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Memo Akten is an artist from Istanbul (TR), currently based in London (UK). Rooted in his obsession with science, trying to understand the world and human nature; he develops systems that extract, amplify and abstract the hidden tensions and harmonies within nature, technology and society. Through visual, sonic and behavioural metaphors he creates unfamiliar familiarities to encourage new perspectives. His work spans multiple disciplines including image, video, sound, light, sculpture, dance, installation, performance, software and online work.
Integrated with his art practice, he is currently working towards a PhD at Goldsmiths University of London, investigating the intersections of artificial intelligence, cognitive science, anthropology, philosophy, data dramatization and expressive human interaction.
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.