I am a design researcher, artist and musician; born and raised in Turkey and based in Porto, Portugal since 2013. I hold an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, (Sweden) and Ph.D. in Design from University of Porto (Portugal). In my doctoral dissertation, fully funded by FCT and awarded distinction, I investigated the intersection between material practices and queer theory, exploring possible ways of interrupting oppressive material regimes imposed on material bodies, taking the intersectional queer feminist epistemologies and decolonial thought as my main theoretical and methodological framework. My current academic research continues in two parallel lines, unfolding the dynamics of somatechnological constitution of gender, sexuality, race and other identity categories not only through sanitary products promoted with the discourse of ‘humanitarian design’ in the Global South, but also through spatio-material segregation and punitive regimes in the Global North –namely queer incarceration.
I have been collaborating with other academics, artists, musicians and activists, by using artefacts, texts, moving images, body, sound and voice as my main tools. As a performance artist and a musician, I have created many staged and sound work internationally, employing my life-long research on institutionalised, pathologised and punished bodies and exploring bodily sound as a way of re-writing and evoking their historicities. In my current solo vocal performance piece-in-progress, where I keep exploring composition through extended vocal techniques, I work on re-narrating the agonised lives of demonised, punished and erased mythical beings from my homeland.
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, Live Low and Voice Folds, and I am a founding member of the research collective Decolonising Design Group.
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