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23 September 2023

TAEX presents Neogene by Alper Derinboğaz at the 18th Contemporary Istanbul


TAEX presents Neogene by Alper Derinboğaz at the 18th Contemporary Istanbul

September 23rd



At the peak of the Contemporary Istanbul art fair TAEX is thrilled to present an award-winning architect and artist Alper Derinboğaz, whose drop curated by Dasha Shkel will be featured on the platform in early October.


In the Neogene Collection Derinboğaz continues his research by compiling geographical data through generative AI and transforming it by algorithmic modelling tools. The NFT drop consists of 3D generated  artefacts based on simulations of geological formations from the distant past. The ‘Data Morphosis ’methodology allows the artist to transfer ancient layers of our planet into the digital realm and to reconstruct the earth's crust in blockchain.


Each artefact of the Neogene Collection possesses a unique pairing of generated 3D-forms and earth-based material qualities. TAEX’s preview of the collection features the White Mass series, named after the etymological starting point of the word “bismuth” — a metal that has been present since the formation of the Earth. Bismuth has the longest known alpha decay half-life, implying that only a minuscule fraction, approximately less than one-billionth, of the original bismuth has transformed through radioactive decay since the formation of the Planet Earth, putting the time-scale of human existence into perspective.


The realms of architectural and geographical issues have been the core of Alper Derinboğaz’s work as an artist and architect for decades. He explores the relationships between the environment and spatial elements through scientific strategies. Derinboğaz’s projects range from cultural institutions, like the eagerly awaited Istanbul City Museum, to architectural installations and masterplans. 


А Fulbright Scholar, selected architect at ‘Europe 40 Under 40’ by the European centre, recognized by Arkitera and Achdaily, the winner of over twenty awards, including Green Good Design, The Plan, Architizer A+A, World Architecture Awards, and the German Design Award, Derinboğaz had showcased his research in notable events like the Venice Architecture Biennale. 


Dasha Shkel is a TAEX curator and interdisciplinary artist based in Istanbul, Sofia, and Berlin. She explores the many relationships between technology, culture, and society by using various methods from immersive socio-cultural experiments, immersive practices to live audio-visual performances.


Explore the Neogene Collection and visit our booth at Contemporary Istanbul from September 27th till October 1st. 


Opening hours


At First Sight

26 September 2023, 4 pm - 8 pm


VIP Preview

27 September 2023, 11 аm - 3 pm


General Admission

27 September 2023, 3 pm - 8 pm

28 September - 1 October, 11 аm - 8pm

(Please note that the fair will end at 7 pm on the last day)




Tersane Istanbul, Haliç Camii Kebir Mahallesi Taşkızak, Tersane Cd. No:5, 34440 Beyoğlu, Istanbul


For any inquiries please contact TAEX Head of Development Stefanie De Regel


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Dezeen on the Neogene Collection by Alper Derinboğaz

"Architect Alper Derinboğaz has used artificial intelligence and research data to create Neogene, a series of 3D artworks created to resemble the mineral bismuth."

27 March 2024