Memo Akten is an artist, researcher and philomath from Istanbul, Turkey. He works with emerging technologies and computation as a medium, to create moving images, compositions, large-scale responsive installations and performances. Fascinated by trying to understand the nature of nature and the human condition, he brings together fields such as biological and artificial intelligence, computational creativity, perception, consciousness, information theory, neuroscience, fundamental physics, cosmology, spirituality, ritual and religion.

Akten combines critical and conceptual approaches, with investigations into form, movement and sound. He uses code as his craft, to design behavioural abstractions and data dramatizations of natural and anthropogenic processes. As part of his PhD at Goldsmiths, University of London, he specialises in expressive human-machine interaction and artistic explorations of Artificial Intelligence (AI). In this field he is considered one of the world’s leading pioneers.

Akten received the Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica – the most prestigious award in Media Art – for his work ‘Forms’ in 2013. He has exhibited and performed internationally at exhibitions including The Grand Palais’s “Artistes & Robots” in 2018 (Paris FR), The Barbican’s “More than human” in 2017 (London UK) and the Victoria & Albert Museum’s landmark “Decode” exhibition in 2009 (London UK). His work has been shown around the world at venues such as the Moscow Museum of Modern Art (Moscow RU), Shanghai Ming Contemporary Art Museum (Shanghai CN), Mori Art Museum (Tokyo JP), Royal Opera House (London UK) and many others.
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