Anab Jain


Tuesday, November 11, 6:00 p.m.
SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr. 

Anab Jain is an award-winning designer, filmmaker, and founder of the London-and-India-based design studio Superflux, which she runs in partnership with Jon Ardern. The studio consistently produces inventive and critical work exploring the limits of emerging technologies and their implications on society and culture. In her recent talk, Design for the New Normal, she explores the vision of their studio as a new kind of design practice—one that is responsive to the unique challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Recent work includes the design of prosthetic vision for the visually impaired, alternate autonomous weather systems, ecological domestic robots, large-scale devices visualizing quantum computing, pirate networks for autonomous UAVs, speculative narratives investigating illegal markets for synthetic biology, and community-enabling services for urban India.

The studio's work has won awards from Apple Computers Inc.; United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization; International Council of Societies of Industrial Design; Chicago Documentary Film Festival; Ann Arbor Film Festival; and Geneva Human Rights Festival. It has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Science Gallery, Dublin; National Museum of China, Beijing; Ars Electronica; London Design Festival; Tate Modern, London; and has been written about in The Guardian, The Wall Street JournalBusinessweek, Wired, and Fast Company.

Support provided by the Penny W. Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series of the Penny Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.   



“Anab Jain: Designing the Future,” PopTech 2013 video

“Design for the New Normal,” NEXTBerlin 2013 video

Anab Jain, TED Blog


Anab Jain [MP3]


Anab Jain, Synthetic Bees as Glowing Pets, Project: Power 8 / Acres Green: Courtesy of Superflux.
Jon Ardern and Anab Jain with the 5th Dimensional Camera at the IMPACT exhibition, Courtesy of EPSRC. Anab Jain. Photo: Jon Ardern Anab Jain, still from the Song of the Machine film, Project: Song of the Machine, Courtesy of Superflux. Anab Jain, Spit Kit as evidence, Government's DNA Mapping Program, Project: Dynamic Genetics vs Mann: Courtesy of Superflux.