About


Betül is an artist and researcher with a multidisciplinary background in media arts, cognitive science and linguistics. Currently, she is a PhD candidate in Media and Arts Technology at Queen Mary University of London, and a researcher at School of Commons, Zurich University of Arts.

Her artistic practice spans writing, photography and multimedia installations. She uses language as an art material and experiments with the process of making sense. She was selected for British Council AltCity Digital Arts Residency, and exhibited in media art exhibitions and festivals in the UK, Turkey, Austria and Ireland.

Her PhD research focuses on people’s experience with interactive systems. She investigates how familiarity with technologies affect people’s perception of experience by using quantitative and qualitative research methods. She has published her PhD work in BHCI '18 and ELO '19, exhibited her PhD work at Ars Electronica '18 & '20, The Glucksman Gallery '19, and Studio-X Istanbul '19, and delivered public talks internationally.

Informally, she calls herself a linguist.

Photo credit: Mum 


Artist Statement


Betül Aksu uses language as an art material and experiments with the process of making sense. Language as an art material is sometimes the use of literal text as a visual object, and sometimes the use of speech as an auditory signal to make art. In some of her works, the figurative use of both written and spoken language enables art making. Language is a material used in Betül's works to construct, to dismantle, to conceptualise, to abstract, to fill, and to empty art. Using this art material, the artist explores many different media such as text, photography, printmaking, physical programming, and installation. She creates environments that emphasise human-computer interaction. She places these environments into art spaces and experiments with the themes of familiarity, ambiguity, and process. She considers the person who encounters the work as a participant, and places humour on the basis of experiencing the work. 


Betül Aksu işlerinde dili bir sanat malzemesi olarak kullanır. Bir sanat malzemesi olarak dil, kimi zaman gerçek anlamlı metnin görsel bir nesne olarak kullanımı, kimi zamansa konuşmanın işitsel bir sinyal olarak kullanımıdır. Bazı işlerinde ise hem yazılı hem de konuşulan dilin mecazi kullanımları sanatı mümkün kılar. Dil, Betül'ün işlerinde sanatı inşa etmek, sökmek, kavramsallaştırmak, soyutlaştırmak, doldurmak ve boşaltmak için kullanılan bir malzemedir. Bu sanat malzemesinden yola çıkan sanatçı, metin, fotoğraf, baskı, fiziksel programlama, enstalasyon gibi bir çok farklı medyum kullanır. Her medyumun kendi olanakları çerçevesinde insan-bilgisayar etkileşimine vurgu yapan ortamlar yaratır. Bu ortamları sanat mekanlarına yerleştirir ve aşinalık, belirsizlik ve süreç temalarını işler. Eser ile karşılaşan kişiyi bir katılımcı olarak kurgular ve eseri deneyimleme süreçlerinin zeminine mizahı yerleştirir.