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Artist Collector Network maps collectors and artists based on the relationship of being in an art collection. Both artists and collectors are invited to participate with a list of their collectors or artists, so data for the map is provided from both parties of an acquisition. These lists of names are connected based on the relationship of being in the collection. Through the self-organizing software map, the names naturally find their position through connecting forces, revealing the central actors, indirect links, and organic clusters. With the third phase of this work, an algorithmic prediction system presents future links between artists and collectors, the probability of a collector acquiring a work from a new artist and vice versa.
Arıkan investigates the art world which depends on status, privilege and secrecy via the contemporary lens of technological systems that rely on principles of free access, open sharing and participation. The work is presented as a large printed static map and as an exploratory interactive map, where viewers can further navigate the network on a multi-touch screen and find the cross-sections of the research process.
The map contains 46 collectors, 738 artists, and 3256 connections with weight indicating number of pieces. Touching a node on the map, its direct connections are highlighted and its predictions are linked. Data for the map is generated by directly asking to collectors and artists, and confirmed only by the person who provides the data.
This work was started in 2011 as Phase I at Borusan Contemporary Museum, Istanbul, then continued with Phase II at Maçka Art Gallery, Istanbul (2012), and lastly Phase III, again at Borusan Contemporary Museum (2013). Also, a special instance was produced for the 30th Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts (2013) that includes Slovenian artist and collectors.
Artist Collector Network: Phase III, Human Economy at HEC