Memo Akten (Turkey-UK)
Memo Akten is a computational artist from Istanbul, Turkey working primarily in moving image, light and sound; producing work spanning disciplines such as video, installation, performance, online works and dance.
His work explores the collisions between nature, science, technology, ethics, ritual, tradition and religion. He studies and works with complex systems, behaviour and algorithms, and combining critical and conceptual approaches with investigations into form, movement and sound he creates data dramatizations of natural and anthropogenic processes.
Alongside his practice, he is currently working towards a PhD at Goldsmiths University of London in artificial intelligence and expressive human-machine interaction, exploring collaborative co-creativity between humans and machines.
Akten received the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in 2013 for his collaboration with Quayola, ‘Forms’. Exhibitions and performances include the Grand Palais, Paris; Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Royal Opera House, London; Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow; Holon Design Museum, Israel and the EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam.