Nashin Mahtani & Etienne Turpin
Nashin Mahtani is an architectural researcher and designer, investigating the interplay of software aesthetics, ecological governance, and social behaviors to advocate for environmental justice. She is currently the director of PetaBencana.id, where she leads a multidisciplinary design research team in developing humanitarian infrastructures for climate adaptation. She is also part of MERA, a research collective developing speculative proposals for new sovereign layers of governance based on ecological systems, and a principal member of anexact office, a cooperative design research practice.
Etienne Turpin is a philosopher, founding member of anexact office, and principal co-investigator and co-curator (w/ A.-S. Springer) of Reassembling the Natural. He is a co-editor of the intercalations: paginated exhibition series in the context of Das Anthropozan-Projekt (w/ A.-S. Springer, K. Verlag & Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2015–2021), The Work of Wind: Sea (w/ C. Shaw, K. Verlag, 2021), The Work of Wind: Land (w/ C. Shaw, K. Verlag, 2018), Fantasies of the Library (w/ A.-S. Springer, MIT Press, 2016), and Art in the Anthropocene (w/ H. Davis, Open Humanities Press, 2015); and, editor of Architecture in the Anthropocene (Open Humanities Press, 2013).
Together, Nashin and Etienne are currently working on a new film, Tidak ada Kapital [There is No Capital], which documents the processes of accumulation and abandonment that characterize the relocation of Indonesia’s capital city from Java to Borneo.