This section lists a selection of labs and collectives I've co-founded and built up. I am a strong believer in cross-pollination of different disciplines and interdisciplinary co-creation. These ideas are a key focus in the initiatives highlighted below.
DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES LAB
DUKE KUNSHAN UNIVERSITY
The Disruptive Technologies Lab looks at emerging black box technologies and through design research and methodology, investigates how they can be adapted or reframed for academic, experimental, social or industry contexts. This research lab is founded and led by Prof. Benjamin Bacon.
The physical space for the lab will officially open in late 2021.
SHANGHAI / KUNSHAN
DOGMA Lab is a cross-disciplinary art and design lab based in Shanghai and Kunshan, China. Founded by Benjamin Bacon and Vivian Xu, we believe in the cross-pollination of Design, Technology, Art and Science in the creation of products, as well as experimental works in art, music, and performance.
We are interested in fostering an environment that uses ideas and concepts developed in research and experimentation to drive and elevate production, forming a sustainable ecosystem of intellectuals and artisans. Through our work, we hope to build a community and hub where creatives from diverse backgrounds can come together to exchange ideas and inspiration, and more importantly, create unique and culturally rich projects, narratives and experiences.
Caochangdi District, BEIJING
In 2012, Benjamin Bacon along with industrial designer Li Naihan co-founded RAWR! Labs, a Beijing-based design incubator and laboratory that promotes cross-disciplinary design research and production. We were the initiators and production partners of Beijing Design Week Caochangdi.
Read Zandie Brockett's review of the lab Jing Daily here.
PARSONS NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN
Founded in 2006 by Prof. Sven Travis and Benjamin Bacon, the SpyLab is a research group and artist collective that investigates illicit international data collection, provision and manifestations within design and art. SpyLab has collaborated with international institutes such as V2_Lab for Unstable Media, the Technology, Arts, Science and Media Lab at Tsinghua University, the Dutch Electronic Arts Festival, the Royal College of Arts, etc.
2009 Control : Print exhibition in collaboration with Royal College of Art (London).