Füsun Türetken is an architect and visual artist from Istanbul who works across disciplines and teaches interdisciplinary critical strategy modules and design. She is lecturer and graduation supervisor for design at Visual Culture, Lifestyle at Willem de Kooning Academy, and Lecturer and Graduation Supervisor for Design and Critical Strategies with MIARD (Master of Interior Architecture: Design and Research) at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam. Since 2018 Füsun further is a lecturer at KABK, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten Den Haag (Royal Academy of Art, The Hague) Graphic Design.
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. With this project a reading of conflict and capital is provided 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.
Prior to her engagement at Piet Zwart Institute she worked as assistant curator on the exhibition 'Forensis' at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin in 2013. Further, she taught at University College London (UCL). In 2008, she set up Studio features (Studio ft.), a platform for “supporting” critical, collaborative artistic and design research and work (of others). The same year she was commissioned as director of the German Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale Venice. From 2004 to 2007 she was assistant curator and researcher with Shrinking Cities 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, materiality, materialism, the critique of power structures and institutions, i.e. (drone) warfare, militainment, environmentalist violence and last but not least 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, 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' 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 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 candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, and part of Forensic Architecture, Department Visual Culture at Goldsmiths, London.