Benjamin Bacon is an Assistant Professor of Computational and Media Design and the former Director of undergraduate Design + Technology at Parsons The New School for Design. He is the co-founder of dogma_design, China's first community bio-lab, design incubator, hacker and computational studio located in Beijing. He is also the co-founder of the infamous Black Eyeliner underground DJ group. He is one of the judges for GDC (Graphic Design in China, 2013) organized by Shenzhen Graphic Design Association. He is also working on a reality TV series about design education in China and a new 3D Printing research and service center in Shenzhen. Some of his research includes implementing digital and game design curriculums (Activate!) at Dandelion Middle School and Renmin High School in Beijing and Middle Schools in rural Sichuan, China with support from the AMD Foundation and AMD China. He is also one of the mentors of the Creatica summer school camp in Beijing. He was the co-founder of RAWR!, a design lab in Caochangdi, China. He was a visiting researcher at Nokia Research Center in China (2011/2012)
His work and research focuses on the intersection of technology, social media, mobility, sound and information design. He has lectured, performed and exhibited at a variety of universities, institutions, exhibitions and conferences. He is the former Information Technology Manager at Parsons Institute of Information Mapping (PIIM) and a founding member of the new media research group SpyLab that's mission is to create long distance collaborative projects with researchers and artists around the world. He has a BA in Cinema Studies and Political Science from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons.
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