Open Meeting & Workshop, 6th Moscow Biennial

September 28, 2015 | No Comments »

I will be doing an open meeting and a workshop titled “Creative and Critical Use of Complex Networks” at the 6th Moscow Biennial on September 29th and 30th, from 15:00 to 16:30. Participants will map critical relationships about the issues that impact them and their communities. The lecture and the workshop will focus on the design and understanding of complex networks through mapping and visual analysis in order to expand the individual’s thinking about the network as a creative and critical medium.

1st session on Sep 29th 15:00-16:30 will be a lecture and discussion on how to map and read network maps.

2nd session on Sep 30th 15:00-16:30 will be hands on mapping with Arikan. Also, the Graph Commons platform ( will be used during the workshop for mapping networks. Bring your laptop if you want to try it.

The resulting works will be presented within the documentary exhibition of Moscow Biennale 2015.

Structured Journalism and Network Mapping Hackathon

September 27, 2015 | No Comments »

Graph Commons organized a two-day hackathon on structured journalism and network mapping at the Chamber of Architects in Istanbul. Participants created semantic network models on topics in the field of human rights, civil society, and journalism. They created network maps and built data tools to compile relatively big data from available sources and turn them into graph databases in order to map and analyze the complex issues at hand.

An important outcome of the event was the initialization of the rights data protocol, an open data structure scheme that could enable information flow particularly between civic research projects in order to prevent recurring data work and reinforce their impact. It would also decentralize civic research data by moving it between applications and projects. No need to say, such a protocol can only flourish when used by many constituents. More on this later.

View the selected work on the hackathon website.

Talk: Ibraaz Book Launch “Dissonant Archives”, Istanbul

August 31, 2015 | No Comments »


Becoming a Book: Ibraaz Book Launch
SALT Galata
Saturday Sep 5, 2015 16:00

Ibraaz and the Kamel Lazaar Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of Dissonant Archives: Contemporary Visual Culture and Contested Narratives in the Middle East, the second volume in their Contemporary Visual Culture from the Middle East series.

Edited by Anthony Downey and published by I.B. Tauris, Dissonant Archives is the first book to consider the various ways in which contemporary artists from North Africa and the Middle East are utilizing and disrupting the function of the archive and, in so doing, are simultaneously highlighting a systemic and perhaps irrevocable crisis in institutional and state-ordained archiving across the region.

Dissonant Archives features writing, interviews and original artwork by internationally renowned academics, curators, activists, filmmakers and artists including Emily Jacir, Walid Raad, Jananne Al-Ani, Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Mariam Ghani, Zineb Sedira, and Akram Zaatari.

The launch will be preceded by a panel discussion with contributions from Vahap Avşar, Burak Arikan, Meriç Algün Ringborg and Başak Şenova.

For further information on the publication, click here.

The panel discussion will be held in English.

Talk: Creative and Critical Use of Complex Networks, Le Printemps Des Laboratoires, Paris

May 30, 2015 | No Comments »

I will be participating in the Le Printemps des Laboratoires #3 – Performing Opposition event with a talk on June 6th, and will do a two-day Graph Commons workshop on June 4-5.

“Bloggers, Hackers, Wikileakers, Whistleblowers, Youtubbers : communautés intentionnelles et réseaux sociaux”
Saturday June 6th, 5pm-7:30pm

With Marie Lechner (journaliste), Burak Arikan (artiste), Brian Holmes (philosophe, critique d’art, activiste), Mathias Jud et Christopher Wachter (artistes), et Nathalie Magnan (média-activiste).

Some words on my talk:

Creative and Critical Use of Complex Networks

By experience, we have the sense that it is the networks where power resides and circulates. Yet, we end up failing as active agents who have the means of criticizing networks that are large and complex. In this presentation, I will discuss this issue through the recent collective mapping project “Networks of Dispossession” and the online platform for collective mapping of networks, Graph Commons.

Talk: Something You Should Know at EHESS, Paris

May 30, 2015 | No Comments »


I will be talking about my recent works and processes as part of the “Something You Should Know” series at EHESS in Paris, Wednesday June 3rd at 19:00.



Patricia Falguières, Elisabeth Lebovici et Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez

Mercredi 3 juin 2015 à 19h

* Image: Artist Collector Network – Network map of collectors and artists based on the relationship of being in an art collection. Installation view from Borusan Contemporary Istanbul, 2011

Artist Collector Network at Human Economy, HEC Paris

November 19, 2014 | No Comments »



Artist Collector Network is on view at the ‘Human Economy‘, the new exhibition of Paris HEC’s Contemporary Art Space, from 20 November 2014 to 6 March 2015.

