David Benqué
Designer/Researcher

Information Experience Design
School of Communication Research
Royal College of Art
Kensington Gore
London SW7 2EU

mail [at] davidbenque [dot] com

PhD candidate – Information Experience Design, Royal College of Art, London
Associate Lecturer – BA Design, Goldsmiths University of London

David holds a BA in graphic design from the Royal Academy in the Hague, the Netherlands (2006), and an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art in London, United Kingdom (2010).



EXHIBITIONS/TALKS

2017

Prima Materia; alchemical thinking and making in art, design and music - exhibition, talk
Fiber Festival
05/2017 - Amsterdam NL

Critical Digital - talk
Interaction Design Arts, London College of Communication
03/2017 - London UK

2016

Shapeshifters - talk
16/11/2016 - Brussels BE

Counting by Other Means - conference
4S/EASST Conference: Science and Technology by Other Means
09/2016 - Barcelona ES

Future Everything - talk
04/2016 - Manchester UK

The Garden at Night - exhibition
Royal Academy of Arts, RA Lates
12/03/2016 - London UK

Digital Choc: Futurama - exhibition
Institut Francais 
02-03/2016 - Tokyo JP

Le Catastrophisme - exhibtion & panel
Le Cube
02/2016 - Paris FR

2015

Guest Lecture
ESADSE 
12/2015 - St. Etienne FR

Indie Bio - talk
University College Cork
07/2015 - Cork IE

Guest Lecture
LCC School of Design
University of the Arts London
04/2015 - London UK

2014

Future Fictions - exhibition
Z33 House for Contemporary Art
10/2014 to 01/2015 - Hasselt BE

RGS-IBG Annual Conference - talk
Royal Geographical Society
08/2014 - London UK

COMING SOON: Real Imaginary Futures - exhibition
Bureau Europa
05 to 08/2014 - Maastricht NL

Blueprints for the Unknown - exhibition (co-curator)
V_2 Institute for the Unstable Media
as part of the DEAF 2014 festival
05/2014 - Rotterdam NL

Synthetic Aesthetics Friday Late - talk
V&A Museum
04/2014 - London UK

BIO ART - BIO DESIGN, enjeux culturels et sociétaux de la biologie de synthèse - talk
ESPGG-ESPCI Paris Tech
Décalab and Leonardo/OLATS
03/2014 - Paris FR

2013

Current Values - talk
TENT
11/2013 - Rotterdam NL 

L'imaginaire et les Techniques - talk
CETCOPRA, Paris 1 Sorbonne
11/2013 - Paris FR

Grow Your Own - exhibition
Science Gallery
10/2013 to 01/2014 - Dublin IE

Research Through Design: Praxis and Poetics - exhibition
09/2013 - Newcastle UK

Project Genesis - exhibition
Ars Electronica
08/2013 to 08/2015 - Linz AT

Stranger than Fiction (co-curator)
Pop-up exhibition at the SB 6.0 conference
07/2013 - Imperial College London UK

Real Fiction - lecture series
Die Angewandte University of Applied Arts
04/2013 - Vienna AT

2012

Transnatural: The State of Autonomy - exhibition
NEMO Science Museum
09 to 10/2012 - Amsterdam NL

Ignite Dublin - talk
Science Gallery
22/2012 - Dublin IE

Hack the City - exhibition
Science Gallery
06 to 09/2012 - Dublin IE

Electric Bookshop - talk
Edinburgh Science Festival
04/2012 - Edinburgh UK

Seminar Series STS in Synthetic Biology - talk
ESRC Genomics Network
03/2012 - Lancaster University UK

2011

ACM Multimedia Conference - exhibition
11/2011 - Scottsdale AZ USA

What If...  - exhibition & talk
National Museum of China
10/2011 - International Design Triennale, Beijing CN

Tweak! Modding Disciplines Through Inventive Tools - talk
UC Davis
09/2012 - CA USA

Glitch Fiction - exhibition
Paris Design Week, Cité de la Mode et du Design
09/2011 - Paris, FR

Becoming Transnatural - exhibition
De Verdieping/Trouw,
04/2011 - Amsterdam NL

2010

Alter-Nature: We Can - exhibition
Z33 House for Contemporary Art 
11/2010 to 03/ 2011 - Hasselt BE

Demain c'est Aujourd'hui - exhibition
Biennale Internationale du Design
11/2010 - St. Etienne FR

Innovation Greenhouse - exhibition
London Design Festival at the V&A
09/2010 - London, UK

4S Conference - talk
Society for Social Studies of Science annual meeting
08/2010 - Komaba Tokyo University, Tokyo JP
(on sponsorship from Microsoft Research, Cambridge UK)

What If... - exhibition
Wellcome Trust windows
07 to 10/2010 - London, UK

TestLab: the Invisible City - talk
V2 Institute for the Unstable Media
07/2010 - Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Impact! - exhibition
Royal College of Art
03/2010 - London, UK



TEACHING/WORKSHOPS

2016 - present: Associate Lecturer, BA Design, Goldsmiths University of London

2010 - 2015: Visiting Lecturer, Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, London UK

2017

Speculative Design Summer School - workshop
London College of Communication (UAL)
07/2017 - London UK

2016

DATALMANACH - workshop
ESADSE - S47 Design Research week
11/2016 - St. Etienne FR

Media Design MA Jury member
Haute Ecole d'Art et de Design (HEAD)
06/2016 - Geneva, CH

Poker Solutionniste
Workshop with Décalab
Le Cube
02/2016 - Paris FR

Visiting Lecturer
MA Industrial Design (CIP)
Central St. Martins UAL
01/2016

2015

Visiting Lecturer
MA Material Futures
Central St. Martins UAL
10/2015

The Expanded Designer
Guest lecture
Camberwell College of Arts UAL
10/2015 - London UK

Narrative Forgery - The Scientific Paper Edition
Workshop
MA Graphic Design, LCC, UAL

04/2015 - London UK

ENSCI
MA Supervisor for Raphaël Pluvinage
10/2014 to 03/2015 - Paris FR

2014

From Lab to ... 
Visiting Lecturer
Design Interactions, Royal College of Art
12/2014 - London UK

Narrative Forgery
Workshop
MA Graphic Design, LCC, UAL
11/2014 - London UK

Ecole des Ponts, Paris Tech
Lecture 
05/2014 - Paris FR

2013

Textiles Futures BA
Central St. Martins, UAL
Lecture
10/2013 - London, UK

Ecole de Recherche Graphique
MA Exam Jury
06/2013 - Brussels, BE

Architecture Space & Objects BA 
Guest Critic

Central St. Martins UAL 
05/2013 - London UK

BIO-LLYWOOD
Workshop
Die Angewandte, University of Applied Arts
04/2013 - Vienna

Biotech Futures Workshop 
Lecture/Guest Critic
ENSCI
04/2013 - Paris FR

Idea Translation Lab 
Visiting Lecturer
with Teresa Dillon
Science Gallery, Trinity College
02 to 03/2013 - Dublin IE

2012

Dans les Chaussons de Napoléon
Workshop
with Nelly Ben Hayoun
Ecole Estienne
10/2012 - Paris FR

Exclusive Power Club - website
Workshop
with Nelly Ben Hayoun and Nicolas Myers
Ecole Estienne
05/2012 - Paris FR

2011

Unknown Fields Division
Guest Critic
AA School of Architecture
London UK

Design Sessions & Human Practices Panel
Imperial College iGEM team
07/2010 - London UK



PUBLICATIONS

Contributed:

Azimuts issue 44: When Design Cherishes The Ambition To Save The World
ESADSE, St. Etienne FR
2016

Method Quarterly – Issue 3: Fiction
edited by Christina Agapakis
2015 

Meta-Life: Biotechnologies, Synthetic Biology, ALife and the Arts
edited by Annick Bureaud, Roger Malina & Louise Whiteley
2014 - Leonardo/ISAST and MIT Press

Making the Geologic Now
edited by Elizabeth Ellsworth and Jamie Kruze
with Oliver Goodhall
2012 - Punctum Books

Featured: 

Speculative Everything
Dunne and Raby
2014 - MIT Press

Utopia Forever
2011 - Gestalten Verlag

Kerb 19: Paradigms of Nature, Post Natural Futures
2011 - RMIT University