About

Ebru Kurbak is an artist and designer. She is driven by her interest in the hidden political nature of everyday spaces, technologies, and routines, and how the design of the ordinary is involved in shaping values, practices, and ideologies. Most recently, she worked at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna as Project Leader (PI) of the arts-based research project Stitching Worlds.

Ebru received her MSc degree in Architecture from the Istanbul Technical University. She lectured at the Departments of Visual Communication Design and Photography and Video at İstanbul Bilgi University and the Department of Space & Design Strategies at the University of Arts and Industrial Design in Linz. She carried out artistic residencies at La Gaité Lyrique (Paris, FR), LABoral (Gijon, ES), V2_ (Rotterdam, NL), and Eyebeam (New York, US) and exhibited at international platforms such as the Ars Electronica Festival (Linz, AT), ZKM (Karlsruhe, DE), Siggraph (US), Microwave (Hong Kong), and Piksel Festival (Bergen, NO) among others. She received the Erste Bank MoreValue Design Prize in 2015.

Academic Positions Held

May 2014 – June 2018, Principal Investigator. University of Applied Arts Vienna, “Stitching Worlds” Arts-based Research Project funded by the Austrian Science Fund: AR 284-G21.

Oct 2006 – Apr 2014,  Adjunct Lecturer. University of Art and Industrial Design Linz, Institute of Space and Design, Department of Space and Design Strategies.

Mar 2010 – Mar 2012,  Researcher. University of Art and Industrial Design Linz, “Public Space 2.0” Arts-based Research Project Funded by the Austrian Science Fund: AR 44-G21.

Sep 2003 – Sep 2006, Lecturer. Istanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Communication, Department of Visual Communication Design and Department of Photography and Video.

Jan 2001 – Aug 2003,  Teaching Assistant. Istanbul Bilgi University, Faculty of Communication, Department of Visual Communication Design.

Exhibitions

“Lonely Planet.” 4th Istanbul Design Biennial: A School Of Schools. Yapı Kredi Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul, 22 September – 4 November 2018.

“Infrequently Asked Questions.” 4th Istanbul Design Biennial: A School Of Schools. Yapı Kredi Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul, 22 September – 4 November 2018.

“Stitching Worlds.” 4th Istanbul Design Biennial: A School Of Schools. Yapı Kredi Sanat Galerisi, Istanbul, 22 September – 4 November 2018.

“Lacing Waves.” CrossSections_Intervals. Kunsthalle Exnergasse – WUK, Vienna, 20 September – 20 October 2018.

“Stitching Worlds.” AIL (Angewandte Innovation Lab), Vienna, 9 April – 27 April 2018.

“Lonely Planet.” Unleashing. Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, 1 April – 31 May 2018.

“Lonely Planet.” Archipelago – Insel des unvorhersehbaren Denkens, Wiener Festwochen. Hauptbücherei am Gürtel, Vienna, 29 May – 16 June 2018.

“Lonely Planet.” Unschärfen und Weiße Flecken. Kunsthaus Muerz, Mürzzuschlag, 8 April – 11 June 2017.

“Infrequently Asked Questions.” Unschärfen und Weiße Flecken. Kunsthaus Muerz, Mürzzuschlag, 8 April – 11 June 2017.

“The Knitted Radio.” Perfect Bodies & Rebellious Machines. Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City, 7 March – 16 April 2017.

“Embroidering A Computer.” Angewandte Innovation Lab, Vienna, 30 January – 3 February 2017.

“The Knitted Radio.” StadtFabrik #3 Future Production. MAK, Vienna, 18 October 2016 – 10 January 2017.

“Infrequently Asked Questions.” Volkskundemuseum Wien, Vienna, 30 September – 16 October 2016.

“Lonely Planet.” When Home Won’t Let You Stay. Heiligenkreuzer Hof, Vienna, 5 – 25 May 2016.

“Crafted Logic.” Laboro Ergo Sum: amber’15 Art and Technology Festival. SantralIstanbul Energy Museum, Istanbul, 6 – 15 November 2015.

“Stitching Worlds.” Contemporary Code: Artistic Research. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 29 October – 22 November 2015.

