Atıf Akın is an artist and designer living in New York. His work examines science, nature, mobility, and politics through an (a)historical and contemporary lens. Through a series of activities made up of research, documentation and design, Akın's work considers transdisciplinary issues, through a technoscientific lens.
In 2009, he took part in the Younger Than Jesus art directory project of the New Museum, published by Phaidon. That same year, Akın co-curated a seminal media art exhibition, Uncharted: User Frames in Media Arts, and edited an accompanying book. Akın was co-organizer of the zine project and exhibition, Apricots from Damascus, on behalf of apexart, and co-produced and hosted by SALT in İstanbul. With the support of TBA 21 in Vienna, he embarked on an expedition to Polynesia as part of his long term research-driven art project on nuclear mobility and archaeology which was partly shown in 2016 Design Biennial.
Akın joined the Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty at Rutgers University in 2011. He has a private studio in New York, and works and exhibits actively in the US, as well as Europe, and the Middle East.