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Cevdet Erek

Press release

Cevdet Erek. Bergama Stereo. Works of music by visual artists

In Bergama Stereo, an architectural installation with sound, the Istanbul-based artist and musician Cevdet Erek references the form, the historically attributed function and the ongoing reception of the Pergamonaltar, now located in Berlin, and creates a new interpretation of the famous Hellenistic edifice. The exhibition marks the 20th anniversary of the series Works of music by visual artists and is accompanied by a performance and concert program.
Bergama is the Turkish name for the ancient city of Pergamon as well as the contemporary city and district. The Altar’s famous frieze of the giants and gods, also known as the gigantomachy frieze, is interpreted through a multi-channel composition. Fragmentary relics of the Altar were transported from their original site in present-day western Turkey to Berlin late in the 19th century. Bergama Stereo is a site-specific work and the visitors’ movements and listening activities determine how the composition is perceived.