Somerset House Studios resident

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

Artist exploring science, technology, nature, and the design of living matter.

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Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg's experimental practice critically explores the values that shape design, science, technology, and nature through the design of objects and fictions, and through writing and curatorial projects. Daisy has spent ten years researching synthetic biology and the design of living matter, working with scientists, engineers, artists, designers, social scientists, and museums around the world. She is lead author of "Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology’s Designs on Nature" (MIT Press, 2014), and in 2017 completed “Better", her PhD by practice in Design Interactions at London's Royal College of Art, interrogating powerful dreams of “better” futures and how they manifest in different kinds of material things (supervised by Professors Sarah Teasley and Anthony Dunne). Daisy received the London Design Medal for Emerging Talent in 2012, and the World Technology Award for design in 2011. Daisy publishes, lectures, teaches, and exhibits internationally, including at MoMA New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Moscow Art Biennale, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, and the National Museum of China, and her work is in museum and private collections.

E. chromi. Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg & James King, with the University of Cambridge iGEM 2009 team

During her residency, Daisy will develop several new artworks, including working with scientists, historians, AI experts, and others to build an unending simulation of an ecosystem on another planet. She will work on curatorial experiments, beginning with co-editing an experimental issue of the Journal of Design and Science (published by MIT Press/MIT Media Lab) on “Other Biological Futures”, initiating ten difficult conversations across disciplines, and will turn her PhD, “Better” — exploring how dreams of better have material effects — into a book.

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The Synthetic Kingdom, 2009

The clarity, aesthetic and intellectual elegance conveyed in Ginsberg's art marries an undeniable design talent with a deep passion for science.

Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA