The 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran: Urban Jealousy

April 15, 2008 | , , , ,

Call for Art Urban Jealousy The 1st International Roaming Biennial of Tehran 30th May – 6th July 2008 Curated by Serhat Koksal and Amirali Ghasemi Download the Application in WORD documents here (Choose Your Language) Farsi, French, English and Turkish Deadline: April 21st, 2008

Talking at Mimar Sinan University

Will participate in a contemporary arts talk series at the Mimar Sinan University Department of Sociology on Thursday, April 17. Will be presenting MYPOCKET and Meta-Markets in the context of the new generation of media and networked arts. Keywords include immaterial labor, distributed power, open web services, networked conceptual art, complex systems. This post acts … Continued

BarCampMoneyNYC 2008

April 11, 2008 | , ,

New generation of finance entrepreneurs will be gathering tomorrow (April 12) at the BarCampMoneyNYC 2008 event. It will be an ad-hoc gathering for the people who work in, cover or seek to change the finance industry to share and learn in an open environment. There is sure something about Paul Kedrosky’s signal as New York … Continued

RSS Ramadan

Today I am doing a 1 day RSS Ramadan. No feed reading until the sun goes down. I don’t know what it means, but I feel like I need it for the health of my mind and soul. Although some other interfaces may interrupt my information diet, this is no problem since the deal is … Continued

Creative Networking Workshop, MIT Visual Arts Program (VAP)

This weak leads to two Creative Networking Workshops, tomorrow (March 19) at the MIT Visual Arts Program (VAP) and Thursday (March 20) at RISD. With Amber Frid-Jimenez we will run the workshops during her course Participatory Networks. Creative Networking Workshops focus on the the design of network protocols as a creative activity and expanding the … Continued

Pastie: Twitter for Code?

What are you coding? Let us know, copy paste a snippet to Pastie. Pastie is a service for anyone to communicate through the exchange of quick short code snippets. It is a type of Twitter for code. In fact Pastie is more loosely connected to the “rest of the world” than Twitter. There is no … Continued

YouTube Platform: What Is the “New Deal”?

Today the YouTube Platform launched in Silicon Valley. The new YouTube API allows people to upload, watch, search, and comment on the videos on other websites. That is you can create a web service that has a video sharing feature but the videos are hosted on the YouTube servers. Great! We all want one! Apparently … Continued

Today and Tomorrow

March 6, 2008 | , ,

Lots happening these days in NYC. Casey Reas is in town, leading to two exhibitions today at Bitforms and the Pratt Gallery. His new work from the Process series are really nice. Both shows are open through the first week in April. ABSOLUT QUARTET, an interactive robotic musical installation by Jeff Lieberman and Dan Paluska … Continued

Inscrutable and Polymorphous at Dorkbot-NYC

March 3, 2008

I will do a presentation at Dorkbot-NYC on Wednesday (March 5). I will talk about my recent projects MYPOCKET, the personal spending prediction software (earlier post), and Meta-Markets, an experimental stock market for trading socially networked creative products. Other presenter Noel Hidalgo will talk about his amazing project the Luck of Seven, an … Continued

Google Alert Loop

February 29, 2008 | , , ,

Jonah Brucker-Cohen just released a new art project: “Google Alert Loop“. It uses Google’s “Blogger” software and “Google Alerts” to create a blog that auto-publishes based on mentions of specific alert topics sent to the email address specified. He says: The idea is to create a self-perpetuating blog that will publish repeatedly based on the … Continued

Real Time Rome at MoMA’s Design and the Elastic Mind

February 19, 2008

“Design and the Elastic Mind” exhibition opens February 24th, 2008 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The Real Time Rome project is included in the exhibition catalogue. The exhibition, curated by Paola Antonelli, focuses on designers’ ability to grasp momentous changes in technology, science, and social mores, changes that will demand or reflect … Continued

Connect the Dots Exhbition at Hafriyat, Istanbul

February 14, 2008

I am participating in the Connect the Dots exhibition (Feb 16, Saturday) with a piece from the Meta-Control set. The exhibition will take place at Hafriyat in Karaköy, Istanbul. Hafriyat, the name of an independent civilian group movement and the name of their space, means “excavation” in English. I’ve first been to Hafriyat for a … Continued

Turbulence Mixed Realities Symposium

February 7, 2008

Today I am leaving to Boston to attend the Turbulence Mixed Realities Symposium. It is an exhibition and symposium that explores the convergence—through cyberspace—of real and synthetic places made possible by computers and networks. Well, what is mixed reality? Mixed Reality is the merging of real and virtual worlds to produce new environments where physical … Continued

Interview on the Recent Work

February 6, 2008

For the past few weeks I replied Greg Smith’s excellent questions for the interview on Serial Consign. We talked about our work ranging from OPENSTUDIO to Meta-Markets to MYPOCKET to aesthetics and critique of networked systems. Thanks Greg!


February 5, 2008

RSG is launching a new project, KRIEGSPIEL – Guy Debord’s 1978 “Game of War” produced for computer. They port this forgotten game to a downloadable computer game. Pre-launch LAN party is on Friday, Feb 8 from 7 pm to 10 pm at MTAA’s Brooklyn Studio. I wish I could join the game, but I will … Continued

Machine Readable Socialite

Well you’ve heard the story, Google launched the Social Graph API. Google searches and indexes all the social connections on the web and opens it up through an API, so that any web service can ask Google who you are and who you know. Like in Google search, a web crawler reads your web site, … Continued


January 30, 2008

MYPOCKET, my new project launched on, discloses my personal financial records to the world and predicts the future spending. To make the predictions I created a custom software that explores and reveales essential patterns in the daily transactions of my bank account. Sometimes I verify the predictions, sometimes I don’t mind, sometimes I am … Continued


December 20, 2007 | , , , ,

Today I put up the documentation of ARB.This is an experiment for exploring the growth of a dynamic network. I started to work on ARB in the summer of 2006, it is an earlier version of TENSE. A dynamic spring network begins with a few nodes; simplicity at its best. Then I start to add … Continued Needs Your Support

December 9, 2007 | , , , ,

Turbulence MUST raise $25,000 by December 31, 2007. I’ve been reading and learning from Turbluence for the past 5 years. They not only publish but also organize events and support artists (see the past comissions). Turbulence is unique in their effort and a great motivation for networked arts. We owe them a lot. No need … Continued

Junk Jet Release

November 25, 2007

Junk Jet is a fanzine for electronics and aesthetics. When they asked some work from me, I was immediately psyched by their mix of retro web style and cybernetic concepts. I participated to the first issue with Micro Fashion Network and Open I/O. Just to recap what these are again. Micro Fashion Network is a … Continued

Terms & Conditions

November 24, 2007

I am back in NYC. I put up the documentation of Terms & Conditions, which was exhibited at the Tobacco Warehouse during the Amber Festival in Istanbul. Terms & Conditions are often written for legal regulations but they are never read by consumers, as a result consumers are often exploited by agreeing on these unreadable … Continued

Meta-Control in Istanbul

November 21, 2007

I’ve been doing a series of events in Istanbul for the last ten days. These include the Terms&Conditions show at the Amber Festival exhibition, lectures on generative and networked arts at Aksanat and Marmara University, Meta-Control performance at the Dugumkume party, and the Networked Arts Workshop at ITU TBT. The last event will be another … Continued

I Sell My Facebook Profile on Meta-Markets

November 7, 2007

I work for Facebook everyday but I am not getting paid. In their recent Social Ads announcement Facebook says “It is an ad-supported service. It is a free service.” Pause. Did we sign a contract? How do you measure my labor and serve accordingly? I don’t know how you measure the value of my informational … Continued

Open Social to Distribute 3 Things: Myself, My Relationships, and My Life

A new open web API called OpenSocial enables developers to create social web applications that can run on any social network platform that has the Open Social interface standards. It is released by Google and a wide range of partners including Orkut, LinkedIn, Ning, Hi5, Plaxo, Friendster,, Oracle, Viadeo, iLike, Flixster, RockYou, and Slide. … Continued

Eduardo Kac & Alain Badiou: Life Extreme: An Illustrated Guide to the New Life

October 19, 2007

This book is recommended to me by today. Among all the spam recommendations I get from Amazon, this is probably the first book I care. Amazon’s recommendation algorithm is probably getting better by adapting itself to my shopping behavior. If I buy this new book, I will give feedback to the algorithm and increase … Continued

The Average Congressman of the Turkish Parliament

October 19, 2007

“Eigenvekil” (“eigen deputy”) is a new piece by Ali Miharbi, now on show at Karsi Art gallery in Istanbul. Eigenvekil is the statistical average of the pictures of all the 550 congressmen in the current Turkish Parliament. A camera-PC-screen installation, where you can see the statistical reflection of all the congressmen on your face. To … Continued

October 4, 2007

I am wordless today. This image better tells what I feel.

Optimism in the Age of Global War

September 6, 2007

Image from the Bored-er series, 2005 10th International Istanbul Biennial kicks off tomorrow (Sep 7). Biennial’s conceptual framework is set by the curator Hou Hanru: “Not Only Possible, But Also Necessary: Optimism in the Age of Global War” I contribute to the exhibitions with a series of blur photographs I call Bored-er (2005). It will … Continued

10 Days in San Francisco

August 29, 2007

I just came to San Francisco. I will be around for a week or so. Great weather here.

Temporary Land

“Temporary Land”, 2005 This was a study for exploring the relationship between the city grid and the typographic grid. In the summer of 2005, I designed a type face and a process to type. The image above is generated by three processes: me typing those words, the program deciding on the size each time I … Continued

The Market of Spectacles

I’ve been developing a new online stock market for the past two months. The alpha version will be up soon. Hopefully it will help people to retain the value of their immaterial labor in social web services. This is the continuation of my A Stock Market in Life project and experiments done in the Physical … Continued

The Long Tail of iPhone

Check out the iPhone waiting line happening in front of the Apple Store 5th Ave, New York. This is a concrete Long Tail. I got some live YouTube videos and Flickr streaming.

1899 European Geopolitics

“Angling in Troubled Waters” map by cartographer Fred W. Rose shows the European geopolitical situation in 1899. If you look at the details (see the larger version) you will see some countries such as Russia, UK, and Ottoman Empire are fishing. What do they catch? Blogger Catholicgauze says: “…their ‘catches’ are in fact colonial possessions.” … Continued

Will you opt-out of allowing Google to service your Feedburner account?

After the feed stats company Feedburner is acquired by Google, the AdWords integration to feeds became the dominant discussion. Great! Your blog business can now be managed from a single Google interface right. This also means that your blog traffic data change hands. Feedburner puts a notice in their sign in interface saying that you … Continued

Meta-Control at DEMF

May 26, 2007

I will do a performance with Ali Demirel and Richie Hawtin at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival (DEMF) tomorrow (May 27). Meta-Control is an ongoing collection of visual/kinetic performative artifacts. The collection started with the reincarnation of the selected pieces in Dynamic Compositions I did back in 2003. The software pieces in the Meta-Control collection … Continued

Oolong Tea

May 12, 2007

I am currently having Oolong Tea and I felt I should post something. It’s been a while. This is going to be a whatever comes kind of post. I sometimes feel like I am not interested in anything when I hit the network. You know all that news, stats, things, books, art works, discussions, links. … Continued

Back to the Future of Sensemaking

April 11, 2007

Yesterday I participated in the Intel/IFTF Humans, Sensors and Sensemaking workshop in Palo Alto California. It was a day-long expert brainstorming workshop to create a roadmap of 5-6 year opportunities in ‘Sensemaking’ assuming humans interacting with sensors using non-trivial amounts of computation. I had a chance to interact with visionary researchers such as Eric Paulos, … Continued

Open Service Provider

This is a contribution to the discussion started with Trebor Scholz‘s “A critique of sociable web media” email on the IDC mailing list. So what can we do against networked exploitation? I think an obvious strategy is to exploit those exploiters. Google Will Eat Itself (GWEI) and Amazon Noir are good examples for finding the … Continued

Meta-Control at Time Warp Festival

March 30, 2007

I will do a performance with Ali Demirel and Richie Hawtin at the Time Warp festival in Mannheim, Germany on April 1st. It will start at 7 am on sunday morning. Yes for the vampires! There will be no lazer shows nor fog machines, just the visual software set we call Meta-Control. Most part of … Continued

Support GWEI!

March 27, 2007

Google Will Eat Itself (GWEI) project is the powerful critique of the networked monopoly Google. GWEI website is currently censored on Google search indexes. Give them a link in your website so that people can reach the project. Image from Hans Bernhard‘s presentation.

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