About - Istem Ozen Ruber

İstem Özen, Ph.D, M. Sc.

İstem Özen was born in 1976 in Ankara, Turkey. She studied Chemical Engineering (B. Sc. and M. Sc.) at Middle East Technical University, Ankara and Materials Science (Ph. D.) at Sabancı University, Istanbul. Her main research areas were heterogeneous photo-catalysis, structure and residual stress control in metal oxide thin films, and nano-structure growth. Through her work, she received several student research awards and fellowships. From 1998 to 2007, she taught several physics, chemistry, astonomy and engineering courses as a teaching assistant.
From 2007 to 2010 she worked as the founding group leader of the applied research group at Kalekim, Istanbul. There she led research projects for industrial applications, established university-industry collaborations and co-supervised both product development and Ph. D. level academic research. In 2010 she moved to Italy on a beamline scientist training scholarship from IAEA and SESAME, and participated in several materials research projects at Sincrotrone Trieste and TASC National Laboratory, mostly on implementation of metal oxide structures in photovoltaic systems.
She has been based in Vienna since 2014, where she decided to reanimate her previous artistic interests. In June 2018 she graduated from Theater Sahne Vienna, where she studied acting, music and art history, and performed on stage in various numbers. In spring 2018 she attended the Art & Mind-Kunstatelier of Sedef Hatapkapulu and presented her work in the group exhibition in June 2018.
She has been accepted to the Art and Science masters degree program at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, to start as of October 2018. Her main interest lies in investigating the limits to how much the concepts and methods in basic sciences can diffuse into social sciences and arts (and vice versa), aiming for a continuum of human experience encompassing different disciplines and intersections thereof. She is currently looking into implementing her instrumental analysis experience into her future art work.

Selected Works


Stage Performances

"Yok! / No! / Keine!"
Directed by Aret Aleksanyan
27th May 2017, Atelier Theater, Vienna
"Onlar / They / Sie"
Directed by Özge Dayan-Mair and Hakan Çepelli
24th June 2017, Stand129, Vienna
28th June 2017, Brunnenpassage, Vienna
"Ben / I / Ich"
Directed by Aslı Kışlal
29th January 2017, WUK, Vienna

Exhibitions / Video contributions

"Art & Mind-Kunstatelier" - group painting exhibition
Atelier instructor and curator: Sedef Hatapkapulu
Hosted by Das Bündnis für Menschenrechte & Zivilcourage
19th June 2018, Antirassismus Zentrum Wien, Austria
"Temasız" - group photography exhibition
Hosted by Sankt Georgs Absolventenverein
23rd-31st January 2015, Mekan 68, Vienna, Austria
"Duran Duran Unstaged Directed by David Lynch: A Multimedia Event"
Participation by photography
23rd March 2011 Mayan Theater, Los Angeles, USA
Duran Duran's "All You Need Is Now" World Tour backdrop video for the live shows
Participation by photography
Featured in the DVD film with the title A Diamond In the Mind
2011—2012, around the world
"Nanotechnological Approach to Ceramics Imaging" imaging exhibition Hosted by the 18th National Electron Microscopy Congress
26th—29th August 2007 Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Turkey



Istem Ozen Ruber