As an artist-scientist, I follow my curiosity to understand how we observe and perceive the physical world around us; how we think and process the perceived information visually; and finally how we express the the perceived and the imagined.
Mert Akbal is a cognitive artist and researcher. He focuses on visualization and reproduction of cognitive processes -of mind, body and brain- in visual arts, such as oneiric dreams. He is affiliated with four following academic institutions: Saar College of Fine Arts (Saarbruecken), Graduate School of European Dream Cultures at the University of Saarland (Saarbruecken), Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (Leipzig) and Berlin School of Mind and Brain (Berlin).
Akbals research has been presented at several international conferences: Regional Conference of International Association for the Study of Dreams 2012 at the University of Bern; “International Symposium of Psychomotoric / Performance / Interaction” in Kunstmuseum Stuttgart in 2012; “Conference on Norbert Wiener in 21st Century” by the Institute Of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in 2014 in Boston, USA; International Symposiums for Electronic Arts 2016 in Hong Kong and 2018 in Durban; „Real of Reality“ Conference 2016 in the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe.
Among the exhibitions and festivals show his works are the Kunstverein Ulm in 2018, Filmfestival Max Ophüls Prize ‘2004 in Saarbruecken, the Landeskunstausstellungen of Saarland ‘2008 and ‘2013, the Nationaltheater in Bucharest in 2007, the Amber Art and Technology Festival 2012 in Istanbul,, the Prix D’Arts Robert Schuman ‘2013 in Saarbruecken and Transmediale Vorspiel ‘2016 in Berlin. He was awarded the Luxembourgian video art award Octobre Rouge Mention Speciale in 2008.
In addition to his research, Akbal works in collaboration with various institutes on projects that revolve around themes of culture, technology and education, especially the prevalence of open-source culture.
He is trilingual (Turkish, German and English).