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Bio Arzu Ozkal

Arzu Ozkal (M.F.A, SUNY Buffalo, 2005; B.A, Bilkent University, 1998) is interdisciplinary artist, designer and researcher whose work focus on design’s role in looking for forms of creative and critical outcomes through social participation. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at San Diego State University. Prior to joining San Diego State University in Fall 2011, she spent three years on the faculty of the Art Department at Oberlin College teaching new media practices. Since 2011, Ozkal has been working together with women from Turkey, Europe and USA to design platforms of social exchange. Ozkal co­edited with Dr. Claudia Pederson, Gün: Women's Networks a DIY book project investigating informal networks and their extension into digital media with the aim of gaining understanding of the sociocultural conditions impacting women's participation in contemporary culture (2013).


Experience Food 2014-15 - A Thousand Plates

Organized by Arzu Ozkal and Eva Struble
February 19 through March 26, 2015

  • A Thousand Plates was a juried art and design exhibition of SDSU student and faculty works dealing with food as subject.
  • It explored the topic of food as a means to question society by examining traditions across cultures and throughout the centuries.
  • Our exhibition title refers to Deleuze and Guattari’s “A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia"—a philosophical text written with a rhizomatic structure—where connections between ideas and references defy linear, structural, or casual relations. Every point can conceptually link to somewhere else. In our view, our relationship to food is similar. The production, consumption, distribution and marketing of food is connected to tradition, culture, individual and social taste as well as healthcare, environmental issues, and global politics that shape the contemporary society.
  • Professor Richard Keely and Anna O'Cain baked and served pie at the reception as part of the celebration of food and all it's links to life, culture and memory.
  • For closing reception on March 26, 2015, SeedBroadcast joined us for a conversation about the state of art today and how it provokes a deeper investigation of important cultural subjects like food and seeds. Dani Bedau from Arts Alive SDSU facilitated the panel discussion.
  • SDSU Food and Art Panel Discussion and closing of A Thousand Plates 
  • A Thousand Plates Exhibition


A Thousand Plates


A Thousand Plates

A Thousand Plates Gallery
A Thousand Plates Discussion