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

Under challenging circumstances, the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art opts for a radical format and changes its structure: the biennale will be condensed into ten days. Artistic, discursive and reflective moments will shape the space. Located in the Pavilion No.1 of VDNKh, it is here that the Moscow Biennale will evolve, as a think tank in real time.

Biennale: Sept 22 - Oct 1, 2015
Documentary exhibition project: Oct 3 - Oct 11, 2015

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Arikan, Burak

°1976
Born in Istanbul, TR
Based in Istanbul, TR
Based in New York, US

Burak Arikan works with complex networks. He takes the obvious social, economical, and political issues as input and runs through an 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. His most recent occurrences include 31st São Paulo Biennial, 13th Istanbul Biennial, Home Works 6, 7th Berlin Biennial. Arikan is the founder of Graph Commons collaborative network mapping platform.

In an open meeting, titled "Creative and Critical Use of Complex Networks", lead by Burak Arikan, participants will map critical relationships about the issues that impact them and their communities. Arikan's lecture and workshop will focus 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. 

1st session on Sep 29th 15:00-16:30 will be a lecture and discussion on how to map and read network maps.

2nd session on Sep 30th 15:00-16:30 will be hands on mapping with Arikan. Also, the Graph Commons platform (https://graphcommons.com) will be used during the workshop for mapping networks. Bring your laptop if you want to try it.

The resulting works will be presented within the documentary exhibition of Moscow Biennale 2015.