Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2024

Apr, May, Jun

Mert Moralı | Composer

Mert Moralı | Image: Merve Ergün
Mert Moralı | Image: Merve Ergün

Mert Moralı is a Berlin-based composer from Izmir, Turkey. His current art and research practice focuses on the relationship between prosthesis and corporeality and on how this relationship is conditioned by space and its socio-political connotations. He studied theory and composition at Bilkent University and composition and electroacoustic music at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin.

During his residency, Mert Moralı intends to create a compositional platform to explore the extent to which the performing body can resist archiving, cataloging, and death. He will address the question of how the dead work of artists is recycled in the form of recordings through collaboration with the living for the purpose of capital accumulation. In his work, he aims to connect this recycling and accumulation to the temporal-spatial conditions of the sites in Southern California.

Selected Works
2023 | Phantoms of -topias for six players, premiered at impuls Festival, Graz, Austria, by the collective Unruhe
2022 | On disembodiment and resistance for five amplified voices with spatial projection, live electronics, and four-channel tape, premiered at MEHRLICHT!MUSIK, Berlin, by The Present and Mert Moralı
2022 | Ballad for the Risk Class II for flute, bass clarinet, violin, piano, and tape, premiered at Izmir New Music Days by Ensemble hand werk

Selected Prizes and Awards
2023 | Artists’ Village Schreyahn
2022 | Artists' Village Schöppingen
2021 | J. J. Strossmayer Prize at NOVALIS music+art festival for duo composition divided together
2018 | 1st Prize at international composition competition “Wilde Lieder – Marx.Music” for duo composition The Production of Consciousness