David Benqué

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

mail [at] davidbenque [dot] com

The Air Pump - Research log

PhD candidate – Information Experience Design, Royal College of Art, London
Associate Lecturer – BA Design, Goldsmiths University of London
Consulting Researcher – Microsoft Research, Cambridge UK

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).



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


Shapeshifters - talk
16/11/2016 - Brussels BE

Counting by Other Means - talk
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


Guest Lecture
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


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
Décalab and Leonardo/OLATS
03/2014 - Paris FR


Current Values - talk
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


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


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


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



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


Visiting Lecturer
MA Material Futures
Central St. Martins UAL

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

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

04/2015 - London UK

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


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

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

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

The Biome Games 
Visiting Lecturer
with Tobias Revell
Design Interactions, Royal College of Art
01/2014 - London UK


DC/DC: Energy Counterfactual History
Visiting Lecturer
with James Auger
Design Interactions, Royal College of Art
12/2013 - London UK

Textiles Futures BA
Central St. Martins, UAL
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

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

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

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

The Great Microbe Monopoly
Visiting Lecturer
with Sascha Pohflepp
Design Interactions, Royal College of Art
02/2013 - London UK


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

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

Crooked Little Engines
Visiting Lecturer 
with Sascha Pohflepp
Design Interactions, Royal College of Art
03/2012 - London UK


Unknown Fields Division
Guest Critic
AA School of Architecture
London UK

Synthetic Stories
Visiting Lecturer
with Sascha Pohflepp
Design Interactions, Royal College of Art
03/2011 - London UK

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



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

Method Quarterly – Issue 3: Fiction
edited by Christina Agapakis

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


Speculative Everything
Dunne and Raby
2014 - MIT Press

Utopia Forever
2011 - Gestalten Verlag

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