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Berk Özdemir

Berk Özdemir

Berk Özdemir, or berk aka PrincessCamel, is a multidisciplinary artist, a composer, producer, performer, multimedia artist and creative coder born in Amsterdam (NL), raised in Istambul (TR) and now living in Den Haag (NL).

Main musical studies at Istambul University State Conservatory (Piano, 1997-2000), Mimar Sinan University of Fine Art, Istambul State Conservatory (Piano, 2000-2008; Composition, 2011-2017), and Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag (Sonology, 2017-2018; ArtScience, 2018-2020). Main research subjects: internet literacy, remix culture, new ways to use browsers and media in internet as an instrument, and audiovisual composition material. He’s also actively producing groove oriented music. BASTARD GAN PUNKS is his latest and most ambitious project so far, as part of his ongoing artistic research at ArtsScience Interfaculty Masters programme, which includes practicing Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs).

Berk Özdemir

Bastard Gan Punks


Kevin McCoy

Kevin McCoy

Jennifer and Kevin McCoy are media artists whose works extends from film and video to installation and generative software . Their work often reconfigures viewing conventions to tease out the gap between representation and lived experience. To this end, they build active systems for art creation and viewing. Early projects include a series of sculptures which present databases of narrative television clips filtered into categorical frameworks. Their live installations depend on software that manipulates images as they are presented. These miniature film sets deploy live cameras to restructure filmed sequences in real time. In their work, technology serves as a mediator between the human and the world, and as an active force which not only shapes its material but reframes the entire project of what we choose to see. Recent work includes generative software that uses blockchain technology to create long form ecosystems for images to change and evolve.

The McCoys’ work has been widely exhibited in the US and internationally – their exhibitions include the Pompidou Center, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank in London, Hanover Kunstverein, The Beall Center in Irvine, CA, pkm Gallery in Beijing, The San Jose Museum of Art, Palazzo della Papesse, The Addison Museum of American Art, The Sundance Film Festival, and Artists Space in New York. Their work can be seen in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the 21C Museum, and the Speed Museum. They received a Creative Capital award in 2003, the Wired Rave Award for Art in 2005, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011, and a Headlands Alumni Award in 2014. Their work is represented by Postmasters Gallery in New York and Johansson Projects in Oakland, CA.

McCoy Space

Seven on Seven 2014: Kevin McCoy & Anil Dash

Presented by Rhizome, the Seven on Seven conference pairs seven leading artists with seven influential technologists in teams of two, and challenges them to develop something new–whatever they choose to imagine—over the course of a single day.

Anil Dash is a New York based entrepreneur and long-time blogger. He is co-founder and CEO of ThinkUp, a new service that helps people get more meaning out of the time they spend on social networks. He is also co-founded Activate, a consultancy that helps companies strategize at the intersection of technology and media. Dash serves on the board of Stack Exchange, the Data & Society Research, and the New York Tech Meetup.

Kevin McCoy is an artist working and exhibiting internationally with his partner Jennifer McCoy. His artworks explore changing conditions around social roles, categories, genres and forms of value. His work has adopted many methodological approaches: exhaustive categorization, recreation and reenactment, automation, miniaturization, and most recently, remote viewing and speculative modeling. His artwork is represented by in New York by Postmasters Gallery and in Geneva by Gallerie Guy Bartschi, and can be seen in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and MUDAM in Luxembourg. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art Professions at NYU.



Robert Alice

Robert Alice

Thinking blockchain, making art. CURRENT: Curator, Natively Digital @ Sotheby’s LDN HK NY. Past: UCCA, Beijing. Portraits of a Mind, Christie’s.

Robert Alice

Robert Alice’s NFT for Block 21 is one of the first NFTs to encode all global time zones into its layering. Testament to the truly globalised nature of the blockchain community as well as the global footprint of Portraits of a Mind itself, the NFT plays with ideas around time, decentralised networks and binary states, while also exploring the relationship between the digital and physical mediums.
Digital art and NFTs sit on top of the “electronic superhighway” to borrow the phrase from video art pioneer Nam June Paik (1932-2006). Viewable anywhere and at any time, the lights are always on. This perpetual state of visibility and the artwork’s dematerialisation into cyberspace is something the connected generation has come to take as standard. The lights do not go out on digital art.
Robert Alice’s Block 21 plays with the nature of how we experience digital art at its most core level. Using Async Art’s layering protocol, Alice draws the NFT back into the physical world of light and dark in order to bring into greater focus the structures behind how we view digital art. It is in opposition to reality that we understand greater the reality we are in


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