by Ali Demirel & Carlota Marques
Kuyu is the second work of Demirel’s post-apocalyptic utopia series. It is designed as a 3- channel video installation, each channel at 4K resolution.
Demirel observes abandoned architectural structures with his camera to fantasize about a post-apocalyptic future with no human survivor. How do structures live without humans they’re designed for? The work is an artistic take on the beauty of an objectively dystopian scenario.
Sound design by Carlota Marques.
about the artist
Ali Mahmut Demirel, born in 1972, Turkey.
Studied nuclear engineering at Hacettepe University, and architecture at Middle East Technical University (METU). After receiving his degree in architecture, he worked and lectured at GISAM (Audio-Visual Research Center) of METU.
Started making experimental videos in 1993, focusing on minimal imagery and structural compositions. His concepts are often driven from science and architecture.
Following his collaboration with Richie Hawtin (aka Plastikman) on music videos, he started to design and perform live visual shows. Reflecting his background in physics and architecture, he has established a unique visual style with minimal electronic music.
Demirel has performed live at Sonar Festival, Spain; Mutek Festival, Canada; Coachella, USA; Brixton Academy, London; ADE, Amsterdam; Dissonanze, Rome; Berlin Music Days; TimeWarp, Mannheim; Creamfields, UK; Global Gathering, UK; Detroit Electronic Music Festival; Miami Music Conference; Fuji Rock Festival, Japan; Future Music Festival, Australia; South American Music Conference, Buenos Aires; among others.
His work has been presented at Guggenheim Museum, New York; Transmediale & CTM, Berlin; TodaysArt.NL; ifa Galerie, Berlin; ICA, London; [space], London; ACAW, Max Protetch Gallery, New York; Sammlung ESSL, Wien; European Media Art Festival, Osnabruck; State Museum of Fine Arts, Kyrgyzstan; Aksanat, Istanbul; Proje4L, Istanbul; International Short Film Festival, Hamburg; Festival International Cinéma Méditerranéen, Montpellier; !f Istanbul; Antalya Altinportakal Film Festival; Ankara International Film Festival; among others.
Lives and works in Berlin since 2008.