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






HNI Thursday Night Live, Reading Matter, 14 March 2019



Atoms and particles, rare earth minerals and hybrid composites, precious metals and microwaves, matter is commonly perceived as a passive commodity ought to be mobilised to become material. But when approached through a lens of human productivity, only certain facets of matter get recognised as valuable part of the market. In this event, Evelina Domnitch will address strategies for expanding the human perception of the material forces and agency of matter, from chemical and quantum to micro-gravitational. Through performative environments and phenomenological experiments that exceed the scope of applied science and challenge the disciplinary boundaries, Domnitch invites to rethink the nature of human relationship with matter.

Using material and the concept of conductivity as a lens, Füsun Türetken will explore a range of instances where conflict and capital can be read through matter, more precisely metal. Acknowledging ‘metal as conductor of all matter’, her work proposes a theory of the complicity of metals as quasi-agents that influence and register events, and addresses metal’s role in shaping the world of finance, belief systems, geopolitical relations, (digital) bodies, even the stratosphere and the ‘climate-engineered’ weapons. Türetken will screen her latest film ‘Alchemic Desire’, which examines the parallels between the practice of trading metals at the world’s biggest physical metals exchange, the London Metal Exchange (LME), deleuzo-guattarian models of psycho-social dynamics, and the practice of alchemy.








Humanoid diving robot hunts for sunken treasure in French shipwreck. 'Robot' able to reach depths too dangerous for human divers retrieves vase from wreck Louis XIV's flagship. 





Talk at Fault Lines, Design/Research Symposium KABK/Leiden University, KABK Auditorium, The Hague, 14 December 2018  Click here



Master students at Dutch Design Week October 2018

Students of the Master Program "MIARD" present their works at Dutch Design Week October 2018 Click here


More Information on program, guests and Lecture Series 2018

HNI Thursday Night Live, 28 June 2018
with Chris Lee, HNI Fellow and Prof. Lisa Gitelman, NYU
"Mineral, Immutable: To design a document"
HNI 'Expert Meeting Workshop' 20 June 2018
Mark Wigley, Ollie Palmer, Füsun Türetken et al.
Architecture of the Radio (Insect and Antenna)

Lecture at Building Diversity, TU Delft Conference, 16 May 2018

a workshop and discussion forum on the representation of gendersexualityethnicity and disability in architectural education, practice and research




Workshop Xenofeminismarchitecture 3/4 May 2018 at Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam



Exhibition Alchemic Desire on show at STUK Leuven, Artefakt, 'Rare Earth-Stories from Below',

Click http://www.artefact-festival.be/en/rare-earth-stories-below, February 2018


Publication Interiors of Memories: A study of personal memories based on the works of Luigi Serafini and Georges Perec

Joanne Choueiri, Füsun Türetken
Journal Interstices Journal of Architecture and Related Arts







Film Alchemic Desire at IMPAKT Festival Utrecht, Oktober 2017



My Film Alchemic Desire will be shown at EYE Film Museum Amsterdam, Fibre Festival, 9th May, 19.00

Click here



Radio InterviewDe Brakke Grond, Saturday, 13th May, 11.00

Füsun Türetken, Modern Love, Love in the age of online dating with Tamar Shafrir. Jajaneeneeradio.
How the Swipe right-the algorithm- is replacing Cupid's arrow.




Film Alchemic Desire HNI Fellowship Filmstill

Copyright Images: Füsun Türetken



Talk with HNI Fellow Füsun


Video here
or https://fellows.hetnieuweinstituut.nl/en/file/7577







Lecture at NEEDS - The First Northern European Conference on Emergency and Disaster Studies 
Discussing Slow Violence, Environtalism, NYC Response and Safeguard after WTC Collapse, 
9 to 11 December 2015,
University Copenhagen. Thanks to Peer Illner



BAK, Utrecht (NL)
Instituting for the Contemporary – part 2
18.04.2016 19.00–22.00 hrs
second public editorial meeting for Instituting for the Contemporary, with Bernadette Buckley and Füsun Türetken, with respondent Nick Axel
Füsun is invited to address the question of instituting from the perspective of its connection to the entangled matters of slow violence. Following the description of Rob Nixon, these slow violences of global exploitation and imbalance may be old, largely unobserved, undiagnosed, and untreated. Through being bound to neither time nor body, and distinguished from the fast violence of capitalism, they entangle justice, class, and geopolitics with a present and future defined by them.



How to survive socially after the Internet? What will happen to the family with the arrival of smart home technologies in the home? What is contemporary domesticity?

åyr, represented by Octave Perrault and Luis Ortega Govela, will be discussing these topics with Füsun Türetken (visual artist and architect), Peer Illner (writer and theorist), and Jacob Lillemose (curator of X and Beyond).

Sat 19th March 2016 / 2pm
Griffenfeldsgade 27
2200 Copenhagen





Curatorial Work

Opening Opening Opening at Galerie De Kromme Elleboog.

Selected works, Rotterdam February 11-14, 2016


Curatorial Füsun Türetken. Curating Sami Hammana and Lauren Brand.



