Etienne Turpin is a philosopher, co-founder and CEO of User Group GmbH, an office for design research, software development, and digital strategy based in Berlin and London. He is also a visiting studio instructor at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Previously, Etienne worked as a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and taught advanced design research at the University of California Berkeley, the University of Michigan, and the University of Toronto. He is the author of numerous essays on philosophy, design, and environmental politics and co-editor of the intercalations: paginated exhibition series (K. Verlag & Haus der Kulturen der Welt), The Work of Wind: Land (K. Verlag, 2018), Fantasies of the Library (MIT Press, 2016), and Art in the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press, 2015), and editor of Architecture in the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press, 2013).
TALK: “when he fuck me good ...” - Politics, Design, Formation
Addressing the development of strategic software, political economies of data, and various franchising and licensing logics, Etienne will examine assemblages of desire, infrastructure, and ownership through the music, performances, and videos of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and propose a model of the "Wet Stack" as a way of reading recent design projects from User Group.