Interview: Wind Organ

“Wind Organ”, co-commissioned by Delfina Foundation and Horniman Museum with support from SAHA, is inspired by the museum’s musical instrument collection which I visited during my residency at Delfina Foundation in Winter 2017. The piece forms part of a series of works commissioned as part of Delfina Foundation’s thematic programme Collecting as Practice.

The installation consists of five poles supporting instruments played by the wind in a similar fashion as in side-blown flutes. Each instrument has a different design based on simplified human vocal tract models corresponding to the vowels /a, e, o, u, i/.


Following is the interview at Delfina Foundation’s website:


Solo Exhibition: Pneuma

“Pneuma” focuses on air, breath and wind. Air circulates, it travels, it spreads, it blocks, it communicates, it whispers. It transmits and guides. Air is not there only as the mass of gases that surrounds the Earth and allows life to exist but beyond this, it is there as a tool of communication or a converter.

16 April – 3 June 2017
Pilot Galeri, Istanbul

(Photos by Rıdvan Bayrakoğlu)

Exhibition: Play is Freedom

Following the Open Call of 2015, Istanbul Independent Art Association (BStart) now presents “Play is Freedom” as his first exhibition combining Ali Miharbi, Berat Işık, Buse Aktaş and Merve Ertufan’s commissioned projects. The exhibition re-unites these artists using different approaches, formats and medium by the concept of “play” as art and also explores its nature and its relation within art.

Artists: Ali Miharbi, Berat Işık, Buse Aktaş, Merve Ertufan
Curator: Derya Yücel
Selection Committee: Emre Baykal, İnci Eviner, Mari Spirito, Övül Durmuşoğlu

BStart Exhibition Vol. I: “Play is Freedom”
27.12.2016 – 10.01.2017

Exhibition: Un Coup de Dés Jamais N’Abolira Le Hasard

Featuring works by 12 artists, this exhibition is an attempt to explore new possibilities as well as the complexity inherent in the evolving relationship between art and language. The works on view challenge the idea of a language, full of rules and restrictions, which compels immediate readings; instead, they embrace pliable and even subjective versions.

Un Coup de Dés Jamais N’Abolira Le Hasard
30 September- 5 November 2016 :: PILOT Gallery

Artists: Özgür Demirci, Elmas Deniz, Didem Erk, Lee Garcia, Leyla, Hacer Kıroğlu, Alican Leblebici, Ali Miharbi, Ceylan Öztürk, İrem Tok, Şener Özmen, Seda Yıldız

Exhibition: A Sharp Cliff After A Soft Landing

A Sharp Cliff After A Soft Landing
08.09 – 22.10.2016 :: REM Art Space + Gaia Gallery

“A Sharp Cliff After A Soft Landing”, curated by Mehmet Kahraman, questions how certain moments influence the act of art-making and brings momentary situations in our collective and individual memories together in the same space.

Participating Artists: Ali Miharbi, Ani Setyan, Burçak Konukman, Çınar Eslek, Emre Zeytinoğlu, Elif Süsler, Ferhat Özgür, Erdem Ergaz, Gözde İlkin, Gül Ilgaz, Serda Camlı, Vahit Tuna, Yasemin Özcan, Yıldız Çintay

REM Art Space
Gaia Gallery



Exhibition: Colomboscope 2016

Cinnamon Colomboscope, a contemporary and multidisciplinary arts festival organised by EUNIC Sri Lanka comprising the Goethe-Institut, British Council and Alliance Française de Kotte, took place at the former General Post Office (an iconic Colonial building erected in 1895 and unused for the last 20 years) in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo. This year’s edition, titled “Testing Grounds: Art and Digital Cultures in South Asia and Europe”, has been curated by Susanne Jaschko.

25 August – 1 September 2016 :: Former General Post Office, Colombo 1 , Sri Lanka

Participating artists and speakers include:

Arash Akbari; Kavan Balasuriya; Muvindu Binoy; Josephine Bosma; Asvajit Boyle and Lalindra Amarasekara; James Bridle; CoCA; Dinelka; Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenola Wagon; Rohini Devasher; Malaka Dewapriya; Constant Dullaart; Sanjana Hattotuwa; Gustav Hellberg; Louis Henderson; Fieke Jansen; Sunara Jayamanne; Zihan Karim; Gihan Karunaratne ; Daniel Keller; Michael Ketigan; Subasri Krishnan; T. Krishnapriya; Marc Lee; Manu Luksch, Tobias Reinhart, Thomas Tode; Imaad Majeed; Ali Miharbi; Mehreen Murtaza; Aamina Nizar; Dhanya Pilo; Archana Prasad; Arun Prematilleke; Chamila Priyanka; Tobias Revell; Jocelyn Robert; Chris and Ali Rodley; Sebastian Schmieg; Semiconductor; Sam de Silva; Isaac Smith and Sumudi Suraweera; Urs Stäheli; Sunara; Tactical Technology Collective; Ivar Veermäe; Ansh Ranvir Vohra; Arun Welandawe Prematilleke and Isuru Kumarasinghe; Yudhanjaya Wijeratne; Subha Wijesiriwardena.