Etienne Turpin is a philosopher studying, curating, designing and writing about complex urban systems, political economies of data and infrastructure, visual culture and aesthetic practices, and Southeast Asian colonial-scientific history.
At the University of Wollongong, Australia, Etienne is the Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the SMART Infrastructure Facility, Faculty of Engineering & Information Sciences, and Associate Research Fellow with the Australian Center for Cultural Environmental Research.
In Jakarta, Indonesia, Etienne is director of anexact office, a design research practice committed to multidisciplinary and interventive urbanism, artistic and curatorial experimentation, and applied philosophical inquiry; and, Co-Director / Co-Principal Investigator of PetaJakarta.org, an applied research program studying the social consequences of infrastructure transformation as a result of rapid development and climate change.
He is also an Associate Researcher with the Urban Risk Lab in the School of Architecture & Planning at MIT. Through strategic community organizing, institutional ethnography, and novel approaches to social media platforms, data gathering, and designed engagement, Etienne’s research develops new tools, techniques, and methods to help democratize processes of urban transformation by meaningfully engaging the concerns and capacities of the urban poor.
He is the editor of Architecture in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Design, Deep Time, Science and Philosophy (Open Humanities Press, 2013), and co-editor of Art in the Anthropocene: Encounters Among Aesthetics, Politics, Environments and Epistemologies (Open Humanities Press, 2015), Fantasies of the Library (K. Verlag, 2015), Land & Animal & Nonanimal (K. Verlag, 2015), and Jakarta: Architecture + Adaptation (Universitas Indonesia Press, 2013).
Etienne is also a member of the SYNAPSE International Curators’ Network of the Haus der Kulteren der Welt in Berlin, where he co-edits the intercalations: paginated exhibition series as a part of Das Anthropozän-Projekt. He has taught design and theory at the University of California Berkeley, the University of Michigan, and the University of Toronto.