Mahir M. Yavuz
Ars Electronica Futurelab
Mahir M. Yavuz is a designer and researcher who lives and works in New York. He was the lead designer and art director in various projects in İstanbul between 2000-2006. He worked as a senior researcher on information design at the Ars Electronica Futurelab between 2006-2011. Yavuz gave lectures on typography, interaction design, information design and visualization in İstanbul (İstanbul Bilgi University) and Linz (University of Art and Design) respectively between 2003-2011. His artworks were exhibited in many international festivals and exhibitions across Europe and the USA. He is a PhD candidate in Interface Culture at the University of Art and Design Linz, external senior researcher for Ars Electronica Futurelab and the Chief Creative Director of Newgray, an international design and research company based in New York.
About Ars Electronica Futurelab — Media Art and Architecture Group
Today, technology and media are among major tools used in architectural practices in developing global cities. Ars Electronica Futurelab Media Art and Architecture Group consists of artists and researchers from various fields including computer science, sociology, design, communication and media sciences. The research group aims to focus on emerging interfaces and communication methods among architecture, citizens and environment. By examining the employment of interactive media as an element of art and architecture in public spaces, the group also aims to realize practical projects in semantic and functional context. Smart cities, materialized information, responsive/adaptive architecture and intelligent environments are some of the key research topics of the group. Likewise, the group concentrates on the position and the role of media architecture with respect to discussions on art and communication studies.