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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. As a design research practice, we are committed to multidisciplinary urban activism, artistic and curatorial experimentation, and applied philosophical inquiry. Etienne's background is in applied philosophy and visual culture; 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 through a Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the SMART Infrastructure Facility, Faculty of Engineering and Information Science, and an Associate Research Fellowship at the Institute for Social Transformation Research, Faculty of Law, Humanities, and The Arts, 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 SMART's GeoSocial Intelligence for Urban Livability & Resilience Research Group. 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 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.


> research-philosophy

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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Etienne Turpin
anexact office
Jl. Malabar No. 08 Setiabudi 12980
DKI Jakarta Republic of Indonesia
etienne (at) anexact (dot) org
mobile Jakarta + 62 819 08830664
mobile Sydney + 61 422 464369
twitter @turpin_etienne
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