Hakan Topal (born in Turkey) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He was the co-founder of international art collective, xurban_collective (2000-12) and exhibited his collective and individual artworks and research projects extensively, in institutions such as the Turkish Pavilion at 49th Venice Biennial; the 8th and 9th Istanbul Biennials; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Vienna; Kunst-Werke, Berlin; ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe; MoMA PS1; Platform, Istanbul; the 9th Gwangju Biennial and ICP Museum, NY. Trained as a civil engineer (B.S.), he continued his studies in Gender and Women’s Studies and Sociology (M.S.) at Middle East Technical University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research. He is an Associate Professor of New Media and Art+Design at Purchase College, State University New York.