Monovacation, TSMD Architecture Center, Ankara

November 3, 2013 | No Comments »

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Ankara’da TSMD Mimarlık Merkezi‘ndeyiz, 4 Kasım Pazartesi akşamı saat 19.00′da açılışa bekleriz.

“Please do not disturb”
VitrA Contemporary Architecture Series Presents

TSMD Mimarlık Merkezi, 5 Nov – 30 Nov 2013

Curator: Ertuğ Uçar
Coordinator: Pelin Derviş
Artists: Burak Arıkan, Kerem Ozan Bayraktar, Nermin Er, Meriç Kara, Metehan Özcan

Mono-vacation

Mono-vacation cordially invites you to “the vacation” of vacations… The official tourism commercials of countries in competition with each other have been selected and each film has been divided into the possible tiniest clips. The clips, 3-4 sec long by nature have been coded with tags. Through a network diagram which run as a software simulation, these tags are connected to each other via shared clips have found their positions on the map. Then, a new sequence have been generated through a traversal in the network map, jumping from one node to the closest, following the path of the most central tags. Shores from Egypt to Portugal, woman from Israel to India, mythological figures from Thailand to Turkey here comes an extracted fantasy of “vacation”… text continues below

Three part installation:

Projection: Official tourism commercials of countries which are competitors of each other (excerpt)

Digital Print: Network map of representation similarity generated by the content analysis of the tourism commercials (blue nodes represents the traversal paths used for editing the new film)

Monovacation Network Diagram

Video: Generic film reedited with network analysis. (excerpt)

Monovacation


Zeynep Gökay Üstün

Monovacation cordially invites you to “the vacation” of vacations… The official tourism commercials of countries in competition with each other have been selected and each film has been divided into the possible tiniest clips. The clips, 3-4 sec long by nature have been coded with tags. Through a network diagram, which run as a software simulation, these tags are connected to each other via shared clips and have found their positions on the map. Then, a new sequence have been generated through a traversal in the network map, jumping from one node to the closest, following the path of the most central tags. Shores from Egypt to Portugal, hospitality from Australia to Ukraine, nature from Spain to New Zealand, woman from Israel to India, mythological figures from Thailand to Turkey here comes an extracted fantasy of “vacation”…

Tourism is a vicious sphere of competition in the world economy. This situation forces the countries possessing touristic values to act like corporations. The 2012-2013 Tourism Report of the World Economic Forum evaluates and ranks 144 countries and assumes a position within the global context. The countries in competition take the pulse of each other and use every trick in the book to impress the visitors; huge investments, airport constructions, chain hotels, loyalty programs, business world, and many other attractions as such. Turkey, in this context is one of the countries that attract tourists. Among its competitors there are countries such as France, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Malta, Egypt, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Morocco, Thailand, China, UAE, Taiwan and India. 144 countries trying to captivate the tourists and ruthless competition… Monovacation uses 20 official tourism TV commercials randomly selected out of these 144 countries as its material.

The image appears in the commercial videos of the countries with tourism value. Each film hails another subjectivity, from place to place employs the same imagery and from time to time idiosyncratic elements. The representative images in visuals do not only show the countries assets also builds an ideal understanding of vacation for the subjects. While they are defining a subjective position for the tourist, they also point to all sorts of “should’s” from how and with whom we should have fun, how we should rest, to which view or historical structure we should admire. While the efforts to shape the vacation through the subjectivity of the tourist render these movies almost the same, the trademark geographical and cultural values seem to be wrapped up and marketed. The countries are being stripped off all other qualities and are being brought to a common ground. These commercials, which usually last one to three minutes summarize the countries real quick and try to catch attention and on the other hand give a promise to satisfy all the vacation needs of the tourist, so they collaboratively construct a fantasy of vacation.

Splitting these commercial films into the tiniest pieces and having another gaze at each separated clip channels us into a much convenient path than breaking the routine, instead it reinforces the routine and make it much apparent. Thus, positioning the tags post-coded and attached to each clip in a network map enables one to read this construct of vacation. Yet above all, such a map allows one to discover the most central concepts and representations and to invent a generic vacation commercial. A fantasy which overrules other fantasies of traveling, a fantasy where the steps of discovering a new place are predetermined and a fantasy where the patterns are being reproduced… Monovacation, this construct that we know is generic, forms an extracted fantasy of traveling not to the countries but to the travel itself.

In this context Monovacation is a work composed of three pieces: (1) Official tourism commercials of Turkey and its competitors on a grid, (2) Network map of representation similarity generated by the content analysis of the tourism commercials, (3) Generic film reedited with network analysis.


Talk & Workshop: Creative Use of Complex Networks, Bilkent Cyberpark, Ankara

November 3, 2013 | No Comments »

I will give a talk and do a workshop in a one day event titled “Creative Use of Complex Networks” on November 3rd at Bilkent Cyberpark in Ankara, organized by TTGV (Technology Development Foundation of Turkey) IdeaPort.

