Mert Keskin

Jul 11th, 2017

Mert Keskin

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Mert Keskin is a digital artist living in Istanbul. His main mediums are GIF, Video and Collage. His works have been presented in the Museum of the Moving Image, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.

How does technology affect your work?

I met the world of technology with Commodore 64 and Amiga 500, I was very little back then. Computer graphics and animations that you can do with computers affected me greatly. That’s what made me interested in computer graphics. Then the internet changed my life completely. The free nature of information, creation of new sub-cultures, ability to communicate with people from other countries to create stuff together.

Does social media affect your work?

Yes, social media really made my art known. I have been collaborating with different artists through my tumblr since 2008. That made my works famous in the internet. I was the GIF Editor of Tumblr in 2009 through 2013. I have been reviewed and interviewed by many important magazines and I got the chance to work with big brands. Long live the internet really.

What are you working on?

I’m one of the curators of The Wrong: New Digital Art Biennale this year, I think it’s the third year of the event, my pavilion is “GFX FREE ERROR” and I’ve been in talks with lots of different artists.

And of course I’m constantly creating new work both for myself and for commissions.

What does the future hold?

Digital art will take over the planet, i’m sure of it, VR, AR and AI is slowly creeping into our lives and you can see some impressive works already. Online shows will take up so much time in our lives in the future, they will take the place of normal shows. These shows will be watchable through the web, virtual reality and many more devices. Amazingly, we are nearly 50% digital already. When everything becomes completely digital in the not so distant future, we will be laughing at our old works.

What can’t you leave home without?

I guess my shades, zippo and iPad are essentials. I have been using a pocket synth operator so that became essential too.