Memo Akten

Posted on | May 16, 2012

Memo Akten is a visual artist, director, musician and engineer from Istanbul, Turkey who is working at the intersection of art and technology. Developing and appropriating new technologies, he explores processes of visualizing the invisible; extracting and amplifying the unseen relationships within images, space, movement, sound and time. Driven by the urge to make the seemingly impossible, possible; and awaken our childlike instincts to explore and discover new forms of interaction and expression; he invents new ways of creating and performing images and sound. His work ranges from live music/dance/theatre performances, large-scale immersive interactive installations, music videos; to online works and mobile applications.

One of his interventions, Simple Harmonic Motion, presents an ongoing research and series of projects exploring the nature of complex patterns created from the interaction of multilayered rhythms. It is a video and sound installation, developed around the concept of creating complexity from simplicity. It is inspired by the works of Norman Mclaren, John Whitney, Steve Reich, John Cage, Gyorgi Ligeti, Edgar Varèse, Brian Eno – as well as observations from nature, physics and maths.


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