Cevdet Erek was born in Istanbul in 1974. During and after studying Architecture at Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts, Erek engaged in various architectural practices while playing in the music band Nekropsi. Upon finishing a masters in Sound Engineering & Design at İTÜ MIAM Center for Advanced Studies in Music, Erek was named artist-in-residence at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam in 2005–2006. His installations and performances have been presented at dOCUMENTA (13) 2012; Istanbul Biennial 2003, 2013 and 2015; Sydney Biennial 2016; Sharjah Biennial 2013; Stedelijk Museum 2014; MAXXI 2014 and 2015; Istanbul Modern 2014, 2015 and 2016; Arter 2011; SALT 2012 and 2015, and others. Major solo exhibitions of his work were organised by Spike Island in Bristol, titled “Alt Üst” 2014; and "Week" at Kunsthalle Basel 2012. Publications include: “SSS – Shore Scene Soundtrack” 2008, BAS, “Room of Rhythms 1” 2012, Walther König and “Less Empty Maybe” 2015, Revolver/Artist. “SSS – Shore Scene Soundtrack” was the recipient of the Nam June June Paik Media Art Prize given by Kunststiftung NRW 2012. Among his most recent sound/music work are sound and music direction for Kaan Müjdeci's feature length film “Sivas” 71st Venice International Film Festival - Special Jury Prize, 2014, and music and sound co-design for Emin Alper’s feature length film “Frenzy” 72nd Venice International Film Festival – Special Jury Prize, 2015. Since 2011, Cevdet Erek lives in Istanbul, teaching at ITU and is represented by AKINCI, Amsterdam and Mor-Charpentier, Paris.
İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts acknowledges the kind collaboration of İstanbul Technical University.