A DAY IN THE LIFE is a platform for simultaneous global performances and a base for international collaborations. Urban spaces in Munich, Oklahoma City, Boston and Istanbul will be connected with each other via a streaming video server for the duration of the event. At each location, local activity in and around the space will be formally framed and streamed to all other locations. Thus the audience in each location sees the activities in four international cities at one time, and the full performance is only complete when viewing all four locations simultaneously. The simple act of framing causes the viewer to impart the activities of daily life with meaning, following Marcel Duchamp’s dictum: "It is the viewers who make the pictures.” The construction of meaning is however aided by focusing on specific themes. This is done through targeted media interventions and activities that take place at all four locations simultaneously, and that at pre-arranged times react to a common theme. Daily life becomes a performance of itself. Read more >>

Burak Arikan will participate in A DAY IN THE LIFE via Art Interactive. A DAY IN THE LIFE, conceived by Horst Konietzny & Tamiko Thiel of Upgrade! Munich, is part of the annual Upgrade! International gathering taking place in Oklahoma City from November 30-December 3.

Arikan's contribution will be A Stock Market in Life: Log on and begin trading! This is a stock market that uses the value generated by the immaterial labor of visitors. Participating Upgrade nodes become traded companies on the Upgrade Stock Market. Each node gains or loses fair value depending on the number of people in its local room. Sensors mounted in the entrance register how many people are in the room at any one time and send this information to the Stock Market central server. Each Upgrade node has 100 shares. People can buy and sell these shares form a web based interface. Speculation on the values and the dynamic fair value of the nodes together affect the total valuation. When the market closes, the money equals to the stock values is distributed to share holders. Overall market activity is dynamically visualized and projected in each node location.

Burak Arikan is an artist and designer creating systems that evolve with the interactions of people and machines. He shows the instances of these systems through diverse media including prints, animation, software, electronics, and physical materials. His work has recently been shown at Ars Electronica, Venice Biennale, and Art Interactive in Cambridge. Arikan recently completed his master's degree at the MIT Media Laboratory in the Physical Language Workshop (PLW) led by John Maeda. While at MIT, he pursued research exploring systems that address the transition from connectivity to collectivity in the context of creative expression. Sparked form this research, Arikan initiated the Open I/O platform for artists and designers to collaborate through composing distributed electronic objects over the Internet. Prior to MIT, he worked as an information architect and visual designer in the United States and Turkey. He received an MA degree in Visual Communication Design from Istanbul Bilgi University in 2004, and a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Yildiz Technical University in 2001.

A Stock Market in Life
Burak Arikan
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