Emerging collective engaging architecture, art, and new media with a transdisciplinary approach
We are a collective that carries out projects involving multi-media in areas that explore the anthropology, ontology and human experience of space in relation to the temporality and memory of space transformed by urban functions and technological processes. We carry out artistic and curatorial works that involve researching, documenting, archiving and contextualizing memory spaces. We produce our works by focusing on methodologies that bring together the untold stories of invisible, ignored communities and unnoticed and hidden actions in daily life with digital art experiences.
We aim to expand and enrich our network by collaborating with artists, researchers and curators from different backgrounds.
Merve Çaşkurlu is an interdisciplinary artist whose work explores the interconnectedness of space, memory, and technology. She completed her BFA in the Painting department at Mimar Sinan University and pursued an internship at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris from 2007 to 2009. With a full-merit scholarship, she obtained her MA degree in Visual Communication Design from Yeditepe University in 2014. Subsequently, she conducted her Ph.D. project in Film in San Francisco from 2018 to 2020, supported by a Fulbright Visiting Researcher grant.
Following her bachelor’s (Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, 2010) and master‘s degree (2015, Istanbul Technical University) in the Department of Architecture, she has pursued her doctoral studies in the architecture field (ITU) and working as a research assistant (MSFAU). She improved and expanded her doctoral research scope at Illinois Institute of Technology provided by Fulbright Visiting Researcher Grant (2018).
Her research based on “The Bank Lottery Houses Phenomenon” -which is an extraordinary example of a modernist dwelling in Turkey- was awarded by Salt Research Fund (2014). She participated in the publication project focusing on the works of Turkish architect Muhlis Turkmen (2016). She assisted the digitalization process of renowned Turkish architect Sedad Eldem’s personal archive as a curator. The project is funded by Koc University (2018).
She is a Ph.D. student in Visual and Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Dallas. She is the Curatorial Fellow at the Aggregate Space Gallery in Oakland, California where she conducts curatorial research for the non-profit art space along with grant writing and partnership development. She earned her Master of Arts degree from San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) as a Fulbright Grantee, where her thesis research was included in Leonardo Abstract Service (LABS) and invited to The Media, Arts & Design conference in 2020.
Before embarking on her Ph.D. program, she thought art history and visual communication design classes at Sabancı University and Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey. Her research on art and technology focuses on the conceptual and historical analysis of how artists have been problem solvers and cultural engineers throughout history.