Photograph by Nursel Kaymaz

Burak Arikan is an artist and social entrepreneur who lives in New York. He explores societal issues, transforming his findings into mechanisms that generate network maps, algorithmic interfaces, performances, and predictions. His work reveals inherent power relationships in complex networks and contributes to the discourse on emerging political economies around data, decentralized systems, and blockchain technology. Arikan’s software, prints, installations, and performances have been featured in numerous exhibitions internationally including MoMA, Venice Architecture Biennial, São Paulo Biennial, MAXXI Museum, and Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art. Arikan is the founder of Graph Commons, a collaborative platform for mapping, analyzing, and publishing data-networks.

Arikan has presented his work internationally at institutions including Museum of Modern Art New York, Venice Architecture Biennale, São Paulo Biennial, Istanbul Biennial, Berlin Biennial, Sharjah Biennial, Marrakech Biennial, Ashkal Alwan, MAXXI Museum, Transmediale, Ars Electronica, Sonar, DEMF, Neuberger Museum of Art, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Asia Art Archive, LABoral, Henie-Onstad Kunstsenter, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Tokyo Museum of Contemporary Art, Borusan Contemporary, DEPO, ARTER, and SALT. He has lectured and did workshops at institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rhode Island School of Design, New York University, Columbia University, The New School, King’s College London, School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS), Geneva University of Art and Design, Istanbul Technical University, Bogazici University, Koc University, Sabanci University, and Istanbul Bilgi University.

Arikan completed his master’s degree at the MIT Media Laboratory in the Physical Language Workshop (PLW) led by John Maeda. Prior to MIT, he received an MA degree in Visual Communication Design from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2004, and a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Yildiz Technical University in 2001.

Curriculum Vitae

For information about past exhibitions, lectures, and workshops please visit the Curriculum Vitae 2005–2018.


arikan at burak-arikan dot com






Graph Commons


Düğümküme (2005-2010)

MIT Media Lab / Physical Language Workshop (2004-2006)

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