MDes Lecture: Etienne Turpin, “Formation, Politics, and Design”

Addressing the architecture of software and political economies of data, infrastructure, and technical assistance through concepts of enthusiasm, torrentiality, and multistability, Etienne will present recent design projects from anexact office (, the Urban Lab Network Asia (, and

Dr. Etienne Turpin is a philosopher studying, designing, curating, and writing about complex urban systems, political economies of data and infrastructure, visual culture and aesthetics, and Southeast Asian colonial-scientific history. Etienne is the founder and director of anexact office, his design and research practice based in Jakarta, Indonesia and Berkeley, United States. The office is committed to interventive urbanism, curatorial and artistic experimentation, and applied philosophical research; the office operates as both a vehicle for inquiry and a platform for assembly, with the objective of providing new tools, techniques, and methods for practices of mutual aid.

Master in Design Studies

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