2012-2013 Exhibitions, Lectures, Workshops and Grants
HOX ZODIAC at MOCA TaipeiNOVEMBER 25th, 2013 - JANUARY 2nd, 2014
Octopus Mandala Glow at GLOWSEPTEMBER 28th, 2013
Octopus Mandala Glow at the GLOW festival in Santa Monica.
Blue Morph at the Musée D’Histoire NaturelleJUNE 18th, 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/
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”
BRAIN STORMING THE FEMALE BRAINAPRIL 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/
Presidential Panel at Montana State University: Art of Science / Science of ArtMarch 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 TankMarch 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, IrelandSeptember 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, IrelandSeptember 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 2012June 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 CentennialMay 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 SymposiumMarch 22 & 23, 2012
UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI) auditorium.
Organized and moderated by Victoria Vesna. Website
MORPHONANOFebruary 2nd – May 6th, 2012
Beall Gallery of Art and Technology, UC Irvine Website
International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and SocietyThe 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 CommunicationCharles 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 TechnologyArt, 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: SIVADecember 6th
Special Lecture: "Vibration Matters"November 25th, 18:00
Takashi Ikegami Lab, University of Tokyo, Japan Website
Speaker: Art Symposium, Microwave FestivalNovember 4th
Panel: New Generation of Scientists SpeakNovember 3rd
Organized and led panel with Adam Stieg, Romie Littrell and Siddharth Ramakrishnan Website
Microwave International New Media Arts Festival ALCHEMYOctober 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
HOX ZODIAC Website
SNIFFING BOOTH Website
Speaker: Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre Grand Opening FestivalOctober 29th
School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong Website
BLUE MORPH / WATER BOWLS / Art Sci collaborations: HOX ZODIAC / SNIFFING BOOTHA 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 DivineSeptember 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 AnimalAugust 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 ConferenceAugust 20th
University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
BLUE MORPHMay 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 TechnologyMay 24th
International Conference, Gdańsk 23–25 May, 2011 Website
BLUE MORPHMay 22nd – June 5th
Baltic Sea International Cultural Centre/ St. John's Cathedral, Gdansk, Poland Website
Plenary lecture: Sixth International Conference on the Arts in SocietyMay 10th
Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin, Germany Website
Exhibition of student’s work from Parsons Hybrid Worlds: nano_bio + art classMay 9 – 30th
Art | Sci gallery, CNSI Website
BLUE MORPH photosApril 11 – 25th
Galerie les Singuliers, Paris, France
Lecture with James GimzewskiApril 12th 7:30pm
Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, iEAR, RPI Website
BLUE MORPHMarch 31-April 12th
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Website
New School Water Dis(Courses)March 28th - April 1st Website
Context Providers book launchMarch 23rd 6-7:30pm
Lang cafeteria, New School, NY Website
ART, SCI + TECH CLASS PRESENTATIONSMarch 16th 3-6pm
Fowler auditorium, UCLA
SPACESHIP EARTHMarch 4th - May 22nd
Fuller exhibition CoCA Website
ZEROWAVEMarch 4th – May 18th
Contemporary Arts Center, Torun, Poland