About - Istem Özen

İstem Özen, Ph.D, M.S., B.S.
After working as a researcher of materials science in academia and industry for several years while keeping her artistic passions alive and searching for ways to connect the two worlds, in 2014 İstem moved to Vienna, where she decided to reanimate her previous artistic interests. In June 2018 she graduated from Theater Sahne Wien, 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. She has been studying at the Art and Science masters degree program at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna since October 2018.
She inquires 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 encompassing all. She looks closely at things in very small and very large dimensions, collects images, installs, writes, acts, teaches, learns.

Scientific Background:
She studied Chemical Engineering (B.S. and M.S.) 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, astronomy 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 is currently a science support team member for the Austrian Space Forum, and continues collaborative research projects with several other scientific institutes.

Associations and ongoing collaborations:
  • ORIGIN Poetics 2019 group exhibition at the European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics (EPS-HEP), 11st–17th July 2019, KASK Campus Bijloke - Zwarte Zaal, Ghent, Belgium
  • ORIGIN Poetics 2019 group exhibition by art@CMS, 24–26th June 2019, CERN main building, Meyrin, Switzerland
  • Latent Bones group exhibition, 4–7th June 2019, Department of Art & Science, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria
  • Offene Ateliers in Margareten group exhibition with Fabrikraum, 25th May 2019, Künstlerhaus 1050, Vienna, Austria
  • Fanzineist Vienna Art Book & Zine Fair by Fabrikraum, 24–26th May 2019, Nordbahnhalle, Vienna, Austria
  • Boxels group installation by master students and alumni of Art & Science, University of Applied Arts Vienna, during the "Biennale Sessions" at La Biennale di Venezia, 11st May 2019, Giardini, Central Pavilion Sala F, Venice, Italy
  • Data Loam. Sometimes Hard, Usually Soft group exhibition, 25th February–8th March 2019, Angewandte Innovation Lab, Vienna, Austria
  • Angewandte Open House 2018, 24th October 2018, Department of Art & Science, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria
  • Art & Mind painting and drawing workshop group exhibition, 19th June 2018, Antirassismus Zentrum Wien, Austria
  • Temasız / Theme-less photography group exhibition by Sankt Georgs Alumni Association, 23rd–31st January 2015, Mekan 68, Vienna, Austria
  • Nanotechnological Approach to Ceramics Imaging electron micrograph exhibition at the 18th National Electron Microscopy Congress,
    26t–29th August 2007, Anadolu University, Eskişehir, Turkey
Video Participations:
  • 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
Stage and Film Performances:
  • Womit Haben Wir das Verdient? / What Have We Done to Deserve This? (comedy film; extra), 2018–2019, cinemas across Austria and Germany
  • Yok! / No! / Kein! by Theater Sahne Wien (stage play, actor and singer), 21st & 27th May 2017, Atelier Theater, Vienna, Austria
  • Onlar / They / Sie by Theater Sahne Wien (stage play; actor and singer), 24th June 2017, Caritas Stand 129 & 28th June 2017, Brunnenpassage, Vienna, Austria
  • Ben / I / Ich by Theater Sahne Wien (stage play; writer and actor), 29th January 2017, WUK Museumsräume, Vienna, Austria

Works besides Art & Science:

Time Stamps (2) / Digital Photography / 2016

Dance of the pigments, and the stories they tell. Beauty in failure. Glory of the sunken. It’s physics, chemistry, and a little human touch for a moment in time.
Exhibited at:
Offene Ateliers in Margareten, 25th May 2019, Künstlerhaus 1050, Stolberggasse 26, 1050 Vienna, Austria

Participations in addition to activities:

ORIGIN Poetics 2019: Exhibition at the EPS-HEP Conference (July 11 – 17, 2019)
ORIGIN Poetics 2019: Exhibition at CERN (June 24 – 26, 2019)
RT: 1st Year Exhibition Feedback (May 28, 2019)
Excursion: MUMOK – Exhibition Tour w Christian Kosmas Mayer (May 27, 2019)
Offene Ateliers in Margareten (May 25, 2019)
Fanzineist Vienna Art Book & Zine Fair (May 24 – 26, 2019)
Excursion to Narrenturm together with Franz Kainberger (May 7, 2019)
The Decomposition of Income Inequality in the EU-28 (April 29, 2019)



Istem Özen