Electro-acoustic Live Techno

Korhan Erel and accordion player Mikail Yakut have been preparing an electro-acoustic techno set for the #disPlaced – #rePlaced 2 Festival to take place in Berlin on April 12-13. The festival, which will take place in Radialsystem with an afterparty at Kater Blau, is curated by İpek İpekçioğlu a.k.a. DJ İpek. Mikail and Korhan will present their project at 20:00 on April 13.

Korhan will also conduct a workshop on recording and sound manipulation using mobile devices on April 13. The workshop is free but registration is required for participation

Check out the whole program here

April 12

April 13

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Hacktivate Yourself in Hong Kong

Korhan Erel will spend two weeks in Hong Kong for the exhibition “Hacktivate Yourself”, where they will show a sound installation titled “we’re all alike” and perform an audiovisual show with visual artist Vvzela Kook on March 30th. The exhibition opens at 1a space on March 23rd with performances by participating artists and will continue until May 19th.

1a space proudly presents Hactivate Yourself, a contemporary art exhibition and public project curated by Tuçe Erel, the 1a space’s Call for Curator/Artist in Residence 2019 recipient. Hactivate Yourself features Istanbul-based contemporary artists AslieMk, Berlin-based Korhan Erel and Göksu Kunak a.k.a. Gucci Chunk, Bochum-based artist Julia Nitschke, and Hong Kong-based artist Vvzela Kook. Hactivate Yourself is the selected project of 1a Space “Call for Curator/Artist in Residence 2019”.

“Hactivate Yourself !” is a project that concept is driven by transhumanism and posthumanism themes. The exhibition will explore artistic positions about hacking culture, biohacking, biopolitics, critique of daily usage of internet through performance, performative installations, videos, sound and site specific installations.

The exhibition will ask these questions: How can we hack our ideas? How can we look outside the box? It is important to understand that hacking in the smaller scale could change a lot in our daily life. How can we hack the system for the sake of better life? The popular culture and so many sponsored videos in the social media are promoting about healthy, quality, and active life. How about hactivating our lives!

The exhibition ‘Hactivate Yourself ’ will bring together AslieMk, Korhan Erel, Göksu Kunak a.k.a. Gucci Chunk, Vvzela Kook and Julia Nitschke during the residency period at 1a space.

Hactivate Yourself

Opening Reception: 23 March 2019, 3pm

15:30 AslieMk – “Post”, durational performance

18:00 Göksu Kunak a.k.a. Gucci Chunk – “Döner Blackout”, lecture performance

19:00 Julia Nitschke – “PEOPLE SUCK BUT IT’S OK BECAUSE CATZ – why it is pretty much obvious to live riot not diet”, lecture performance

Exhibition Period: 23 March 2019 – 19 May 2019

Time: Tuesday to Sundays 11 am – 7 pm (closed on Mondays)

Venue: 1a space

Unit 14, Cattle Depot Artist Village, 63 Ma Tau Kok Road,To Kwa Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Enquiry: +852 25290087/ info@oneaspace.org.hk

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Public program
Public program of ‘Hactivate Yourself’ exhibition will have curatorial tour, a discussion session with invited academics from Hong Kong. The public program will finish with free improvisation audio-visual performance of Vvzela Kook and Korhan Erel, who are separately presenting their works in the exhibition.

Online Registration: https://goo.gl/forms/4OhOUM0nsLAzdSRo1

1. Curatorial Guided Tour

Mar. 28, 11am to 12pm & 5pm to 6 pm.

Mar. 29, 11am to 12pm & 5pm to 6 pm.

Mar. 30, 4pm to 4.45pm

2. Discussion

Mar. 30, 5pm to 6.30pm

Theme: Discussion on Biopolitics and Art: Hacking the Body

Speakers (in no particular order):

Göksu Kunak (Performance Artist, Researcher)

Julia Nitschke (Performance Artist, Researcher)

Dr. Denise Tse-Shang Tang (Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Studies, Lingnan University)

Dr. Sonia Wong (Founder of Reel Women Hong Kong and Part-time Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong)

3. Audio-visual Performance

Mar. 30, 7pm to 7.30pm

Performance Artists: Vvzela Kook & Korhan Erel

About Call for Curator/Artist in Residence 2019

With the aim of encouraging curatorial research in tandem with exhibition planning, the program provides one deserving curatorial talent or curatorial team/ artist or artist group a platform and necessary resources to realize an innovative and experimental project to fill the gap between larger public institutions and commercial ventures. The aim of this curatorial residency program is to promote arts in Hong Kong with international collaborations and to enhance international curatorial research in Hong Kong.

