About

Ekin Erkan is a Turkish writer in science, technology and philosophy living in New York City, notable for researching with and developing Reza Negarestani’s research on artificial general intelligence. Erkan’s work is situated around a critique of Bernard Stiegler and Jacques Derrida’s conception of media as giving form to language, proffering a model of Brandomian inferentialism that applies to media objects and mediation writ large; Erkan has more recently (inspired by those such as Reza Negarestani, Fabio Gironi, Daniel Sacilotto, Carl Sachs, Robert Brandom and others collapsing analytic/continental distinctions) been working on Catarina Dutilh Novaes’ concept of de-semantification and its compatibility with theories of extended mind and Quentin Meillassoux’s subtractive time as absolute becoming qua contingency.
Background
Erkan’s work examines the collective closure between neural networks, predictive processing, and perceptual faculties as they relate to machine intelligence and algorithmic governmentality. Erkan has a background in both analytic and continental philosophy, supplemented by graduate research in medialogy, media archaeology and film philosophy. Despite originally working within the continental tradition of philosophy of art, aesthetics and media, Erkan’s more recent work has been associated with the post-continental school of thinkers, influenced by philosophers such as Carl Sachs, Ray Brassier, Reza Negarestani and Thomas Moynihan. Erkan is currently pursuing post-graduate study in Critical Philosophy at The New Centre for Research & Practice, researching under the tutelage of Iranian theory fiction pioneer Reza Negarestani while working on Bayesian neuro-inference and AGI. Erkan also is a columnist and critic at the art and literature journal AEQAI, publishing monthly contributions on contemporary art and intermedia. In addition to Erkan’s work on Stiegler and Rouvroy, Erkan has published writing on Andy Clark and David Chalmers’ extended mind, Ned Block’s non-iconic memory and phenomenology of perception and mental paint, François Laruelle’s non-ethics and non-aesthetics, Robert Brandom’s inferentialism, Negarestani’s neo-rationalist turn, Catherine Malabou’s “neuroplasticity” and “creative non-calculation,” and post-Deleuzian film philosophy in publications including The Review of Metaphysics,Radical PhilosophyTheory & Event,Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture,Cosmos & HistoryAlphavilleCultural StudiesNew Review of Film and Television StudiesChiasmaRhizomesLabyrinthCultural Logic: A Journal of Marxist Theory & PracticeMedia TheoryPhilosophy East and West, and The Cincinnati Romance Review.
Research
Erkan is also currently working with Giacomo Gilmozzi on Bernard Stiegler’s United Nations 2020 World Summit initiative “Internation.World.” With the support of the New Centre of Research & Practice, Erkan will be contributing to a book on the collective closure between non-anthropomorphic perceptual processes and neuro-inferential Bayesian cognitive architecture in the Summer of 2020.
Activism

Erkan has published extensively on Oktay Ince, a video activist/filmmaker whose work, spanning the last twenty years, was recently confiscated by Turkish authorities after being taken into police custody on May 30, 2019. Ince had raised suspicions after attempting to organize a protest in front of a courthouse in the capital of Ankara; he was quickly arrested. A month prior to his arrest, Ince had organized a protest in Izmir and was arrested once again, labelled a “terrorist” and charged with “insulting the president.” After his most recent arrest, Ince has had his entire video archive confiscated by the Turkish state. Erkan’s writing on the unwarranted arrest, activism, and video art of Incay can be found here.]

Articles

Education

Spring 2019 – Current

Post-Graduate study, Critical Philosophy, The New Centre for Research & Practice + Researcher for Reza Negarestani

 

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 MA, Major in Film and Media Studies, Columbia University (New York City, NY)

+ Teaching Assistant Fellowship + Rapporteur for Sites of Cinema (#735)

+ Researcher for Prof. Jane Gaines

 

Fall 2016 – Spring 2018

B.A., Major in :Art History (with concentration on new media theory), Philosophy, and Video Art, University of Cincinnati, DAAP (Cincinnati, OH)

+Dean’s List, 4.0 GPA (for all semesters)

+ Summa Cum Laude with Highest Distinctions

 

Fall 2013 – Spring 2015

Dual Major in Political Science and Philosophy University of Rochester.

+Dean’s List

Other Publications

Projects

“Internation.World” by Ars Industrialis and Institut de recherche et d’innovation (spearheaded by Bernard Stiegler & Giacomo Gilmozzi)

“The centenary of the League of Nations is on Friday 10th January 2020. In response, we are launching an international critical discussion to send a memorandum to the United Nations with the aim of creating an internation. An internation is an agreement between different localities working together in order to invent and to experiment with a new macro-economic model more likely to address the urgent challenges of the Anthropocene.”

On the Arrest of Oktay Ince: Activism for Turkish Video Artist and Political Voice

In Turkey, the amorphous term “terrorist” has adopted folk-lore speculative projections: from a baklava magnate to journalist dissenters and high school teachers, from professors to artists, the unpredictability of being labeled a “terrorist” blankets all such dissenters who dare problematize the ruling AK Party/President Erdoğan. One such case is that of Oktay Ince, a video activist/filmmaker whose work, spanning the last twenty years, was recently confiscated by Turkish authorities after his most recent arrest/being taken into police custody on May 30, 2019. Ince had raised suspicions after attempting to organize a protest in front of a courthouse in the capital of Ankara; he was quickly arrested. Similarly, a month prior, Ince had organized a protest in Izmir and was arrested once again, labelled a “terrorist” and charged with “insulting the president.” The state’s response soon began to appear pathological. Ekin Erkan and other Turkish academics, writers, and intellectuals have worked to spread awareness regarding the unlawful arrest of Oktay Ince, with hopes of helping Ince recover his video archive.

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Rutgers University, Italian Voices Graduate Conference (November 2019):

On Giorgio Agamben’s Anarchy and Creation and the God Command

Memberships

Ars Industrialis

Pharmakon.fr

The New Centre for Research & Practice

Internation.World

Institut de recherche et d’innovation

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