Monovacation is on view at the 5th Marrakech Biennale, February 26th – March 31st, 2014. The installation is located at the historic Bank Al Maghrib stands on the Jamaa El Fna square of Marrakech.

Monovacation
2013. Custom software, projection, digital print (180×120 cm), video on 42” 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”… Text continues below

Three part installation:

Projection (3 min loop) – Official tourism commercials of countries which are competitors of each other, used as data and presented in grid form (excerpt below)

Digital Print – Network map of tags connected by shared clips, generated by the content analysis of the tourism commercials, where the blue color represents the traversal path used for editing the new film.

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Video (6 min loop) – Generic film algorithmically reedited by a traversal on the network map (excerpt below).

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 travelling, 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 travelling 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.

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



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Penal Systems Network, a network map of world’s penal systems that evoke controversy is at Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter “We are living on a star” exhibition, January 30th–April 27th, 2014.

The Hannah Ryggen tapestry We are living on a star is the leitmotif for the exhibition. The tapestry hung in the government building in Oslo was bombed July 22, 2011. This exhibition intends to investigate the wound after July 22, with the concept of normality as its point of departure.

Artists:
Burak Arikan, Doug Ashford, Julian Blaue, Martin Braathen med Marius Engh, Even Smith Wergeland og Superunion Architects, Marthe Ramm Fortun, Hanne Friis, Else Marie Hagen, Silje Linge Haaland, Per-Oskar Leu, Lotte Konow Lund, Jumana Manna, Eline McGeorge, Eva Rothschild, Hannah Ryggen, Ahlam Shibli and Javier Téllez.

Curators:
Tone Hansen and Marit Paasche

Penal Systems Network is a relational mapping of world’s penal systems that evoke controversy: A network map of world countries connected to juridical topics whether or not they are being exercised and how they are being exercised such as life imprisonment, parole, indefinite sentence, and amnesty. This network map provides a comparison of penalties at scale between countries and legal systems. The network map is a self-organizing software system, where the layout is organized based on the connections, showing both similarities and differences between countries, central penalties, and peripheral penalties.

Research by Zeyno Ustun



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24 Aralık Salı, 2013
13:00
Mimarlık Ve Tasarım Kulübü Konferansı
E3 303 Yüksek Lisans Atölyesi
İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi

Karmaşık Ağların Yaratıcı Kullanımı

Son yaptığım işlerin üzerinden giderek ağ haritalaması neden bugün önemli ve kendi işlerinizde nasıl kullanabilirsiniz tartışacağız. Konuşmada MyPocket (2008), Yüksek Öğrenim Endüstriyel Kompleksi (2013), Mülksüzleştirme Ağları (2013) ve Graph Commons kolektif “ağ haritalama” platformu sunulacak ve tartışılacak.

Daha fazla bilgi:
http://burak-arikan.com/mypocket
http://burak-arikan.com/ozeluniversiteler
http://mulksuzlestirme.org
http://graphcommons.com



Organizational network mapping and analysis for NGOs, Istanbul Workshop, 2009

Organizational network mapping and analysis for NGOs, Istanbul Workshop, 2009

Tomorrow I am conducting a full day Creative Networking / Data viz Workshop at the Center for Transformative Media Parsons, NYC, Tue Nov 19th.

CTM Guest Workshop: Creative Networking / Data Viz
The Center for Transformative Media
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Full day workshop: 10.30 AM – 1.30 PM, and 2.30- 6.30 PM (EST)
morning session in ‘The Bark Room’ at 2 West 13th Street, NY
afternoon session in ‘The T. Lang conference room’ at 55 West 13th Street, NY
New York, NY

One 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, so bring your laptops!
http://graphcommons.com

This event will be open to Parsons and New School students and faculty. As space is limited to 24 participants, registration on Eventbrite is necessary (sorry if it is full, please follow @graphcommons for future workshop announcements).

For more on previous workshops run at international events since 2007, please visit the Workshop Archive:
http://teaching.burak-arikan.com/creative-networking

About CTM
http://ctm.parsons.edu



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Higher Education Industrial Complex is a new work on the 68 private universities and their boards of trustees connected to a network of corporations and institutions in Turkey. The works is on show at the Koç University Campus in Istanbul, as part of the Scientific Inquiries exhibition. Curated by Basak Senova, research by Zeyno Ustun. The maps are also accessible on http://burak-arikan.com/ozeluniversiteler.

Private universities and their boards of trustees connected to a network of corporations and institutions make the higher education industrial complex of Turkey. The network map contains 68 private universities (red), 625 member of the board of trustees (black), 970 organizations (blue colored corporations, foundations, associations, political parties, state universities), and 2001 relationships researched between organizations and people.

Analyzing the relations between the board of trustees, which are the power holders within the universities, with other institutions and corporations; compiling a database of such information; and generating a network map of these relations, in which one can navigate from one node to the other would provide us a tool in order to understand the ecosystem of higher education in political and social terms. The network map of 68 private universities, including Koç University, their board of trustees, and the companies and institutions that they share, aims to reveal the ecosystem, the central and peripheral actors, their indirect connections, and clusters of industrial complex of higher education.

The work is an installation of an interactive network map on a 47” touch screen display running on a custom software and a 260 x 125 cm digital print map. Maps are being exhibited in the Koç University campus and accessible on http://burak-arikan.com/ozeluniversiteler

* Images are excerpts from the map showing TUSIAD and MUSIAD their surrounding network.



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We are going to present the Networks of Dispossession project and the Graph Commons platform at GEZI NYC Forums #11 hosted in the The New School.

Networks of Dispossession // Mülksüzleştirme Ağları
Burak Arikan and Zeyno Üstun
November 12th, 8PM
The New School, 66 West 12th, Room 510, New York, NY

Arikan and Ustun will present the Network of Dispossession project, a collective data compiling and mapping project on urban transformation in Turkey with respect to corporations, capital and power. Arikan and Ustun will analyze the maps by providing a new narrative structure and discussing the outcome in relation to Gezi protests. They will elaborate on the next steps of their ongoing project. Graph Commons collaborative ‘network mapping’ platform will also be presented as the infrastructure for their research.
For more information: http://mulksuzlestirme.org and http://graphcommons.org

Burak Arıkan is a New York and Istanbul based artist working with complex networks. He takes the obvious social, economical, and political issues as input and runs through abstract machinery, which generates network maps and algorithmic interfaces, results in performances, and procreates predictions to render inherent power relationships visible and discussable. Arıkan’s software, prints, installations, and performances have been featured in numerous institutions internationally; most recent appearances include: 13th Istanbul Biennial (2013), Home Works 6, Beirut (2013), 11th Sharjah Biennial (2013), 7th Berlin Biennale (2012), Nam June Paik Award Exhibition, Kunstmuseum Bochum (2012), Truth is Concrete, Graz (2012). Arikan is the founder of Graph Commons platform, dedicated to providing “network intelligence” for everyone.

Zeyno Ustun is a freelance researcher and a graduate student in the department of Sociology at New School for Social Research. She received her MA in Sociology from Boğaziçi University, where she wrote a thesis titled Desire of the Impossible; A Cultural Reading of Fantastic Cinema in which she studied contemporary fantastic cinema in order to investigate a new kind of vulnerability of the subjects in the late 20th century. During her MA studies, she worked as a research assistant and co-taught the course Social Research Methods at Bogazici University. She also coordinated a project titled A Comprehensive View of the Competitiveness of Istanbul Hotels affiliated with Boğaziçi University Scientific Research Fund and the Department of Tourism Administration.



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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.



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



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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.



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.