Pelin Tan is involved in research-based artistic and architectural projects that focus on urban conflict&territorial politics, gift economy, the condition of labor and mixed methods in research. Trained in Sociology, Tan completed her MA thesis ‘Globalization and Contemporary Art after 1990’ at Art History, Istanbul Technical University (2003) and PhD thesis on the concept of ‘locality’ in socially engaged art practices at ITU (2010) that she partly has preceded at Berlin Humboldt Univ. Art History Dept. (DAAD, 2006-2007). Tan lectured at Art History-TU, MA in Architecture and Urban Studies (adbk – Nürenberg). Between 2011-2013 Tan worked as Asst.Prof. at New Media, KHAS, Istanbul. Currently, she works at the Architecture Faculty, Artuklu University, Mardin.
She edited Güncel Sanatta Kamusal Alan Tartışmaları (Public Space Discussions in Contemporary Art, İst. Bilgi Univ. Yay., 2007); with A.Çavdar Istanbul’un Neoliberal Kentsel Dönüşümü (Neoliberal Urban Transformation of Istanbul, Hayy Pub. 2011) and has publications including: Becoming Istanbul, An Encyclopedia (2008); When Things Cast No Shadow (5th Berlin Biennale, 2008); Megastructure Reloaded (2008); Contemporary Art In Turkey: 1986–2006 (2007) and With/Without Spatial Politics In The Middle East (2007), Recht-auf-Stadt (2011). Editor of Muhtelif (Istanbul); Advisory editor ArtMargin contemporary art magazine MIT and NOON – Journal of Contemporary Art and Visual Culture of Gwangju Biennial Foundation. Collaborative writer of Domus (Milan); Pipeline contemporary art magazine (HongKong); Express (Istanbul), Arch+ Istanbul Issue (2009).
Tan was a research/curatorial resident at IASPIS (Sweden), GeoAir (Georgia). Guest curator at Witte de With / TENT for TRACER (2003 – 2004), and curated Knut Asdam solo show at DEPO (Istanbul), Energy Room – an archive of public art, at santralistanbul, Radical Aesthetics screening/discussion at DEPO with O.Ozengi, Innocent Act, StudyoKAHEM – an architectural research at 10th Istanbul Biennial. Tan is involved in research projects: “Institutions by Artists”, Vancouver (with Anton Vidokle, 2010-2012), “Precarious Labor in Contemporary Art”, Istanbul (with Önder Özengi, 2011-2013) and Artistic Research in Asia. Tan is The Japan Foundation Research Fellow (2012, Osaka City University Urban Research Plaza).