Call for Life,” a project by Asst. Prof. Efe Alpay of the Department of Graphic Design, was selected from a pool of 172 entries, standing out among the top 10 at the IGA İstanbul Airport competition (IGART).
Within the character of İstanbul Airport and Turkey’s geography and culture, the IGART competition aims to integrate the works of artists of every generation into the field of plastic arts in Turkey and bring them together with universal values.
“This project was a proposal to produce the work I had previously created from audio data as NFT as a physical data sculpture 32 meters high. Thanks to this competition, this sculpture, which is up to six meters wide and planned to be manufactured with 3D printing technologies using industrial robots, is one step closer to being physically realized. “Call for Life” is the first part of my series of sculptures I call Mnemonic Data Sculptures,” says Dr. Alpay.
“Call for Life” is a work of art created by transforming a collective sonic memory into digital-physical objects using computational design methods. The work was generated using audio data recorded during a rescue operation in Samandağ, Hatay following the February 6th Kahramanmaraş earthquake. The works, which Dr. Alpay calls Mnemonic Data Sculptures, enable ephemeral memories to become permanent and to gain a physical presence by combining memories with digital designs.
This sculpture was produced as a digital-physical object and sold as an NFT to contribute to emergency relief activities. Over 60 editions have been sold, and 100% of the profits have been donated to the relief efforts.
Dr. Alpay will present “Call for Life” in Cer Modern’s Flow gallery on December 2 while also revealing a new unreleased project called “A Giant Leap.”
For more information: efealpay.com/callforlife