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Human beings will find that they can prepare with mutual aid far more easily what they need, and avoid far more easily the perils which beset them on all sides, by united force. — Spinoza


anexact office is based in Jakarta, Indonesia, where it is directed by Etienne Turpin, and Berkeley, California, where it is directed by Sara Dean. As a design research practice, we are committed to multidisciplinary urban activism, artistic and curatorial experimentation, and applied philosophical inquiry.

Etienne is a philosopher researching, curating, and writing about complex urban systems, community resilience, and colonial-scientific history. He completed his Ph.D. (Philosophy) in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto. He is supported by a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the SMART Infrastructure Facility, Faculty of Engineering and Information Science, and an Associate Research Fellowship with the Australian Center for Cultural Environmental Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Wollongong, Australia. With the support of these appointments, Etienne lives and works in Jakarta, where his research is coordinated through anexact office and supported by the SMART OSGeo Lab and the SMART GeoSocial Intelligence Research Group; with Dr. Tomas Holderness, he is Co-PI of PetaJakarta.org. Prior to his work in Jakarta, Etienne was a Research Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Michigan, where he also taught advanced design research and architecture history and theory, and coordinated research-based travel studios for the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He has also taught in the architecture graduate program at the University of California Berkeley College of Environmental Design; in the architecture and landscape architecture graduate programs for the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto; and, in the art history and visual culture undergraduate programs for the Department of Visual Studies, University of Toronto-Mississauga.
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Sara Dean is a designer based in Berkeley, California. Her research considers the implications of digital methodologies on social and environmental justice organizing and related political practices. Sara’s background straddles architecture and graphic design; she has a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Design Research (MSc.Arch), both from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an architect with Blu Homes and a lecturer at the UC Berkeley College of Environment Design. She has taught design methodology at the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (Ann Arbor, MI), and at the College for Creative Studies (Detroit, MI). Her more recent work as an architectural designer has been exhibited in Asia, Europe, and throughout the U.S., and she has been named on one P/A award and two R&D awards from Architect Magazine.
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Our experiences of art, design, and technology have an often overlooked but significant point of departure in common: anexact relations. This becomes apparent to us if we consider the trajectories of two important figures in the history of German thought: Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten. Leibniz developed the first theory of infinitesimal calculus, allowing for the developments in infrastructural engineering and architecture that most decisively characterize our built environment and the urban condition of the Anthropocene. His student, Baumgarten, advanced the first coherent theory of aesthetics that appropriated the same principle his teacher applied in mathematics to an analysis of the realms of perception and sensation. For both thinkers, anexact relations, that is, relations predicated on a specific, determinate, but necessarily incomplete, open (nonlinear, or dynamic) relationships, allowed for the apprehension of a new understanding of both force and form. The mathematical underpinnings of engineering and design technology, as much as the sensorial presumptions of aesthetic apprehension, rely on anexact relationships that characterize our experiences of art and technology. The modes of inquiry, composition, and assembly that constitute the work of anexact office co-produce strategies for solidarity, mutual aid, and community resilience.


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anexact office
Jl. Sumbing No. 17 DKI Jakarta
Republic of Indonesia 12980
etienne (at) anexact (dot) org
mobile Jakarta + 62 819 08830664
mobile Sydney + 61 422 464369
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