Curator and Participating Artists


Tuçe Erel

Tuçe Erel (1981, Ankara) is a curator, art writer and art professional, based in Berlin. She studied Sociology at METU(2005, Ankara), and Arts Theory and Critic (MA program) at Anatolian University (2009, Eskişehir). She did her second MA in Art Arts Policy and Management (with curating pathway) at Birkbeck College (2015, London).

She worked for an art magazine as content editor, event manager and archivist, and gallery assistant in Istanbul from 2011 through 2013. Since September 2013, she has been working as a freelance art professional. She worked for artist’s book project, supported artists’ public relations, and contributed to art magazines in Turkey. Since 2015, she has been organizing events, performances, and exhibitions. In 2017 February she co-curated “Now You are Here” with Seval Sener at Arte Sanat (Ankara)and curated “Fabric/ate” at Schneidertempel (Istanbul).

She was at the curatorial team of Quiet Cue and since January 2017, she is a member of > top e.V. Her curatorial interests are archiving practices, urban studies, ecology, Anthropocene, post-humanism and post-digital theories. Currently she is hosting Posthumanism Reading Group at Top once a month and hosting various exhibitions and events at the space.


Participating Artists (in no particular order)

AslieMk (performance duo – Aslı Dinç & MK Yurttaş)

AslieMk is the performance duo project of Aslı Dinç and Mustafa Kemal Yurttaş, based in Istanbul, Turkey.

They explore the nature of being duo around the keywords like posthuman, psychogeography, cosmic, ghostly-becoming and schizo-creative. Their performances include experiences in-between performative intervention and performative sculpture using new media, video, photography, audio installations. Since 2012, AslieMk continued their performances in public spaces, abandoned buildings, art festivals, and non-profit organizations. Since 2016, AslieMk is represented by international performance art platform Performistanbul.



Korhan Erel

Korhan Erel is a electronic musician, improviser, sound designer based in Berlin. They play instruments they design on a computer by employing various controllers. They also use analog and digital electronics. Korhan composes and designs sounds for dance, theater, installations and film. Korhan’s collaboration with Sydney-based video artist Fabian Astore “The Threshold” has won the Blake Prize in Australia in 2012. They are a founding member of Islak Köpek, Turkey’s pioneer free improvisation group, which is regarded as the band that started the free improvisation scene in Turkey.

Korhan’s computer performance system is called Omnibus. The instruments within Omnibus are a culmination of Korhan’s musical past and aesthetic choices. Omnibus instruments use concrete sounds (samples, field recordings), morphed and processed in realtime. The instruments are played interactively using controllers and an iPad, used both as a controller and an instrument. No matter what technology they use, Korhan always stays focused on the outcome and musicality rather than processes.

They perform regularly in Europe and in the Middle East as a solo artist as well as with their projects in Germany, Turkey and Switzerland. They performed in Soundtrips NRW, Moers Festival, Labor Sonor, Klangzeit Festival, Borusan Music House Istanbul and many more fantastic venues and festivals.


Vvzela Kook

(B. 1990, Lives and works in Hong Kong)

Vvzela Kook is a new media artist who mainly works in audiovisual mediums, including performance, theatre, generative video and drawing. Her audiovisual works combine media with performance; they explore the possibility of coexistence between contemporary performance types, like dance or choreography, and computer-generated new media.

Kook’s video works combine technology with her artistic practice to reproduce and convert urban cityscapes into an integrated virtual experience, guiding the audience on a cybernetic journey. The condensed textures in her works connect with multiple sensual levels in our perception and reintroduce the unexplored potential of video as a medium.

Kook has participated and shown her works in PuSh Performing Art Festival in Vancouver(2017), Mill6 Foundation (2017), Microwave International Media Festival in Hong Kong (2016), K11 Shanghai (2016), Hong Kong Arts Festival (2015), Sound Art China Exhibition (2013), Frischzelle Festival and Dusseldorf Festival (2012), and “89+”program (2012) co-curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Simon Castets.

Göksu Kunak a.k.a. Gucci Chunk

(performance artist)

Göksu Kunak (Ankara, 1985) a.k.a Gucci Chunk is a writer based in Berlin. Ze performed zir texts and lectures at Batard Brussels 2016 (invited by Tom Engels), Stadtsprachen Festival 2016, Poesie Festival 2017, Fuchsbau Festival 2017, Broken Dimanche Press reading series at Tropez Berlin curated by John Holten, Pioneer Works NYC curated by Belladonna* Collaborative at Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneve as one of the CAMPers invited by Andrea Bellini and Julian Weber. Göksu’s chapbook #225 I thought this would is published by Belladonna* Collaborative NYC. Zir texts have appeared on the official page of The Absence of Paths, the Official Tunisian Pavillion of the 57th Venice Biennial and on the blog The History of Painting Revisited in collaboration with Deutsche Bank Kunsthalle for the Fahrelnissa Zeid Retrospective. Invited by Meg Stuart and Maria F. Scaroni, as a part of City Lights — a continuous gathering, ze had the pleasure to perform with amazing female artists of Berlin at the old and renowned theater Hebbel am Ufer.


Julia Nitschke

Julia Nitschhke (1988, GER) is a performance artist, researcher, theater scholar, and foley artist from Bochum where she studied Scenic Research and theaterstudies. Nitschke researches on (Internet) phenomena of the current cat image culture and thus poses urgent questions about our world and life with a focus on dealing and researching about pop feminism, Webfeminism, cultural appropriation, heteronormativity, gender sensibility, representation and self-representation.

2013 she founded with Knut Schultz their agency for applied Performance Art which moves between clear service, art and communication, techniques of self-help, empowerment and the intimate event. Together they work as the performative oracle collective Meine Wunschdomain. *Meine Wunschdomain* develops in their oracle performances visions for a utopian and solidary future, most recently in the sophiensæle in Berlin.

In addition, she is interested in political-performative think formats for everyone* which are concepted together with Caroline Kapp and Eva Busch. Their most recent work was shown at the Kammerspiele in Munich.

Together with Eva Busch she shares a teaching assignment at the Institute for Art and Art Theory since 2018 at the University of Cologne about “Queering Arts Education and Media Culture.

In Bochum she also runs the atelier automatique, which is a sharing workplace for artists and off space for the local art scene, with a queer feminist focus. Within this space Nitschke curates exhibitions and organizes programmes.




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Concerts, exhibitions in Berlin and Hong Kong in March

On March 4, Korhan Erel improvises and does other strange things with Klub Demboh, an improvised performance collective that does things a bit weirder than usual. The performance will be at Petersburg Art Space in Moabit.

Korhan plays with Naabtal Death and Andreas Gogol at their album launch concert #MO#NO#NO at Acker Stadt Palast on March 10. The other guest musician is pianist extraordinaire Rieko Okuda.

From March 17 until the very end of the month, Korhan will be in Hong Kong to show a sound installation and to perform with visual artist Vvzela Kook at 1a space in Hong Kong within the framework of the exhibition “Hacktivate Yourself!” curated by Tuçe Erel. The opening is on the 23rd and Korhan’s performance with Vvzela is on the 29th. Other participating artists are AslieMK, Göksu Kunak and Julia Nitschke. Please click on the links in this paragraph for more info.

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Concert with Ute Wassermann in Istanbul

I will be playing an improvised concert with the amazing Ute Wassermann (voice, whistles, objects) in Istanbul on February 22. The concert is hosted by the series “Ender Sesler (Rare Sounds)” coorganized and cosponsored by BAUArt and Yapı Kredi Culture and Arts, and will take place at Loca at 20:00

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January Concerts in Oslo, Berlin and Bern

The Liz is back at it again. The power trio Korhan co-founded with Liz Allbee and Liz Kosack returned to performing with a new piece after being busy with other projects since their last performance in May 2017. The teaser for this new project was presented at Donau115 in Berlin in December, where The Liz also talked about gender in jazz and experimental music on a panel with composer/pianist Julia Hülsmann. The Liz will premiere the piece at the All Ears Festival in Oslo on January 11 and will perform it again at WIM Festival Bern at the Dampfzentrale on January 25.

For the past few weeks, Korhan Erel has been busy designing sounds, composing music and developing a live performance interface for Léonard Engel’s solo dance piece “Pavane”, which will debut at the Tanztage 2019 at Berlin’s Sophiensaele on January 13 and 14. Please follow this link for more information.

Korhan will play as a member of Berlin’s seriously ridiculous/ridiculously serious improvisation outfit Klub Demboh on January 21 at the SurfF Festival at Petersburg Art Space in Berlin.





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November Concerts in Berlin, Istanbul, Klagenfurt

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The Liz – Book of Birds

Korhan Erel will be playing three concerts in Berlin, and one concert each in Istanbul and Klagenfurt in November.

On November 2 and 3, cellist Anıl Eraslan and Korhan are organizing a two-nights-in-a-row at Sowieso, where they will bring together their improviser friends from Berlin, Tel Aviv and Istanbul together. The personnel for the two nights will be as follows:
02.11 @ 20:30
Şevket Akıncı (guitar), Axel Dörner (trumpet), Anıl Eraslan (cello), Korhan Erel (electronics), Tom Soloveitzik (sax), Ayşe Cansu Tanrıkulu (voice), Anaïs Tuerlinckx (piano), Uygur Vural (cello)
03.11 @ 20:30
Şevket Akıncı (guitar), Anıl Eraslan (cello), Korhan Erel (electronics), Amélie Legrand (cello), Tom Soloveitzik (sax), Marie Takahashi (viola), Ayşe Cansu Tanrıkulu (voice), Mikail Yakut (accordion)


On November 13, Korhan Erel will be improvising in the project Radio Vostok-2 with Igor Titenko, Sergey Letov, Vladimir Kitlyar, Roland Fidezius, Lorena Izquierdo Aparicio, Sofia Borges, Marcello S. Busato, Shasta Ellenbogen at Kühlspot Social Club (Lehderstr. 74-79).
Signaling a strong come-back by The Liz, Korhan is taking this power trio and their piece “Book of Birds” to Istanbul on November 16. The performance will be at Borusan Music House, one of the leading venues in Turkey for contemporary music. They have been supporting various projects by Korhan since 2011, including concerts with Islak Köpek, David Rothenberg, Cyminology and others.
On the last day of the month, Korhan will play  a solo set at the New Adits Festival in Klagenfurt, thanks to the great pianist and singer Ingrid Schmoliner, who is also the curator of the event.  Some other well-known Berliners will also be performing there.
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October 2018

Korhan Erel is going to perform in three quite diverse events this month.

The first concert is with the Klub Demboh formation at Petersburg Art Space in Moabit. Korhan had already performed with a smaller formation at Neu West Berlin (possibly the last ever concert in that space) in 2017. Klub Demboh series is the brainchild of bassist/composer Joel Grip. On Monday, October 8, the following formation will improvise (alphabetical order):

Axel Dörner, trumpet
Mia Dyberg, saxophone
Korhan Erel, electronics
Joel Grip, bass
Tristan Honsinger, cello
Jan Leipnitz, drums
Andreas Röysum, clarinet

Petersburg Art Space is here

On October 12, Korhan is going to perform his/her/its lecture sound performance “Stone Paper Scissors” at Laura Mello’s album launch event organized by Corvo Records in West Germany on Kottbusser Tor, Berlin. The piece is a text written about the ancient game and focuses on decision making, personification of the three objects, the history of the game and its current day echoes. The sound part are recordings made or found by Korhan Erel. This piece had its debut in May 2018 at the IrrZone performance evening curated and organized by Steffi Weissman and Özgür Erkök Moroder, and was once more performed in the Raki Prinzip talk and performance series at bi’bak in Wedding, Berlin.

West Germany is here. Entrance from the door right next to Effendi Optik.

On October 13, Korhan will play techno as Ayşegül at Pornceptual at Alte Münze. This will be Ayşegül’s fourth appearance in Berlin. Previously she had played at Suicide Circus, IPA Bar, Zur Wilden Renate and DAT Fest 2018.

Alte Münze is here.

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Concerts in August

In August, Korhan Erel will play two solos in Berlin.

The first one will be on August 15 in the Experimentik series curated by Seiji Morimoto at Nord Tik in Berlin’s Friedrichshain district. The other musician on the bill will be Giovanni Verga on electroacoustics.

The second concert will be in the Flux Festival, a tour-de-force of Berlin’s experimental electronic and electroacoustic scene, where 29 musicians will perform solo concerts over the course of the week of August 13 in Spektrum. Korhan will play a structured improvisation on a quadraphonic sound system in the last evening on August 19

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Concerts, Performances, Talks in May

A busy May awaits Korhan Erel, with concerts, performances and a panel discussion in several cities in Germany.

