Füsun Türetken is Professor at Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe HfG (Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design), Germany. 



Füsun works across disciplines and scales, applying a transdisciplinary teaching methodology. She teaches at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague (KABK) and at Piet Zwart Institute Rotterdam. She runs Studio ft., a platform that hacks into contemporary conditions of institutions by supporting collaborative work. Her PhD at Goldsmiths is titled 'On the Most Powerful Catalyst on the Planet' and provides a reading of conflict and capital through matter, more precisely metal. She has recently shown work at STUK Leuven at 'Rare Earth, Stories from Below' Artefakt 2018; Impakt Festival and Fiber Festival, 2017, BAK Utrecht 2017, Goteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art in 2013; the Venice Biennale in 2006 and 2008 respectively. Füsun has been a fellow with Het Nieuwe Instituut in 2016/17. In 2008 she was director of the German Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale and has been an editor and curator with Shrinking Cities in Berlin for four years. Her academic background lies in architecture, design and visual culture.



Selected engagements:


2014-2019:  Department Lifestyle Transformation Design; Visual Culture, Willem de Kooning Academy of Arts, Rotterdam.

2002-2013:  University College London, Shrinking Cities, Urban Catalyst, amongst others.
2002:          DAAD scholarship for studies and work in Los Angeles, 
(during Master Studies at Bauhaus-University Weimar).


Füsun engages primarily with themes related to design, technology and visual culture. Earlier in her career she (co-) authored exhibitions and publications exploring the contemporary city, including 'Shrinking Cities,’ and "Urban Catalyst.' She has written articles ranging from academic to popular culture, e.g. 'Modern Love' Algorithms and ARTs or 'Encountering the Contemporary' with Irit Rogoff in Volume Magazine, June and September 2016, "Breathing Space: The Amalgamated Toxicity of Ground Zero“ in Forensis, the Architecture of Public Truth, Sternberg Press 2014, 'Shrinking Cities Volume 2 Interventions,' 2005.




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