Dr. Vanessa Bartlett is interested in ways that curatorial and arts-led research can support inquiry into wellbeing, emotion and affect in a digital age. 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.
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). She has been published in 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 curated 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.
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Aesthetic Experience, Design And Time On Device: Exploring The Psychological Impact Of Dig..
Internal Research Grant
Psychosocial curating: a theory and practice of exhibition-making at the intersection betw..
Digital design and time on device; how aesthetic experience can help to illuminate the psy..
Group Therapy: Mental Distress in a Digital Age — An Arts Based Case Study in Critical Dig..
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An arts-led psychosocial approach to digital consumption: exploring Katriona Beales Are We All Addicts Now?
Vanessa Bartlett, Patricia Morgan, Katriona Beales
Presentation | 2019
Online interfaces are increasingly designed to encourage elongated digital engagement and repetitive consumption. Amid a culture w..
Psychosocial curating: a theory and practice of exhibition-making at the intersection between health and aesthetics.
Journal article | 2019 | Medical Humanities
A recent Manifesto for a Visual Medical Humanities suggested that more in-depth analysis of the contribution of visual art to medi..
Digital design and time on device; how aesthetic experience can help to illuminate the psychological impact of living in a digital culture
Journal article | 2019 | Digital Creativity
Aesthetic techniques are increasingly used by marketeers to create enticing digital products. In this paper, I work with the aesth..
Mckenzie Postdoctoral Fellow
Culture And Communication
PhD in Art, Design and Media
University of New South Wales
MRes Humanities and Cultural Studies
Birkbeck, University of London
BA (Hons) Fine Art
Glasgow School of Art