Dogma Lab is a transdisciplinary design lab based in Shanghai, founded by artist and designer duo professors Benjamin Bacon and Vivian Xu. Our work often considers the entanglement of technological systems with other realities, including surveillance, sensory, bodily, environmental, and living systems. We are interested in complex hybrid networks that bridge the digital with the physical and biological realms, speculating on possible synthesized futures.
Our work often incorporates a diverse range of mediums, including software, hardware, networked systems, online platforms, raw data, biomaterials and living organisms. Our research outcomes both individually and collectively have taken the form of interfaces, wearables, toolkits, machines, musical instruments, compositions and performances, public installations, architectural spectacles and educational programs.
Situated in China, we have an invested interest in understanding and participating in local design, technology and societal discourse, as well how China as a local actor affects the dynamic of the larger global system. More...
Benjamin Bacon is a hybrid medium artist and musician that creates work at the intersection of sound art, computational design, networked systems, and mechanical life installation and sculpture. In 2019 he was honored as a lifetime fellow at V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media.
He is an Associate Professor of Media & Art and Director of Signature Work at Duke Kunshan University and he has held professorships at Parsons School of Design, New York University Shanghai, Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, Roy Ascott Technoetic Arts Studio and was also the former Director of the undergraduate Design + Technology program at Parsons School of Design. More...
Vivian Xu is a Beijing-born media artist, designer, researcher and educator. Her work explores the boundaries between bio and electronic media in creating new forms of machine logic, speculative life and sensory systems, often taking the form of objects, machines, installations and/or wearable. Her work has been presented at various institutions in China, the US, Europe and Australia, including National Art Museum of China (Beijing), the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (Shanghai), the New York Science Museum (New York), SymbioticA at the University of Western Australia (Perth), the Max Planck Institute (Berlin), Humboldt University (Berlin).Vivian Xu Studio Website
Vivian Xu Selected Portfolio September 2019 (PDF)