Dr. Vanessa Bartlett is a researcher and curator born in the Northwest of England and living on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, Melbourne, Australia. She is interested in ways that artists and curators reimagine technological and networked lives, particularly in relation to wellbeing, agency and ethics. Her academic work explores how curatorial and arts-led research can support understanding of emotion and affect in a digital age.
Vanessa has a track record of scholarly research and practice across digital art, curating, art and science, practice-led research and digitally mediated performance. She 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).
Vanessa’s 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, Wellcome Collection, and Grey Projects (Singapore).
In January 2020 Vanessa was appointed McKenzie Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne.