Victoria Vesna, PhD


Dr. Victoria Vesna is a media artist and a professor at the Department of Design Media Arts at UCLA School of the Arts in Los Angeles. She is also the 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 at the intersections of different scientific 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 – aim to raise awareness of issues surrounding our relationship to natural systems. Other notable works include Bodies INCorporated, Datamining Bodies, n0time and Cellular Trans_Actions. Over the past decade, Victoria has exhibited her work in 18 solo exhibitions, over 70 group exhibitions, published over 20 scholarly papers, and received over 100 invitations to lecture. She has been the recipient of numerous grants, awards, and commissions, including the Oscar Signorini Award for Best Artwork in 1998 and the Cine Golden Eagle Award for Best Science Documentary in 1986. Vesna’s work has been featured in numerous publications such as Art in America, National Geographic, Los Angeles Times, Spiegel (Germany), The Irish Times (Ireland), Tema Celeste (Italy) and Veredas (Brazil), as well as being published in numerous media arts publications. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, is the North America Content Editor for AI & Society and is the author of Database Aesthetics.