Victoria Vesna is a media artist, professor at the department of Design | Media Arts at the UCLA School of the Arts. She is also director of the recently established UCLA Art|Sci center and the UC Digital Arts Research Network. Her work can be defined as experimental creative research that resides between disciplines and technologies. She explores how communication technologies affect collective behavior and how perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation. Her most recent installations — Blue Morph, Mood Swings and Water Bowls, all aim to raise consciousness around the issues of our relationship to natural systems. Other notable works are Bodies INCorporated, Datamining Bodies, n0time and Cellular Trans_Actions.
Victoria has exhibited her work in 18 solo exhibitions, over 70 group shows, published 20+ papers and gave a 100+ invited talks in the last decade. She is recipient of many grants, commissions and awards, including the Oscar Signorini award for best net artwork in 1998 and the Cine Golden Eagle for best scientific documentary in 1986. Vesna’s work has received notice in numerous publications such as Art in America, National Geographic, the Los Angeles Times, Spiegel (Germany), The Irish Times (Ireland), Tema Celeste (Italy), and Veredas (Brazil) and appears in a number of book chapters on media arts. She holds a PhD from the University of Wales and is he North American editor of AI & Society and author of Database Aesthetics.
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“My inspiration comes from the wonder of seeing how nature works from the bottom up and how complexity evolves. I am excited at the fact that [nanoscale science] has the potential of bringing us closer to cooperating with nature in building and changing the world. Ultimately we are the most amazing nano-beings–we all start with a seed and egg and then become complex beings interrelated with everyone and everything around us. My goal is to bring this realization and change of perception of our bodies and our selves that holds the possibility of a major paradigm shift.” – Victoria Vesna
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