Ozge Samanci

Ozge Samanci is a media and comic artist. Her areas of interest include interactive art, installation art, virtual reality storytelling, interaction design, full-body interaction, location-based art, comics and graphic novels.

In 2017 she received the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. Her interactive installations have been exhibited in numerous venues internationally including FILE festival, SIGGRAPH Art Gallery, Currents New Media, The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, WRO Media Art Biennial, Athens International Festival of Digital Arts and New Media, University of California Botanical Gardens, ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Art), ACE (Advances in Computer Entertainment), TEI (Tangible and Embedded Interaction), VISAP (Information Visualization Arts Program) and numerous other art galleries.

Her autobiographical graphic novel Dare to Disappoint (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015)received international press attention and was positively reviewed in The New York Times, The Guardian, Slate along with many other media outlets. Dare to Disappoint has been translated into five languages. Her drawings appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Slate Magazine, The Huffington Post, Guernica, The Rumpus.


PhD Digital Media, Georgia Institute of Technology
MA Communication Studies, Ohio University
MA Film and Television, Istanbul Bilgi University
BA Mathematics, Bogazici University



2015, Dare to Disappoint (autobiographical graphic novel), MacMillan: Farrar Straus and Giroux

2004, Animasyonun Onlenemez Yukselisi (The Irresistible Rise of Animation), Istanbul Bilgi University Publications, Istanbul


2015, Earthquakes in Film: Exploring Visual Strategies, In Film on the Faultline, Edited by Alan Wright, Intellect Press.


2018, Ozge Samanci, Gabriel Caniglia, You are the Ocean, SIGGRAPH '18 Art Papers in Special Issue of Leonardo, MIT Press.

2018 Ozge Samanci, Adam Snyder, Fiber Optic Ocean, Merging Media for Data Representation, VISAP 16-17 Special Issue, Leonardo Journal, MIT Press.

2015, Fast Forwarding through Turkey's Last Ten Years with Ordinary Things, Journal of the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association 2.2 (2015): 307-334.

2014, Embodied site-specific animation, Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 20.1 (2014): 14-24.

2011, From Site-specific Comics to Location-based Comics: Ordinary Things, Planting Comics, The Journal of the International Digital Media and Arts Association (2011): 25.

2006, Lynda Barry’s Humor: At the Juncture of Private and Public, Invitation and Dissemination, Childish and Professional, International Journal of Comic Art 8.2 (2006): 181-199.

PEER REVIEWED CONFERENCE PAPERS --Published by Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Machinery (ACM) Press and IEEE Xplore----

2017, Ozge Samanci, Adam Snyder, Fiber Optic Ocean: Merging Media for Data Representation, IEEE VIS, VISAP 2017, IEEE Xplore

2014, Ozge Samanci, Blacki Li Rudi Migliozzi, Daniel Sabio, Plink Blink: Collaborative Music Production via Blinking Eyes, In Proc. Advances in Computer Entertainment (ACE’14), ACM Press.

2014, Ozge Samanci, Impact of Digital Media on Comics. In Proc. SIGGRAPH'14, ACM Press

2012, Ozge Samanci, Anuj Tewari. Expanding the Comics Canvas: GPS Comics. In Proc. Fun and Games Conference, In Proc. Fun and Games (FnG’13), ACM Press, 27-34.

2010, Ozge Samanci and Anuj Tewari, GPS Comics: Seeing thru Walls. In Proc. SIGGRAPH’10 Posters (single page publication), ACM Press.

2008, Aimee Rydarowski, Ozge Samanci, and Ali Mazalek, Murmur: Kinetic Relief Sculpture, Multi-Sensory Display, Listening Machine. In Proc. Tangible and Embedded Interaction (TEI’08), ACM Press, 231-238.

2007, Ozge Samanci, Yanfeng Chen, and Ali Mazalek, Tangible Comics: A Performance Space with Full-body Interaction, In Proc. Advances in Computer Entertainment (ACE’07), ACM Press, 171-178.


2015 Fall, JAST, Journal of American Studies in Turkey- Film review for “Real Women Have Curves” ISSUE 42. p. 308-309.

2014 Fall, JAST, Journal of American Studies in Turkey- Film review for “In Your Eyes” ISSUE 40. p.186-188.

2014, Journal of Film and Video Vol. 66, No. 3 (Fall 2014), pp. 57-59, Book review for “That’s All Folks?. Ecocritical Readings of American Animated Features”

2013, JAST, Journal of American Studies in Turkey- "Remembering Gore Vidal", Issue 35-36, Book Review for "Women and Turkish Cinema: Gender Politics, Cultural Identity and Representation"

Recent Awards and Honors

2017 Fall, Visual Arts Holtzbrinck Fellow, American Academy in Berlin
2015, Clarence Simon Award for Teaching and Mentoring 


Virtual and Alternate Reality Storytelling
Computer Code as Expressive Medium
Interactive Arts
Criticism & Theory of Digital Interactive Media
Layout and Storyboarding
Graphic Novels
Interactive Comics
Drawing for Media
Interactive Narrative

Ozge Samanci

Associate Professor




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