Current Artist in Residence
Murat Adash

Artist and researcher Murat Adash is in residence June–September 2022. While in residence, Adash continues their long–standing research into reconfiguring camouflage – both as a spatial act and as a process to negotiate the self in correspondence with surrounding environments. For the artist, these processes are intrinsic to choreography.

Adash will utilize the studio and production spaces at Studio Voltaire to develop their first major museum exhibition, Correspondance (Surface) at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (October 2022 to January 2023). Blending forms of expanded cinema and extended choreography, Correspondance (Surface) will convene a scenography of architectural elements, sculptures, lighting, sound and moving image, alongside a series of live performances that will activate the installation throughout the exhibition period. 

Through a choreographic practice, Adash works in dialogue with bodies of knowledge derived from ecology, somatics, philosophy, zoology, anthropology, queer theory, indigenous cosmologies and critical dance studies. Developing an ongoing series of works, Adash aims to devise camouflage as a performance strategy. Their work builds on the concept of ‘figure–ground’ – a term used in psychology to infer the process of recognising objects through vision. Applying movement practice to a cinematic framework, the artist will explore the boundaries of moving image practices beyond conventional cinematic display. Adash will formulate a critique of visibility and interrogate new possibilities of configuring ourselves, our bodies and our desires.

“Exploring the negative spaces between foreground and background, inside and outside and visibility and invisibility, Correspondance (Surface) seeks to complicate the locatability of (human) identity as a here and now and recondition our capacity for vision for what might be revealed beyond binaries; instead, attuning to the dynamic and shimmering edges, outlines and thresholds where bodies no longer end at the boundary of the skin.”

Murat Adash’s residency is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership and Goldsmiths University of London. 

About Murat Adash

Murat Adash is a German–Turkish artist based between London and Berlin. Adash’s work has been shown internationally including at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul; San Francisco Art Institute; Le Commun, Geneva; Mumok, Vienna; Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam; Manifesta 11, Zurich; Julius Caesar Gallery, Chicago; and, Grimmuseum, Berlin. 

Adash has participated in residency programs at Rupert, Vilnius; Delfina Foundation, London; Utopiana, Geneva and Mountain School of Arts, Los Angeles. Adash was a recent artist–in–residence at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. They hold an MFA in Visual Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and are currently pursuing a PhD in Art at Goldsmiths in London.