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Ozge Samanci
Associate Professor

Ozge Samanci

Ozge Samanci is a media and comic artist. Her areas of interest include interactive media art, installation art, virtual reality storytelling, interaction design, full-body interaction, location-based art, comics and graphic novels. Her recent interactive art installations have roots in the natural sciences and explore the tendency of human beings to perceive themselves above all ecosystems.

In 2017 she received the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. Her interactive installations have been exhibited in numerous venues internationally including Siggraph Art Gallery, FILE festival, Currents New Media, The Tech Museum of Innovation, WRO Media Art Biennial, Athens International Festival of Digital Arts and New Media, Piksel Electronic Arts Festival, ISEA 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 New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Slate Magazine, The Huffington Post, Airmail, Guernica, The Rumpus.


PhDDigital Media, Georgia Institute of Technology
MACommunication Studies, Ohio University
MAFilm and Television, Istanbul Bilgi University
BAMathematics, 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.


2019, Ozge Samanci, Adam Snyder, Gabriel Caniglia, Fiber Optic Ocean, SIGGRAPH ’19 Art Papers in Special Issue of Leonardo, MIT 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—-

2019, Ozge Samanci and Gabriel Caniglia, You are the Ocean: Interactive Installation, C&C ’19 Proceedings of the 2019 on Creativity and Cognition pp. 414-421

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.

Recent Awards and Honors

2020, The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Alumni Award, Georgia Institute of Technology

2017, Berlin Prize, American Academy in Berlin

2016, Dare to Disappoint, Middle East Book Award

2016, Dare to Disappoint, 30th Annual New York Book Show

2015, Clarence Simon Award for Teaching and Mentoring


  • Critical Making
  • 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