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Memo Akten is an artist, engineer and computer scientist born in Istanbul (TR), currently based in London (UK). He develops systems that abstract behaviour to create unfamiliar familiarities and encourage new perceptions on our relationship to science, nature, technology and culture.
Inspired by the processes that shape our lives, he uses the tools of science as a lens to the world. Through visual, sonic and behavioural metaphors he creates artefacts that reveal, amplify and abstract the unseen harmonies, tensions and poetry found within these phenomena. His work plays at the boundaries between abstract and figurative, and spans multiple disciplines including images, videos, sound, light, digital sculptures, dance, large scale installations, performances, software and online works.
In 2013 his work FORMS won the Golden Nica at the Prix Ars Electronica. His work has been exhibited and performed around the world at venues such as The Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK), Royal Opera House (London, UK), Garage Center for Contemporary Culture (Moscow, RU), La Gaîté lyrique (Paris, FR), Holon Museum (Tel Aviv, IL), EYE Film Institute (Amsterdam, NL), STRP Biennial (Eindhoven, NL), FILE Festival (Sao Paolo, Rio, BR), Lisbon Architecture Triennale (Lisbon, PT), Royal Festival Hall (London, UK) and many more.
A strong supporter of open-source and believer in the sharing of knowledge, many of his open-source tools and libraries are used globally, he is one of the core contributors to the openFrameworks project, and he gives lectures and workshops around the world.
In 2007 he founded The Mega Super Awesome Visuals Company (MSA Visuals), an art, design and technology studio. In 2011, with two new partners this evolved into Marshmallow Laser Feast. In 2014, after a string of hugely successful, influential and large scale projects – including a Superbowl commercial and music video for rock band U2 – Memo left MLF to focus on personal artworks, collaborations and research.