Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is a designer, artist and writer, interrogating science, technology and new roles for design in a biotech future.
As Design Fellow on Synthetic Aesthetics, an NSF/EPSRC-funded project at Stanford University and the University of Edinburgh, she is curating an international programme researching synthetic biology, art and design, investigating how we might ‘design nature’.
Other works include The Synthetic Kingdom, a proposal for a new branch of the Tree of Life; E.chromi, a collaboration with James King and Cambridge University’s grand-prize-winning team at the 2009 International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) and a science fiction short story - The Well-Oiled Machine, co-written with Oron Catts while resident at SymbioticA, the art and science laboratory at the University of Western Australia in 2009. Daisy taught both the ArtsScienceBangalore and Cambridge University iGEM teams in 2009. Most recently, Daisy designed ‘Synthesis’, a one-week intensive synthetic biology lab workshop for artists, designers, scientists and others, in collaboration with The Arts Catalyst, UCL, SymbioticA, and Synthetic Aesthetics, funded by The Wellcome Trust.
Daisy studied Architecture at Cambridge University, Design at Harvard University, and MA Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art. Her work has been exhibited at MoMA NY, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Wellcome Trust, London’s Design Museum, the Israel Museum and the National Museum of China. Daisy publishes, teaches and lectures internationally: recent talks include TEDglobal and PopTech. Her work was nominated for the Brit Insurance Designs of The Year 2011, the Index Award 2011 and she received the World Technology Award (Design) 2011.