[ISEA2022] Artists Talk: Ozge Samanci & Jack Burkhardt — VastWaste

Artists Statement

Extended Programme Presentation
June 13-16, CITM (Center for the Image and Multimedia Technology) UPC (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) – Campus UPC, Terrassa

VastWaste – VR based art installation

VastWaste is a data-driven, projection art installation that illuminates the parallels and interplay between marine pollution and space debris. It can also be experienced in Virtual Reality. Exhibited  June 13-16.

Artists talk

Conversation with VastWaste creator Ozge Samanci, who will be connected online, and programmer Jack Burkhardt in person about the creation and programming of VastWaste.


  • Özge Samanci, (Turkish-American, born 1975) media artist and graphic novelist, is an associate professor in Northwestern University’s School of Communication. Her interactive installations have been exhibited internationally, including Siggraph Art Gallery, FILE festival, Currents New Media, The Tech Museum of Innovation, WRO Media Art Biennial, Athens International Festival of Digital Arts and New Media, Piksel Electronic Arts Festival, ISEA among others. Her autobiographical graphic novel Dare to Disappoint (Farrar Straus Giroux, 2015) received international press attention and was positively reviewed in The New York Times, The Guardian, Slate along with many other media outlets. Dare to Disappoint has been translated into five languages. Her drawings appeared in The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Slate Magazine, The Huffington Post, Airmail, Guernica, The Rumpus. In 2017, she received the Berlin Prize and she was the Holtzbrinck Visual Arts Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. https://www.ozgesamanci.com https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%96zge_Samanc%C4%B1
  • Jack Burkhardt: I am a third-year computer science student at Northwestern University (USA). I am the Lead Programmer for KeyWave, bringing the work of other team members to life in code. I am also a Software Engineer for Overture Games, where I help make instrument practice fun for music students. https://jackburkhardt.com