Füsun Türetken is an architect, designer and visual artist who works across disciplines and applies an interdisciplinary teaching methodology. She is Head of Visual Culture, lecturer and graduation supervisor at Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam and leads the strand for design and critical strategies with MIARD (Master of Interior Architecture: Design and Research). Since 2018 Füsun further is senior lecturer and thesis graduation supervisor at KABK, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, Department Graphic Design. Her work with students spans beyond scale from Product Design to Spatial Design to Lifestyle Transformations and Visual Culture.



With her research-based practice and PhD titled 'On the Most Powerful Catalyst on the Planet' Füsun is a fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut (HNI) 2016/17. Her thesis is a reading of conflict and capital through matter, more precisely speaking metal. Following the idea of conductivity several episodes are offered that span from mining, rare earth metals, the alchemic desire of the world of finance towards the visual culture of production to the digital alchemy of product design itself. (More information regarding the PhD topic, its formats and events at which it has been exhibited can be found at the end of this page and under the sections news and lectures).



Prior to her engagement in the Netherlands she worked at different institutions in Germany, England and the United States of America, i.e. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Shrinking Cities, University College London. In 2008, she set up Studio features (Studio ft.), a platform that hacks into contemporary conditions of institutions by supporting collaborative work. The same year she was commissioned as director of the German Pavilion with Raumtaktik at the Architecture Biennale Venice. From 2004 to 2008 she was curator and researcher with Shrinking Cities, Philipp Oswalt (Director of Bauhaus and Professor at University Kassel) in Berlin. In 2002 she was awarded a DAAD scholarship for her Master Studies, which lead her to Los Angeles.


Füsun is working primarily with themes related to design and visual culture, i.e. the state of design processes through new technologies, deep learning algorithms, materiality, materialism, the critique of power structures and institutions, i.e. (drone) warfare, militainment. Earlier in her career she (co-) authored exhibitions and publications exploring the contemporary city, including 'Shrinking Cities’, and later lectured on slow (environmentalist) violence, conflict, virtual warfare, imaging technologies, design, and the posthuman turn by addressing these issues in seminars, i.e. with students of product design and lifestyle in thinking about the entanglements of body and technology.


She has recently shown work at STUK Leuven at Rare Earth, Stories from Below, Artefakt 2018; Impakt Festival and Fibre Festival, 2017; prior to that she exhibited work at Goteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art in 2013; Istanbul; Slade London; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; and the Venice Biennale, Venice in the Italian and German Pavilions in 2006 and 2008 respectively. 


She has written articles ranging from academic to popular culture, i.e. 'Modern Love' Algorithms and ARTs or 'Encountering the Contemporary' with Iriti Rogoff in Volume Magazine, June and September 2016,  'Cubical Warriors', 2015, "Breathing Space: The Amalgamated Toxicity of Ground Zero“ in Forensis, the Architecture of Public Truth, Sternberg Press 2014 and "A note on the unity of theory and practice in Interior Architecture", 2013 and 'Shrinking Cities Volume 2 Interventions', 2005


Füsun is a professional member of the HNI (Het Nieuwe Instituut), and is a member of advisory boards of design institutions and design magazines in Istanbul and Berlin. She has been external examiner at MA levels at the DAI in the Netherlands, the School of Media Arts at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and is a regular external examiner for design at the University of Hertfordshire, London. Füsun is a PhD fellow at the Department Visual Culture, and part of Forensic Architecture, Goldsmiths, London.



Het Nieuwe Instituut Fellowship and PhD Work  (Please accept cookies in order to see video and work)

Fellow Report

On the Most Powerful Catalyst on the Planet Part 2 Guest: Prof. Rosalind C. Morris