Hüseyin Mert Erverdi | Primordial


“Primordial” is a single-channel video which consists of 750 unique microscopic canvases. Each canvas was hand-painted with multitudes of acrylic dyes and then photographed under the microscope. The work is specifically designed to be experienced in an endless loop. In accordance with its title, “Primordial,” takes on the concepts of “existing” and “persisting” of the universe in general and all matter and life in particular prior to temporality. The sequential viewing facilitates the viewer to experience a sensation akin to an affective altered state of consciousness by using rapidly evolving and perpetually forming visual and auditory stimuli. “Primordial” uses the digitally-altered sound of the Vela Pulsar; a highly-magnetized neutron star that emits regular pulses of radio waves and other electromagnetic radiation with a period of 89 milliseconds. The sound design in the video corresponds to the radio-waves emitted by this particular Pulsar.

Born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1981, Hüseyin Mert Erverdi is an award-winning experimental filmmaker and new media artist. His work explores the convergence points between art, science and nature. Specifically, his art and academic research aim to inquire into the concepts of entropy, macro-scale/micro-scale human and non-human networks and relationship between memory-space-time. In addition to communicating his vision through various art forms, Erverdi is deeply involved with philosophy and media theory. He received his B.A. degree in Visual Communication and Design from Bilkent University in 2008. A year after his graduation Erverdi was admitted to the M.A. program in Cinema and Television Studies at Bilgi University, which he graduated two years later with high honors. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Cinema and Media Studies at Bahçeşehir University. Erverdi lives and works in Istanbul.