About

Osman Koç is a creative technologist / artist. He uses creative coding, physical computing and digital fabrication as his production methods to create works that exist at the intersection of art, science and technology. He develops custom software to program behaviors and movement patterns that are inspired by natural sciences, thus his approach resembles observing bacterial growth in a petri dish. He creates audio-visual performances, responsive, immersive environments and interactive installation by incorporating various sensors and display technologies. The abstract nature of his works aims to be familiar enough to spark recognition and alien enough to leave room for interpretation.

He co-founded Iskele47, one of the first makerspaces in Istanbul and was one of the organizers of the Maker Faire Istanbul. He taught classes on creative coding and physical interaction design in HBKSaar (Germany) and Yeditepe University (Turkey), many workshops on creative technology. He is a co-founder of the audio-visual trio NOS Visuals, a member of Epitome a parametric architecture collective, and a proud philanthropist of the Noisebridge hackerspace. 

His works have been exhibited at Exploratorium, Gray Area, Ars Electronica, Signal Festival, Todaysart Festival, Carnegie Museum of Arts, Computer History Museum, Daejeon Museum of Art and National Museum of China. He worked as a creative technologist in many projects for multinational brands such as Unity3D, Adidas, IBM, HP, Salesforce, Capital One and Microsoft. He lives and works in San Francisco and represented worldwide by Sozo Artists.

 

For booking and new work commissions, please contact:
Sozo Artists, Inc.
Instagram: @_kocosman

Exhibitions

2020 – Seaquins, ZAZ10ts July Selection, NYC, USA
2020 – Sónar+D AV: Wakes, Sentinels, Sequins by Osman Koç, Istanbul, Turkey
2020 – FLOOD, Collaboration with Bandaloop, The Momentary, Bentonville, AR, USA
2019 – NOS Visuals, Ways of Seeing, Daejeon Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea
2019 – Sym, AS-Helix the 5th Art and Science International Exhibition and Symposium, National Museum of China, Beijing, China
2018 –
 Intra, Thrival Festival, Carnegie Museum of Arts, Pittsburgh, USA
2017 – A close up of a person holding a pair of scissors, Curiosity Conference, Computer History Museum, San Francisco, USA
2017 – The Cone, Luminary Expanded, The Midway, San Francisco, USA
2017 – A close up of a person holding a pair of scissors, Noisebridge 10 Year Anniversary Exhibition, San Francisco, USA
2016 – Solo Exhibition, A close up of a person holding a pair of scissors, TOZ/Artist Run Space, Istanbul, Turkey
2015 –  “Analog to digital work converter”, Laboro Ergo Sum, Amber Arts and Technology Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
2015 –  “Zugzwang”, Main Exhibition”, One Architecture Week, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
2015 – “Hyperpresence”, Waves, Blok Art Space, Istanbul, Turkey
2015 – “Urban Organics” (as Epitome), Plug-in, Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair, Istanbul, Turkey
2014 – “Urban Organics” (as Epitome), Mamut Art Fair, Istanbul, Turkey
2014 – “Learn as you teach”, Dreams To Reality, Vitra Contemporary Architecture Series 3, Istanbul, Turkey
2013 – “A day in life”, Template, International Architecture Biennale of Antalya, Antalya, Turkey
2012 – “Hyperpresence”, !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
2012 – “Corporeal Experiences”, Commons Tense, Todays Art Festival, Den Haag, Holland
2012 – “Corporeal Experiences”, Commons Tense, Saarbrucken, Germany
2012 – “Corporeal Experiences”, Paratactic Commons, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 – “Who broke this vase?”, The end of the world, 311 artworks, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 – “Doppelganger”, Next Ecology, Amber Arts and Technology Festival, Istanbul, Turkey
2011 – “Personal Tapestry”, Significance of bio-cultural heritage and identity in contemporary times, – Nomadic Art Camp, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
2011 – “Living Istanbul”, Playface Intercult, Vienna, Austria
2009 – “Belly Dancing Kit”, Living Istanbul, Bodies of Synthesis, Enghien Les Bains, France
2008 – “Aquaphone”, “Belly Dancing Kit”, Interpassive Persona, Amber Arts and Technology Festival, Istanbul, Turkey