“The Knitted Radio.” GLOBALE: Exo-Evolution. ZKM, Karlsruhe, 31 October – 28 February 2015.

“Crafted Logic.” eTEXTILE CUVÉE 2015. Paillard Centre D’Art Contemporain, Poncé-sur-le-Loir, 28 July – 1 August 2015.

“The Knitted Radio.” New Gifts. Macy Gallery, New York, 1 – 26 June 2015.

“The Knitted Radio.” Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne 2015. St. Etienne and Lyon, 12 March – 12 April 2015

“The Knitted Radio.” Update_5 Technology as Context. Zebrastraat, Ghent, 8 – 23 November 2014.

“The Knitted Radio.” How Things Don’t Work: The Dream Space of Victor Papanek. Parsons The New School of Design, New York, 26 September – 15 December 2014.

“The Knitted Radio.” eTEXTILE CUVÉE. Paillard Centre D’Art Contemporain, Poncé-sur-le-Loir, 28 July – 1 August 2014.

“The Knitted Radio.” Exhibition at Eyebeam. New York, 25 February – 2 March 2014.

“The Knitted Radio: Work-In-Progress.” Eyebeam 2014 Annual Showcase. New York, 16 January – 1 Feb 2014.

“Mãos à Obra.” Performance at SESC Ipiranga. São Paulo, 27 July 2013.

“Feather Tales II.” FILE Festival 2013. São Paulo, 22 July – 1 September 2013.

“Knit Macro-electronics.” Analoge Ansichten III, University of Vienna Institute for Sociology. Vienna, 3 – 23 May 2013.

“Feather Tales II.” Toolkit Festival. Venice, 9 – 11 May 2013.

“Drapery FM.” Test_Lab: eTextile Sweatshop at V2_. Rotterdam, 29 November 2012.

“News Knitter.” Microwave New Media Arts Festival. Hong Kong, 9 – 18 November 2012.

“Data Catchers.” Amber’12 Art and Technology Festival. Istanbul, 9 – 18 November 2012.

“Feather Tales II.” LABoral. Gijon, 25 October – 4 February 2012.

“Data Catchers.” Commons Tense – New Media Arts from Turkey, TodaysArt Festival. Den Haag, 15 – 30 September, 2012.

“Tuneable Touch.” Sensing Place / Placing Sense, Ars Electronica Festival 2011. Linz, 4 September – 20 October 2011.

“Feather Tales.” Residency and Open House. La Gaîté Lyrique. Paris, 15 – 21 March 2011.

“News Knitter.” Portable Art: Amber Selection. Istanbul, 4 June – 4 July 2010.

“Taiknam Hat.” Speculum Artium 10. Trbovlje, 4 – 8 May 2010.

“News Knitter.” Portable Art: Amber Selection. Istanbul, 12 March – 12 April 2010.

“News Knitter.” Wearable Information at CIANT International Centre for Art and New Technologies. Prague, 18 – 21 December 2009.

“Taiknam Hat.” Piksel 09 Festival. Bergen, 19 – 22 November 2009.

“Hot and Cold Whisperer.” FILE Sao Paulo 2009. Sao Paulo, 27 July – 20 September 2009.

“News Knitter.” Siggraph 2009: Information Aesthetics Showcase. New Orleans, 3 August – 7 August 2009.

“White Shadow.” 80+1: A Journey Around the World. Linz – Mexico City, 8 July – 14 July 2009.

“News Knitter.” Speculum Artium 09. Trbovlje, 12 May – 15 May 2009.

“Taiknam Hat.” Ich-Maschine. Oldenburg, 8 May – 17 May 2009.

“News Knitter.” CStem 2008 Breeding Objects. Torino, 20 September – 27 September 2008.

“Hot and Cold Whisperer.” Art on the Move, Ars Electronica Festival 2008. Linz, 4 September – 9 September 2008.

“Taiknam Hat.” Art on the Move, Ars Electronica Festival 2008. Linz, 4 September – 9 September 2008.

“Taiknam Hat.” Test_Lab: Happiness (organised by V2 _ Institute for the Unstable Media). Rotterdam, 10 July 2008.

