As an artist Vanessa Lorenzo creates hybrid media ecologies embedding people, the more-than-human and the technologies that intertwine them. These interactive media assemblages seek to highlight the agency of the more-than-human. Trained as an industrial design engineer, she critically engages with technology to enable odd sympathies among species and foster post-anthropocentric futures. Vanessa is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and has exhibited internationally, participating in symposiums, conferences and developing workshops that focus in the radical poetry of the more-than-human. She nourishes (from) and believes (in) communities of hackers/artists working in alternative spaces to have the power to subvert the dominating role of traditional science and technology.
Vanessa holds an Engineering Degree in Product Design (Mondragón Unibertsitatea, 2008) a Post-Grade in Product Conceptualization and Development (Elisava, Barcelona, 2010) and a Master of Media Design (HEAD-Genève, 2016).
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Influenced by ethno-fiction, feminist theory and speculative design methology, she focuses on intimate interdependencies between humans and the ecologies we are embedded in, imagining a "new natural".
She has exhibited internationally at Somerset House (London, UK), 3 Days of Design (Copenhagen, DK), Triennale Milano (Milan, IT), La Gaité Lyrique (Paris, FR), Azkuna Zentroa (Bilbao, ES), Touch Me Festival (Zagreb, HR), Fak'ugesi Festival (Johannesburg, ZA), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai, CN), LABoral (Gijón, ES) and locally in Switzerland at HeK (Basel, CH), Klangmoorschopfe (Gaïs, CH), New HEADS (HEAD-Geneve, CH), Salon d'Art de Genève (Geneva, CH), Centre Durrenmat (Neuchatel, CH), Lift Conference (CIC, Geneva, CH), Node Festival (LeBourg, Lausannne, CH), or Darmstädter Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Darmstadt, DE) where she also run public workshops.
Hybrid researcher at Hybridoa, part of Hackuarium and satellite of the Hackteria network, she currently operates from Les Ateliers de Bellevaux (Lausanne). She nourishes from a community of artists / doers / hackers with a sensibility to subvert the dominating role of traditional science and technology.She organized collaborative workshops and/or discussions about speculative design, open source coding, rapid prototyping and do-it-yourself biology at Hackuarium (Ecublens, CH), Utopiana (Geneva, CH), Hackteria (International Bioart Network), Ideasquare (Cern, Geneva, CH), Medialab Prado (Madrid, ES), HEAD-Geneve (Geneva, CH), Open Fiesta (Tsinghua University, Shenzhen, CN), Open Science School (CRI Paris, Paris, FR), Bioinspired Lab (EPFL, Lausanne, CH) and Bilbao Maker Faire (Bilbao, ES) amond others.