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Victoria Vesna, Ph.D.

Department of Design/Media Arts, California NanoSystems Institute
Professor, Design | Media Arts
Member, California NanoSystems Institute

Ph.D., University of Wales, 2000

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Office Address: 240 Charles E. Young Drive
Mail Code: 145607
Los Angeles, CA 90095
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Fax Number: (310) 206-6676 fax
Office Phone Number: (310) 825-0925 office
Work Phone Number: 310-794-2118
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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 the North American editor of AI & Society and author of Database Aesthetics.

Selected Publications:

V. Vesna, Database Aesthetics: Art in the Age of Information Overflow, University of Minnesota Press, 2007.
V. Vesna, J. Gimzewski, The Nanomeme Syndrome: Blurring of Fact and Fiction in the Construction of a New Science, Engineering Nature: Art & Consciousness in the Post-biological Era, 2006.
Vesna, V., Gimzewski, JK. , NANO: An Exhibition of Scale and Senses, Leonardo, 2005, 38 (4).
Vesna, V. , Community of People with No Time: Collaboration Shifts, MIT Press, 2004, 249-261.
Vesna, V. , Mind Shifting and Future Bodies: from Networks to Nanosystems , Artmedia, 2003.
Vesna, V., Toward a third culture: Being in between (Art and technology), Leonardo, 2001, 34 (2), 121-125.