Performances

2018 – NextNow Fest – Performance with Nathan Lincoln DeCusatis and Tempo New Music Ensemble – Berwyn, MD, USA
2018 – Bodensee Festival – Performance with Garbiel Prokofiev – Friedrichshafen, Germany
2018 – Exploratorium – After Dark: Extended Cinemas – Performance with Amma Ateria – San Francisco, CA, USA
2018 – BINDERY: Experimental Music Night – Performance with Jonathan Crawford – San Francisco, CA, USA
2017 – Luminary Expanded – Performance with Tim Russell (Avoidance Policy) – San Francisco, CA, USA
2017 – Tracks and Echoes Opening Night – Performance Matheus Coura and Keisuke Nakagoshi – San Francisco, CA, USA
2017 – Gray Area Foundation Unseen Series – Performance with Samantha Weinert – San Francisco, CA, USA
2017 – TSU! Live – Saravah – Tokyo, Japan
2016 – (Re)Constructing Nature – Performance with Amy Salsgiver Dorsay – Borusan Contemporary Museum – İstanbul, Turkey
2016 – Audiovisual Performance – Performance with Volkan Ergen – Arkaoda – Istanbul, Turkey
2016 – Midnight Orient Cafe No.5 – KC Grad – Belgrade, Serbia
2016 – Europalia Festival – Performance with Jef Neve – Flagey – Brussels, Belgium
2015 – Dogus Otomotiv New Year Celebration Party – Volkswagen Arena – Istanbul, Turkey
2015 – Signal Festival Opening Gala – Manes Gallery – Prague, Czech Republic
2015 – Turkcell Starry Nights – Harbiye Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre – Istanbul, Turkey
2015 – AmberFestival Audiovisual Night – Performance with Eser Karaca – Santralistanbul – Istanbul, Turkey
2014 – International Animation Days – Performance with Eser Karaca – Institut Français – Istanbul, Turkey
2014 – Dogus Otomotiv 20th Anniversary Performance – Çıragan Palace – Istanbul, Turkey
2014 – TEDxReset – Performance with Görkem Sen, Alp Çoksoyluer – Tim Show Center – Istanbul, Turkey
2013 – Opening of Scriabin Museum – Performance with Andrei Korobeynikova – Scriabin Museum – Moscow, Russia
2012 – Deep Space Music – Performance with Maki Namekawa – Ars Electronica – Linz, Austria


Teaching

– Autonomous Art Machines, Nesin Sanat Koyu (Nesin Art Village), Turkey, June-April 2018
– Prototyping with Arduino, Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar (HKBSaar), Germany, January-April 2015
– Interdisciplinary Approaches In Design, Yeditepe University, Turkey, September-December 2014
– Physical Interaction Design, Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar (HKBSaar), Germany, October-December 2013


Book Contributions

– Scratch ile Arduino, Published by: Abaküs Publishing, 2016, Foreword by Osman Koç
– The Big Picture, Published by: Ars Electronica, 2012, Mentioned work: “Deep Space Music”
– Commons Tense, Published by: Body Process Arts Asscociation, 2012, Mentioned work: “Corporeal Experiences”
– Paratactic Commons, Published by: Body Process Arts Association, 2012, Mentioned work: “Corporeal Experiences”
– Significance of identity and biocultural heritage of mountain landscapes in contemporary times,Published by:Nomadic Art Camp, Bishkek Art Center, Mentioned work: “Personal Tapestry”, Article: “Thoughts on art project , held in Issyk-Kul”
– Bodies of Synthesis, Published by: Centre Des Arts of Enghien Les Bains, 2009, Mentioned works: “Belly Dancing Kit”,“Living İstanbul”, Conceptual texts: “Belly Dancing Kit”,“Living İstanbul”
– Interpassive Persona, Published by: Body Process Arts Association, 2008, Mentioned work:“Belly Dancing Kit”


Academic Papers

– HyperPresence: Telepresence via Quantum Cinema, Published at ISEA (International Symposium on Electronic Arts), September 2011, Single author
– A Field Programmable Gate Array Based Modular Motion Control Platform, Published in Proceedings of 2011 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics, ICM 2011, pp:797-802, DOI: 10.1109/ICMECH.2011.5971223, First Author (Koc,O., Naskali,A.T., Kunt,E.D., and Sabanovic,A.)