Ilona Gaynor

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Ilona Gaynor is a designer, artist and writer.

Her work is occupied by the conflicts, entanglements and geometric
dimensions of capital and the problem it poses for plot and image.

She works with objects, texts, film, photography, print and language
to explore the aesthetic horizons of finance, law, crime, politics
and cinema.


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Education

2009—2011
MA(RCA) Design Interactions
Royal College of Art, UK
*Winner, Sir Ridley Scott Prize

2004—2007
BA(Hons) Moving Image Design
Ravensbourne College of Design
and Communication, UK
*1st Class

2015
Short-Course, Feature Screen Writing
Industrial Scripts, London, UK


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Lectures, Talks, Conferences

2018
Lecture
Narrowing the Margins
Design Means Lecture Series
Goldsmiths, UCL
London, UK

2017
Panelist: Bauhaus Legacy?
Chaired by Michael Golec
Goethe-Institute
Chicago Architecture Biennial
Chicago, USA

Artists Talk
Institute of Design
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, USA

Artists Talk
Fashion Jewellery Department
London College of Fashion
London, UK

Conference Speaker
Utopia vs Dystopia
Alongside: Alice Rawsthorn, Constantin Boym,
David Byrne, Natalie Jeremijenko, John Maeda
and Justin Mcguirk.
A/D/O Gallery, Brooklyn, New York

2016
Lecture
The Comedy of Objects
Second City
Chicago, USA

Artists Talk
Interventions in Capitalism Research Group
Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island, USA

Lecture
Scale Model as Actor
Mixed Tape Series
Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago, USA

Keynote Speaker
Better World by Design Conference
Brown University & RISD
Providence, USA

Lecture
Design as the 21st Century Hustle
Department of Design and Architecture
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago, USA

2015
Lecture
The Future of Money
Department of Industrial Design
Central St Martins
London, UK

Conference Speaker & Workshop
Tektoniks, ACT Festival
Alongside: Anthony Dunne, Golan Levin, Ivan Poupyrev
Yuri Suzuki, Regine Debatty, UVA and Ryoji Ikeda
ACT Center, Asia Culture Center (ACC)
Gwangju, South Korea

Speaker (Symposium)
Aerials,
The Alpine Review Magazine
Toronto, CA

Symposium, Sleep Science
BBC Radio 4 and The Wellcome Trust
London, UK

Symposium
Alongside: Lucy Kimbell, Cameron Tonkinwise,
Duncan Fairfax and Thomas Thwaites
"We Have Never Been Speculative Enough"
Central St Martins
London, UK

Lecture
The Object Agency
Victoria and Albert Musum
Nesta Futures Day
London, UK

Artists Talk
Department of Film and Television
Staffordshire University
Stafford, UK

Artists Talk
School of Machine Making & Make Believe
Belgrade, Serbia

Lecture and Symposium
C.S.I Design, Crime Scenes and Suspect Objects
Alongside Barry Curtis, Prof Roger Luckhurst
Tim Edensor and Brian Dillon.
Critical and Historical Studies
Royal College of Art
London, UK

Lecture
'Fables & Folly, Narrative Schematics'
University of Gothenburg (HDK)
Gothenburg, Sweden

Artists Talk
FACT
Liverpool, UK

2014
Lecture and Debate Panelist
'Welcome to the Apocalypse'
Graphic Design Department
Central St Martins
London, UK

Lecture
Masterstudio Design
Academy of Art an Design FHNW
Basel, CH

Artist Talk Objection!!!, Design and the Courtroom
Design Museum
London, UK

Lecture, Design Products Department
Royal College of Art
London, UK

Keynote, Image Culture Series
Museum of the Image
Curated by Mieke Gerritzen and
Angelique Spannicks
Breda, NL

Artists Talk
W12 Studios
London, UK

Lecture, Designing Devience
Royal College of Art
London, UK

Speaker, Resonate 2014
Belgrade New Media Festival
Belgrade, Serbia

Artists Talk
Visual Communications Department
Royal College of Art
London, UK

Lecture, Jill Dando Institute of
Security and Crime Science
University College London (UCL)
London, UK

2013
Speaker, Design Fiction and Extreme Scenarios
V2 Institute of Unstable Media
Rotterdam, NL

Lecture, Industrial Design Department
Rhode Island School of Design
London, UK

Ilona Gaynor in conversation with Norman Klein
Curated by Cher Potter
Super Talks series, Tent
London Design Festival
Truman Brewery, UK

