2012-2015 Exhibitions, Lectures, Workshops and Grants

Ars electronica jury for Hybrid Art.

APRIL 16th, 2015, - APRIL 19th, 2015 See interview: Source

The Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience

MARCH 28th, 2015, 5pm

EXHIBITION - Inventory of Light

MARCH 27th, 2015, 5:30pm

Molecular Cuisine: Politics of Taste

CAA dinner co-organized with Suzanne Anker at SVA, NY
February 13th, 2015


Bodies CORP at Pelham Art Center, New York.

JANUARY 23rd, 2015 – MARCH 21st, 2015
Bodies CORP

Bodies INC, Body Practices. Gallery @ CallT2, Qualcomm Institute, UC San Diego

NOVEMBER 5th, 2014 - JANUARY 5th, 2015

Bird Song Diamond, UCLA Art | Sci gallery

NOVEMBER 7th, 2014

Hox Zodiac “dinner” , UCLA Art | Sci gallery

DECEMBER 4th, 2014


NOVEMBER 25th, 2013 - JANUARY 2nd, 2014

moca taipei moca taipei

Octopus Mandala Glow at GLOW

SEPTEMBER 28th, 2013
Octopus Mandala Glow at the GLOW festival in Santa Monica.


Blue Morph at the Musée D’Histoire Naturelle

JUNE 28th, 2013
Blue Morph will be installed at the Musée D’Histoire Naturelle at the Palais Longchamp in parallel to the Lumiéres exhibition. Marseille is the European Culture Capital this year. http://www.museum-marseille.org/

Marseille 2013 is also the last year of my 3 year summer residency at l’IMéRA (Institute Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées). I plan to continue work on Sounds of Thinking in relation to Brain Storming with neuroscientist Constance Hammond.

Speaking of France, I recently found out that art historian Marie Claverie at Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne wrote a thesis on my work. See: “Victoria Vesna: Entre art, numérique et nanotechnologies”

Blue Morph


APRIL 19th, 2013, 5pm
As a response to the invitation to participate in the Feminist Infrastructures and Technocultures at UC San Diego, I am organizing Brain Storming the Female Brain. To this end, I invited Mark Cohen, David Familian, Sheldon Brown along with Morana Alac and Lisa Parks and, yes, we were wearing the famous aluminum hats! https://quote.ucsd.edu/ucfemtechnet/2013/03/01/a-brain-and-foil-crowns/

Brain Storming

Presidential Panel at Montana State University: Art of Science / Science of Art

March 26, 2013
Participated in the Presidential Panel at Montana State University: Art of Science / Science of Art moderated by the MSY President Waded Cruzado along with Dr. David Kaiser, American physicist, author and historian of science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Dr. Stephon Alexander, a jazz saxophonist and physicist focusing on theoretical cosmology, quantum gravity and particle physics at Dartmouth College; Dr. Gavin Parkinson, lecturer at The Courtauld Institute of Art and author of Surrealism, Art and Modern Science and Relativity, Quantum Mechanics, Epistemology. http://www.montana.edu/caa/pfas/

Art/Science/Engineering Think Tank

March 21, 2013
Participated in Art/Science/Engineering Think Tank hosted by the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA) at the University of California Riverside. The event is meant to be a platform for a discussion and strategic planning for university wide policy and guidelines to engender research at the intersections of art, science and engineering.

BLUE MORPH: MAGICAL MATERIALS exhibition at the Science gallery, Dublin, Ireland

September 14 -- October 14
Blue Morph will get an upgrade with a new hat that we will develop here! Website

ARTIST "TRADE" RESIDENCY: Leitrim Sculpture Center, Ireland

September 8 -- 18
Working with Anna Macleod and a group of local artists on Holy Wells at the border of Northern Ireland. We are collecting stories, water samples, imaging, mapping and coming up with a group project. Website

RESEARCH RESIDENCY: IMéRA (L’Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées)

June 1 -- September 1
This is my second year at the research Institute in Marseille. I am working toward a project that will be finalized in my final year of the 3 year residency, 2013 when Marseille is the cultural center of Europe. Also -- learning French which is the greatest challenge of all! Website

“Now! Visual Culture”

May 31 – June 2, 2012, NYU
"Feminism, Technology and Visuality"
June 2, 1:30—2:30 pm | Convenor: Lisa Cartwright (UCSD)
Participating with Alexandra Juhasz (Pfitzer College), Tara McPherson (USC), Wendy Chun (Brown), Beth Coleman (MIT), Elizabeth Friedman and Emily Zimmerman (EMPAC), Pooja Rangan, Kimberly Juanita Brown Website

TEDxChelsea 2012

June 1, 2012. 12-6:30pm
I am one of the speakers on Session 3 with Marshall Arisman, Martha Buskirk, Laura Braslow and Man Bartlett.
TEDxChelsea is sponsered by the School of Visual Arts, New York. Website

Symposium: Brain Storming Turing: Celebrating Alan Turing Centennial

May 25, 2012 | Symposium: noon – 5pm | Art Opening/Reception: 5-7 pm
UCLA Art | Sci Center @ California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI)
Organized and moderated by Victoria Vesna. Website

4th State of Water Symposium

March 22 & 23, 2012
UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) auditorium.
Organized and moderated by Victoria Vesna. Website


February 2nd – May 6th, 2012
Beall Gallery of Art and Technology, UC Irvine Website

International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society

The Conference focus on a range of critically important themes in the various fields that address the complex and subtle relationships between technology, knowledge and society. I am one of the plenary speakers along, Marcus Breen, Henry Jenkins, Christiane Paul, Veronica Sanz.

