About me

Dr. Vanessa Bartlett is a researcher and curator born in the Northwest of England and currently living and working in Melbourne, Australia. She is interested in ways that curatorial and arts-led research can support inquiry into emotion and affect in a digital age. She has a track record of scholarly research and practice across digital art, curating, art and science, practice-led research and digitally mediated performance.

Her current project explores artists’ responses to ‘persuasive design’ — design techniques used in social and commercial interfaces to encourage consumption or increase time on device. She asks how artists might illuminate what persuasive designers overlook; the social, sensory and affective repercussions of behavioural and emotional regulation.

Vanessa has edited two books for award-winning academic publisher Liverpool University Press (UK), the most recent of which was co-edited with neuroscience researcher Henrietta Bowden Jones (OBE). She has been published in the most esteemed digital arts journals; Digital Creativity, Leonardo and International of Journal of Performance Art and Digital Media, and twice in proceedings of the International Symposium of Electronic Arts. Her exhibitions at major international arts spaces, such as FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), UNSW Galleries and Furtherfield, have been seen by over 40,000 people internationally and have featured in The Guardian, Creative Review and BBC Radio 4.

Originally trained as an artist, Vanessa has produced and curated ambitious projects with a range of international visual and performance artists such as Brody Condon, Ubermorgen, the vacuum cleaner and Hanna Tuulikki. She has delivered talks and workshops at Tate (Liverpool), The Science Museum (London) Wellcome Collection (London) and Grey Projects (Singapore).

In January 2020 Vanessa was appointed McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

5 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hello, I’m a Creative/Development Producer-Series Television in Vancouver, B.C., Canada & have always enjoyed your articles. Did you run the half marathon in aid of St.Mungo’s?. I have always been a supporter of art’s for mental health and have put together a group who are in pre production of a Canadian film screening event for this summer in aid of Vancouver Detox and Coastal Mental Health. May I keep you informed on the progress of our film screening event?
    Peter Carr

  2. Hi Vanessa, someone just mentioned you to me and I wondered if you’d be interested in our event in Nottingham 23-27 Feb 2015. Arcintex is a research network for smart textiles, interaction design and architecture, and we’re running a series of workshops and symposium with the theme of mental wellbeing, particualrly through the lens of the Person Centred Approach (attached to an EPSRC project). It’s free and you can register at http://arcintex.hb.se/.
    Best wishes, hope to make it up to FACT, Sarah

  3. Hi Sarah,

    I am sorry that I am only just replying to this. With the exhibition about to go live at FACT I am in the peak of a very busy period! Sadly it wasn’t possible for me to get to this, due to other deadlines etc. However I love that you are using a ‘Personal Centred Approach’ and hope to hear more about your projects in the future

  4. Hi Vanessa,I’m a student from MA Curating and Collections. I am very interested in using the visual matrix in curation, and preparing for an exhibition in China based on your theory. In the preparatory process, I have encountered some specific problems, and I will be highly appreciated if you can give me some comments and advice on my exhibition.

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