Köken Ergun


Köken Ergun (TR)
Born in Istanbul, in 1976, Köken Ergun studied acting at the stanbul University and completed his postgraduate degree in Classics at King’s College London, followed by an MA degree in Visual Communication Design at the Bilgi University. After working with American theatre director Robert Wilson, Ergun became involved with contemporary art, specifically video and performance.  He has exhibited internationally at institutions including Platform Garanti (Istanbul), KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Arts (Helsinki), Sparwasser HQ (Berlin), Museum of Contemporary Arts Taipei, Art in General (New York), Digital ArtLab (Tel Aviv), and Stedelijk Meseum Bureau (Amsterdam). His video works have also screened extensively, including the Oberhausen, Rotterdam, Sydney and Zagreb Film Festivals.

Wedding takes its name from the predominantly Turkish neighborhood in Berlin where most of the footage of the film has been recorded. During the course of six months in 2006-2007, I have recorded the wedding ceremonies of Turkish and Kurdish immigrants in Berlin, which culminated in a large video archive. From this archive I have created a three-channel video piece. But the experiences I have gathered during the course of this project and the archive later led me to include this subject in my current PhD thesis, on cultural performances, and crowd theory.

EMAP/EMARE grants of Köken Ergun