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Burak Arıkan

How to Gather? Acting in a Center in a City in the Heart of the Island of Eurasia

Burak Arıkan is invited to the sixth edition of the Moscow Biennale (22 September–1 October 2015) co-curated by Defne Ayas, Bart De Baere, and Nicolaus Schafhausen. SAHA provided support for the participation of the artist. For the duration of ten days, the 6th Moscow Biennale aspires to be a think-in involving all participants and visitors present, hosting art and cultural workers to provide a means for artistic and critical reflection to be exchanged through thinking in action. Driven by the questions of how to gather, how to live together and how to activate new capacities for the future, in collaboration with more than 70 international artists and thinkers on site, the program aims to re-articulate current dimensions of art presentation. The biennial includes a media machine as part of its infrastructure to document, edit and reflect upon on the spot. After the 10-day gathering, different archival formats follow up on the biennial, including a feature documentary by Singaporean film director Ho Tzu Nyen, a website with annotated documentation, a book, and a documentary exhibition from October 3 to November 1, 2015 at the biennial’s site. In an open meeting, titled "Creative and Critical Use of Complex Networks", led by Burak Arikan, participants map critical relationships about the issues that impact them and their communities. Arikan's lecture and workshop focuses on the design and understanding of complex networks through mapping and visual analysis in order to expand the individual’s thinking about the network as a creative and critical medium. The resulting works will be presented within the documentary exhibition of Moscow Biennale 2015.

About Burak Arikan

Burak 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.

Burak Arikan is a New York and Istanbul based artist working with complex networks. He takes the obvious social, economical, and political issues as input and runs through abstract machinery, which generates network maps and algorithmic interfaces, results in performances, and procreates predictions to render inherent power relationships visible and discussable. Arikan’s software, prints, installations, and performances have been featured in numerous exhibitions internationally. Arikan is the founder of Graph Commons collaborative network mapping platform.