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
Kellen Auditorium, 66 5th Ave (13th Street)
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 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.
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)
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
Mono-vacation, Istanbul Modern, March 2013
This work was prepared for the purpose of VitrA Contemporary Architecture Series: Please Do Not Disturb exhibition realized in 2013.
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.
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
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: email@example.com
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.
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
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.
Wednesday June 26th
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:
Thanks to Zeyno Üstün for editing and translation.
Mapping Dispossession Workshop
June 6th, Thu 11:00-13:00
Gezi Park Müşterekler Boot
About Network Mapping Workshops
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.
Organizational network mapping and analysis for NGOs, Istanbul Workshop, 2009
Creative Networking Workshop
Friday May 3rd 10AM – 4:30PM
New Museum, New York
To RSVP, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the workshop title.
One day workshop focusing on the design and understanding of complex networks through mapping and visual analysis. Starting from hand drawn simple graph diagrams, participants gradually build complex network models. Emphasis on network mapping, modeling, analysis, relational thinking, centrality, 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 the workshops for visualization, group collaboration, and further sharing. Participants are required to bring laptop for Graph Commons mapping exercises.
New Museum Announcement
Artist Collector Network: Phase III is the third phase of an ongoing data collecting and mapping work that will be exhibited in the Datascape exhibition at Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul, 26 April – 1 September 2013. It is an exploratory network map of collectors and artists based on the relationship of being in an art collection. With the third phase of this work, I introduce an algorithmic prediction system, which presents future links between artists and collectors. That is the probability of a collector acquiring a work from a new artist and vice versa. With this phase artists as well are invited to participate with a list of their collectors, so the map includes data from both parties of an art work acquisition. Finally, the interactive map and its data are being prepared to be publicly accessible online.
26 April – 1 September 2013
Borusan Contemporary Perili Köşk, Istanbul
Curator: Benjamin Weil
Artists: Burak Arıkan, Angela Bulloch, David Claerbout, Ryoji Ikeda, Michael Najjar, Enrique Radigales, Thomas Ruff, Karin Sander, Charles Sandison and Pablo Valbuena.
Artist Collector Network: Phase III
2013, Custom software, Touchscreen (46” LCD)
Artist Collector Network Phase III view from touchscreen installation.
Artist Collector Network Phase III closeup view showing a collector’s artists and prediction of future acquisitions in green.
Artist Collector Network Phase III closeup view showing artist Cindy Sherman’s collectors and prediction of future acquisitions in green.
Artist Collector Network Phase III closeup view showing artist Kutlug Ataman’s collectors and prediction of future acquisitions in green.
Artist Collector Network: Phase III
Zeynep Gökay Üstün
Artist Collector Network: Phase III is the third phase of an ongoing data collecting and mapping research project 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, outliers, indirect links, and tight clusters.
Despite assumed, a map is not a mere representation or just a visualisation of data. As its definition clarifies, map as a container of data is a tool to read the topological depiction and make use of relationality at scale. With this work, the network map is an algorithmic interface, which is run by computational analysis or in other words by software. Therefore one can explore the network diagram by highlighting certain parts while filtering out others, analyze and understand the network structure and see what are the central actors, which of them are in the periphery, which actors have indirect relations, where the organic clusters are formed and where gaps between certain clusters exist, thus you explore invisible power relationships. Even in cases where big amount of data dictates a larger map than a visible plane, algorithmic interface provides access to its use. Therefore, a network map has less to do with a visual language than an algorithmic language.
In other words, a network map provides a more complete picture of the network than what each actor knows naturally, yet partially about the nature of the network structure. A subject be it an art dealer, collector, advisor, or an artist, may be knowledgeable about some of the relations existent within the network they are a part of, but a map with a multiplicity of data sources has the advantage of revealing a bigger picture of reality.
With the third phase of Artist Collector Network Arıkan introduces an algorithmic prediction system, which presents future links between artists and collectors. That is the probability of a collector acquiring a work from a new artist and vice versa. Tapping a name on the map highlights its direct connections and also the predictions in green color. Link prediction is another algorithmic use of a network diagram, where the data structure and its use reveals new information about power.
The first phase of Artist Collector Network is a part of the permanent collection of the Borusan Contemporary Museum in Perili Köşk. The second phase of the project included collectors and artists was affiliated with Maçka Art Gallery. The third phase of the project will be shown in Datascape Exhibition once again in the Borusan Contemporary Museum in Perili Köşk.
I will be giving a lecture at Architectural Association Istanbul Visiting School on my recent work in the context of creative and critical use of mapping and analysis.
Network as a Creative and Critical Medium
Monday 8 April 2013
ITU Taskisla 109
Image from Monovacation.