Sculptor Hande Şekerciler and new media artist Arda Yalkın founded ha:ar with the aim of combining a classical approach to art with modern technologies. Their passion for mastering production and exploring new forms of expression has led them to work in a wide range of fields, including video, animation, music, generative art, robotic performance, artificial intelligence, as well as more conventional methods such as painting and sculpture. Seeking to create original forms of expression through the blending of their individual practices, ha:ar's works primarily explore the "conflict between civilization as created by humanity, the technology it produces, and the way of existence."
ha:ar has completed residency programs at Residency Unlimited (NYC), Artist Alliance International (NYC), and 18th Street Art Center (LA). They held their first exhibition as a duo in New York in 2018, and have since participated in CADAF 2019 as part of Miami Art Week, as well as Contemporary Istanbul in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022. In 2021 and 2022, they held highly acclaimed solo exhibitions in Ankara, Venice, Milan, and London, and published their first artist book with J.D. Malat Gallery (London). Benküre / Planet I, the duo's first solo exhibition in Istanbul in 2022, was seen by 6,000 visitors. The exhibition's accompanying book, published by Galeri Siyah Beyaz, was titled the same. MindFlow, an audio-visual installation displayed in the exhibition, was also shown at The Bass Museum (Miami) during Miami Art Week 2022.
The duo's works have been exhibited in museums, art fairs, and galleries in Turkey, the United States, Spain, Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Hungary, Greece, and Russia. ha:ar is also a co-founder of the Piksel New Media Residency Program, a non-profit organization that seeks to educate young artists about new media art and technology.