Photograph: Nathalie Théry.

Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is an artist examining our fraught relationships with nature and technology. Through artworks, writing, and curatorial projects, Daisy’s work explores subjects as diverse as artificial intelligence, exobiology, synthetic biology, conservation, biodiversity, and evolution, as she investigates the human impulse to “better” the world. 

Daisy has spent over ten years experimentally engaging with the field of synthetic biology, developing new roles for artists and designers. 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, at London’s Royal College of Art (RCA), interrogating how powerful dreams of “better” futures shape the things that get designed (supervised by Professors Sarah Teasley and Anthony Dunne). She read architecture at the University of Cambridge, was a visiting scholar at Harvard University, and received her MA in Design Interactions from the RCA. 

Daisy won the World Technology Award for design in 2011, the London Design Medal for Emerging Talent in 2012, and the Dezeen Changemaker Award 2019. 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, the Centre Pompidou, and the Royal Academy. Her work is in private and museum permanent collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and ZKM Karlsruhe. Talks include TEDGlobal, PopTech, Design Indaba, and the New Yorker Tech Fest. Daisy is a resident at Somerset House Studios, London, and is working on a major new commission for the Eden Project for 2021.

 

EDUCATION

PhD (RCA) Design Interactions
Royal College of Art, London, UK
2013–2017
Graduating 2018

MA (RCA) Design Interactions
Royal College of Art, London, UK
2007–2009

Visiting Student
Graduate School of Arts/Sciences & Graduate School of Design
Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
2005–2006

MA (Cantab) Architecture, First Class
First in graduating year
Nomination, RIBA President's Medals Awards
University of Cambridge, UK
2001–2004

 

TEACHING & ADVISORY ROLES

Advisory Council
DieDAS Design Academy Saaleck
Saaleck, Germany
2021-

Workshop Tutor
Geo-Design MA, Design Academy Eindhoven
Eindhoven, Netherlands
2020

Unit Tutor
Diploma 12, Architectural Association
London, UK
2019-20

Advisory Committee
Broken Nature: XXII Triennale Milano 2019
Milan, Italy
2018-19

Editorial Board
Journal of Design and Science
MIT Press/MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, USA
2017-

Leonardo Group
Science Gallery London, UK
2016- 

MIT Press European Academic Advisory Council
London, UK
2016- 

Advisor
Make Your Own Masters
London, UK
2018

Curatorial Advisor
The Future Starts Here
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
2016-17

 


RESIDENCIES, FELLOWSHIPS, COMMISSIONS, PROJECTS

Commission
The Eden Project
Cornwall, UK
2021

Commission, Machine Auguries
Somerset House & A/D/O
London, UK
2019

Commission, The Wilding of Mars
Vitra Design Museum & the Design Museum
London, UK
2019

Commission
Nature, Cooper Hewitt Triennal
New York, USA
2019

Residency
Somerset House Studios
London, UK
2018-

Guest Co-editor
Journal of Design and Science
MIT Press/MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, USA
2018-19

Commission
Engineering Life
University of Edinburgh, UK 
2017

Commission
Dezeen and MINI Frontiers
London, UK
2014

Commission
SynbiCITE, Imperial College London, UK
2014

Programme Curator
V&A Late: Synthetic Aesthetics
Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK
2014

Lead Curator
Grow Your Own... Life After Nature
Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2013-2014

Commission
Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
2013

Commission
EDF Foundation, Paris, France
2013

Design Fellow
Synthetic Aesthetics
Stanford University, USA & University of Edinburgh, UK
2010–2013

EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Award
University of Southampton, UK
2011

Visiting Fellow
ESRC Genomics Forum
University of Edinburgh, UK
February 2010 

Workshop Curator & Co-leader
Synthesis
Arts Catalyst, University College London, University of Edinburgh
Wellcome Trust Arts Award, London, UK
2010–2011

Visiting Tutor
ArtScience Bangalore iGEM Team
Srishti College of Art & Design
Bangalore, India
2010

Design Advisor
University of Cambridge iGEM Team
Cambridge, UK
2009 & 2010

Residency
SymbioticA, School of Anatomy and Human Biology
University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
2009 

Co-founder
AlterFutures
London, UK
2009

Co-organiser
The Long Now London
London, UK
2009 

Architectural Assistant
Architecture + Urbanism Unit
Greater London Authority, London, UK
2005