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Benjamin Lee Bacon

Associate Professor of Media and Arts at Duke Kunshan University
DKU Faculty


Benjamin Bacon is an inter-disciplinary artist, designer and musician that works at the intersection of computational design, networked systems, data, sound, installation and mechanical sculpture. He is currently Associate Professor of Media and Art and Director of Signature Work at Duke Kunshan University. He is also a lifetime fellow at V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media in Rotterdam, Netherlands. 

He has held positions in a number of universities. These include: Assistant Professor of Computational and Media Design at Parsons School of Design, Director of BFA Design & Technology at Parsons School of Design, Manager of Technology at the Parsons Institute for Information Mapping, Assistant Professor of Art at New York University Shanghai, Foreign expert and Professor of Computational and Media Design at Shanghai Institute of Visual Art (SIVA), Adjunct Professor and Thesis Advisor at Roy Ascott Technoetic Art Program at Detao (SIVA). Additionally, he has held a two-year research position at Nokia Research Center Asia – Growth Economies Lab. 

He has exhibited or performed his work in the USA, Europe, Iran, and China such as the National Art Museum of China (Beijing), Gallery Ho (NYC), Wave Gotik Treffen (Germany), Chelsea Museum (NYC), Millennium Museum (Beijing), Plug-In Gallery (Switzerland), Beijing Design Week, Shenzhen Bay Science Technology and Arts Festival, the Shanghai Symphony Hall. Most recently his mechanical life and AI sculpture PROBE001 - AVERSO SPECILLO DI DUCENDUM was collected by the UNArt Center in Shanghai, China. 

He is co-founder of the Design, Technology, and Radical Media Labs (DTRM) with Prof. and artist Vivian Xu, research lead of the XResearch Cluster at V2_Lab for the Unstable Media (Netherlands), and research associate at the Institute of Applied Physical Science and Engineering (IAPSE) at Duke Kunshan University. He is also the co-founder of DOGMA Lab, a trans-disciplinary design lab based in Shanghai, China. In 2012, he co-founded RAWR! Lab with industrial designer Naihan Li, a design incubator based in Caochangdi, Beijing. RAWR! Was the event and production partner of Beijing Design Week Caochangdi in 2012.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor of Media and Arts at Duke Kunshan University · 2020 - Present DKU Faculty, Duke Kunshan University

Education, Training & Certifications

The New School · 2006 M.F.A.