Talk: Networks of Dispossession, GEZI NYC Forums #11


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.
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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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