M.A., Sabanci University, 2007
B.F.A., Bilkent University, 2004


Gurkan Maruf Mihci received his bachelor's degree in graphic design from Bilkent University and a master's degree in visual arts and visual communication design from Sabanci University, with a concentration in audio visual noise and glitch aesthetics. He holds a graduate certificate in culture and politics from Central European University, as well as a maker teacher certificate in robotics and 3-D printing. Mihci is currently pursuing a doctorate in design, technology and society at Ozyegin University on the topic of title sequences in Turkish fantastic movies.

Mihci has taught audiovisual communication design courses since 2009. His research interests include title sequence design and game design/art.


  • IUPUI, Frank C. Springer Family Innovative Faculty Research Award, 2020.
  • IUPUI, Enhanced Mentoring Program with Opportunities for Ways to Excel in Research (EMPOWER), 2020.
  • IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, Diversity Fellowship, 2019.


  • Distopya Sound Art Festival, ITU MIAM Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2019.
  • "Jamais Vu," curated by Müge Kayacan, Eldem Art Space, Eskişehir, Turkey, 2019.
  • Distopya Sound Art Festival, ITU MIAM Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2019.
  • "Light vs. Dark," curated by Ruth Erickson, Gallery 263, Boston, Massachusetts, 2019.
  • Exhibition and Performance with Asli Narin, Apartment Project, Berlin, Germany, 2018.
  • " Sound Map Commons Project," with Sesol Collective, Alberta University, Alberta, Canada, 2017.
  • Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior Ship, Artist On Board Project, SUPA, Istanbul, Turkey, 2016.
  • Akbank Sanat Contemporary Artist Competition Exhibition, Istanbul, Turkey, 2015.


  • Board member, World Listening Project 
  • Member, AIGA
  • Member, World Forum for Acoustic Ecology 


  • “Turkish Fantastic Cinema Between 1950-1985,” “A Celebration of Superheroes“ DePaul Pop Culture Conference, online, 2021.
  • “Turkish Fantastic Cinema Between 1950-1985,” B-Film PGR Symposium, online, 2021.
  • “Turkish Fantastic Cinema Between 1950-1985,” Cultural Literacy Everywhere Symposium: Playfulness, online, 2021.
  • “A Digital Game for Creativity as a Workshop,” International Conference on Design Principles & Practices, online, 2021.
  • “Turkish Fantastic Cinema Between 1950-1985,” Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference, online, 2021.
  • “Turkish Fantastic Cinema Between 1970-1985,” Cine-Excess, Birmingham, UK, 2020.
  • “Title Sequences in Turkish Fantastic Movies Between 1950-80,” Design Principles and Practices Conference, New York, New York, 2020.
  • “Blending Science and Art: An Educational Perspective,” with Dr. Konca Şaher and Dr. Nur Balkır, 11th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 2019.
  • “Using Soundwalk Methodology in Place Branding Projects,” Space and Culture 20th Anniversary Conference, Alberta, Canada, 2017.
  • “Conspiracy Theory Video Production,” 6th International Conference on Conflict, Terrorism and Society: Culture and Politics of Conspiracy Theories in Global Conflicts, Istanbul, Turkey, 2017.
  • “Exploration of Sonic Ecology of Derinkuyu Underground City,” with Konca Saher, Invisible Places, Azores, Ponta Delgada, Portugal, 2017.
  • “Designing an Interactive Education Toy for Kindergarten Education,” Extending Play 3, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2016.



  • Das Haus Project Lab#2, Das Haus Project, 2020.
  • IUPUI Faculty Crossing Residency, 2020.
  • Fest Travel, Artists On Trains, Eastern Express Project, 2017.
  • Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior Ship, Artist On Board Project, 2016.


Design Incubation Fellow, The Fellowship Program at Design Incubation, New York, New York, 2021.