Hakan Topal is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. In 2000, he co-founded xurban_collective (2000–12), an international art and research group, and he has presented his personal and collective work at leading art museums and biennials. He represented Turkey in the 49th Venice Biennale, participated in the 8th Istanbul Biennial, Greater New York at MoMA PS1, the 9th Gwangju Biennale, and the 8th Bucharest Biennale. Topal received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the New School for Social Research, New York. He is currently an Associate Professor of New Media and Art+Design at the State University of New York at Purchase.