“Taiknam Hat: Performance.” 20+ Year Resarch Institute for Symbolic Computation. Hagenberg, 6 June 2008.

“News Knitter.” Fashionable Technology Book Launch. Vienna, 19 June 2008.

“Taiknam Hat.” Fashionable Technology Book Launch. Vienna, 19 June 2008.

“News Knitter.” Fashionable Technology Book Launch. New York, 22 May 2008.

“News Knitter.” ecoAesthetics. Amsterdam, 8 March – 28 April 2008.

“Taiknam Hat.” Social Fabrics: Art+Media+Interconnectivity. Dallas, 22 February 2008.

“News Knitter.” Seamless 2008 Fashion Show. Boston, 30 January 2008.

“News Knitter.” Campus 2.0, Ars Electronica Festival 2007. Linz, 5 September – 11 September 2007.

Publications

Stitching Worlds: Exploring Textiles and Electronics. (Ed.) Berlin: Revolver Publishing, 2018.

“Introduction: Art, Technology and Fancywork.” In Stitching Worlds: Exploring Textiles and Electronics, ed. Ebru Kurbak, 14-17. Berlin: Revolver Publishing, 2018.

“Fiberpunk: Inventing Feminine Pasts.” In Stitching Worlds: Exploring Textiles and Electronics, ed. Ebru Kurbak, 116-121. Berlin: Revolver Publishing, 2018.

Infrequently Asked Questions. Ed. Matthias K. Heschl, Published by Erste Group Bank AG community Affairs and sponsoring, 2016.

Shaping Wearable Ecologies: A quest for public space through arts-based research.Public Space 2.0. Ed. Sandrine von Klot. Linz: Kunstuniversität Linz, 2012.

“Tuneable Touch.” Inscribing a Square: Urban Data As Public Space. Eds. Dietmar Offenhuber and Katja Schechtner. Vienna – New York: Springer, 2012.

“Wearable Information: Information Visualisation in Daily Wearables.” ISEA 2009: International Symposium on Electronic Art, University of Ulster, Belfast, 23 August – 1 September 2009. Proceedings, forthcoming in 2009.

“Campfire in the Museum: New Media, New Space.” Uncharted: User Frames in Media Art. Istanbul: santralistanbul, 2009. 46-50.

“News Knitter.” Data Flow: Visualising Information in Graphic Design. Berlin: Gestalten, 2008.

“News Knitter.” Fashionable Technology: The Intersection of Design, Fashion, Science, and Technology. Vienna – New York: Springer 2008.

“Taiknam Hat.” Fashionable Technology: The Intersection of Design, Fashion, Science, and Technology. Vienna – New York: Springer 2008.

“Hautnah (review including Taiknam Hat).” Page 0808 (August 2008): 36-40.

“News Knitter.” TagMag 05 (2008).

“News Knitter.” Craft: Transforming Traditional Crafts 06 (February 2008): 20.

“Taiknam Hat.” Intelligent Agent 8.1 (January 2008): 19.

Workshops, Talks, Presentations

“Dünyalar Örmek | Ebru Kurbak.” TEDx Istanbul. Volkswagen Arena, Istanbul, 11 June 2016.

“Panel: Digi.logue: Discovery and Innovations in New Media & Art.” Zorlu PSM, Istanbul, 6 May 2016.

“Panel: Crafting Connections Salon.” Nottingham Conference Center, Nottingham, 31 March 2016.

“Stitching Worlds.” AP Applied Praxis Lecture Series. Angewandte Innovation Laboratory (AIL), Vienna, 24 June 2015.

“Crafted Codes.” Workshop (tutored). Future Vintage 2015: The Textile Resistance. Bauhaus University, Weimar, 22 – 23 May 2015.

“Stitching Worlds.” Talk. Future Vintage 2015: The Textile Resistance. Bauhaus University, Weimar, 21 May 2015.

“Urban Design Fiction Hackathon.” Mentorship. Onassis Cultural Centre, Athens, 16 – 17 May 2015.

“Mentor’s Talk: Ebru Kurbak.” Urban Design Fiction Hackathon. Onasis Cultural Centre, Athens, 16 May 2015.

