Turbulence Commission: "MYPOCKET" by Burak Arikanhttp://turbulence.org/works/mypocket
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"MYPOCKET" discloses the artist's personal financial records to the world by
exploring and revealing essential patterns in the daily transactions of his
bank account. These are the records that we usually keep secret, whereas
financial institutions intensively analyze them to score our credibility.
Archived on the site, the artist's two years of spending history is analyzed
by the custom software to predict future spending; these predictions
sometimes determine his future choices, creating a system in which both the
software and the artist adapt to one another. Influenced by today's
techno-cultural milieu, "MYPOCKET" presents a hybrid interface to a living
"MYPOCKET" is a 2007 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka
Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It was made possible with funding
from the Jerome Foundation.
Burak Arikan is an artist and designer creating networked systems that
evolve with the interactions of people and machines. He shows the instances
of these systems through diverse media including prints, animation,
software, electronics, and physical materials. His work has recently been
shown at Ars Electronica, Venice Biennale, and Art Interactive in Cambridge.
Arikan completed his master's degree at the MIT Media Laboratory in the
Physical Language Workshop (PLW) led by John Maeda. While at MIT, he pursued
research exploring systems that address the transition from connectivity to
collectivity in the context of creative expression. Sparked by this
research, Arikan initiated the "Open I/O" platform for artists and designers
to collaborate through composing distributed electronic objects and space
over the Internet.
Prior to MIT, he worked as an information architect and visual designer in
the United States and Turkey. 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.
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