance, the SSS book and several drawings illustrating hand movements, which the artist may chose to include or not depending on the exhibition context.
The video shows a carpet being rubbed by a half-naked man with a series of massage-like hand movements. The carpet seen in the video originates from the artist’s living room and is placed on a Steinway concert grand piano. The image is interrupted at irregular intervals by short scenes, for instance a shot zooming in on the hands or showing the chatting sound engineers behind the window of the recording room. “[The book] SSS can be seen as an attempt to share a discovery. It explains in detail to the reader how to mimic the sea, and how this can be done simply for oneself, or formally as a performance.
Cevdet Erek studied Architecture at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul and Music at the Center for Advanced Studies in Music at the Istanbul Technical University. He creates sound installations which are seamlessly integrated into the architecture of the exhibition space. In early 2012 he presented work at the Kunsthalle Basel and took part in dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel.