In the recent years, I have been collaborating with video artists from diverse backgrounds. My collaboration with Fabian Astore, “The Threshold”, has won the Blake Prize in Australia in 2012. My collaboration with London-based artist Burcu Yağcıoğlu, “Waterland” was shown in Kunsthaus Essen in a group exhibition curated by Sandra Setzkorn. This video is not yet available online.
The Threshold – Fabian Astore and Korhan Erel (winner of The Blake Prize in 2012)
Sitting at the threshold, the presence of childhood innocence renders complex boundaries to a moment of spiritual elevation. Sound design by Korhan Erel.
Recorded serendipitously in Istanbul, Turkey in January 2012.
Malice in Sonderland – Alexandra Reill and Korhan Erel
an excerpt from the live performance at MAK Nite in Vienna, January 19, 2010
Malice in Sonderland deals with Lewis Carroll’s famous novel Alice in Wonderland (1865). The experimental audiovisual live performance based on a cooperation in form of a real time audiovisual performance by sound composer Korhan Erel from Istanbul and Viennese media artist Alexandra Reill in MAK – Museum of Applied Arts Vienna in January 2010.
The performance starts with original material from the 1933 Alice in Wonderland film directed by Norman Z. McLeod. Using experimental digital methods, the artists examine the theme and the story of this profound fairytale with a phantasmagoric improvisation composed from digital images and abstract sound collages.
Erel and Reill question the societal relevance of Carroll’s bizarrely adventuresome story. The artists’ research on the topic led them to formulate the title anew: Malice in Sonderland. Malice: this change in the wording refers to the desire to injure, to do damage, to act in a hostile manner. And Sonderland? What characterizes capitalist societies today? What makes such worlds so special? Must—and can—a “hero” or a “heroine” such as Alice find her bearings and make her way in a society characterized by competition, in which one must fight in order to ultimately prevail? What choices does an individual have in unscrupulous societies that are oriented toward high performance?
Korhan Erel and Alexandra Reill pose these and numerous other questions on their journey through the twisted paths of Carroll’s Wonderland, and in doing so they create a “brave new world through the looking glass”.
Sedimental #3 – Kevin Paul
The #3 version features my soundtrack.
Ses Duvarı (Wall of Sound) – Korhan Erel and İlknur Ayışık
Wall of Sound is an audiovisual project by computer musician and sound designer Korhan Erel and video artist İlknur Ayışık.
“Moment” / “An” from İlknur Ayışık on Vimeo.
All music was performed live
Mugwump – Şevket Akıncı, Korhan Erel, Ozan Akıncı, Kaya Hacaloğlu
This is a deconstruction of the blow up sequence of the house in Antonioni’s film Zabriskie Point.
Once again the music was done by Mugwump. Vocals are by Tanya Evanson.
Mugwump was a live audio-video/electro-acoustic ambient/spoken word band from Istanbul which was formed in 2005. The spoken word vocals are based on William S. Burroughs’ novel Naked Lunch. Chronologically, the line-up for the vocals was first Tanya Evanson, then Murat Gökçe did the vocals for the band in 2005, and Dirk Stromberg in 2006. Mugwump is now Şevket Akıncı and Korhan Erel, a duo that emerges intermittently for special occasions, such as playing at exhibition openings (Kunsthaus Erfurt in 2010) or for soundtrack work (Ekümenopolis, 2011)
Video edited by Ozan Akinci
Music by Mugwump
Visual artist for Mugwump are :
Kaya Hacaloglu and Ozan Akinci
– Musicians on Mugwump were –
Sevket Akinci – Guitar
Korhan Erel – Laptop/Vocal Processing
Tanya Evanson – Vocals (2005)
Murat Gökçe – Vocals (2005)
Dirk Stromberg – Vocals (2006)