December 25th, 2008. I went to Istanbul for doing a 3 day workshop on networked information visualization, which was kindly supported by Istanbul Bilgi University. Worked with a diverse group of participants from various schools with backgrounds from visual arts to computer science. We covered basic network structure, network topologies, and clustering. We did hand drawn diagrams. Collected data by hand and by programmatic methods. Visualized relations using templates. As the final project, we worked on the database of the national elections in Turkey from 1960 to 2007. Turkey generally has 10 to 20 political parties per election. We looked at how the same representatives elected from different parties at each election. Above image shows the network of all the political parties between 1961 and 2007 (some parties do not exist today). The diagram is created by Mumin Aydin. Line thickness shows the amount of transfers between the parties. I didn’t know that politicians can change their ideology this much. Participants created network of political parties as well as cities connected by representatives. We concluded the workshop with a mini exhibition on the corridor, which was ironically overlapping with a conference titled Marxism 2008. Full documentation will be up sooner than later.

December 27th, 2008. Did a performance at the Gozel Geceler party, which was a technical fiasco. After the disastrous NYC Minitek Festival, this was the second time I had to go on the stage without sound / image check. Never recommended.

January 6th, 2009. New year’s first lecture at Bogazici University Complex Systems Research Lab. First, presented the principles for what I do, how I use the network structures and dynamics in my thinking and the network itself as the medium in my practice. Second, showed examples of work from 2005 to 2008. Discussed large scale networks and creative processes with Chris Stephenson, Haluk Bingol, Suzan Uskudarli, Onur Gungor and students from the Bogazici University.

January 22nd, 2009. Participated in Stuttgart Filmwinter’s Media-Space exhibition with MYPOCKET (movie from the installation) and Meta-Markets. Flickr set 1. Flickr set 2. The main question was: How do artists react to the complexity of this self-made global [financial] crisis? Other participants were Derivart, Interstella, Ge Jin, Ben Rivers, Semiconductor, SIDL Spatial Information Design Lab, Various Artists of NYTimes SE, UBERMORGEN, and Marius Watz. Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied organized a Wii Tennis Tournament at the Media-Space. Also I felt bad that I missed Daniel García Andújar‘s POSTCAPITAL exhibition at Kunstverein Stuttgart.

January 28th, 2009. Basak Senova kindly invited me to do a presentation at the Upgrade! Istanbul meeting. I organized the talk around the criticism of micro labor in social network services. Started with a recipe on how to create a social network service. Followed with the measurability of the contemporary social environment, and discussed how even physical activities can easily be measured and are part of the digital cloud. Showed instances from the MYPOCKET project. Described the relations between a platform owner, an application developer, and a user in terms of the social web services. Showed instances from the Meta-Markets project.

Meta-Control at Peyote, Istanbul 2009 from arikan on Vimeo.

January 28th, 2009. After the Upgrade! Istanbul meeting did a Meta-Control performance with Klaustro‘s music at Peyote. A fascinating Istanbul night of electronic music and live computer visuals. Video above by Devrim Kadirbeyoglu.

February 05th, 2008. Did a 2 day Networked Information Visualization Workshop in Kayitdisi Events at Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul. Participants studied the structure of networks and did basic network visualizations based on hand picked data.

Currently working on two upcoming exhibitions:

February 18th, 2009. Ergenekon.tc exhibition at Delüks, Istanbul.

March 12th, 2009. “New Media: Why” exhibition at Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY.

Reactions (3)

  1. Brent  | February 15, 2009:

    Thanks for the summary Burak. We’ve been wondering where you’ve been. Please keep the updates coming.

  2. Ben  | February 15, 2009:

    Nice to watch to development of ideas from one activity to the next. I’m really liking your use of networks as the core theme for your teaching.

  3. sinan ascioglu  | February 16, 2009:

    Great job Burak! Parti gorsellestirmen inanilmaz! bir anda beni ‘acaba NYTimes visualization ekibi gibi bir ekibi Turkiye’de kurabilir miyiz’ gibi fikirlere surukledi… Heyecan yaptim :)

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