Turkish artist creates sound installation based on Berlin's Pergamon

BERLIN (dpa)- How do Greek giants sound? Turkish artist Cevdet Erek has been inspired by the frieze of the famous Pergamon Museum in Berlin to create a sound installation in a wooden structure modelled on the ancient altar on which the museum is based.
"Cevdet Erek. Bergama Stereo" can be seen and heard in Berlin until March 8 in the large hall of Hamburger Bahnhof contemporary art museum, which is housed in the former railway terminus for trains to and from Hamburg.

Bergama is the Turkish name for ancient Pergamon. The famous giant frieze, whose fragments are currently hidden behind protective structures due to extensive restoration work in the Pergamon Museum, reached Berlin at the end of the 19th century from its original location in present-day western Turkey.
The sound of the installation fills the huge main hall of the Hamburger Bahnhof with a rumbling bass sound, which hardly seems to change.
The intricacies of the work are revealed only when walking through the hall, through the course of the altar outline, when ascending to and descending from the construction.
Depending on the location, the sound collages vary, new sounds and sounds are added, pitch changes.
The exhibition celebrates the 20th anniversary of the series "Musical Works of Visual Artists." Since 1999, musical works and installations have been presented by, among others, Hanne Darboven and Yves Klein.

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