About | Hakkında


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Betül Aksu (b. 1990, İzmir) is an artist and researcher with a background in media arts, cognitive science, and linguistics. Her work explores disciplinary, territorial and systemic boundaries through interactive installation, performance, text and printmaking. She uses language as art material, observes intercultural miscommunication and reflects on systemic reasons that reinforce boundaries.

She is currently participating in the Istanbul Biennial Production and Research Programme (2022), where she explores the ways in which eligibility criteria reproduce oppression through bureaucracy. She held residencies at the School of Commons at Zurich University of the Arts (2021-2022), British Council Altcity Istanbul (2017); awarded Creative Europe Liberty EU Art Commission (2020-2022), Queen Mary University of London Media and Arts Technology Doctoral Training Grant (2015-2019) and Erasmus Mundus Language and Communication Technologies Scholarship (2013-2015). Her works have been exhibited in Ankara, Berlin, Cork, Cornwall, Hamburg, İstanbul, London, Linz, Zurich and on the internet.
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Betül Aksu (d. 1990, İzmir); medya sanatları, bilişsel bilim ve dilbilim alanlarında geçmişe sahip bir sanatçı ve araştırmacı. Etkileşimli enstalasyon, performans, metin ve baskı resim aracılığıyla disipliner, teritoryal ve sistemik sınırları inceler. Dili sanat malzemesi olarak kullanır, kültürlerarası iletişimsizliği gözlemler ve sınırları pekiştiren sistemik nedenler üzerine kafa yorar.

Şu anda İstanbul Bienali Çalışma ve Araştırma Programı (2022) dahilinde uygunluk kriterlerinin bürokrasi yoluyla baskıyı nasıl yeniden ürettiğini inceliyor. Zurich University of the Arts School of Commons (2021-2022) ve British Council Altcity Istanbul (2017) sanatçı programlarına katıldı. Creative Europe Liberty EU Art Commission (2020-2022), Queen Mary University of London Media and Arts Technology Doctoral Training Grant (2015-2019) ve Erasmus Mundus Language and Communication Technologies Scholarship (2013-2015) fonlarına seçildi. İşleri Ankara’da, Berlin’de, Cork’ta, Cornwall’da, Hamburg’da, İstanbul’da, Londra’da, Linz’de, Zürih’te ve internette sergilendi.



Contact | İletişim


betulaksu[at]protonmail.com
instagram.com/betulaksu

Photo credit: Mum


Education | Eğitim


Ph.D. in Media and Arts Technology, Queen Mary University of London, UK • interrupted
MSc. in Language Science and Technology, Saarland University, Germany •2015
MSc. in Cognitive Science, CIMeC, University of Trento, Italy •2014
BA(Hons) in Linguistics, Hacettepe University, Turkey •2013


Fellowships, Residency & Workshops | Sanatçı Rezidansı & Atölyeler


The Istanbul Biennial Production and Research Programme, Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts •2022
School of Commons READ Fellowship, Zürich University of the Arts •2021-2022
Liberty EU Creative Europe Artists’ Exchange, online •2020
AltCity Istanbul Digital Arts Residency, British Council & Zorlu PSM, Istanbul •2017


Group Exhibitions | Grup Sergileri 


Kronos Orada Değildi, altatölye, 18.03.2022 - 17.04.2022, Ankara
Coulisse, Mixer, 14.01.2022 - 27.02.2022, İstanbul
Libertikons, STAMP Altonale, 09.2021, Hamburg
Nothing’s gonna change my world?,
08.2021, gr-und Berlin
In Your Hands,
Newlyn Art Gallery, 07.2021 Cornwall
Kula,
Ecumene Project, 05.2021, online
Freedom of Movement?,
Journeys International Festival, 10.2020, UK - moved to online
The Garden of Forking Paths,
Ars Electronica, 09.2020, Linz -moved to online
Take Dada Seriously?
Guest Projects London, 06.2020, London -moved to online
Easy speaking & effortless listening,
the Royal Institution of Great Britain, 03.2020, London
Weave It!,
Stour Space, 11.2019 London
Plugin,
Contemporary Istanbul, 09.2019, Istanbul
Peripheries,
The Glucksman Gallery, 07.2019, Cork, Ireland
bang.Prix,
Studio-X Istanbul, 06.2019, Istanbul
M.I.I Manifold,
TTC Architecture & Design, 04.2019, London
Error: The Art of Imperfection,
Ars Electronica, 09.2018, Linz, Austria
Across the Line,
Zorlu Performing Arts Center, 11.2017, Istanbul
Intersections,
Mile End Art Pavilion, 09.2016, London
Dorkbot London #90,
Limehouse, 11.2015, London


Performances | Performanslar


officialese: from Taksim Gezi Park to Tünel and back, w/ the School of Commons ZHdK, 06.04.2022, İstanbul
Bureau of Commons, w/ the School of Commons ZHdK, 17.09.2021, Zürich
Here Eyes Under The Bridge, group performance w/ Tara Fatehi Irani, LADA, 07.2017, London


Curatorial | Küratöryel


*Upcoming* This is not a chance encounter, 08.2022, Leicester UK


Talks | Konuşmalar


Am I eligible to apply? Kitchen Session talk, School of Commons •2021
Freedom of Movement? panel talk, Journeys Festival International •2020
Salon: Digital Dada panel as part of Take Dada Seriously? exhibition, online •2020
The Role of the Audience in Interactive Art, bang.Prix seminar talk, Studio-X-İstanbul •2019
Art, Automation and Intersectionality panel, Automation and Me symposium, Leeds International Festival •2019
Audience Engagement with Text-based Interactive Art, MAT Open talk, Media and Arts Technology Doctoral Training Centre, London •2018


Awards, Grants, Commissions | Ödüller ve Fonlar


Creative Europe Liberty EU Art Commission, Artreach UK •2020-2022
Media and Arts Technology Doctoral Training Centre Public Engagement funds •2016-2019
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council UK Research Studentship •2015-2019
Queen Mary University of London PGR Students Sponsorship •2015-2019
Erasmus Mundus Language and Communication Technologies Category-A LCT Scholarship •2013-2015
Erasmus Lifelong Learning Program Grant, Hacettepe University •2011


Teaching | Verilen Dersler


Professional & Research Practice
, Queen Mary University of London •2016-2021
Graphical User Interfaces, Queen Mary University of London •2017-2018
Interaction Design, Queen Mary University of London •2016-2018


Collaborations | İş birlikleri


Tinnitus w/ Max Paulus, University College London, Queen Mary University of London, bang.Prix •2018-2019
in Conversation w/ squidsoup, British Council, Zorlu Performing Arts Center •2017
Her Eyes Under the Bridge w/ Tara Fatehi Irani, LADA London •2017
From Dada to Java w/ Victor Loux, Sophie Skach, and Zhou Tang •2016


Publications | Yayınlar


Reason: Other personal, in Researching the Researcher, published by the School of Commons (2021)
Kulaktan kulaga, chinese whispers, or arabic telephone in O’Sullivan, J. [Chair] (2019) Electronic Literature Organization Conference & Media Arts Festival (ELO2019), Programme and Book of Abstracts, University College Cork, Ireland, 15 -17 July
Exploring Audience Reading Behaviour through Interactive Public Displays, the Proceedings of 32nd BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference, Belfast, UK (2018)