Designer, filmmaker, futurist and educator Anab Jain was born in Ahmedabad, India. A fast growing nation entangled in postcolonial legacies, during the 70’s and 80’s Ahmedabad experienced global heating induced drought. Experiencing this precarity first-hand motivated Anab to advance the stories of marginalised voices and imagine alternate futures.
After studying documentary filmmaking at the National Institute of Design, and at the Royal College of Art, she went on to work on machine intelligence at Microsoft Research, Cambridge. In 2009, with her partner Jon Ardern, Anab founded Superflux, a critical futures and speculative design studio that imagines and builds future worlds to be experienced in the present.
In 2021, Superflux won Dezeen’s ‘Design Studio of the Year’ Award for pioneering work in speculative design with a committed social mission. Superflux’s hypothetical worlds have received critical acclaim and been exhibited in China, MoMA in New York, La Biennale di Venezia, the Barbican, Vitra Design Museum and at the V&A.
Since 2016, Anab has served as Professor of Design Investigations at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and recently received an Honorary Doctorate Award from the University of the Arts, London.