NSF Grant with Charles Taylor: Acoustic Sensor Arrays for Understanding Bird Communication

Charles Taylor, Chuck, is an inspiring person and a great scientist who also happens to be a black belt. He was brave enough to put myself and Takashi Ikegami into his grant proposal and we are starting work on developing an art | sci project informed by the research on environmental and social interactions / communication of birds.
The proposal combines the knowledge and tools of engineers, linguists and biologists to decipher the structure and meaning of bird songs -- including those of American robins, thrashers and grosbeaks. This collaboration between biologists, linguists, engineers and artists will result in a much richer understanding of bird songs, and an understanding the use of computational methods to answer questions about science and nature.

UC Online Instruction Pilot Project: Art, Science and Technology

Art, Science and Technology course has been selected to be part of a pilot program for launching an online program in the University of California. I am collaborating with Claudia Jacques on designing an interface.
The UC Online Instruction Pilot Project is a statewide initiative to explore the use of online courses in UC’s undergraduate curriculum. This project involves many different components, including research and evaluation, technology, and course development. UC OIPP Website

Lecture: SIVA

December 6th

Special Lecture: "Vibration Matters"

November 25th, 18:00
Takashi Ikegami Lab, University of Tokyo, Japan Website

Speaker: Art Symposium, Microwave Festival

November 4th

Panel: New Generation of Scientists Speak

November 3rd
Organized and led panel with Adam Stieg, Romie Littrell and Siddharth Ramakrishnan Website

Microwave International New Media Arts Festival ALCHEMY

October 29th - Nov 26th
Hong Kong has been an amazing experience for me – I found myself in the Microwave festival overlapping with the grand opening of the School of Creative Media where I happen to be a Visiting Professor. I was invited here because they are starting a bachelors degree in art and science which made it possible to bring out Siddharth Ramakrishnan and Romie Littrell. It just so happened that at the very same time Adam Stieg was attending a conference on NanoMedicine in Shenzen which is an hour away from Hong Kong. So, in addition to having our work shown in the festival, I organized a panel on the New Generation of Scientists at the School of Creative Media. Many kudos to Jeffrey Shaw who supported this and Hector Rodriguez too. Website



Speaker: Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre Grand Opening Festival

October 29th
School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong Website


A strange overlap of time and place in exhibitions – my work was shown in three churches in the past few months. At one point, BLUE MORPH was in St John the Divine in Gdansk, Poland and St Cornelius chapel at Governor’s Island in New York. The overlap lasted three days. Then, BLUE MORPH at Governor’s island overlapped with Water Bowls at the cathedral of St John the Divine – for three days. I am not sure what all this means, but I am humbled to see the work in spiritual context as this is my deep conviction – art, science and spirituality need to come together in ways that empower people who partake in the experience of the space created.

Water Bowls – St John the Divine

September 29th - March 15th, 2012
Value of Water: Sustaining a Green Planet, group exhibition, The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, NY Website

Speaker: HOX ZODIAC: Metamorphosis of a Human Animal

August 26th
Transcultural Tendencies | Transmedial Transactions Conference. Planetary Collegium CAiiA Hub in University of Plymouth, UK + Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, Fudan University, Shanghai, China Website

Online lecture: "Studies in Material Thinking (SMT)": Experimental Arts Conference

August 20th
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


May 28th – September 25th
New York Electronic Art Festival / St Cornelius chapel, Governors Island New York City

Lecture: Towards the Third Culture. The co-existence of Art, Science and Technology

May 24th
International Conference, Gdańsk 23–25 May, 2011 Website


May 22nd – June 5th
Baltic Sea International Cultural Centre/ St. John's Cathedral, Gdansk, Poland Website

Plenary lecture: Sixth International Conference on the Arts in Society

May 10th
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin, Germany Website

Exhibition of student’s work from Parsons Hybrid Worlds: nano_bio + art class

May 9 – 30th
Art | Sci gallery, CNSI Website


April 11 – 25th
Galerie les Singuliers, Paris, France

Lecture with James Gimzewski

April 12th 7:30pm
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, iEAR, RPI Website


March 31-April 12th
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Website

New School Water Dis(Courses)

March 28th - April 1st Website

Context Providers book launch

March 23rd 6-7:30pm
Lang cafeteria, New School, NY Website


March 16th 3-6pm
Fowler auditorium, UCLA


March 4th - May 22nd
Fuller exhibition CoCA Website


March 4th – May 18th
Contemporary Arts Center, Torun, Poland