28th August,

12 – 13

Room 3A20

REAL talk: Sweet Machines and Phantom Tastes



The REAL group introduces Orkan Telhan, Assistant Professor of Fine Arts – Emerging Design Practices at University of Pennsylvania, School of Design.

Orkan Telhan’s research focuses on bridging theories of design and computation with artificial life and synthetic biology research.Through a series of case studies pursued in the design of smell and novel flavors, the talk will discuss the epistemic origins of taste and reflect on the cultural implications of designed chemistries and
biologies that present themselves as living, semi-living, and life-like artifacts.

Orkan Telhan is interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher whose investigations focus on the design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility. Telhan is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts – Emerging Design Practices at University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. He holds a PhD in Design and Computation from MIT’s Department of Architecture. Telhan’s individual and collaborative work has been exhibited internationally in venues including the 13th Istanbul Biennial, 1st Istanbul Design Biennial, the Armory Show 2015 Special Projects, Ars Electronica, ISEA, LABoral, Archilab, Architectural Association, the Architectural League of New York, MIT Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York.

The talk is organized as part of HYBRID MATTERs, together with and hosted by the REAL.



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