"Better" : Navigating Imaginaries in Design and Synthetic Biology


This month we are joined by the incredible Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg!
• When designers promise a better future, they are not alone: engineers, marketers, politicians and scientists also invoke the imaginary of better, creating dreams that can have material effects. But better is not a universal good or a verified measure: better is imbued with politics and values. And better will not be delivered equally, if at all. What is better? Who is it better for. Who gets to decide? Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg’s uses design to to question better, opening up the possibility of alternative dreams.
• Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is an artist, designer, and writer. Daisy's experimental practice critically explores values that shape design, science, and emerging technology through the design of objects, fictions, writing, and curating. She works with leading scientists, engineers, artists, designers, social scientists, museums, and industry around the world. Daisy has spent ten years researching synthetic biology and biodesign, and is lead author of Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology’s Designs on Nature (MIT Press, 2014) and in 2017 completed Better, her PhD in Design Interactions at London's Royal College of Art.


• This meet-up takes place on the 12th floor of 6 east 16th Street. Please check in at the front desk and then come on up!