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.
DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY & RADICAL MEDIA LABS
DUKE KUNSHAN UNIVERSITY
The Design, Technology and Radical Media Labs consists of three foundational labs: the Disruptive Technologies Lab, the Material Ecologies Lab, and the Digital Societies Lab. These lab investigate creative production at the intersection of physical and technological media, biological media, and digital media.
The physical space for the lab will officially open in late 2023.
2013 - 2020
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.
SHANGHAI / KUNSHAN
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.
Community work space.
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).