Curator: Paul Ardenne, Associate curator: Barbara Polla

Artists: Burak Arikan | Conrad Bakker | Yann Dumoget | Jean-Baptiste Farkas | Hervé Fischer | Sean Hart | Marc Horowitz | Joel Hubaut | Pierre Huyghe | Ali Kazma | Florent Lamouroux | Tuomo Manninen | Adrian Melis | Deimantas Narkevičius | + Jorge Orta Lucy | Jean Revillard | Camille Roux | Edith Roux | Benjamin Sabatier | Julien Serve | Zoë Sheehan Saldaña | Paul Souviron

This exhibition aims to take stock of the relationships visual artists have today with the world of business and, more broadly, with the economy in this era of globalization. There are two types of approaches: the ‘visual’ input into the world of business, the economy and production, and playing with economic indicators and the world of business. The emphasis here is on creativity, and the gaze of the artists invited for this exhibition tends to humanize the workplace and the economy. People become conscious, lucid, and concerned participants.

More info

Critical Network Mapping talk, Eyeo 2014, Minneapolis

November 6, 2014 | No Comments »

Slides below are from my talk at Eyeo 2014 with notes and links are included. Download as PDF.

Critical Network Mapping, Burak Arikan talk at Eyeo2014, Minneapolis

Cartographies of Power, Sao Paulo Biennial

September 12, 2014 | No Comments »

We are doing a two day workshop titled “Cartographies of Power” in the Sao Paulo Biennial.

Cartographies of Power
September 11-12, 2014
At the Sao Paulo Biennial building.

The distribution of power and knowledge is one of the crucial questions of our contemporary moment, yet many of the interconnections and dependencies within the elite are opaque or invisible to most citizens. Making pictures and diagrams of power structures and access to knowledge might allow us all a clearer view of how decisions are made and whose interests are being promoted when power is exercised inside and outside government. Two artists, Burak Arikan and Erick Beltrán and collaborator Zeyno Ustun have been interested in the representation of power, governance and history for some years. They have each produced their own different cartographies to map the links between elites and the way power flows through the control of access to information. This 2 day workshop will start by introducing each artists’ projects and then proceed by working together with the group to determine suitable subjects for mapping power, governance and history in Brazil. The intention is that at the end of the workshop participants will have an understanding of the tools needed to map their own interests or to work collectively on a Brazilian cartography.

We will be using the Graph Commons platform for network mapping exercises.

See the Workshop Archive

More info on the Cartographies of Power

Mapping Internet Governance, UngovForum Istanbul, Sao Paulo Biennial

September 11, 2014 | No Comments »

We’ve kicked off a new collective mapping work on the processes that shape the evolution of the Internet, Mapping Internet Governance.

Mapping Internet Governance

Already a pressing global issue, internet governance debates are taking place across a range of different fora often referred to as an ecosystem. With the revelations of mass government surveillance, the frequency, intensity, and stakes of internet governance debates have heightened in the last year and this trend promises to continue. At the core of such debates is the future of fundamental rights, such as freedom of expression, privacy, access to knowledge, and access to affordable internet, but also how to decision-making process can become more open, transparent, participatory, accountable, and democratic.

Mapping Internet Governance, a collective data compiling and mapping project, traces the relations between the internet governance events, processes, and organizing institutions. The map covers the past 2 years with an effort to better focus civil society advocacy by understanding where main discussions about global internet governance are taking place.

This mapping is a work in progress. It is meant to be a living document, reflecting developments in the dynamic internet governance space, including evolving relationships between institutions and processes. We are seeking input for additional information to keep the mapping up-to-date and reflect the current state of play.

Please send your input to:

Mapping Internet Governance is initiated by Joana Varon, Deborah Brown, Lea Kaspar, Burak Arikan. Mapping is powered by the Graph Commons platform.

Talk at Eyeo Festival 2014, Minneapolis

June 10, 2014 | No Comments »

I will be giving a talk on the creative and critical uses of complex networks, tomorrow at Eyeo Festival in Minneapolis, more info below, come say hi. Also we will do a panel session on Data, Art & Ethics in a Post-Snowden World with Ashkan Soltani, Jer Thorp, Kate Crawford, and Sarah Williams.

Critical Network Mapping

Wednesday / 11:35 — 12:20 / McGuire Theater

By experience, we do have the sense that it is networks where power resides and circulates. Yet, we end up failing as active agents, who, hands on, have the means of criticizing complex networks. Arikan’s talk will discuss this issue through his recent work, starting from MyPocket (2008) raising questions on the predictability of everyday living; discussing the invisible power dynamics within the contemporary art ecosystem with Artist Collector Network (2011-); traversing the visual language of official tourism commercials with Monovacation (2013); finally narrating a selection of network maps collectively created on Graph Commons, platform for collaborative network mapping and a knowledge base of relationships that Arikan has been maintaining since 2011.

Panel: What a Difference a Year Makes: Data, Art & Ethics in a Post-Snowden World – Ashkan Soltani, Burak Arikan, Jer Thorp, Kate Crawford, Sarah Williams

Wednesday / 4:00 — 4:45 / Cinema

On June 5th, 2013, The Guardian announced the leak of thousands of classified documents by NSA contractor Edward Snowden. These revelations (and others) have sparked a global conversation about data, privacy & ethical responsibility. Join a group of artists, theorists, researchers and practitioners for a discussion on what has changed, and how the Eyeo community can learn from and contribute to the ongoing dialogue.

Eyeo program