[iDC] #DL14 Introduction

Burak Arıkan arikan at burak-arikan.com
Mon Nov 10 19:06:39 UTC 2014

Hi there,

I'm Burak Arikan. I was a long time subscriber to the list, but
unintentionally unsubscribed sometime ago due to my retired old email...
Well, now back with the 3rd edition of the Digital Labor conference.

I am an artist based in New York and Istanbul, working with complex
networks. Creating custom software, prints, installations, and
performances which have been featured in numerous exhibitions
internationally. I work with obvious social, economical, and political
issues by doing collaborative research, generating new data about the
subject matter and building custom software with it. I use data as input
and run through an abstract machinery, which generates network maps and
algorithmic interfaces, results in performances, and procreates
predictions, all is to render inherent power relationships visible and
discussable. You can see an archive of my work at http://burak-arikan.com

For our #DL14 session "The Labor of Love & the New Soviet Man in Silicon
Valley" on Friday afternoon, I will contribute to the discussion by
following a trajectory between three of my work. In short, I will start
with Meta-Markets (2007) on evaluating the cycles of value creation in
the social media and discuss the User Labor (2008) framework
(http://userlabor.org) to outline the metrics of user participation.
Then, continue with the examples of counter-hegemonic mapping and the
idea of "graph commons",  which is also the name of the collective
'network mapping' platform that I've been maintaining since 2011,
http://graphcommons.com We are releasing a new version, available for
testing this week!

I look forward to meet you all.

Best regards,

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