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David Benqué

MPhil work

MA work

Acoustic Botany: Genetically Engineered Sound Garden

The debate surrounding genetic engineering is currently centered around vital issues such as food, healthcare and the environment. However, we have been shaping nature for thousands of years, not only to suit our needs but our most irrational desires. Beautiful flowers, mind-altering weeds and crabs shaped like human faces all thrive on these desires, giving them an evolutionary advantage. By presenting a fantastical acoustic garden, a controlled ecosystem of entertainment, I aim to explore our cultural and aesthetic relationship to nature, and to question its future in the age of synthetic biology.


  • MPhil


    School of Communication


    Information Experience Design, 2015–

  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Interactions, 2010

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons) Graphic and Typographic Design, Royal Academy of Arts, The Hague, NL, 2006; MA (RCA) Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2010
  • Experience

  • Consulting researcher, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK, 2010–present; Visiting lecturer, Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, London UK, 2011–15; Research associate, Studiolab EU Research consortium, Design Interactions Research, Royal College of Art, London UK, 2011–14
  • Exhibitions

  • Digital Choc: Futurama, Institut Francais, Tokyo, Japan, 2016; Future Fictions, Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Hasselt, Belgium, 2015,; Grow Your Own, Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland, 2014
  • Conferences

  • Counting the Future, 4S/EASST, 09/2016