Fellowship

Fellow 2017/2018

Pelin Tan

Pelin Tan is a sociologist and art historian. She was Associate Professor and Vice-Dean at the Architecture Faculty, Mardin Artuklu University, Mardin. In 2016, she was visiting Associate Professor at PolyU School of Design, Hong Kong. A member of the Artıkişler Collective and The Silent University, Tan is involved in artistic and architectural projects that focus on urban conflict, territorial politics, and conditions of labor. She participated in: Oslo Architecture Triennale, Oslo, 2016; Cyprus Pavilion, Venice Biennale of Architecture, Venice, 2016; Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, 2015 and 2007; Biennale de Montréal, Montreal 2014; and Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Lisbon, 2013. Tan lives and works in Mardin.

Fellowship Research Trajectory

Pelin Tan’s teaching and territorial research combines academic and noninstitutional structures to foster a methodology based on collective processes of knowledge production. She looks at forms of resistance, artistic methodologies, and theoretical perspectives to generate alliances and assemblies across disciplinary and territorial borders. Decolonization and necropolitics are key concepts with which to activate and discuss responses to the question of how “we” can configure enactments of non-fascist living. For Tan, to decolonize is to go beyond the binary of colonizer/colonized and the resulting subject formations, and consider how the mechanisms of necropolitics (perpetuated in, for example, urban warfare in Turkey in the post-Gezi struggle since 2013) must be included in the decolonial process. Furthermore, Tan employs anthropologist Elizabeth A. Povinelli’s term “geontology” to shift the definition of biopolitics to encompass non-life, including infrastructures and landscapes shaped by war and migration.

The Architecture of Entanglement Ontology

During  the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2018, The Swamp School will function as a changing, flexible, open-ended infrastructure that supports experiments in design, pedagogy and artistic intelligence. Invited designers and scholars, including BAK Fellow 2017/2018 Pelin Tan, will conduct performative lectures and lead workshops for participants and visitors to the Biennale. On Saturday 26 May 2018, Pelin […]

Seminar with Françoise Vergès

Political scientist, historian, and feminist Françoise Vergès joins the discussion via Skype on how artistic research can contribute to decolonial methodologies. With introduction by Olivier Bouin (director of the Network of French Institutes for Advanced Studies) and 2017/2018 BAK Fellow Pelin Tan.

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