Hakan Topal (born in Turkey) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He was the co-founder of an international art collective, xurban_collective (2000-12) and exhibited his collective and individual artworks and research projects extensively, in institutions such as 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, New York. Topal represented Turkey in various international exhibitions including the Turkish Pavilion at 49th Venice Biennial. His texts and projects have been featured in various international journals, books, and catalogs. Trained as a civil engineer (B.S.), 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 with a concentration in urban sociology and sociology of arts. He is an Associate Professor of New Media and Art+Design, and the chair of the MFA Media Arts program at Purchase College, State University New York.