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Aytes, Ayhan
February 2nd, 2007 under Grad Students, Uncategorized

Graduate Student, Communications Dept., UC San Diego

Ayhan Aytes Ayhan Aytes is a Visual Media researcher with a special focus on ethno-cultural interfaces. His recent project, “Remembrance of Media Past,” explores various interaction models for alternative cultural representations in digital media, influenced by visual analysis of pre-modern media such as illuminated manuscripts, maps and miniature books. His photography and multimedia works were recently exhibited in a joint project in Istanbul, “Reading the City of Signs: Istanbul: Revealed or Mystified.” He holds a master’s degree in Communication Design from the Institute of Design in Chicago. He is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Communication at the University of California San Diego.

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I am inquiring into the conditions that produce new consumer and citizen subjects in relation to historically specific technologies that link geography, demography, remote sensing, and contemporary identity politics (including geopolitics). These subjects can be understood to be the “targets” of two seemingly distinct contexts and practices: the target of a weapon and the target of a marketing campaign. In both cases, something or somebody has to be identified, coordinates have to be determined with available technologies, and the target has to be clearly marked or recognized in time and space. GIS provides the model for data bases as well as the representational logic for both warfare and marketing while GPS offers enhanced precision in locating such targets through accurate positioning. Geographically-based location technologies that draw on discourses of precision make possible the subjects of consumption and war.