We will talk about the act of documentation and the method of network mapping, and compare how different disciplines create and collect documentation. We’ll discuss the subject positions of documentation, reciprocity in the documentation process, resolution of documentation, means of knowledge transmission, and how collective documentation can reinforce existing solidarity networks. Each participant will explore different documentation strategies and how compiled materials can work together, juxtaposing different pieces to explore new meanings. Networks of data points on the map will inspire different methods of non-linear storytelling by traversing the paths of the map. At the end of the workshop, participants will share their documentation and maps, as a way to present and reflect on the questions we opened up at the beginning.
Burak Arıkan is an artist based in New York and Istanbul. He works with complex networks and investigates societal issues and develops his findings into abstract machinery, which generates network maps and algorithmic interfaces, results in performances, and procreates predictions to render inherent power relationships visible and discussable. Arıkan is the founder of Graph Commons, a collaborative platform for mapping, analyzing, and publishing data-networks.