European Mobility Award Report: İpek Burçak & Eren İleri
Recipients of a European Mobility Award, İpek Burçak & Eren İleri took part in various workshops, worked together with other participants, helped with their projects and had exchanges about and among other topics, art and technology with them.
Eren İleri is an artist, working with photography, found footage and artist books. His work deals with the construction of power, body in contemporary landscape and semiotics of late capitalism while exploring new methodologies of appropriation.
İpek Burçak is a multimedia artist and occasional dj. Born in Istanbul, lives and works in Kassel and in Vienna
PIFcamp, which took place between 5th and 12th of August, in Socha, Trenta, Slovenia is organised by Ljudmila Art and Science Laboratory, a Slovenian non-profit organisation. The event is described on PIFcamp website as: “... a 7-day hacker-base set in Slovenian nature, where art, technology and knowledge meet. The participants of the camp take the leading part in holding workshops, practical field trips, theoretical lectures and on-sight briefings and actively participate in the development of various DIY projects, while collaborating together in a creative working environment. In DIY, DIWO and DITO manner! In addition, all the projects are thoroughly documented and published online.”
We have participated in the PIFcamp and realised our proposed site specific artwork “Secure Shell”. During the event, we had also took part in various workshops, worked together with other participants, helped with their projects and had exchanges about among other topics, art and technology with them. As our project needed certain programming knowledge, which we do not have, we had some valuable contribution from other participants during the camp, who had more expertise on this subject. We also had participated in artist Dmitry Morozov’s (::vtol::) workshop about a Wi-Fi microchip called ESP8266. As he was talking about his own projects with it, we realised that this hardware could be useful for us, if we also include it on our project “Secure Shell”. On the course of the next days we implemented ESP8266 into our project with Morozov’s contributions.
The “Secure Shell” consists of an E-Ink display, a Raspberry Pi Zero, ESP8266 Wi- Fi microchip and a solar power bank, all of which sits inside an acrylic glass and styrofoam box. On the last day of PIFcamp, we have installed “Secure Shell” on a relatively remote location next to the camp area and it was open for visits. The E-Ink display shows the user the instructions on its default state. After user logs in to the “Secure Shell” Wi-Fi network and connects to it using SSH protocol using their own computer or smartphone, they can type one of the commands they see on the E-Ink display to load this content on “Secure Shell”. The content we have created for “Secure Shell” varied from direct responses to the issues that was raised during the camp, to other content which relates to our respective practices and previous works.