Lecture with Benedict Singleton
Stacktivism Unconference
London, UK

Lecture
Emerge Talks Series
Media Department of Research
Bournemouth University, Dorset, UK

Lecture
When Site Lost The Plot
Fine Art Department
Goldsmiths University
London, UK

Lecture and Panelist
"Beyond Design Activism"
History of Design Dept
Royal College of Art
London, UK

Lecture
"A Police / Architectural Investigation"
AlterFutures
Sense Worldwide
London UK

Lecture
"Design in the Context of FX"
Stan Winston School of Special FX
Los Angeles, USA


Award Lecture
Tomorrrow's Transactions Forum
Future of Money and Financial Crime
London, UK

Artist Talk
Umea Institute of Design
Umea, Sweden

Artist Talk
Interactive Media
Bournemouth University
Dorset, UK

2012
Artists Talk
Design + Media
Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, USA

Lecture
"Art in the context of Design Thinking"
IDEO
New York, USA

Keynote Speaker
Emergence Conference
The Future of New Governments and Economic Models
University of Oxford
Oxford, UK

Lecture
"Under Black Carpets"
MDP, Art Center College of Design,
Pasadena, USA

Pecha Kucha, "When 3 Worlds Collide"
MDP, Art Center College of Design,
Pasadena, USA

Lecture
"Blood Stained Carpets"
David Lynch Symposium,
Tate Modern,
London, UK

2011
Artists Talk
Department of Risk Science
University of Michigan
Anne Arbor, Michigan USA

Lecture
"Designing the Darker Sides"
Studio X, Department of Architecture
Columbia University
New York, USA

Artists Talk
Alter Futures, Sense Worldwide
London, UK

Lecture
Do You Like Our Owl?, It's Artificial? Of course it is.
Siggraph Conference
Vancouver, Canada

Panel Speaker
'Crossover scenarios, playing in
the fields of Big Society'
Demos
London, UK

Lecture and Guest Critic
'Speculative Design, Seduction & Sales'
Hyper Island
London UK

Workshop
'Finance & Fiasco'
Public and Economic Policy
London School of Economics
London UK

2010
Artists Talk
IDEO New York Office
New York USA

Guest Lecture
IDEO London Office
London UK

Artists Talk
IDEO Shanghai Office
Shanghai, China

Artist's Talk
Nottingham Trent University,
Nottingham, UK

2009
Keynote Speaker
4th Annual Click Conference
Creative Review,
Soho Theatre, London, UK


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Exhibitions and Screenings

Forthcoming
Objection.
Curated by Jehra Patrick
Law Warschaw Gallery
Saint Paul, MN

Futureproof
Curated by Ingrid Burrington
Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College
Pennsylvania, USA

2017
Commission
Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne
Curated by Olivier Peyricot
Saint-Etienne, France

2015
2 Degrees
Curated by Disegno The Aram Gallery
London, UK

2014
Disruption, Designers in Residence
Curated by Pollyanna Clayton-Stamm
Design Museum
London, UK

Solo Show
Forensic Ontologies and the Plot
Curated by Gabriella Arrigoni
FACT Liverpool, UK

Oxford Futures Forum
Curated by Lucy Kimbell
Said Business School
University of Oxford Oxford, UK

Artefact Festival
Curated by Hicham Khalidi
STUK
Leuven, Belgium

2013
Solo Show, Paper Moon
Design Fiction and Extreme Scenarios
V2 Institute of Unstable Media
Curated by Michelle Kasprzak
Rotterdam, NL

Requiem for a Bank
Curated by Fabian Saavedra-Lara
HMKV
Dortmund, Germany

Image, Building, Object: Exploring
Architecture and Design on Film
Black Cinema House,
Chicago, USA

(Workshop) with Cher Potter
Close Closer
Lisbon Architecture Triennale
Curated by Liam Young
Lisbon, Portugal

MDP Residency Exhibition
Wind Tunnel Gallery
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, USA

