DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF CONCRETE

As a durable material that is frequently used in buildings, concrete forms the basis of long-lasting buildings with its strong structure, and has become part of a process that creates a unique aesthetic over time. The surface of this material, which initially has hard, straight and distinct lines, bears the traces of environmental influences and human intervention over time. The presence of street art such as graffiti on concrete surfaces is one of the most prominent examples of this transformation. The walls of the streets push the limits of concrete’s resistance to time and life and give it a new identity. 

Physical interventions also contribute significantly to the transformation process of concrete. These interventions, made with a momentary decision or planned, affect the hard surface of concrete and give it an unexpected character. Real-time rendered performative video recordings simulating these momentary interventions allow the viewer to witness the process of the works’ creation. While watching these recordings, viewers can witness how the artist’s interventions such as scraping – painting – erasing create a transformation. These digital works combine the reality of the photographic image with the limits of digital modeling. Three-dimensional modeling is used to reflect the texture and detail of the concrete in the light conditions in which it was photographed. 

Suha Arda Soykan

From 1999 to 2005, Suha Arda Soykan  completed his undergraduate studies at the Painting Department of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. While pursuing his Master’s degree at the same university from 2007 to 2010, he explored the relationship between cinematography and painting. In 2010, he received training in Cinematography and Film Analysis at the Digital Film Academy in New York and Istanbul. In 2016, he began working on art and design projects at Kaos Berlin, including projects involving concrete applications in industrial design. In 2018, he joined the Berlin-based EDGE community, which supports studies on Neuroscience and Art. In recent years, he has been providing education in 3D design in Kadir Has University.