Marilene Oliver | My data body

Opening Reception: Friday, March 31 from 7-9pm.

Alberta Printmakers (A/P) is pleased to announce our upcoming exhibition: My Data Body by artist Marilène Oliver.

This is a collaborative multimedia installation – including large format prints, artist books and virtual reality – that brings together different forms of personal data to make our many interesting data corpuses visible and manipulable.


My Data Body is a collaborative multimedia installation that includes sculptures, video projections, large format prints, an artist book, a zine, and a virtual reality artwork. My Data Body brings together various forms of personal data such as medical scans, social media, biometrics, banking and healthcare records to make our many overlapping data corpuses visible and manipulable for preservation, study and dissection in VR. In My Data Body, the medically scanned, passive, obedient, semi-transparent body becomes a data processing site that can be pulled apart, disassembled and reassembled or, as Yuval Harari warns, “monitored under the skin”.

In developing the My Data Body VR project, Oliver recognized the potential of the VR medium as a composition and layering space in which digital assets can be spatially arranged and then captured and exported as separate image layers. In this exhibition, Oliver explores this affordability to create a series of large format laser engraved spray paint paintings on paper and a large artist book composed of neon woodcuts and screenprints.


Marilène Oliver is Associate Professor of Printmaking and Media Arts at the University of Alberta. Marilène works at a crossroads between new digital technologies and traditional print and sculpture, with her finished objects bridging the virtual and real worlds. Oliver uses various scanning technologies such as MRI and CT to create artworks that invite us to materially consider our increasingly digitized selves and better understand what sociologist Deborah Lupton calls our human data collections. Marilene’s print work has been featured in several high-profile printmaking books, including Installations and Experimental Printmaking by Alexia Tala and Printmaking: a Contemporary Perspective by Paul Coldwell.

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My Data Body is an interdisciplinary and collaborative project that emerged as part of the KnowThyself as a Virtual Reality (KTVR) research project. The collaborators include Marilène Oliver (visual art), Scott Smallwood (sound), JR Carpenter (poetry) and Stephan Moore (sound).

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