Escape Ecologies
Fine Art Department
Goldsmiths University London, UK

Kakfa Cinema
Museum of Moving Image
New York, USA

Screening
The Viper Room
Los Angeles, USA

2012
Artefacts from Earth
Palais De Tokyo
Paris, France

Screening
Goldman Sachs Headquarters
New York, USA

Screening
The Global Economic Summit
New York, USA

Speaker
Siggraph Conference
Vancouver, Canada

2011
Glitch Fiction,
Paris Design Week,
Cité de la Mode et du Design
Paris, France

"SHOW"
Upper Gulbenkian Gallery
Royal College of Art
London, UK

2010
Biennale Internationale du Design
Demain c'est Aujourd'hui
Curated by Claire Fayolle,
St Etienne, France

Anti Design Festival
Curated by Neville Brody,
London, UK

2007
Screening at NY Sci-Fi Festival
Museum of Moving Image
New York, USA

Super Contemporary
The Design Museum
Curated by Daniel Charny
London, UK

2006
Light
Friday Night Late Series
Victoria and Albert Museum
London, UK


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Teaching

Present
Assistant Professor
AIADO, Designed Objects
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Chicago, USA

2016
Visiting Critic
Fashion Womenswear
Royal College of Art
London, UK

External Thesis Advisor
Department of Industrial Design
Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island, USA

2015
Workshop
Learning from Mr Orange, Mr White
and Nice Guy Eddie

ACT Festival
ACT Center, Asia Culture Center (ACC)
Gwangju, South Korea

Guest Critic
BA Architecture: Spaces and Objects
Central St Martins
London, UK

2014
Faculty, Digtal + Media
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD),
Providence, USA

3 day Workshop, Masterstudio Design
Academy of Art an Design FHNW
Basel, CHVisiting Tutor and Critic
Murder As The Object of Design, 3 Week Project
Visual Communications MA
Royal College of Art
London, UK

Guest Critic and Tutor
Unit 6 (Unknown Fields)
Architecture Association, London
UK

Guest Critic
Unit 23 (Fabricating the Real)
Bartlett School of Architecture
London, UK

2013
Guest Critic
Unit 14 (Interface Architecture)
Bartlett School of Architecture
London, UK

Visiting Professor, Digtal + Media
Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, USA

Jury / Examiner, MDP Lab track
Art Center College of Design
Pasadena, USA

Pratictioner in Residence
Interactive Media Dept
Bournemouth University
Dorset UK

Workshop Facilitator, 'Prototyping the Future'
Umeå institute of Design
Umeå, Sweden

Faculty, Digtal + Media
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Providence, USA

2012
Visiting Professor and Critic
Department of Architecture
Princeton University
New Jersy, USA

Workshop
"Proof of Life After Death",
Media Department
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD),
Providence, USA

2010
Workshop
'Finance & Fiasco'
Public and Economic Policy
London School of Economics
London, UK


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Selected Texts

2017
(Forthcoming) Extended Text
Civil Disobedience
Green Lantern Press

(Forcoming) Review
Blade Runner, 2049
Disegno No.17

Feature Text
"Lock Her Up"
The Trump Campaign and Speculation
Disegno No.14

Stage Play
The Ascent (English + French)
Written with Oscar Gaynor
Published by the Cite du design
St Etienne Biennale, 10th Edition
Pages: 52

Essay
Our Attempts to Ascend. Escape Routes and Cosmic Trap-doors
Working Promise, Cite du design publishing
St Etienne Biennale, 10th Edition

2016
Feature Text
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review
Disegno No.10

2015
Short Story
"A Lexography of an Abusive but Devine Relationship with the World"
Twelve Tomorrows 2016 Edition
edited by Bruce Sterling,
Science Fiction Anthology, MIT Technology Review

2014
Essay 'What We Want Is In That Room' with B.Singleton
High Definition and Zero Tolerance Issue
Edited by Bob Sheil
Architectural Design Magazine (AD)
Wiley Publications

2012
Book
Est in 1703, Everything Ends in Chaos
Self Published Works (Collated Research Documentation)
A book of curated texts and research taken from several
external resources.

2007
Thesis
7 Men Died in 72 Seconds and Poor Informatics
Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication
RCD&C Library


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Awards and Commissions

Solo Show, Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne, 2017

Wellcome Trust Arts Award, 2015

Residence Commission , Disegno Magazine, Issue No.9

Designers in Residence, Design Museum London

Innovation in Extreme Scenarios,
V2 institute for Unstable Media, Rotterdam

Requiem for a Bank, (HMKV)
Der Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund

Future of Money Award, Tomorrrow’s Transactions,
the annual Consult Hyperion Forum

Sir Ridley Scott Award, RSA Films, London

Summer Research Resident,
Arts Center College of Design, Los Angeles

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