“Stitching Worlds.” Department of Textiles – Free, Applied and Experimental Artistic Design. University of Applied Arts Vienna, Vienna, 18 March 2015.

“Stitching Worlds.” Threads and Codes Symposium. Goldsmiths University of London, London, 6 March 2015.

“Stitching Worlds.” AP Applied Praxis Lecture Series. Angewandte Innovation Laboratory (AIL), Vienna, 11 December 2014.

“Panel: Weave, Knit, Stitch & Bitch – Constructing New Perspectives in Craft.” WORM Institute for Avant Garde Recreation, Rotterdam, 15 October 2014.

“Crafted Data Storage.” Workshop (tutored). Digital Craft program, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, 14 October 2014.

“Stitching Worlds.” SOFT Symposium on Fashion Technology. Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK), The Hague, 8 October 2014.

“Round Table Discussion: Fashion Technology.” SOFT Symposium on Fashion Technology. Royal Academy of Art The Hague (KABK), The Hague, 8 October 2014.

“Panel: Beyond Kitsch.” E-Textile Summer Camp 2014. Paillard Centre D’Art Contemporain, Poncé-sur-le-Loir, 28 July 2014.

“The Knitted Radio.” Panel. Eyebeam Art and Technology Center. New York, 25 February 2014.

“Mãos à Obra.” Workshop. SESC Ipiranga. São Paulo, 23 – 26 July 2013.

“Moving Models.” Workshop. University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Department of Architecture, Studio Greg Lynn. Vienna, 31 May – 1 June 2013.

Guest Critique. University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Department of ID 2 (Prof. Fiona Raby). Vienna, 23 January 2013.

“Alive.” Workshop. University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Department of ID 2 (Prof. Fiona Raby), Vienna, 8 – 10 October 2012.

“Punch Couture.” Workshop. V2_ e-textile Sweatshop. Rotterdam, 22 November 2012.

“Artist’s Talk.” Unravel the Code at Crosslab, Willem de Kooning Academy. Rotterdam, 14 October 2012.

“Spatial Couture.” TechnoSensual End Symosium. MuseumsQuartier Vienna, 29 August 2012.

“Punch Couture.” V2_ Open Pitch at DEAF Festival. Rotterdam, 18 May 2012.

“An Ecological Approach in Arts Based Research.” Public Space 2.0 Symposium at MIT Senseable City Lab. Boston,  23 February 2012.

“Augmenting Design Research: Investigating Public Space With Mobile Sensor Data.” [Kurbak, von Klot, Mitteregger & Hinterleitner.] ISEA 2011. Istanbul, 19 September 2011.

“Workshop / Public Space 2.0.” {Kurbak, Mitteregger & Hinterleitner.] PennDesign University of Pennsilvania. Philadelphia, 14 – 19 February 2011.

“Artist’s Talk: Wearable Space.” PennDesign University of Pennsilvania. Philadelphia, 15 February 2011.

“Panel: Wearable Materialities.” International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) 2009. University of Ulyster, Belfast, 26 August 2009.

“Street Presentation: Taiknam Hat.” Ich-Maschine. Oldenburg, 16 May 2009.

“Artist’s Talk: On Taiknam Hat.” Ich-Maschine. Oldenburg, 16 May 2009.

“Panel: Post-Industrial Design between Mass-Customization and Rapid Prototyping.” CStem: Breeding Objects. Turin, 20 September 2008.

“Round Table Discussion: From Abstract Systems to Parametric Design Strategies.” Department of Space and Design Strategies, University of Art and Industrial Design Linz, O.K. Mediendeck, Centrum für Gegenwartskunst Oberösterreich, Linz, 13 December 2006.

Residencies

“The Knitted Radio.” [with Irene Posch.] EYEBEAM. New York, November 2013 – March 2014.

“Punch Couture.” [with Irene Posch.] V2_ Institute for the Unstable Media. Rotterdam, 17 September – 9 December 2012.

“Feather Tales II” [with Ricardo O’Nascimento.] LABoral. Gijon, 15 July – 15 August 2012.

“Feather Tales.” [with Ricardo O’Nascimento.] La Gaîté Lyrique. Paris, 15 – 21 March 2011.