The first event is the premiere of Korhan’s lecture sound performance stone paper scissors to be presented as a part of Irrzone, an event organized and curated by Steffi Weismann and Özgür Erkök Moroder with funding from Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg District Culture Funds and Project Support. The piece is a text written and performed by Korhan on the hand gesture game rock paper scissors, which is also augmented with recordings made by Korhan. Other performers on the bill are Steffi Weismann & Özgür Erkök Moroder, Anaïs Héraud-Louisadat and Katie Lee Dunbar. The event is on May 4 at Aquarium, a venue run by Südblock Berlin. Entrance is by donation.

The second concert of the month is this year’s episode of playing with clarinettist, naturalist-philospher David Rothenberg and Berlin’s nightingales on May 8. The venue will be clear after inital wanderings in Berlin’s parks and open air spaces, looking for the best spot with the most talented nightingale. Please follow Korhan Erel’s Facebook page for the venue. This concert will be a midnight concert, as nightingales are more active at night (hence the name).

Korhan will play in cellist Anıl Eraslan’s Dream Works Ensemble at Sowieso on May 10. The project is based on improvised and structured music performances based on the dreams of the performers.

On May 12, Korhan will play his quadraphonic piece “üçgen dörtgen” at ZKM Karlsruhe as an opener for Robert Lippok and Kaan Bulak.

Korhan’s duo with Hamburg-based prepared bass player Gunnar Lettow is in its 7th year. The duo will play three concerts in May:

May 16 / Kulturpalast Linden
May 18 / frequenzgänge concert series in Hamburg
May 27 / in the Creative Sources Festival at Kühlspot Social Club in Berlin

Immediately after Hamburg, Korhan will speak at Moers Festival on May 19 on the panel on economics of experimental music and its valuation, together with Nadin Deventer (Jazzfest Berlin), Shane Burmania (Muziekgebouw Amsterdam), Dr. Christian Esch (Kultursekretariat NRW). The panel will start at 13:00 and will be moderated by Dr. Franco Zotta (journalis, Cologne) and Thomas Janzen (arts researcher, Krefeld).

List of concerts in May:

May 4 / A solo performance as a part of IrrZone, a project curated by Steffi Weissmann and Özgür Erkök Moroder at Aquarium, Berlin.

May 8 / Berlin Bülbül concert with David Rothenberg (clarinet), Volker Lankow (percussion) and nightingales at a Berlin park to be confirmed. Midnight, open air concert

May 10 / Dream Works Ensemble curated by cellist Anıl Eraslan at Sowieso, Berlin

May 12 / Playing “üçgen dörtgen” to open for the performance by Robert Lippok and Kaan Bulak at ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe

May 16 / Lettow / Erel Duo at Kulturpalast Linden, Linden, Germany

May 18 / Lettow / Erel Duo at Linker Laden, Hamburg, Germany

May 19 / Panelist with Nadin Deventer (Jazzfest Berlin), Shane Burmania (Muziekgebouw Amsterdam), Dr. Christian Esch (Kultursekretariat NRW) on economics and valuation of experimental music in the Moers Festival

May 27 / Lettow / Erel plays at the Creative Sources Festival at Kühlspot Social Club in Berlin

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Divan der Kontinente Orchestra at Heimathafen

Korhan Erel will be playing in the Divan der Kontinente orchestra on April 15 and 16 at Heimathafen. Divan is a multicultural and multinational contemporary music orchestra with musicians who come from classical, folk, jazz and experimental backgrounds. It plays pieces and improvisations, and the line between the two are usually blurred. The orchestra is led by composer/singer Cymin Samawatie and composer/drummer Ketan Bhatti.

The orchestra will perform with the following musicians on April 15 and 16:

Cymin Samawatie – voice
Liz Allbee – trumpet
Martin Stegner – viola
Korhan Erel – electronics
Susanne Fröhlich – bass recorder
Anıl Eraslan – cello
Mohamad Fityan – kawal and nay
Hilary Jeffery – trombone
Mahan Mirarab – oud and guitar
Niko Meinhold – piano
Naoko Kikuchi – koto
Taiko Saito – vibraphone and marimbaphone
Milian Vogel – bass clarinet and electronics
Bassem Alkhouri – kanun
Ralf Schwarz – double bass
Ketan Bhatti – drums

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