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October 3, 2016, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Intangible infrastructures.

Nonorganic vitalities.

Digital solidarities.

Technical debts.

Human Machines.

Bot torrents.


Through a survey of recent design projects from anexact office, The Nanyang Technological University Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore and PetaBencana.id, Etienne will argue for an interventive disposition toward the parametrization of life on earth.

Etienne Turpin is a philosopher studying, designing, curating, and writing about urban systems, knowledge infrastructures, visual and spatial cultures, and colonial-scientific histories. He is a Research Scientist with the MIT Urban Risk Lab, where he coordinates the Humanitarian Infrastructures Group and co-directs PetaBencana.id. Etienne is also the founding director of anexact office in Jakarta, Indonesia, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art in Singapore. He is co-editor of Fantasies of the Library (MIT Press, 2016), Art in the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press, 2015) and Jakarta: Architecture + Adaptation (Universitas Indonesia Press, 2013), and editor of Architecture in the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press, 2013).

Respondent Stefania Druga is innately curious and passionate about creating and testing new learning models, instructional designer by training, evolved into a learning architect and is currently a graduate student at MIT Media Lab Livelong Kindergarten group. She is also a former Googler and graduated from an international Erasmus Mundus master of Media Engineering for Education (France, Spain, Portugal). In the summer of 2012 she was also the Education Teaching Fellow at Singularity University where she advised and coached 80 students from 36 countries. Currently she is leading Hackidemia organization (mobile lab for maker Education present in 40 countries), Afrimakers (community of Maker projects in 10 Africa countries) and MakerCamp (global camps for learning how to build and run makerspaces) Stefania is also an an ambassador for global MakerFaire in Berlin and Shenzhen, collaborator for digital fabrication with Samsung Research.

ACT’s fall 2016 lecture series is conceived by Gediminas Urbonas, ACT director, and developed and coordinated by Ashley Rizzo Moss, ACT Senior Communications & Public Programs Assistant and Lucas Freeman, ACT Writer in Residence, in conversation with ACT graduate students.