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Posthuman Studies Lab

Mustafa Kemal Yurttas

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Mustafa Kemal Yurttas (b.1978, Turkey)
2019, completed PhD of Proficiency in Art with the thesis titled “Posthuman body as an interdisciplinary concept in today’s contemporary art” at YTU in Istanbul.
2003, completed MA and BA of Architecture at ITU with the thesis titled “The hybridization of body and space in the postorganic paradigm in architecture”.
Their artworks were exhibited in Turkey, Holland, Poland, Germany, Italy, Hong Kong, New York and published on e-flux, ortaformat, Art Unlimited.
An artist of Performistanbul performance art platform.
An Academic as Ass. Prof. at Halic University Faculty of Architecture in Istanbul.
2012-2019, performed in Istanbul, Berlin, Hong Kong as AslieMk performance duo.
The artistic practice of Mustafa is an ongoing project under the name of mikaye. mikaye is an artists collective of avatars of Mustafa and a schizoplane where these fictional personas are connected to each other. Each persona living at Mikaye are flowing from oneself to another and not fixed characters. As outcomes or unfinished productions of a collective, the works of mikaye play with the keywords like “schizo-creative”, “ghostly-becoming”, “post-human”.

Posthuman Body as an Interdisciplinary Concept in Today's Contemporary Art

Posthumanism is a historical and cultural perspective that extends from the present to five centuries ago and to the future. The body is an interdisciplinary concept that transcends the boundaries of this perspective. In this perspective, the body has been the subject of research in disciplines such as biology, anthropology, medicine, sociology and philosophy. However, art has evolved from the classical fine arts to contemporary art. In today's contemporary art, body interpretations have acquired post-humanist layers with new perspectives of digitalization as well as performance art. These layers first emerged with the mechanization of the body by the effects of the Industrial Revolution and the First World War in the art; since the middle of the 20th century, it has been influenced by artistic expressions such as happening and performance and with the development of information technologies until today, it has turned into digital art works.

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