Creative Use of Complex Networks

Dr. Fikret Yücel Konferans Salonu,
Bilkent Cyberpark, B Blok 1.Kat – Bilkent

Monday, 3 November 2013
10:00 – 12:00 Talk
14:00 – 17:00 Workshop
Contact: info@ttgv.org.tr
Eventbrite Page

In the talk, I will walk through my recent work and make an introduction to network mapping and analysis, discussing why it is relevant now, and how to approach it in your own work for innovation.

Network Mapping Workshop

Half day workshop focusing 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 medium. Starting from hand drawn simple graph diagrams, participants gradually build complex network models. Emphasis on network mapping, modeling, relational thinking, protocol authoring, centrality analysis, clustering analysis, and information design. Participants learn the most through observing and extracting networks from their area of interests, collaborative mapping, sketching, and discussing diagrams.

Graph Commons is used at the workshops for visualization, group collaboration, and further sharing.
http://graphcommons.com

Network Mapping Workshops Archive
http://teaching.burak-arikan.com/creative-networking


Network of Foundations and Corporations Through Shared Board Members: Turkey Edition, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg

October 30, 2013 | No Comments »

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First exhibited at ARTER’s “Second Exhibition” in Istanbul, Network of Foundations and Corporations Through Shared Board Members: Turkey Edition (2010) is now on show at Art & Textiles – Fabric as Material and Concept in Modern Art from Klimt to the Present exhibition in Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany.

Art & Textiles
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg
12.10.2013 – 02.03.2014

Network of Foundations and Corporations Through Shared Board Members: Turkey Edition (2010)
Digital print as 5m x 7m mural, custom software.

The network map contains the tax-exempt foundations in Turkey and the public corporations listed on the Istanbul Stock Exchange. Nodes represent institutions or board members, connections represent board membership. The network database include 350 public corporations, 234 tax-exempt foundations and their 3310 board members in total. The network map organizes itself by running as a software simulation, where the names naturally find their position on the canvas through connecting forces, revealing the central actors, indirect links, organic clusters, structural holes, and outliers. Clusters of institutions on this map shows the super-institutions which have high power concentration in the society.


Talk: Critical Network Mapping, Talk Turkey Conference, New York

October 3, 2013 | No Comments »

I will be participating in the “Talk Turkey: Re-thinking Life Since Gezi” conference at The New School with a talk titled “Critical Network Mapping” at 4:30pm on Friday October 4th.

You can also watch live here https://www.youtube.com/Geziniyoruz

Friday, October 4th, 2013
4:30pm GMT+5
Kellen Auditorium, 66 5th Ave (13th Street)
New York

Critical Network Mapping

I will walk through my recent work, discussing Network Map of Foundations and Corporations in Turkey (2010) and the idea of super-institutionalization; narrating the network maps collectively created on the Graph Commons platform (2011-); and finally presenting the recent collective research and mapping work on neoliberalism in Turkey, Networks of Dispossession, a cartography of government-corporate partnerships in urban transformation.


Monovacation, Bunny Smash, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

September 28, 2013 | No Comments »

Monovacation will be shown in the Bunny Smash exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo from October 3 – January 19, 2014. Curated by Yuko Hasegawa, other participants of the exhibition are Atelier Bow-Wow + Tokyo Tech + Tsukuba University, Bureau d’études, CAMP, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Leandro Erlich, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg & Sascha Pohflepp, Hiroshi Ishii + Tangible Media Group/MIT Media Lab, Tsunehisa Kimura, Michael Lee, Mikael Metthey, OMA*AMO, Rhizomatiks (Daito Manabe and others), Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Sputniko!, Shinichi Takemura, Sissel Tolaas, Yosuke Ushigome, Marnie Weber, Judi Werthein, Richard Wilson.

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Monovacation
2013, custom software, projection (300×120 cm), digital print (180×120 cm), video (42 inch LCD screen)

Monovacation cordially invites you to “the vacation” of vacations… The official tourism commercials of countries in competition with each other have been selected and each film has been divided into the possible tiniest clips. The clips, 3-4 sec long by nature have been coded with tags. Through a network diagram which run as a software simulation, these tags are connected to each other via shared clips have found their positions on the map. Then, a new sequence have been generated through a traversal in the network map, jumping from one node to the closest, following the path of the most central tags. Shores from Egypt to Portugal, woman from Israel to India, mythological figures from Thailand to Turkey here comes an extracted fantasy of “vacation”…

Read the full text by Zeyno Ustun

It is a three part installation:

Projection: Official tourism commercials of countries which are competitors of each other

Digital Print: Network map of representation similarity generated by the content analysis of the tourism commercials (blue nodes represents the traversal paths used for editing the new film)

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Video: Generic video of a vacation edited with the analysis of the network map of concepts and clips

Past exhibitions of Monovacation:

Monovacation, 11th Sharjah Biennial, February 2013
http://burak-arikan.com/monovacation-11th-sharjah-biennial

Mono-vacation, Istanbul Modern, March 2013
http://burak-arikan.com/mono-vacation-istanbul-modern

This work was prepared for the purpose of VitrA Contemporary Architecture Series: Please Do Not Disturb exhibition realized in 2013.


