Kerim Safa (b. 1985, Izmir, Turkey) is a visual artist and musician based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. He creates conceptual pixel art pieces by exploring complex visual mechanisms derived from the iterations of simple motions, without using code. He adopts a manually crafted minimalist pixel aesthetic influenced by early computer graphics, pointilism and modern generative art approaches. Music, machinery and nature are the primary inspirations for his visual work.


Apart from digital animation and illustration, his practice includes electronic-electroacoustic composition, music production and sound design. He has also been a bass player, singer and songwriter in alternative and experimental rock bands since the early 2000s.


He holds a BA degree in Music (Istanbul Bilgi University, 2007-2011), and he also studied Visual Arts (Izmir Dokuz Eylul University, 2003-2007).


His works have been exhibited in numerous international festivals and he is also active in crypto art scene since 2020.

Selected Exhibitions/Festivals/Performances:

2021 - Get Minimal - Zardoz Club, Cryptovoxels
NFT exhibition - [
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2021 - Grounded Festival: Tunnelvisions - Fort bij 't Hemeltje, Houten, Netherlands
Group exhibition - [
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2021 - What Hot Sh!t - Galerie Greulich, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
NFT exhibition - [
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2021 - Rotterdam Verlicht - AHOY, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Public space exhibition - [
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2021 - Engage - Online, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Interactive exhibition - [
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2021 - Andermaal - Tivolivredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
Electronic music performance - [
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2021 - Crystal World VR - Metaverse, Peru, South America
Virtual reality exhibition - [
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2020 - HIJS Lights - Afrikaanderwijk, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Public space exhibition - [
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2019 - Hyena Noise Festival - Villa K, The Hague, Netherlands
Electronic music performance - [
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2017 - Animation Now! New Zealand International Film Festival - New Zealand
Animation film screening

2017 - Melbourne International Animation Festival - Australia
Animation film screening

2016 - Punto y Raya Festival - Karlsruhe, Germany
Animation film screening

2015 - Ses Duvarı/Sound Wall - Istanbul, Turkey
Sound installation

2010 - Druskomanija - Vilnius, Lithuania
Electronic music performance

2010 - ISCMS - Funded by European Capital of Culture Agency - Istanbul, Turkey
Public space sound installation/performance

2010 - Rebodying - Istanbul, Turkey
Interactive audiovisual installation

Discography:

2020 - Tavana Basma - Kömür
Single - Composer, Performer, Producer - [
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2018 - Kerim Safa - BOS
Single - Composer, Producer - [
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2017 - Kerim Safa - Surface Interval
EP - Composer, Producer - [
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2014 - Tavana Basma - Sular Yükseliyor
Single - Composer, Performer, Producer - [
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2013 - Tavana Basma - Eğlencenin Ortasında
EP - Composer, Performer, Producer - [
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2010 - Kerim Safa - Subdermal
EP - Composer, Performer, Producer - [
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2007 - Telebant - Untitled
EP - Composer, Performer, Producer - [
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