Future Tellers'18

Annually organized by Zorlu Holding's Digilogue, Digilogue Summit - Future Tellers’18, which focuses on the open and closed uses of information, creativity, algorithms and data, is again at Zorlu PSM.


Zorlu PSM


19-20 October 2018


Future Tellers’18 sees its main theme, “Open Source Movement “, as a social tool which defines us as a global society, makes us who we are, and tries to solve the process of what phenomenons and situations are turning into.   The summit, that will bring together people who produce, teach and research on the topics such as “New Learning” “Profiling in the Data Age”, “Impact of Algorithms on Society and Culture”, “Legal Rights, Freedom and Privacy of the User in Digital Spaces”, it allows for new discoveries in the focus of different disciplines.

Digilogue Summit will include names like; science and software programmer Gene Kogan, who sees programming as an art form, artist Lauren McCarthy, who examines the social impact of technology in her works, Levent Erdem, the president of Next Academy in Bilkent University, who examines the effect of technology on people’s behaviour and new media artist Refik Anadol, who explores digital and physical spaces with the harmony he created between architecture and media arts and is known for his works that push the limits of using data. The panel, presentations and speeches will be held on October 19 and the works by the pioneers of the field on “Open Source Movement” will be on display. On October 20,  the summit will offer the guests a chance to experience the physical illustration of the works with performances and workshops.

Organized for the third time, Digilogue Summit: Future Tellers ' 18, brings together the pioneers of the field. The summit, with its two-day program which includes panels and workshops that examine the future of art and technology, brings together people who create, teach and research on the field.

The panel program of Digilogue Summit – Future Tellers’18, which was created within the framework of “open-source stream” -a combination of a new understanding of humanity required by the future from the present and a collective approach-, started with Refik Anadol, Kyle McCarthy, Gene Kogan, Lauren McCarthy and Zach Lieberman’s presentations about open source movement and new learning techniques on Friday, October 19.  One of the speakers, Zach Lieberman is summarizing the most basic need of the new world;   “There is always a need for new ideas in the world, new formations and institutes in the creative field. Remember that there is always a great space for creative ideas all over the globe”. In the session, the speakers talked about the schematic and the artistic aspect of open-source flow.

The summit, which brings together people who create, teach and research on the field with its two-day program that examines the future of art and technology, is presenting its third edition.  Digilogue Summit-Future Tellers’18, which added panels as well as workshops to this years program, completed its daytime events in 24 hours with a “Digilogue All Day All Night” performance series. Its first day, that is full of panels that offer alternative perceptions on topics such as “New Learning” “Profiling in the Data Age”, “Impact of Algorithms on Society and Culture”, “Legal Rights, Freedom and Privacy of the User in Digital Spaces” and “The Future Role of Education” was followed by its second day, in which the pioneers of the open-source movement created basic training programs in their own fields. The 48-hour program once again united the representatives of the creative industries within the scope of Digilogue.

Today, centralized, hierarchical and proprietary attitudes are evolving into a transparent, conscious sharing economy and new systems are being designed. The open-source movement emphasizes the importance of collective contribution by creating a new understanding of humanity that the future demands from today.



Levent Erden


Levent Erden has been the executive manager in Turkey for multinational giants in different sectors from an early age. He is the president of the Next Academy, a pioneering Master's program in interactive business management marketing and communication, in Bilgi University where he is the founder of many first about the future, marketing and the interactive world, in order to bring talented individuals to the transformation in Turkey. He is the host of the show, Istanbul Kafası. He teaches and advises in various business fields and different subjects.

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Casey Reas

Artists & Instructor

Casey Reas is an artist and instructor living in Los Angeles. His software, prints and installations have appeared in many personal and group exhibitions in museums and galleries in the United States, Europe and Asia. From small works on paper to urban installations, Casey balances his personal projects in his studio with collaborations with architects and musicians. Reas's works are in many private and public collections, including the Centre Georges Pompidou and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Cengiz Ultav

Vestel Board Member

He was born on 26 February 1950 in Eskişehir. He has a Bachelor's and Master's degree in electrical engineering and computer from METU and a diploma degree from the Philips International Institue from Holland.  After taking technical and management positions at Bimsa and Info companies in Turkey and at Dornier System GmbH abroad, he worked as  the assistant general manager at NCR and general manager in Sun Microsistemler A.Ş.

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Doç. Dr. Ebru Yetişkin

Ebru Yetişkin studied Radio-TV-Cinema at Istanbul University Faculty of Communication. She went to France on a scholarship to critically examine the transformation of current media culture. She completed her master's degree on “Network Wars and Network Studies” in the Science, Technology and Society program co-run by Université Louis Pasteur and Istanbul Technical University. In 2003, she decided to continue her postgraduate studies in Sociology at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.

Ecmal Ayral


Ecmel Ayral is an academic working in the field of individual and organizational development and an entrepreneur trying to generate real estate added value in different fields, from real estate to finance and education. Ayral has been teaching various courses at Boğaziçi and Istanbul Bilgi University for a long time and currently serves as the Deputy Chairman of the board of Trustees of BILGI.

