Second Exhibition, ARTER, Istanbul, 2010

November 24, 2010

Second Exhibition 28 November 2010-27 February 2011 ARTER – sanat için alan | space for art İstiklal Caddesi 211, Beyoğlu Istanbul, Turkey Curator: Emre Baykal Artists: .-_-., Halil Altındere, Burak Arıkan, Volkan Aslan, Vahap Avşar, Banu Cennetoğlu – Yasemin Özcan Kaya, Ayşe Erkmen, Hafriyat (Murat Akagündüz, Antonio Cosentino, extramücadele, İnci Furni, Mustafa Pancar), Ali Kazma, … Continued

Network Mapping and Analysis Workshop, Istanbul, 2010

October 26, 2010

Two day workshop focusing on the design and understanding of complex networks through mapping and visual analysis. Starting from simple exercises participants gradually build complex compositions. Emphasis on network topology in the city, urban dynamics, and information design. Participants learn the most through observing, sketching, and participating in the discussions. PART I: Graph Theory and … Continued

Network Mapping Workshop, 4th Upgrade!International Conference, São Paulo

October 20, 2010

Network Mapping and Analysis Workshop 4th Upgrade!International Conference, São Paulo, October 20th, 2010 UNESP sala/room: 517 One day workshop focusing on the design and understanding of complex networks through mapping and visual analysis. Starting from basic hands on mapping exercises participants gradually build complex compositions. Emphasis on network topology, centralization, and clustering. Participants learn … Continued

Antakya Biennial Artist Network, 2010

October 16, 2010

Antakya Biennial Artist Network, 2010. digital print, 220cmx110cm (View large) The work processes the outcome of the survey on recent group exhibitions of the Antakya Biennial artists (listed below). This data reveals the entire list of the artists who were presented together in the group exhibitions throughout 2009 and 2010. The map presents relational situations … Continued

Contracted and Expanded (Tension Series, No.3), Antakya Biennial, 2010

October 16, 2010

Contracted and Expanded (Tension Series, No. 3) 2007-2010 3 archival ink prints Contracted and Expanded will be shown in the 2nd International Antakya Biennial 2010. Contracted and Expanded is the 3rd piece of the Tension Series. It is a software that combines drawing with generative processes to explore the expansion and contraction in the … Continued

Digital Networks and the Politics of Urban Governmentality Panel, Istanbul, 2010

October 8, 2010

Digital Networks and the Politics of Urban Governmentality DataCity Seminar Series Saturday, October 9 · 4:00pm – 7:00pm Amber Platform Necatibey Cad. No: 66 Karakoy Istanbul, Turkey Speakers: Özgür Uçkan (Dr., Bilgi Üniversitesi), Burak Arıkan (Artist), Ahmet Misbah Demircan (Mayor, Beyoğlu), Silvia Cazacu (Journalist, Romain), Prokop Istvanek (ZTOHOVEN, Czech Republic) Technological networks and digital data … Continued

Network Map of the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly International

October 1, 2010

A preliminary network map of Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly (hCa) International (partial view). The map depicts the international hCA network, which has been emerging as a political civil movement beyond national borders. The complete map will be presented today at the 20th Anniversary of hCa gathering in Istanbul at Cezayir 16:00-19:00. The gathering program has rich … Continued

Real Time Rome Lecture, 2010, Istanbul

October 1, 2010

Lecture on the Real Time Rome (2006) project. Yapyaşa Lectures at Amber Platform. Amber Platform Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 11:00-11:45

Suç ve Sanat

September 28, 2010

Burak Arıkan – Özgür Uçkan, 19 Eylül 2010. İlk olarak Taraf Gazetesi’nde yayınlanmıştır. Bu yazı Tophane’de Tütün Deposu’nda yapılan “Fikirler Suça Dönüşünce” sergisine dair bir eleştiridir. Bu yazı yazıldıktan iki gün sonra Tophane’de faşist bir çete sanat galerisi açılışlarına saldırdı. Bir an fikirler gerçekten suça mı dönüştü diye kendimize sormadan edemedik. Ancak bu sistematik saldırıyı … Continued

When Ideas Become Crime, DEPO, Istanbul

September 1, 2010

Today opening of a new group show “When Ideas Become Crime” at DEPO in Istanbul. I will show a new work called “The thing that grows by wiping out its past and present”, 2007-2010. It is an installation of 4 prints (30x45cm), custom software, computer, screen (22”). Opening: Sep 1st, 2010 Wednesday, 18:00-21:00 Curator! Halil … Continued

Call for Cura Bodrum Workshop

May 13, 2010

escape/hatch: what about free communication? A tactical media workshop with Arzu Ozkal and Patrick Lichty in collaboration with Burak Arıkan June 11-20, 2010 cura bodrum residency, Bodrum, Turkey PDF version.

Meta-Control: Byzantine Edition @ IKSV Salon, Istanbul

May 7, 2010

Meta-Control: Byzantine Edition performance at IKSV Salon in İstanbul. May 11th, 2010 Tuesday 9pm

Talk at Free Fall Symposium, Istanbul, 2010

March 26, 2010

I will present recent work at the Free Fall Symposium tomorrow in Babylon Lounge, Istanbul. It is organized by Selda Asal of Apartment Project along with an exhibtion. March 27th, 3pm @ Babylon Lounge

Bored-er, But does it Float, 2010

March 7, 2010

Bored-er at, curated by Folkert Gorter & Atley G. Kasky. With a quote from Arthur C. Clarke: “There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum”

Terms & Conditions, NADA Art Fair Miami Beach 2009

December 1, 2009

“Terms & Conditions (Facebook, MySpace, Google)”, archival pigment print mounted on aluminum dibond, 60×82cm, 2007 Will be shown in the NON booth at NADA Art Fair Miami Beach 2009. December 3 – 6, 2009 Booth #113 See more images here:

User Labor Presentation, New School, New York, 2009

November 12, 2009

I will present the User Labor project at the “User Labor: Creative Responses Panel”, Digital Labor Conference (Internet as Playground and Factory), New School University, NYC. Other presenters of the session are: Jonah Brucker Cohen, “User Generated Social Structures (UGSS)” Kenneth Rogers, “Capital Implications” Chris Barr, “Caught You Looking: A Report from the Bureau of … Continued

Facebook User Labor Enactments, New York, 2009

November 11, 2009

Facebook User Labor Enactments is a new live performance by Ursula Endlicher which uses ULML code (=User Labor Markup Language) as choreography. In the performance on November 13, five performers and the audience will together shape the course of the show. Using Burak Arikan’s newly developed ULML-based software application which collects user activity on Facebook, … Continued

NGO Network Mapping Workshop, Paris

September 18, 2009

Will do a two day network mapping workshop with 30 NGOs from France and Turkey. This is the second meeting of the Civil Society Workshop series started in Istanbul May 2009, where NGOs made hands on network maps of their organizations and issues. After the Istanbul workshop, NGOs did research in their respective fields –such … Continued

Meta-Control, 319 Scholes, New York

August 28, 2009 |

Meta-Control performance at the 319 Scholes Launch Party in Bushwick. August 29, 2009. Performing with Sutekh’s live music. Video above from Club Phazon, Tokyo, 2007.

Status Update

August 6, 2009

This site does not have DDos attacks. Lets get busy here. 1. From now on the blog address is All past permalinks work with redirection. 2. is now dynamic. Single UNIFIED RSS FEED for all the content. One love one feed. Be it a new project, new documentation, text, interview, talk, workshop, … Continued

TimeWarp, Mannheim, 2009

April 2, 2009


Meta-Control, TimeWarp 2009

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Two years ago at TimeWarp we performed the Meta-Control set for the first time. Since then it’s been developed further, practiced more, and forked to various versions. Today we will perform these fresh Meta-Control pieces at TimeWarp 09 on a bright LCD screen setup. Also as part of the TimeWarp Festival we participated in the … Continued

“New Media: Why”, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York

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If you are near New York this Friday by any chance, please stop by our show titled “New Media:Why” at Neuberger Museum of Art. I participate with MYPOCKET, other participants are Margot Lovejoy with her cybernetic confession booth, Douglas Irving Repetto with his humongous networked sound installation, and Paul Vanouse with his fantastic DNA racing … Continued Exhibition, Delüks, Istanbul

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New work, will be exhibited by Deluks on February 18th 2009 Wednesday. Official announcement below: Deluks 01: Burak Arikan – Music: Baris K. Opening: 18.02.2009 Wednesday 19.00 You can visit the exhibition on Thu – Fri – Sat between 17.00 – 20.00. “Every society has its diagram(s)”* shows the diagram of the … Continued

Recent Happenings

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 … Continued

User Labor Lecture, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York

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Today I am giving a lecture titled “User Labor” at Neuberger Museum of Art. I will speak about the flaws I see in the Architecture of Participation –-data ownership, data valuation-– in relation to the User Labor project. We will discuss living physical/digital processes and aesthetics of extreme use in networks and their relation to … Continued

Big congrats to the new president

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I am thrilled. Great to live at this moment.

Back to Materiality

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After today’s bailout rejection and the big stock market drop, I checked out the full red Map of the Market, there was one spot still green, guess what: gold (Barrick Gold ABX). It is time to go back to make things, sell things, and count the money by hand. * Click on the image to … Continued

Meta-Control, Nocturnal Festival, LA

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Last minute operation! After the Minitek show today, on Saturday night I will do another Meta-Control performance with Richie Hawtin at the Nocturnal Festival in LA. It will be at the Beatport Stage, see you if you are around. This time the Meta-Control pieces will be on a monster LED display, which looks something like … Continued

Meta-Control, Minitek, New York

September 11, 2008 |

Sep 12th, Friday at Minitek Festival, New York. Penn Plaza, 401 7th avenue (between 33rd and 34th st) right in front of Madison Square Garden. This a 3 day party (12-14 Sep) of electronic music and art. I will perform three new pieces and new versions from the Meta-Control set (starting at 3am). Also … Continued

From Network Diagram to Structured Text

A network diagram, or a graph, can be represented as text in many ways. We want it to be a structured text so that it can be read by computers. A graph is a set of objects called nodes or vertices connected by links called lines or edges depending on the context (physics, computer science, … Continued

Creative Networking

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This fall I am teaching a course called Creative Networking at the New York University Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). It is an introduction to complex networks within the context of the arts. It focuses on understanding the structure and dynamics of large-scale networks and expanding the individual’s thinking about the network as a creative medium. … Continued

Growth of a Twitter graph

Twitter connections change over time. We tend to follow more people as we go, but we also remove connections depending our interest and attention span. At least I do. Since I look at the whole network activity from a very thin slice (a list) I prefer to cure my network, I remove some people to … Continued

Customers who bought this book also bought these books

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This description connects the books at For each book, Amazon shows other books which are also bought by the customers who bought the book you are looking at. It sounds like a word game, in fact this is a simple description of a consumption network. After reading The Social Life of Book, a visual … Continued

New Design New Things

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I decided to use this space more actively. Besides occasional updates, commentary, and links, I will also run experiments and share unfinished sketches. I guess like an extension of my studio. To start with, I’ve added a MYPOCKET widget on the side bar. It shows what I buy everyday, and what will I buy next … Continued

After The Net, Observatori 2008, Valencia

June 12, 2008

MYPOCKET included in the After The Net exhibition at Observatori 2008 in Valencia. The show is open at Centre del Carme from 5 to 29 June 2008. It is curated by KURATOR and presenting a selection of online works from an open call by Joasia Krysa (KURATOR), Manuela Moscoso (LaAgencia), Marta Rupérez (TheArtOrganisation), Luís Silva … Continued

How Much Is Your Comment Worth?

Today bloggers discuss comment ownership. They are debating whether comments should belong to the blog/service or to the commenter. Ironically the meat of the discussion is in the comment threads. Rob La Gesse deletes his FriendFeed account (all comments disappear), Robert Scoble declares that he owns his comments, Mathew Ingram asks if Scoble owns his … Continued

Looking For a New Feed Reader

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Today my RSS reader NetNewsWire reseted itself, I lost all the feeds (500+) I’ve been collecting in the past years. I don’t know what happened, but all I get was the default feed list:, BBC, Wired etc. First of all, I said bye to NetNewsWire and removed it from my computer. Although I like … Continued

User Labor Markup Language

Today is May Day, we celebrate the social and economic achievements of the labor movement. Today we announce the User Labor project. User Labor Markup Language (ULML), is an open data structure to outline the metrics of user participation in social web services. Our aim is to construct criteria and context for determining the value … Continued

Meta-Control Performance at SINK@Reboot

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This saturday (April 26th), I will perform pieces from Meta-Control at the SINK event at Reboot, East Village (map). This is a good summer night of electronic music and visuals. See you if you can make it. More info here. Update: Unfortunately the party was shut down by the police. Devrim Kadirbeyoglu shot and edited … Continued

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