Ali M. Demirel, born in Turkey in 1972, is a Berlin-based artist. He is known for experimental video work that hones in on minimal imagery and structural compositions, often rooted in science and architecture.
Demirel studied nuclear engineering at Hacettepe University and architecture at Middle East Technical University (METU). After receiving his degree, he worked and lectured at GISAM (Audio-Visual Research Center) of METU.
In 1993, he started experimenting with video. As his practice developed, he began working with electronic musicians, and is well-known for his collaborations with Richie Hawtin/Plastikman. Their work together includes the sleek music video for “The Tunnel,” from Hawtin’s album DE9: Transitions; the 2010-11 Plastikman tour; and the 2013-14 Plastikman live show. Demirel is known across minimal electronic music for his singular aesthetic.
Other work of his also includes Meta-Control, a collaboration with Burak Arikan, which consists of interactive, kinetic visual compositions generated through programming language Processing. More recently, he has been working on a series of video installations which examine post-apocalyptic utopias.
Demirel has performed live at Sonar Festival, Spain; Mutek Festival, Canada; Detroit Electronic Music Festival; among others. His work has been shown at institutions and spaces such as Guggenheim Museum, New York; TodaysArt.NL; ICA, London; International Short Film Festival, Hamburg; and Ankara International Film Festival.