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Hakan Topal

Associate Professor of New Media and Art+Design

Hakan Topal is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York.  Trained as a civil engineer (B.S. at METU, Ankara), he continued his studies in Gender and Women’s Studies (M.S. at METU) and Sociology (M.A. at NSSR, New York). He obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research with a focus on urban sociology and sociology of arts. He was the co-founder of the international art collective xurban_collective (2000–2012) and exhibited his collective and individual art works and research projects extensively in institutions such as the 8th and 9th Istanbul Biennials; apexart, New York; Thyssen- Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Vienna; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; MoMA PS1, New York; Platform, Istanbul, the 9th Gwangju Bienniale; and ICP Museum, New York. Topal represented Turkey in various international exhibitions including the 49th Venice Biennial Turkish Pavilion. His texts and projects have been featured in various international journals, books, and catalogs.

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Research Interests

Sociology of Art and Design, Urban Sociology, Commons and Social Engagement, Community Arts, Contemporary Art Biennials and Museums, Art and Technology, New Media, Social Design, Social Justice, Aesthetic Justice, New Institutions, Political Activism and Art

Representative Courses

Fall 2017

  • Art & Technology (New Media)
  • Junior Seminar for New Media

Spring 2018

  • Social Design (Design & New Media)
  • Design Principles (New Media)
  • Shock & Awe (MFA)


Exhibitions / Performances

Recently on view:


Dark Ocean, Law Warschaw Gallery, St. Paul, MN