Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg on Nature, Art, and Technology
This week’s Open/Ended conversation features Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, a multidisciplinary artist who examines the relationship between humans and nature through exobiology, synthetic biology, conservation, and biodiversity. Using artificial intelligence and virtual reality as primary means of expression, much of her practice-led research has focused on the human desire to ‘better’ the world. At present, she is working on a new permanent artwork commissioned by the Eden Project in Cornwall and funded by the Garfield Weston Foundation, with additional partners Gaia Art Foundation. By taking part in a national project to save endangered species of pollinator insects, Daisy’s artwork, developed in dialogue with horticulturists, scientists and consultants, seeks to help us understand the vital roles of indigenous plants and their pollinators. In this Open/Ended conversation, we speak with Daisy about empathy for non-humans, hierarchies in nature, and experimenting with technology to visualise possible futures.Website: daisyginsberg.com edenproject.com openended-design.org
In this episode I talk to the artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg about if the world is getting better, if people are getting better, if technology is making the world better and what the word 'better' means. We go on to talk about the relationship between science fiction and reality, synthetic biology and some of the exciting collaborative projects she's been working on including 'Resurrecting The Sublime' which explores bringing back the smell of extinct flowers. www.architecture-academy.com
Dr. Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg – Better. What is better? Whose better? Who decides?
Future Day - Im Dialog mit Zukunft
Über den Gast Wenn ich die besonderen Aktivitäten, Rollen und Auszeichnungen meines Gastes heute alle aufzählen würde, hätten wir vermutlich eine Introzeit von gut 20 Minuten. Deswegen nur ein kurzer Auszug: Der World Technology Award for Design, Ausstellungen im MoMA in New York, im Museum of Contemprary Arts in Tokyo, im National Museum of China. Keynotes bei TEDGlobal, Pop Tech, New York Tech Fest. Lehraufträge an Universitäten in den USA, Russland, Isaland, UK, Indien, Wien. Im Advisory und Editorial Board tätig für MIT Press, Journal of Design and Science, MIT LAB, und Science Gallery London. Der Link zur Vita und den beeindruckenden Projekten: https://daisyginsberg.com/about Über den Host Florian Kondert ist Geschäftsführer der Future Day GmbH. Sein Team begleitet Unternehmen seit über 15 Jahren dabei, Zukunft in ihr Heute zu bringen. Im Kern aller Tätigkeiten stehen jene Momente, die uns neu auf die Welt blicken lassen, und in welchen wir entscheidende Weichen für die Zukunft stellen. Die Future Day GmbH kreiert solche Momente, die intellektuell und emotional inspirieren. Die Fragen an Dr. Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg: Mein Gast heute ist die Künstlerin Dr. Daisy Ginsberg, die wir auch beim kommenden Future Day am 25. Juni in Frankfurt auf der Bühne begrüßen dürfen: Daisy, thank you so much for the opportunity to talk to you today! To give our audience a short impression about your daily live: We had to postpone our interview, since you recently arrived back from a 5 weeks exhibition journey with a heavy cold, right? Where have you been and what was the exhibition about? (01:10) https://www.daisyginsberg.com/work/resurrecting-the-sublime Let’s get a bit closer to what our guests at the upcoming Future Day will learn from your work: Could I say, a plastic bottle is responsible for your keynote topic? What’s the story behind that? (04:10) The title of your talk is “BETTER! – What is better? Whose better? Who decides?”. Why is that a crucial question for you? (07:30) https://www.daisyginsberg.com/work/better If I look around a bit more reflected, I got the feeling, that the idea of better was kind of hijacked in many domains. From politics to marketing, everyone is promising that things will be somehow better. It actually feels a bit like betterism. Do we need to be aware about that? (09:30) Should we all be more concerned about the question of better? Where would you expect major change if they did, in terms of our challenges towards future issues? (13:35) Your recent project RESURRECTING THE SUBLIME was about reconstructing the smell of deserted flowers using genetic engineering. Is the idea behind that to be more sensitive about the implications which decisions we make as human beings?(16:59) Why did you choose especially flowers as an admonition to what we are responsible for? (20:45) I understand, your work delivers straight forward crucials impulses for the economy and basically for every individual as well. Why did you decide to bring these to your audience through arts? (26:40) Do we probably need exactly this kind of storytelling interventions to get really involved? (29:44) There is one last question, that seems to fit perfectly to the upcoming Future Day in Frankfurt: In the abstract about your Better-project you write, social imaginary itself can be a critical design object, offering a process to reimagine the world. What do you mean by that and why is it vital to reimagine our world? (32:42) OUTRO Daisy, thank you so much for your time today. I’m looking forward to meet you personally in June 25th at the Future Day in Frankfurt! (36:07) ––––––––––––––––––––––––– ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Melden Sie sich für unseren Newsletter an, um über neue Inhalte auf dem Laufenden zu bleiben: https://futureday.network/newsletter/ ––––––––––––––––––––––––– ––––––––––––––––––––––––– Future Day online https://futureday.network https://twitter.com/fd_journey https://www.facebook.com/fdjourney/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/future-day-gmbh
“Better is not the same as good, better hasn't an agenda.”What is better? Who’s better? Who decides? The design of living matter can be seen as synthetic biology, a way of engineering biology for a better world. Could synthetic biology create life to save the environment? Daisy Ginsberg guides us through research done into the past to help us see what we value the most in the future. By using synthetic biology we can evoke a feeling of loss. Humans dream about better. But “better” isn’t the same as good and changes all the time. What better do we want?
Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is a designer, artist and writer, developing experimental approaches to imagine new roles and ideals for design. Designing objects, workshops, writing and curating, Daisy investigates design’s aesthetic and ethical futures with collaborators around the world including scientists, engineers, artists, designers, social scientists, galleries and industry. The Dream of Better, her PhD by practice at London's Royal College of Art, uses design to explore our idea of the 'better' future. Daisy's expertise includes design and synthetic biology. She curated 'Synthetic Aesthetics' (Stanford University/University of Edinburgh, 2010–2013), an international research project between synthetic biology, art and design, and is lead author of Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology’s Designs on Nature (MIT Press, 2014). She led the curatorial team for Grow Your Own… Life After Nature, a flagship Wellcome-funded exhibition about synthetic biology at Science Gallery, Dublin (October 2013–January 2014). Daisy leads Studio Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, an experimental design research studio.
Sharing pints with Brian Eno, riding a horse through the streets of London, and the digestive tract as a new space for design. In this episode I talk to designer and artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg who uses experimental design approaches to explore the social, political and ecological implications of emerging technologies, primarily those related to synthetic biology. She's currently pursuing her PhD at the Royal College of Art in London. Music Show Opener: Salt-n-Pepa, Pharrell Williams (with Justin Timberlake), Melanie and Kanye West (feat. Rhymefest) Very, Very Hungry – Brian Eno/David Byrne Nattura – Björk Artichokes – Maps & Atlases Homecomputer – Señor Coconut Walk On the Wild Side – Lou Reed Show Closer: DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Tricky, Dusty Springfield and Isaac Hayes Reading List Codex Seraphinianus – by Luigi Serafini Synthetic Aesthetics: Investigating Synthetic Biology’s Designs on Nature Watch List Daisy at What Design Can Do Daisy at PopTech! ** If you like my show, please subscribe and review in iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. For more information, visit brandnewways.com --> Find the show on Twitter: @brandnewways_ --> Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org