Dr. Banu Pekol
boDig & Istanbul Technical University
After attending Cognitive Science classes at Cornell University as an undergraduate student, Banu Pekol was educated at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, specializing on geometry and proportions in Western European Late Gothic Architecture. She completed her PhD at the Istanbul Technical University, in the department of Architectural History focusing on the reuse of historic structures for new purposes, and its meaning for design and collective memory. She has taught various theory, design and history courses at the Istanbul Technical University, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, Istanbul Bilgi University, Kadir Has University and Isık University. As a graduate of classical ballet and continuing to practice contemporary dance, she has been experimenting on methods to merge architecture and movement/dance, as part of the boDig collective. These experiments involve both theoretical work on perception, materiality and the virtual, and the use of new media in kinetic research, including real-time interaction, 3D models and actual sites.