Füsun Türetken, "Breathing Space The Amalgamated Toxicity of Ground Zero", in Forensis. The architecture of Public Truth, Sternberg Press, February 2014 
Printed Matter


Microsphere Image of WTC Dust




Füsun Türetken, "A note on the unity of theory and pratice in Interior Architecture", in xCity, Making Interior Cities. Initatives on the Interior as a City. Online publication, available on ISUU, 2014 and Printed Matter



Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Füsun Türetken presenting a performance lecture at Göteborg International Biennale for Contemporary Art, Speak Easy, 4 September 2013, Göteborg, Quai of Broken Dreams. More on www.GIBCA.se




Füsun Türetken, "Disequilibirum", at Göteborg Biennial International Biennial for Contemporary Art

5 September - 7 November 2013






Talk and Project

Füsun Türetken with Burak Arikan Mapping Relations of Funding and Knowlegde

at Former West. Documentations, Constellations, Prospects.
18-24 March 2013. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.

Strand: Infrastructure. Video of talk Here


Workshop Saturday 23 March 2013, 11 am-3pm. Conference Room K2, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.
Please register via HKW and graphcommons.



Mapping Relations of Funding and Knowledge

Füsun Türetken with Burak Arikan


While established funding structures that promote architectural, artistic, and scholarly work often remain invisible to the public eye outside of sponsorship acknowledgements, they determine research and knowledge production within contemporary Berlin. Whether or not the resultant adaptation to funding criteria on the part of applicants affects the content of the research, it is clear that between individuals and funding institutions there is a struggle for authority. Independent agents are put in competitions, excluded or included depending on their relationships, and are required to be accountable to the authorities that be. Further, institutions are connected to each other through a variety of interests from sponsorship relations to shared board members to social and professional relationships, all of which contribute to an organization's authority, as well as constitute a larger network of institutions that is itself a super-institution. Relationships that form super-institutions, thus their extra-authority, can be mapped as network diagrams in order to problematize the entanglement of knowledge and economic power structures. On a network map, actors naturally find their position through connecting forces, revealing the central actors, indirect links, organic clusters, structural holes, and outliers. During this workshop (in the context of a closed session with students from Learning Place) and panel we view how clusters of institutions on a map show the super-institutions that have high-power concentrations in neoliberal societies.



This collaborative work departs from previous works done separately by Füsun Türetken and Burak Arikan.






Images from HKW Former West. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 18-24 March 2013

For Video Click Image





More related work

Füsun Türetken 2004, Neo-liberal Work and Art Market

Images From: Cultural Entrepreneurs and Their Interim Projects, Frankfurt 2004. Mapping their network. Photographs, Research, Maps and Layout, F.Türetken
The Neoliberals






Finalist in Competition Kunst am Bau. Neubau Landtag Brandenburg 2012. Potsdam, Germany. More on this site at Competition and Commissioned work and Here



Architecture and Ideology II: How to intervene

Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin

Sat. 22.09.2012 18:00 Free admission


Ideologies leave their mark not just on certain forms of government and political systems (of thought). In fact, the values and convictions of a society follow the concrete structures of people's everyday lives. Buildings and roads, living and working quarters in a city influence not only milieu and habitus but also the attitudes and morals of their inhabitants. In three panel discussions, architects, city planners and curators address the multi-faceted relationships between architecture, ideology and art.


With Florian Köhl (fat koehl Architekten), Andreas Müller (Architect), Füsun Türetken (Artist, Architect), Francesca Ferguson (Curator); Moderation: Valerie Smith. Thanks to Valerie!

The race for space during cold war




11am, 17 May 2012

Collateral Event to Dak'Art

Lecture 'The life cycle of iron ore'

Füsun Türetken, Victor Mutelekesha

Dak'Art Biennale. Raw Material Company . Centre for Knowledge, Art and Society. Dakar, Senegal

Special Thanks to Koyo Kouoh

Rises to ashes, Sculpture. 2009. Talk at RAW




Bossing Images

May 4, 2012: Ecstatic Bodies

Are bodies playgrounds for images? Or rather their means of transport? How do bodies become ek-static? How do they cross through fields of power?

Invited guests: Elodie Pong’s video Je Suis Une Bombe (2006), Jakob Lena Knebl, Tim Stüttgen.


Bossing Images is a project of the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, organized by Antke Engel and Jess Dorrance (Institute for Queer Theory) in cooperation with Renate Lorenz.



Article ‘Fluchtlinien entlang 9/11. Episode I bis III’ in ‘Lichter der Stadt’ in Polar, Berlin.
 Magazine for Politics and Theory.



Talking Eyes Lecture Series



'Expert meeting Revisiting Cultural Diversity and the Art System' at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam

Monday April 16, 2012

With Nana Adusei-Poku, Defne Ayas, Jay Koh, Vivian Sky Rehberg, Mark Terkessidis, Füsun Türetken and others.








Studio ft. Füsun Türetken, Forensic Architecture or other previous works are mentioned here:



Phines Harper, 4 May 2018, Dezeen

"Forensic Architecture winning the Turner Prize would risk turning sensitive investigative work into insensitive entertainment"


Forensic Architecture nominated for Turner Prize 2018

​Mark Brown, 26 April Guardian

Turner prize shortlist pits research agency against film-makers




Salvator Peluso, Domus, 21 October 2017

Dutch Design Week is a chance for design to be discussed with patience and curiosity 


Domus, 1 February 2017

How the Master's Course of the Piet Zwart Institute at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences is rewriting the codes of Interior Architecture.





Modern Love, How do we think about love in the age of online dating?

Broadcasted 13-05-2017 at 11:00, Jajaneeneeradio, Amsterdam, during Fibre Festival 2017



Guardian, 15 March 2011




BBC Turk, 15 March 2011



Haber Pan, 15 March 2011




Ilkehaber, 14. January 2012




Copenhagen Future of Cities, 2007




Updating Germany 2008



Shrinking Cities Tokyo 2006