Victoria Vesna

Victoria Vesna is an 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).

Born 1959 in Washington D.C. to a diplomat from X Yugoslavia, she grew up in Indonesia, went to high school of Art & Design in New York, holds a degree from the University of fine arts in Belgrade, Serbia and received her PhD at the University of Wales, UK under the supervision of Roy Ascott.

With her installations she investigates how communication technologies affect collective behavior and perceptions of identity shift in relation to scientific innovation. Her work involves long-term collaborations with composers, nano-scientists, neuroscientists, evolutionary biologists and she brings this experience to students. Victoria has exhibited her work in 20+ solo exhibitions, 70+ group shows, has been published in 20+ papers and gave 100+ invited talks in the last decade. Her work has always centered on environmental and social issues and she often hosts symposia and exhibitions that address climate change. 

Victoria is the North American editor of AI & Society journal (Springer Verlag, UK) and in 2007 published an edited volume - Database Aesthetics: Art in the Age of Information Overflow (Minnesota Press) and another in 2011 -- Context Providers: Conditions of Meaning in Media Arts. (co-edited with Christiane Paul and Margot Lovejoy) Intellect Ltd, 2011. Currently she is working on a series of books Art Science & Technology based on her online lecture class and the Hox Zodiac cookbook: genetic engineering and animals. (2020)

Los Angeles, United States
Focus area: Sculpture, Spacial, Biology, Bio Art, Bio Engineering, Cultural Practices, Social Practice, STEAM, Pedagogy, Education, Environmental Art, Eco Art, Land Art, Public Art, Placemaking, Site Specific