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Nil Tuzcu is a creative technologist and multimedia designer working at the intersection of storytelling, experience design and data visualization. In her multidisciplinary work, she translates data into engaging visual narratives to make complex political, economic and geographical data accessible to the public. Nil was trained in design, urban policy and information technologies at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cornell University.

She is the creator of Istanbul Urban Database, the most comprehensive multimedia archive of Istanbul, which has been recognized by leading institutional organizations and media outlets. This project helps preserve the collective memory and the urban heritage of Istanbul as an open-access medium. (Read the City Lab article)

She has spoken at numerous events and institutions, including Harvard University, Koc University, Northeastern University, Salt Art Institute, !F International Film Festival, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Duke University.

TALKS

  • Presenter, “Spatial Storytelling in Digital Scholarship”, Boston Area Digital Scholarship Symposium, Harvard University, 2019

  • Invited Speaker, "Spatial Storytelling in Urban Studies and History", Northeastern University, 2018

  • Invited Speaker, "Geospatial Visualization in History Research", Harvard University, 2018

  • Invited Speaker, "The Making of Istanbul Urban Database", Koc University ANAMED Annual Symposium, 2017.

  • Invited Speaker, "Istanbul Urban Database and Future Plans", Duke University History Department, 2017

  • Selected Ignite Talker, Digital Media and Learning Conference, University of California Irvine, 2017

  • Invited Workshop Organizer and Lecturer, "Ways of Storytelling in an Interactive World", !F Istanbul Film Festival, 2017

  • SALT Grants Presenter, "Multimedia Storytelling Platform: I am Istanbul", SALT Grants Presentations, 2016

  • Invited Speaker, "Mapping Technologies for Urban Segregation", MIT International Development House, 2016

EXHIBITIONS

  • Do-it-Yourself Visualization (DIY Viz), IEEE Viz 2019 Art Program, Vancouver, Canada (Upcoming - October 2019)

  • Migratory Paths: Traveling by Water Land and New Terrains at B4BEL4B Artist Gallery Oakland CA | Project: September 1955, Co-director & Co-Creator

  • Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative Traveling Exhibition, 2018 | Project: Urban Intermedia: City, Archive, Narrative Traveling Exhibition, Research Associate

  • !F Istanbul International Film Festival Virtual Reality and Interactive Storytelling Exhibition, 2017 | Project: I am Istanbul, Director & Creator

  • !F Istanbul International Film Festival Virtual Reality and Interactive Storytelling Exhibition, 2017 | Project: September 1955, Co-director & Co-Creator

  • Keller Gallery Exhibition Series, 2016 | Project: September 1955, Co-director & Co-Creator

  • MANTA: Motion Activated Neopixel Tracking Apparatus, 2016 | An Architectural Installation, Project Advisor


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