James Auger

February 18, 2019

James Auger is a designer, researcher, and educator who uses practice-based design approaches to examine what it means to exist in a technology rich environment both today and in the near future. After graduating from Design Products (MA) at the Royal College of Art, James moved to Dublin to conduct research at Media Lab Europe (MLE), exploring the theme of human communication as mediated by technology. After MLE he worked in Tokyo as a guest designer at the Issey Miyake Design Studio, developing new concepts for mobile telephones. Between 2005 and 2015, James was part of the critically acclaimed Design Interactions department at the RCA, teaching for the MA programme, and continuing his development of critical and speculative approaches to design and technology, completing his PhD on the subject in 2012. After the RCA, James led the Reconstrained Design Group at Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) in Portugal, exploring the potential of the island as an experimental living laboratory through a combination of fictional, factual, and functional multi-scale energy-related proposals and projects. This work was awarded the Cultural Innovation International Prize by the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) in 2017. Running parallel to his academic work, James is a partner in the Auger-Loizeau speculative design practice, a collaboration founded in 2000. Auger-Loizeau projects have been published and exhibited internationally, including at MoMA, New York; 21_21, Tokyo; the Science Museum, London; the National Museum of China, Beijing; and Ars Electronica, Linz. Their work is in the permanent collection at MoMA.