Real-time Performance

“United Colors of Dissent” is a data-driven performance designed for live public interaction using mobile phones and public displays. Participants collectively respond to a series of questions in their preferred language using a web-based voting interface running on their mobile phones. At every question, UCoD builds real-time graphics based on the answers and features them both on the phones and the displays. The performance intends to capture the linguistic and socio-cultural profile of different communities in urban environments by creating real-time visualizations that can map the prejudices, assumptions, and biases we may have about each other.

Connecting Cities Project

UCoD is commissioned by “Connecting Cities,” a network aiming to build up a connected infrastructure of media facades, urban screens and projection sites to circulate artistic and social content.UCoD is produced by Amber Platform, Istanbul and adapted by Ars Electronica in Linz and Videospread in Marseille.

Grand Prix Paseo Winner

The project calls for citizen interaction through different mobile platforms that enable to response to a series of questions of different types that are displayed among different media platform, such as the double LED facade of the Etopia Center for Art and Technology. The jury assesses the technological development that the proposal entails, and their intellectual and cultural implications for the way interactivity to appeal to citizens in a unique way and participatory. More Information


Orkan Telhan is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher whose investigations focus on the design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility. Telhan is Assistant Professor of Fine Arts ­ Emerging Design Practices at the School of Design in the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Ph.D. in Design & Computation from M.I.T. Telhan's individual and collaborative work has been exhibited in venues including the 1st Istanbul Design Biennial, 13th Istanbul Biennial, Ars Electronica, ISEA, LABoral, Archilab, Architectural Association, Architectural League/ NYC, MIT Museum, and the New Museum.

Mahir M. Yavuz is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher based in New York. He is the design technologist of SEED Scientific and a Ph.D. candidate in Interface Culture at the University of Art and Design Linz. From 2000 to 2006, Yavuz worked as a lead designer and art director in various projects in Istanbul. Between 2006 and 2011, Yavuz was the senior researcher on Information Design at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz. Since 2003, he has also been lecturing and conducting workshops on visualization and information design at universities in Turkey, Austria, Canada and the U.S. Yavuz’s work has been exhibited internationally including Ars Electronica Festival (Linz, Austria), Siggraph (US), and ISEA among others.

United Colors of Dissent supported by


Kivilcim Yavuz, Duks Koschitz, Dietmar Offenhuber, Irene Posch, Azra Aksamija, Catalin Taranu, Srdjan Milosevic, Tihana Puc, Alessandro Gnasso, Ceyda Karamursalis, Hera Büyüktasciyan, Jason Tzouriadis, Ivanco Talevski, El Hadi Jazairy.

Thanks to

Veronika Pauser, Christopher Lindinger, Jaak Kaevats, Engin Gerçek, Emre Veryeri

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