Tuçe Erel (1981, Ankara) is a curator, art writer, and cultural worker based in Berlin. Erel uses her sociology education in her curatorial research whereas she prefers to twist and challenge the conventional social science methodologies. In the last few years, she has been exploring the concept of hacking as a way to unbox the concept of bio-politics, Anthropocene, ecological crisis, naturecultures, non-human agency, artistic speculation, and imagination.
In February 2017, she co-curated "Now You are Here" with Seval Sener at Arte Sanat (Ankara) and curated "Fabric/ate" at Schneidertempel (Istanbul). In 2019, she co-curated "Roots and Growth: Traditional and Contemporary Art from Turkey" with Sharon Laor-Sirak at the Museum of Islamic Art and Near Eastern Cultures in Be'er Sheva (Israel) and "Hactivate Yourself" in 1a Space in Hong Kong. Erel co-curated " Leviathan: A Capitalocene Beastiarium" (TOP, Berlin) and "Sentient Matter" (D-21, Leipzig) in 2021 and Hackers, Makers, Thinkers: Collective Experiments in Social Fermenting in 2022.
Erel joined the Art Laboratory Berlin team at the end of 2019. In August 2020, she started hosting a podcast series, titled Art Next Door, featuring the independent art scene in Berlin.
Photograph: Anil Erarslan