Pelin Tan studied sociology and art history, completing her PhD on socially engaged art in urban space (ITU-Turkey) and her post-doc on the methodology of artistic research at MIT. Tan has received several research grants & residencies such as DAAD (2006-07), The Japan Foundation (2012), IASPIS curatorial (2008), Kitakyushu Contemporary Art Inst. (2015). Tan is an Associate Professor in the department of Architecture at Mardin Artuklu University. In spring 2016, Tan begins an appointment as Research Professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic, Design Strategies (Spring, 2016).
Tan’s research on artist run spaces and urban justice spans continents– in Europe (2004), Asia and Japan (2012, 2015). She currently co-directs the sci-fi film series “2084” about the future of art with artist Anton Vidokle. Tan has participated in numerous biennales, including the Montreal Biennial (2014), the Bergen Assembly (2013) and most recently, the Istanbul Biennale (2015). She is a member of video collectives Artıkişler and co-founder of videoccupy and the bak.ma digital media archive of political movements in Turkey. In addition, Tan was the curator of Adhocracy– Athens exhibition (May, 2015). Tan’s publications on architecture, urbanism and art include, her recent chapter “Transversal Materialism” featured in 2000+: Urgencies of Architectural Theories (GSAPP, 2015) and Arazi (Sternberg Press, CSPS, Berlin, 2015). Tan is a principal researcher at the “Spatio-Social Analysis of Refugee Camps in Southeast Turkey” (2015 – 2016, MAU) and is currently working together with Ö.Özengi on the research project, Labor in Contemporary Art in Turkey (2013-2016).