Pinar Yoldas: Synaptic Sculpture

Rendering of Pinar Yoldas: Synaptic Sculpture

ICA Central

Saturday, February 24, 2024 -
Sunday, June 23, 2024


Drawing on her background in neuroscience and architecture, artist and UC San Diego Professor Dr. Pinar Yoldas (b. Denizli, Turkey) has built a practice of speculative design that imagines new products, appendages, and creatures in the service of a more compassionate culture. While Yoldas has shown extensively in Europe for nearly two decades, this show will be Yoldas’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States.

At ICA Central, Yoldas is producing several new projects, including photo bioreactor systems that transform algae into a biodegradable plastic alternative. Yoldas will create an immersive experience that illuminates the connections between technology, creativity, and human desire in contemporary life. “If we ask ourselves what drives technological progress,” Yoldas explains, “we can see that it is as much our collective desires –wealth, longevity, beauty– as it is our collective needs, such as access to clean water, food, and shelter.” This exhibition invites us to consider how desire and emotion can combine with technology to create a more just and compassionate future.


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Rendering, Pinar Yoldas: Synaptic Sculpture.


This exhibition is supported by the Linda Brandes Foundation.
ICA San Diego Exhibition Support Provided by the City of San Diego, Buttgenbach Foundation, and the Tippett Foundation.

Additional support for this exhibition is provided by SAHA – Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey.

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