Artist Collector Network, 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia

September 24, 2013 | No Comments »

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Artist Collector Network is at the 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana curated by Deborah Cullen, on view from Sep 14 to Nov 24, 2013. This new edition of the map includes 9 collectors and 360 artists from Slovenia.


Talk: Critical Network Mapping, Fritt Ord Foundation, Oslo

August 17, 2013 | No Comments »

I will give a talk titled “Critical Network Mapping” on August 19th at “A Free Image. A Free Word. A Free Gesture: A Seminar on Speech”, Fritt Ord Foundation (The Freedom of Expression Foundation) in Oslo.

Monday, 19 August 2013
9:00-17:30
Fritt Ord Foundation (The Freedom of Expression Foundation)
Uranienborgveien 2, Oslo

Organized by Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in collaboration with Fritt Ord Foundation.

Free admission. Registration: seminaronspeech@fritt-ord.no

In the aftermath of Anders Behring Breivik’s attacks 22 July in Norway, the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek coined 2011 the year of dreaming dangerously. It is no longer a dream. In several countries freedom of speech is restricted through different means of control, and right wing extremism is on the rise once again. This seminar investigates freedom of speech as an image, as a gesture and as a term through three lectures, while five status reports given by artists, writers and curators from different regions of Europe will look at how this fundamental right is being altered, redefined, used and misused and fought for.

Critical Network Mapping

Arikan will take us through his works, starting from MyPocket (2008) while raising questions on the exploitation of immaterial value; discussing Network Map of Foundations and Corporations in Turkey (2010) in relation to the problem of power and governance during the Gezi Protests; narrating the network maps collectively created on the Graph Commons platform (2011-); finally discussing the recent collective research and mapping project on neoliberalism in Turkey, Networks of Dispossession, a cartography of government-corporate partnerships in urban transformation.


Save as: Social Memory

June 23, 2013 | No Comments »

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Image: A section from Network Of Foundations And Corporations Through Shared Board Members: Turkey Edition

Organizing a symposium on media archaeology and software art, June 26-27 at SALT Galata in Istanbul. Please see the information below:

Save as: Social Memory
June 26-27, 2013
SALT Galata Atelier IV, Istanbul

http://burak-arikan.com/saveas-socialmemory

One of the major concerns during the Gezi resistance was how to keep our memories, our pain and grief, our anger, our gains, and our losses alive. We tried to preserve our experiences and present them in numerous media. However, we haven’t had the time and means to critically approach to the rapidly growing archives or to create technologically enhanced curated content.

This symposium brings together three artists, a curator, and an academic who works in the area of software art, archive, and media archaeology. Cultural practices that use the language of technology and digital born content from different perspectives of preservation and memory will be debated. How can we preserve the software itself along with the content it generates? In what way should we consider software itself as the creative archive, arche, of our digital culture? What new archival practices does technology-based art and culture present? How do software, social media, and network practices introduce a sphere of counter-representation which curate alternative narratives of the present? Panelists will discuss the topics of archiving the present as we live, algorithmic curating in crisis, critical collective intelligence, and language of technology as a thinking tool.

Programme Schedule

Wednesday June 26th
19:00 Introduction
19:15 Jussi Parikka – Media Archaeology: Archives of the Present
20:00 Nicolas Malevé – Sniff and Sneak Through My Archives
20:45 Ali Miharbi – Language of Technology as a Thinking Tool

Thursday June 27th
19:00 Joasia Krysia – Speculations on Algorithmic Curating
19:45 Burak Arıkan – Counter Collective Intelligence
20:30 Round Table

Abstracts, biographies, and more information:
http://burak-arikan.com/saveas-socialmemory

Thanks to Zeyno Üstün for editing and translation.


Mapping Dispossession Workshop, Gezi Park, Taksim

June 5, 2013 | No Comments »

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Mapping Dispossession Workshop
June 6th, Thu 11:00-13:00
Gezi Park Müşterekler Boot
Taksim Istanbul

About Network Mapping Workshops
http://teaching.burak-arikan.com/creative-networking/


A Critical Network Traversal, Home Works, Beirut

May 23, 2013 | No Comments »

I will do a lecture on critical network traversal on Saturday May 25th starting 4:45pm at Home Works along with D. Graham Burnett whose talk titled “Systematics, Taxonomy, And Practices Of Collecting”, come join us if you are in Beirut.

A Critical Network Traversal
Ashkal Alwan | Home Workspace, Beirut
Saturday May 25, 2013
4:45 pm – 6:45 pm

A map is not a mere representation or just a visualization of data. As its definition clarifies, a network map as a container of data is a tool to read the topological depiction, make use of relationality at scale, and ‘predict’ future behavior. For this lecture/performance Arıkan will do a combination of his workshops where he explains his process, a walk through a traversal in his maps, a path in the network, jumping from one node to another over the connections, particularly in his recent works MyPocket (2008), Artist Collector Network (2011-), Graph Commons (2011-) and lastly, presenting an overview of next steps in his work departing from his maps.

A Critical Network Traversal is part of Plastic Veins project organized by Zeynep Öz for Homeworks 6.