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Whether with chisel, cast shadow, plumb bob, or the tow-line of a kite, Erdim’s practice investigates the intersection of projection, place, and materiality to question axioms of architectural imagination. His work has been exhibited recently at the Constance Gallery at Graceland University (IA, USA), Yellow Door Gallery (IA, USA), the Spartanburg Art Museum (SC, USA), the Museo dell’Altro e dell’Altrove di Metropoliz (Rome, Italy), Windor (Madrid, Spain), and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (Copenhagen, Denmark). He was the co-founder of Flash Atölye, an experimental project space for art and architecture in İzmir, Turkey. This work has been supported by the Daniel J. Huberty Fellowship and the Center for Excellence in Arts and Humanities at Iowa State University, and by residencies at I-Park (CT, USA), Vermont Studio Center (USA), Babayan Culture House (Turkey), the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest (KY, USA), and Heima (Iceland). Awards include the 2014 Founders Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome, and a 2016 Santo Foundation Award for Individual Artists. He has a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from the Cooper Union, and a Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Virginia. Erdim is currently an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University.
The book mentioned in the interview: Carlo Rovelli, Anaximander (2007) and Rovelli’s The Order of Time (2019).
Kite Choir Sounding: December 25, 2020. Waterworks Park, Des Moines. from Firat Erdim on Vimeo.