Artist Collector Network is an ongoing data collecting and mapping research on the “nature” of the society of art. In the process of generating the data, each collector in the map was asked to convey a list of artists in their art collection. These lists of shared artists connect the collectors on the diagram, which organizes itself by running as a software simulation. The names naturally find their position on the screen through connecting forces, revealing the central actors, indirect links, and tight clusters.
Artist Collector Network aims to reveal and question one of the fundamental dynamics of the society of art, the relations of artists and collectors. Arıkan investigates the art world which depends on status, privilege and secrecy via contemporary technological systems that rely on principles of free access, open sharing and participation. The first phase of this long-term project is in the permanent collection of the Borusan Contemporary Museum in Perili Köşk. The second phase of the project included collectors and artists affiliated with Maçka Art Gallery. The work is presented as a printed static map and as an exploratory interactive map, where viewers can further navigate the network on a multi-touch screen and find the cross-sections of the research process.