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Emerging Talent Medal: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg

 

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg was awarded the first Emerging Talent Medal in 2012. The Emerging Talent Medal recognises an individual who has made an impact on the design scene within five or so years of graduation.

Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is an artist, designer and writer. Daisy uses design experimentally to examine why we make things, what those things are, and their relationship with us and the world.

By making objects and fictions, and through writing and curatorial projects, Daisy explores the values that shape material culture, science, technology, and nature. She has spent ten years researching synthetic biology and the design of living matter, pushing the boundaries of design and science with scientists, engineers, artists, designers, historians, social scientists, and museums around the world.

Daisy 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 at London's Royal College of Art, interrogating how powerful dreams of “better” futures shape the things that get designed (supervised by Professors Sarah Teasley and Anthony Dunne). Her work has twice been nominated for Designs of the Year (2011, 2015), with Designing for the Sixth Extinction described as “romantic, dangerous… and everything else that inspires us to change and question the world”.

Daisy exhibits internationally, including at MoMA New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, the National Museum of China, and her work is in both museum and private collections. Talks include TEDGlobal, PopTech, Design Indaba, and the New Yorker Tech Fest. Post-PhD, Daisy is back to practice with a residency at Somerset House Studios, London, developing new projects including wilding the planet Mars, and resurrecting the smell of flowers made extinct by humans, in search of the sublime. 

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