Vanessa is a curator and McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication at University of Melbourne. She is interested in artworks that explore the psychological experience of everyday entanglements with technology. Her current research explores artists’ responses to ‘persuasive design’ — design techniques used in social and commercial interfaces to encourage consumption or increase time on device.
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). 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.