Vanessa Lorenzo is a researcher and trans-disciplinary designer based in Switzerland. Trained as product design engineer and media designer, she focuses on objects that address intimate interdependencies between humans and the ecologies we are embedded in. Influenced by ethno-fiction, feminist theory and speculative design methology, she creates scenarios embedding people, the more-than-human and the technologies that interweave them in order to enable odd sympathies and post-anthropocentric futures.
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.