Artist Statement and Biography
Cyrus Clarke is a designer, artist and futurist with a background in economics and digital technologies. He is passionate about reforming human–nonhuman relationships by establishing new models of cooperation between human beings, living systems and inanimate technologies. Looking to the natural world for inspiration, he seeks to promote futures rooted in biological wisdom, through a deep partnership with nature, towards the strange and uncanny.
His focus lies on shifting notions of nature and technology through the creation of artistic pieces ranging from film, mixed-media installations, fictions, live experiences and genetic software. In particular he is fascinated by data as a material, working with nature as a technology to re-frame human relationships with organic and constructed systems, and initiate discussion on the ethical, environmental, political and socioeconomic implications of the technology filled worlds we are rushing to create.
MA Interaction Design (2016)
Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design
BA Hons Economics (2009)
University of Nottingham
Selected Awards and Nominations
UN Summer of Solutions (2019)
Prix Bloxhub (2019)
Interaction Awards (2017, 2019, 2020)
Core77 Awards (2018)
Approach and Experience
Cyrus positions himself as a link between techno-scientific communities, organizations and the wider public, to help bridge between potential futures and today, in order to inspire technological developments that enhance value, equity, justice, and the environment. To do so he works in an interdisciplinary manner, blending speculative elements such as fictions, storytelling and various design futures approaches, with material applications of emerging technologies such as machine learning, blockchain, and biotechnology.
He has employed this approach founding and creating various ventures including the award-winning educational game What The Block, biological design initiative Grow Your Own Cloud, and fact-checking service SIFT. He is also the former Digital Innovation Lead at L’Oreal Global.
As an independent creative and futurist, Cyrus creates concepts and consults on design futures, experience design, interaction design and overall strategy for commercial clients such as IKEA and World Expo 2020, as well as institutional initiatives for bodies such as the United Nations and the European Union.
Selected Clients and Employers
EU Horizon 2020
World Expo 2020
What the Block
(2018 - Ongoing)
Grow Your Own Cloud
(2017 - Ongoing)
(2017 - 2018)
Exhibits and Recognition
His creative work has been recognised and exhibited internationally, most notably SXSW, World Economic Forum, Bio26 - 26th Biennial of Design Ljubljana, as well as solo shows in the United States and Denmark.
He is grateful to be the recipient of many international awards including Interaction Awards, Core77, BloxHub and the UN Summer of Solutions. His work has been published by Motherboard, La Stampa and Der Spiegel.
Always keen to share knowledge, he leads dozens of courses and workshops each year around design futures and emerging technologies. Since 2018, through the What the Block game and workshop, he has introduced more than 500 people to the principles of Blockchain technology.
Cyrus enjoys sharing his reflections and is appreciated for his talks. He is a regular keynote and panel speaker on a range of topics such as value beyond money, radical technologies and biological data futures.
The Data Garden (2020)
SXSW, Catch and Roskilde Festival
Bodies of Knowledge (2019)
Grow Your Own Cloud (2019)
Richmond Gallery, WA
Teaching and Workshops
Designing with Blockchain
CIID (2018, 2019)
What The Block
Ongoing series of private workshops
Designing with Biology