Thursday, April 15, 2010

DK03: Distributed Identity

April 20, 2010 Tuesday, 19:00-21:00
Garanti Galeri – Platform Garanti
İstiklal Caddesi 115, Beyoğlu İstanbul

Tunç Topçuoğlu
Serkan Zihli

Personal identity data flows through a multiplicity of government and corporate information systems every day. Our activities are constantly being legitimized through social security numbers, chip enabled ID cards, banking/credit systems and commercial developments within the internet that involve social networks, etc. While this condition is exploited by activist artist groups such as The Yes Men who endeavor to find holes in such infrastructures, ultimately these systems enable increasing forms of social control that include visa processing and immigration governance. But, we can argue that it is still possible to perform ‘off the record’ by assuming tactics of multi-use identity, anonymity, or invisibility to allow our identities to be recomposed again and again in a variety of accessible hierarchies. The question to be raised in respect to such activities is: how do we react to the new realities generated by decentralized and distributed natures of identity?

Düğümküme Meetings is a new discussion series that aims to confront contemporary art by considering its relationship to rapidly developing technologies in the context of civil society issues.

Previous meetings:

DK02: Hybrid Public Space, Apr 6th –
Can Altay, Akın İdil (Valensas Technology Solutions), Mücteba Kılıç (Genç Siviller)

DK01: Distributed Work, Mar 3rd –
Karen Verschooren (Z33 Art Center), Emel Kurma (Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly), Hasan Yalçınkaya (Pilli Network)