I am a design researcher, performance artist and musician. I was born and raised in Turkey and I am currently based in Porto, Portugal. I hold a B.Sc. in Industrial Product Design from Istanbul Technical University (Turkey), MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies/Experience Design from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, (Sweden) and Ph.D. in Design from University of Porto (Portugal). In my doctoral dissertation entitled Queerying Design: Material Re-configurations of Body Politics, fully funded by FCT, I investigated the intersection between design, material practices, queer theory and gender studies, exploring possible ways of interrupting oppressive material regimes imposed on material bodies. I take my inspiration from intersectional queer-feminist epistemologies, anti-oppressive methodologies and decolonial thought. Besides my individual works, I also collaborate with other academics, artists, musicians and activists, by using artefacts, texts, moving images, body, sound and voice as my main tools. I’ve been member of queer feminist performance group T.I.R. and performance art collective LoL Institute; I am currently doing music and performing in NOOITO and Live Low; and I am a founding member of the research collective Decolonising Design Group.
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