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Burak Arıkan

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.


CHARLOTTE KENT, PhD is the Assistant Professor of Visual Culture and Program Director for Art History at Montclair State University. Her work focuses on how various linguistic and visual rhetorical devices constrain what we are capable of seeing; whether examining art criticism, museum wall text, ekphrastic poetry, data visualizations or social media posts, her work questions why some things are so easily ignored. Her current research builds on that foundation to investigate the cultural context contributing to the rise of the absurd in contemporary art and speculative design. 


She has been teaching cinema, media and cultural studies in various Universities in Istanbul and gave lectures at Humbold University in Berlin as a visiting Professor in 2006. She is currently a faculty member of Cinema and TV Department at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul. She has her BA degree in Psychology and studied Political Science, Cinema Studies and Sociology (Cultural Studies) in New York and İstanbul in MA and PhD levels.


Deniz Gül (b. in Izmir in 1982) is a conceptual artist. Her practice, which navigates between visual arts and literature embraces an experimental and poetic approach. How objects become bodies and spaces to dwell in is a theme that developed in her work throughout years. Gül uses a wide pallette of organic and inorganic materials to their extremes, experimenting how materials come together and manifest a presence. Milk, plaster, acid, oil, water, rice, sugar, wood, glass, metal are some of these materials Gül choses to use. Centers and peripheries, bodies and identities, history and memory, life and death, language and archetypes, rituals and metaphors, such are the relations Deniz Gül dissects meticulously. Following a similar thread in literature, Gül arrives at an in between zone of “unlearning”, a zone that is not dominated by meaning, but by all means open to an emergence of experience, of possibilities.


Livia Alexander is a curator, writer, and Chair of the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University. Her work is focused on examining the relationship between art infrastructure and artistic production, urbanity, cultural politics of food and art, and contemporary art from the Middle East and Southeast Asia. 


Istanbul based choreographer, performer, sound healer Aslı Bostancı is born in 1984 Istanbul, Turkey.

She graduated from her BFA in dance at Mimar Sinan Fine Art University State Conservatory Contemporary Dance Department in 2007 and CNDC_dance choreography (Centre National de Danse Contemporaine Angers FR.) 2009 under the direction of Emmanuelle Huyn. In 2017 she finished her MFA in dance at MSFAU. In 2017 she has started her doctorate/proficiency in art again in MAFAU's Contemporary Dance Department. 


Onur Ceritoğlu is an artist and an academician who was trained as an architect in the locations of Berlin and Istanbul. He applies to his work objects and materials that are demonstrative of the heavy urban change, and the informality lies within. His ongoing doctoral research is based on...
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