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Vanessa Lorenzo

South Africa | Artists-In-Labs, Fine Arts

Artists-In-Labs, Fine Arts

Vanessa Lorenzo lives and works in Lausanne. Her practice is situated at the intersection of Media, Design and Biology. She creates fictional scenarios to contextualize the use of technology and DIY Biology through imagined objects; hybrid ecologies that usually embed the radical poetry of the more-than-human in order to affect the perception of our environment.

She researches about the potential of design to influence the social imaginary. Based on that research Vanessa seeks to discover and develop non-anthropocentric landscapes and alternative futures. Also, she nourishes (from) and believes (in) the “middle-ground” (communities of hackers / artists / citizens working in alternative spaces), that, from Vanessa’s point of view, has the power to subvert the dominating role of traditional science and technology spheres.

Vanessa believes that this could lead to a more inclusive knowledge production. Vanessa will join the team of the South African Astronomical Observatory SAAO in Cape Town to work on her artistic project.

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