Asli Serbest

Born in Istanbul, Asli Serbest is a Turkish architect and artist who established m-a-u-s-e-r, a collaborative studio to reflect and produce architecture in and through different media. Her projects include exhibitions, installations, stage and set designs, as well as video-texts, concepts and publications with the aim of negotiating the evolving relationship between architecture, art and media society.

Serbest has exhibited and published internationally at the Istanbul Design Biennial (upcoming), Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (2015), Art Center Los Angeles (2015), Storefront for Art and Architecture New York (2014, 2015), Biennale di Venezia (2012, 2014), Vancouver Art Gallery (2013), Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2013), HKW Berlin (2012), New Museum New York (2009); in e-flux journal, Volume magazine, Perspecta, The Gradient-Walker Art Center, AArchitecture, Deutschlandfunk and other venues.

Before coming to RISD, Serbest worked as a professor of Foundations of Design and Experimental Architecture at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design and taught in the master’s program Conceptual Architecture at the University of Stuttgart. She is co-author of a book on the speculative character of modern architecture – How Architecture Learned to Speculate (2009), with Mona Mahall – and editor of Junk Jet (since 2007), an independent magazine on art, architecture and media.

Serbest completed a PhD in Architecture (summa cum laude) after studying at the University of Stuttgart and the Yildiz University in Istanbul. In addition, she studied Visual Media at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and Communication Design at the Politecnico di Milano as part of international exchange programs.


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