William Myers is a curator, writer, and teacher based in Amsterdam. He is also the organizer at the Museum of 21st Century Design, a museum that exists to help people develop a greater understanding of design that impacts society and the environment in positive ways.
His book Biodesign (2018) identifies the emerging practice of integrating biological processes into design and architecture. It is published by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and Thames & Hudson worldwide. His second book Bio Art: Altered Realities (2015) profiles art that uses biology in new ways or responds to advances in the life sciences which disrupt our concepts of identity, nature, and the definition of life.
His recent exhibitions include Biodesign: From Inspiration to Integration at RISD, Humans Need Not Apply at Science Gallery Dublin, and Human + Artificial Creativity in Istanbul and Łódź. The work examining the impacts of artificial intelligence on how we work, socialize, and express ourselves creatively is detailed in accompanying catalogue essays. They argue for updating our social infrastructure of education, taxation, and labor unions.
Past exhibitions include Life Time, Fluid Matter, and Matter of Life at MU Artspace in Eindhoven, Biodesign in Rotterdam at Het Nieuwe Instituut, andCut/Paste/Grow at Proteus Gowanus in Brooklyn, New York. William's writing and exhibitions have been profiled in the journal Science, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Volkskrant, Domus, and Folha de São Paulo, among others. William has delivered lectures at Harvard University, Tate Modern, Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo, Oxford University, International University of Catalunya, Leiden University, the Royal College of Art, and Genspace, the first community biotech lab in the United States.
William also mentors students at the Design Academy in Eindhoven and serves as the jury chairman for the Bio Art and Design Awards in the Netherlands, granting €75.000 each year to create new works. Previously he worked for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Guggenheim Museum, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Hunter College, Vitra, TU Delft, Science Gallery Dublin, and Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam (formerly NAi, Premsela, and Virtueel Platform).
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Contact: william [dot] myers [dot] ny [at] gmail