Ph.D., Özyeğin University, 2023
M.A., Sabanci University, 2007
B.F.A., Bilkent University, 2004


Gürkan Maruf Mihçi 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 recently completed a doctorate in design, technology and society at Özyeğin University on the topic of title sequences in Turkish fantastic movies.

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

Awards + Grants

  • 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.


  • “Echo Chamber”, CuVo Video Art Festival, Madrid, Spain, 2022
  • “Echo Chamber”, Bad Film Fest, NYC, USA (Honorable Mention), 2021
  • “Echo Chamber”, UNREAL BONFIRES, ON Public Gallery, Slovenia, 2021
  • “Echo Chamber”, Vertifilms Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic, 2021
  • 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.


  • Project-Based Learning (PBL) Lab Faculty Fellow, The IUPUI Institute for Engaged Learning (IEL), Indianapolis, Indiana, 2021.
  • Design Incubation Fellow, The Fellowship Program at Design Incubation, New York, New York, 2021.


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


  • “Soundscape, Global Pandemic and Personal Notes“ 14. National Acoustic Conference, Turkey, October 2021
  • “Turkish Fantastic Cinema Between 1950-1985,” World Cinema International Conference (WoCiCo 2021), Madrid, Spain, 2021.
  • “Title Sequences in Fantastic Turkish Cinema Between 1950-1985,” Memory Full? Design History Society Annual Conference, Basel, Switzerland, 2021.
  • “Title Sequences in Fantastic Turkish Cinema Between 1950-1985,” Association of Adaptation Studies Annual Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 2021.
  • “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.



  • 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.