Deniz Uster

Deniz Uster’s practice resides on the crossroads of science fiction and folklore taking its energy from anthropological and ethnographic research. She finds her inspiration in the histories that places construct for themselves, and imagines new events that may have occurred on another timeline, an alternate history perhaps spoken about, but never officially documented. She is fascinated by the voids that institutional history provides. She accepts chronology as a conservative framework, and impedes this orderliness by re-situating events in history either by interfering epochs with alternative fictitious happenings, or by continuing a bygone formation up to the present day, synthesizing it artificially with the industrial and technological progress evolved over time.


Deniz Üster (b. 1981-Istanbul) studied BA at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, MA in Visual Arts and Communication Design at Sabanci University, MFA at The Glasgow School of Art. In 2012, she completed a three-month residency commissioned by Delfina Foundation, Art Dubai, Dubai Culture and Heritage, and Tashkeel. The following year, she undertook a film commission in Dubai by Farook Foundation and a three-month residency in Seoul, Korea, supported by Glasgow Visual Artists Award, Arts Trust Scotland and Seoul Art Space Geumcheon. In 2014, Uster participated a residency in Cobh, Ireland supported by Turkish Cultural Foundation, SAHA and Sirius Art Centre. In April 2015, Uster performed a collaborative manifesto/text on Islamic Futurisms and screened her film Beyond is Before followed by a discussion at ICA, London as part of the series We Can’t Be There: Emergency provisions of (un)Anticipated Futures. She has recently undertaken a research project called ‘The Polity of Φ‘ with Alberta Whittle supported by Creative Scotland, and had exhibitions at the Glasgow Project Room and Intermedia, CCA during Glasgow International in 2016.