Orkan Telhan

Assistant Professor of Fine Arts; Emerging Design Practices
Fine Arts


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.F.A., State University of New York - Buffalo
M.F.A., B.F.A., Bilkent University

Interdisciplinary artist, designer, and researcher whose investigations focus on the design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility. Guides the area of visual communication in Fine Arts, teaches design courses in the department, co-teaches interdisciplinary studios in the School of Design. Taught at State University of New York - Buffalo.

Telhan is part of the sparc collective.

Selected Exhibitions: "Dust Serenade," (with Dietmar Offenhuber and Maex Decker) M.I.T Museum, October 2010; "Vendmaster," exhibited part of "Toward the Sentient City," Open Archive, The Architectural League, NY (2009); hiDrone (with Sergio Araya, Alexandros Tsamis, and Duks Koschitz) exhibited part of Arquitectum's 8th International Competition: Adaptable Architecture Gallery, Architectural Association, London (2008); "Stiff People's League," (with Drew Harry and Dietmar Offenhuber) exhibited part of "Homo ludens ludens: Locating play in contemporary culture and society," LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial, Gijón, Spain (2008); "Echologue," exhibited part of Pixelspaces 07 *OnField*, Ars Electronica Festival, Linz, Austria (2007); "Defixed," (with Arzu Ozkal) exhibited part of the "Rejection Episodes," Vooruit Kunztzentrum, Gent (2006); "Self-organizing Bus Stop" (with M.I.T. Design Laboratory), exhibited part of "Le bus, 100 ans de mouvemenent," Paris (2006); "Pasts and Presents," (with Judith Donath and Martin Wattenberg) exhibited at I.S.E.A. ZeroOne Festival, San Jose (2006).


The Cloud, Interactive Public Sculpture, Orkan Telhan (concept and interaction design, lead software and hardware designer), Pitti Uomo, Florence, Italy. 2008