Designer — ES/CH
Vanessa Lorenzo Toquero is a hybrid researcher based in Lausanne. She creates fictional scenarios to put in context the use of biotechnology and DIY biology through imagined objects that usually influence in our perception of our environnent. She holds an engineering degree in industrial design (Mondragón, Spain, 2008 and Barcelona, Spain, 2010) and a Master of Media Design (HEAD – Geneva, 2016). Currently, she is an independent researcher and artist in Hybridoa, co-president of the Hackuarium biohackerspace (Renens), part of the international network of collaborative art and biohacking Hackteria and member of Utopiana Genève transdisciplinary association. She received a distinction for her final Master project “Camera Obscura et les artefacts de l’invisible” in collaboration with Biodesign for the Real World. She presented her work in La Semiosphere du Commun at Le Commun (CAC, Gevève, 2017) and TouchMe Festival (Zagreb, 2017). She earned a residency “Biofilia Urbana” at the MediaLab Prado (Madrid, 2016) and Ars Bioarctica in Subartctic Lapland (Kilpisjärvi, 2017). She presented her work on bioink and biomaterials Prin(k)t plastic, it’s fantastic! at the Istituto Svizzero del Diseno (Milan, 2016), the Salone Internationale del Mobile (Milan, 2014) and at Lift Conference (Geneva, 2015 and 2016) and LIFT (Genève, 2015).
With We Spoke Music Company and Hackuarium, she also presented her experimental music and new media work “Living instruments” at KlangMoorSchopfe (Gaïs, 2017), the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (Darmstadt, 2016), in Le Bourg (Lausanne, 2016) and was part of the colaborative Kammer Klang Program at Project Space with a performance in Cafe Oto (London, 2017). She organises and designs collaborative workshops about biodesign, ideation and biohacking with Hackuarium (Great Lausanne), Utopiana (Geneva) and collaborates with the Open Science School (CRI, Paris).
Vanessa Lorenzo Toquero – Inhabiting the Toxic Jungle
From cyborg moss to bacterial super powers
Most interactions between humans and the Earth are mediated through technological objects, often influenced by a dualism that separates nature from culture; they filter out a wide range of data streamed from…