Innogen  ·  Events   Past events

Designing synthetic biology

February 4 2010


Genomics Forum Boardroom (3rd floor, St John's Land), EH8 8AQ

Organised by: Genomics Forum and Innogen joint seminar


Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and James King are designers interested in futures and implications of new biotechnologies. In 2009 they worked alongside the Cambridge University synthetic biology (iGEM) team to help them imagine possible implications of their laboratory work, and went on to develop a number of design proposals for the team's E.chromi project. In this seminar, James and Daisy will introduce some of their recent projects, outline their approach to design and aesthetics in biotechnology, and discuss the ways in which they engage with professional communities and public groups. We hope this seminar will encourage discussion about the ways in which researchers from the worlds of social science and design engage with new biotechnologies.

This event is free and open to all - no need to book.

Speaker biographies

Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is a designer, artist and researcher interested in the future. She uses design to explore the implications of emerging and unfamiliar technologies, science and services. She has an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art, a degree in Architecture from Cambridge University, and spent a year at Harvard University as a Herchel Smith scholar. Daisy has just returned from a residency at Symbiotica in Perth. Her recent projects include 'The Synthetic Kingdom,' and 'Growth Assembly'. Daisy is also working with Jane Calvert, Alistair Elfick and Pablo Schyfter on the EPSRC/NSF Synthetic Aesthetics project. For more information, visit Daisy's website.

James King is a speculative designer working in the fields of biotechnology and interaction design. He designs applications for emerging technologies, and through this work examines their social and aesthetic implications. James' recent projects have focused on the use of tissue-culture technologies in food production, the future of pharmacy-based healthcare, and the aesthetics of nanotechnology at the human scale. Since graduating from the RCA he has run his own design practice and worked for clients including BERG and the BBC. His project entitled 'Dressing the Meat of Tomorrow' has recently been acquired by MoMA's permanent collection. For more information, visit James' website.,23230,en.t4.html