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Katherine Behar: Data’s Entry

September 8, 2016 – October 16, 2016

The Pera Museum, Meşrutiyet Cad 65, Tepebaşı, Beyoğlu, Istanbul


This is the first museum survey exhibition of Katherine Behar, a New York-based artist who moves fluidly between sculpture, performance, video, and writing. Behar is known for exploring the ways that people and technologies manage to coexist in digital labour. Her pieces show how working bodies can defy repetitive drudgery: user interfaces fail to fully script human action, machines run amok rather than faithfully automating human labor, and algorithms are crippled by their own exacting logic.

Be on the lookout for three new works inspired by the Suna and Inan Kıraç Foundation’s Anatolian Weights and Measures Collection. In these pieces, the artist challenges the metaphor of cloud computing, which suggests that data is atmospheric and weightless. Behar questions how our understanding of data perversely evolved to become all measure and no weight.


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