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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, United States, where it is directed by Sara Dean. anexact office operates on the shifting conceptual and physical terrain of the Anthropocene through the study of urbanization processes, knowledge infrastructures (i.e. collections, archives, collaborative research platforms), practices of solidarity and mutual aid, and emergent data polities; our work appropriates various forms and operates across heterogeneous scales and diverse modes. As a design research practice, we are committed to interventive multidisciplinary urbanism, artistic and curatorial experimentation, and applied philosophical inquiry.

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Etienne Turpin is a philosopher studying, designing, curating, and writing about complex urban systems, political economies of data and infrastructure, aesthetics and visual culture, and Southeast Asia colonial-scientific history. In Jakarta, Indonesia, he is the director of anexact office, and the co-principal investigator, with Dr Tomas Holderness, of PetaJakarta.org. At the University of Wollongong, Australia, he is the Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the SMART Infrastructure Facility, Faculty of Engineering and Information Science, and an Associate Research Fellow with the Australian Center for Cultural Environmental Research, Department of Geography and Sustainable Communities. He is a member of the SYNAPSE International Curators' Network of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, where he is the co-editor, with Anna-Sophie Springer, of the intercalations: paginated exhibition series as part of the Das Anthropozän-Projekt. Prior to his work in Indonesia and Australia, Etienne was a Research Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Michigan, where he also taught advanced design research, architecture theory, and coordinated research-based international studios for the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He has also taught design and design theory at the College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley and the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto.
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Sara Dean is a designer based in Berkeley, California. She is the Director of Research and Partnerships at Stamen Design in San Francisco. She is also a Project Investigator for the crowd-sourced disaster response platform PetaJakarta.org. Her work considers the implications of emerging digital methodologies on public engagement, environmental justice, and related political practices; she is committed to developing open-access media and crowd-enabled platforms. Sara is currently a Senior Lecturer in Graduate Design at the California College of Art, and has taught previously at UC Berkeley, the University of Michigan, and the College for Creative Studies. She is the designer of Art in the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press, 2015) and Architecture in the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press, 2013), as well as other artist books, journals, and small press publications. After studying graphic design, Sara completed a Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Design Research, both at the University of Michigan.
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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
Jakarta 12980 Indonesia
info at anexact dot org
+62 21 83783863