Victoria Vesna, Ph.D., is a media artist and Professor at the UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts and Director of the Art|Sci center at the School of the Arts and California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI). She is currently a senior researcher at IMéRA – Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées in Marseille (2011-2013). Her work can be defined as experimental creative research that resides between disciplines and technologies. With her installations she explores how communication technologies affect collective behavior and how perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation. Victoria has exhibited her work in over twenty solo exhibitions, more than seventy group shows, has been published in excess of twenty papers and gave 100+ invited talks in the last decade. She is the North American editor of AI & Society and in 2007 published an edited volume - Database Aesthetics: Art in the age of Information Overflow, Minnesota Press and most recently an edited volume entitled Context Providers: Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts. (co-edited with Christiane Paul and Margot Lovejoy). Intellect Press, 2011. (http://victoriavesna.com/index.php?p=biography)
2001 UCLA Academic Senate grant
2000 Ph.D. - CAiiA - Centre for Advanced Studies in Interactive Arts, University of Wales, UK / Thesis: Networked Public Spaces: An Investigation into Virtual Embodiement.
2000 SINAPSE center co-director , UCLA / with Katherine Hayles and James Gimzewski
1998 Oscar Signorini Award
1984 Fine Arts Diploma - Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia
1976 High School of Art and Design, New York
Professor and chair of the department of Design | Media Arts at the UCLA School of the Arts, Los Angeles
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Kluszczyński, Ryszard W.. »From Digital Identity to Architecture of the Nanoworld: Remarks on the Art of Victoria Vesna.« In Blue Morph: Victoria Vesna + James Gimzewski, edited by Marta Korga and Anna Zalewska, 5-9. Gdańsk: Baltic Culture Center, 2011.
Paul, Christiane. Digital Art. World of Art Series, New York: Thames and Hudson Ltd., 2008.
Lovejoy, Margot. Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age. London/New York: Routledge, 2004.
Vesna, Victoria. »From Bodies to Networks to Nanosystems and Back.« Artmedia VIII (2003).
Vesna, Victoria and James Gimzewski. »The Nanomeme Syndrome: Blurring of Fact and Fiction in the Construction of New Science.« Technoetic Arts journal (May 2003).
Vesna, Victoria. »Towards a Third Culture: Being In Between.« Leornardo On-line 34, no. 2 (2001): 121.