visual arts

Atif Akin

Assistant Professor in Design

Atıf Akın is an artist and designer living in New York. His work is about technoscientific criticism in the context of contemporary art, science and politics.

He studied engineering and design at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. In last ten years he taught design and media arts in Istanbul, Europe, and the US.

Akın joined the Mason Gross faculty of in 2011, and has since been active in the US as well as Europe, Turkey and the Middle East. Akın’s studio is located in New York City.

His work examines science, nature, mobility, and politics through an (a)historical and contemporary lens. Through a series of activities made up of research, Akın’s work invokes technoscientific criticism in an aesthetic context.

Akın has worked with the Goethe Institute, KHM, University of Liege, ZKM, Le Centquatre, Ars Electronica, and Pixelache. He has lectured at New School, SVA, City College, Northeastern University, CUNY Graduate Center, and Northwestern University. His work is listed in the ʻYounger Than Jesusʼ art directory project of the New Museum, published by Phaidon in 2009. That same year, Akın co-curated a seminal media art exhibition, ‘Uncharted: User Frames in Media Arts,’ and edited an accompanying book. Akın was the recipient of the 2015 apexart Franchise Program award in New York, and the organizer of the zine project and exhibition, Apricots from Damascus, on behalf of apexart, co-produced and hosted by SALT in Istanbul. Most recently, he joined Olafur Eliasson and Francesca Habsburg for the public programming of Greenlight Project hosted by TBA21 in Vienna.

Meet Atif Akin.
Akin discusses the elements that inspire his work here.