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Olga KISSELEVA is one of the most distinguished Russian media artists of her generation. Her artworks have been shown at numerous international exhibitions such as the Transmediale in Berlin, Venice Biennale, and at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid. In addition to her work as an artist, she teaches contemporary art at the Sorbonne.

KISSELEVA focuses in her artworks on digital technologies and their mediation of reality. Working with recent studies from genetic biology, geophysics and other scientific disciplines, Kisseleva finds conflicts in a process and, where possible, proposes a solution. While respecting the methods of these knowledge domains, she visualizes specialized information through her artistic propositions, and approaches her artistic hypotheses through the application of a scientific methodology. By examining socio-political issues such as censorship and surveillance, conquest and emigration, Kisseleva addresses the hyper-consumerist and hyper-connected tensions in contemporary society.

Lev MANOVICH: [Kisseleva’s work] is an important step in understanding what it may mean to speak using the key communication machine of our age -- digital computer.

Dmitry OZERKOV: A serious, science-based approach to art makes Kisseleva akin to the Russian avant-garde artists, who always viewed their work as an experimental effort for the good of future mankind.

Victor MISIANO: In Kisselevas work every cultural or social aspect acquires a visual power. For instance the text […] transforms itself in her art as a visual image that fascinates the eyes of the viewer.

In her installations, she uses various techniques such as nanotechnology (e.g. sur measure), video (e.g. Double Life), the web, performance and interactive interfaces. With ´Landstream´ (1997), for example, Kisseleva uses a computer program to analyse the invisible signals produced by communication technologies, transforming this data into an abstract landscape to make visible the electromagnetic pollution that surrounds us every day. In 2015, she is a participating artist in the ‘All the World’s Futures’ project at the Venice Biennale, the WRO Media Art Biennale in Warsaw, and ‘Gender in Art’ at the MOCAK in Krakow.

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