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Eda Aksoy

Google Arts & Culture Program Manager

Eda Aksoy works with creative coders at Google Arts & Culture Lab on Artificial Learning and Virtual Reality projects. Prior to Google, she earned a master's degree at New York University (NYU), focusing on neuroscience. In the process, as a member of the NYU ArtLab, she conducted studies in neuroscience and aesthetics and in her thesis, she conducted a research comparing the differences between the physiological and behavioral responses of people to art in the setting of the Metropolitan Museum and their computer screen responses to the same works.

Gene Kogan


Gene Kogan is an artist and programmer with an interest in generator systems, computer science, and software for self-expression. Gene, who participated in many open-source software projects, also gives lectures on topics that bring together art and coding. Gene created the free book “ml4a,” which told artists, activists and community scientists about machine learning. He regularly publishes video lectures, articles and tutorial content to create a better public understanding of this topic.

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Gökhan Yücel

He was born in 1977 in Istanbul. After graduating from Pertevniyal high school, he graduated from Marmara University Faculty of communication. He completed his master's degree in Political Science from the University of Essex. He studied comparative politics and public policy in the Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Oxford. In 2012, he attended and successfully completed a full scholarship to the Public Leadership Program at Harvard University's John F Kennedy School of Government.

Gönenç Gürkaynak


Gönenç Gürkaynak is the founding partner of ELIG Gürkaynak Law Office, which operates in Istanbul with 90 lawyers. . Gönenç Gürkaynak graduated from Ankara University Faculty of Law in 1997. Gönenç Gürkaynak, who was an assistant at Harvard University and also received his master's degree from Harvard University Law School, is enrolled in the bar associations of Istanbul, New York, Brussels, England and Wales.

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İnci Kadribegiç

Inci Kadribegic, a medical school student, was born in Kosovo in 1991. After being acceppted to the scholarship program of IPS Research and Application Center in Ktyoto University, founded by Nobel Price winner Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, she worked at the American National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the summer of 2017. . She is the editor of Bezelye, Turkey's only popular genetic science magazine, and a consultant to the Future Science Team. She believes that we are not what we do but we dream.

Kına Demirel

Kına Demirel graduated from the University of Leeds. She preferred Migros because of her passion for retail. For many years she has run retail projects related to data. For 10 years, she has been dealing with more than 10 million active customers within the scope of Migros Club, Turkey's biggest and most popular retail projects. In addition to loyalty programs, she coordinates all brand communication for Migros brands. With great passion for data-based decisions, Demirel is interested internationally in data, loyalty and consumer behavior.

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Kyle McDonald


Kyle McDonald is an artist who uses code in his works. He contributes to open source arts-engineering tools such as openFrameworks and develops tools that enable artists to use new algorithms in creative formats. He has a habit of sharing his ideas and projects with the public before he completes them. He creatively subverts network communication and measurement, discovers flaws and systemic errors, and uses these concepts to reverse all kinds of concepts from identity to relationships.

Lauren McCarthy


LA-based artist Lauren McCarthy's works, examines how issues such as surveillance, automation and networking culture affect our social relationships. She is also the creator of the open-source program p5.js which focuses on learning the creative will through online coding

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M.Gökhan Ahi

He is currently teaching “Information Crimes in Turkish law” in the Graduate Program at Bilgi University's Institute of Information Technology Law and has previously taught the elective “Information Law” course at Altınbaş University Faculty of Law.

Meriç Öner

Director of SALT Research and Programs

He studied architecture at Istanbul Technical University and Istanbul Bilgi University. She was the coordinator of exhibitions for the World Congress of Architecture (Istanbul, 2005) and focused on the field of culture. She started her work at Garanti Gallery (GG) in 2007 and continues her work at SALT.

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Refik Anadol


Refik Anadol is a media artist, designer and spatial thinker. He is a media artist and designer working in the field of live audiovisual performance, immersive installations and architectural photography. He questions the possibility of a digital architecture future where there are no non-digital facts when placing media arts in architecture. He visualizes alternative realities by producing works that redefine the functions of internal and external architectural formations.

Zach Lieberman

Artist + Researcher

Zachary Lieberman creates performances and installations that take human gestures as input and deepens them in different ways; he animates drawings, imagines what the sound would look like if it could be seen, he transforms people's silhouettes into music. He was named one of the most creative people by Fast Company, and his projects won the Golden Nica at Ars Electronica, The Interactive Design of the Year Award at Design Museum London, and Time Magazine's Best Inventions of the Year award.

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Lalin Akalan

Program Director

Lalin Akalan is an artist and curator who collaborates and produces content for curatorial projects with institutions, artists, festivals and companies. Focusing on the intersections of contemporary art, performing arts, technology, research, philosophy and festival culture, Akalan has a particular interest in technology.