Susana Soares' work explores the implications for design of the current technological redesign of nature. Her projects involve developing collaborative frameworks between design and emerging scientific research. She employs design to explore future technological implications for public engagement and awareness. Her current research focusses on how the understanding of technological redesigned living systems can generate new frameworks for design practice.
An example is BEE'S (2007-2009), an alternative diagnostic tool for
one's health based on the scientific understanding that trained bees can
detect certain diseases in a person's breath. Susana developed a
two-chambered glass-blown diagnostic device. Ultimately, this work
explores how we might co-habit with natural biological systems and use
their potential to increase our perceptive abilities.
After completing a BA (Hons) in Product Design from ESAD, Portugal she graduated at MA Design Interaction in Royal College of Art, London. Susana is based in London as a Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University, after she has held other research fellow positions (at the RCA, Goldsmiths, etc). She has published widely and her work has been exhibited internationally; it is part of the permanent collection of the MoMA, New York.