With "Bergama Stereo," Istanbul-based artist and musician Cevdet Erek uses the sonic to explore the lasting architectural legacy of the Pergamon Altar. A special CTM 2020 collaboration takes place at Hamburger Bahnhof to highlight the ongoing installation. The Pergamon Altar was originally constructed in the second century BC, and restored in 1901 on Berlin’s Museum Island after being transported from Turkey in fragments. Erek’s installation considers the forms, functions, and interpretations of the Altar via a 34-channel composition.
On this evening, the piece will be accompanied by a performance by the trio Contagious (Sabine Erkelentz, Andrea Neumann, Mieko Suzuki), who have been invited to explore the themes and structural aspects of the installation as part of an ongoing project by Freunde Guter Musik.
"Bergama Stereo" is a coproduction by Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e. V., Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, and Ruhrtriennale. Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, with support by the SAHA Association.
Cevdet Erek 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 to noise to psychedelic to electronic.
Contagious is Sabine Ercklentz, Andrea Neumann, and Mieko Suzuki. The trio was founded in summer 2018, and creates a constant tension between club-oriented, danceable, and experimental music.
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