Brief CV
Etienne Turpin is a philosopher studying, curating, designing and writing about complex urban systems, political economies of data and infrastructure, visual culture, and the colonial-scientific history of Southeast Asia. In Jakarta, he is founder and director of anexact office, a design research practice operating on the shifting conceptual and physical terrain of the Anthropocene through the interventive study of urbanization, knowledge infrastructure, data polities, and practices of solidarity and mutual aid; and, co-principal investigator of, a research project examining infrastructure transformation as a driver of climate adaptation. At the University of Wollongong, he is the Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the SMART Infrastructure Facility and an Associate Research Fellow with the Australian Center for Cultural Environmental Research. He is also a member of the SYNAPSE International Curators’ Network of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, where he is co-editor, with Anna-Sophie Springer, of the intercalations series as a part of Das Anthropozän-Projekt. He is the editor of Architecture in the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press, 2013) and co-editor of Art in the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press, 2015) and Jakarta: Architecture + Adaptation (Universitas Indonesia Press, 2013).
Curatorial Statement
I am currently working with Anna-Sophie Springer on a major international exhibition cycle—125,660 Specimens of Natural History—which debuts in Jakarta, Indonesia in August 2015. More about the project here:
Projects realized (Selection)
Art in the Anthropocene / with Heather Davis (Open Humanities Press, 2015) || Land & Animal & Nonanimal / with Anna-Sophie Springer (K. Verlag & HKW, 2015) || Fantasies of the Library / with Anna-Sophie Springer (K. Verlag & HKW, 2015) || Light is Transparent to Light / anexact office (as part of Tomas Saraceno's Anthropocene Monument, Toulouse, France) || Some of these 125,660 Specimens / with Anna-Sophie Springer (Postnatural Futures, University of Tasmania, Australia) || Minor Ornithology (Jakarta Biennale, Jakarta, Indonesia) || Futures of Hypercomplexity (Taubman College, A2, USA) || Navigating the PostNatural (Salt & Cedar, Detroit, USA) || Architecture + Adaptation: Cities of Hypercomplexity (CSEAS, A2, USA) || Stainlessness (Salt & Cedar, Detroit, USA; Taubman College, A2, USA), with the publication Stainlessness (Los Angeles and Berlin: Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press, forthcoming 2013) || The Geologic Turn: Architecture's New Alliance (Taubman College, A2, USA), with the publication Architecture in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Design, Deep Time, Science and Philosophy (Open Humanities Press, 2013)