Based in Oslo, Maren Dagny Juell received her MA from Chelsea College of Art (London) and has exhibited widely, including solo shows at Trafo Kunsthall, Trøndelag Senter For Samtidskunst, Akershus Kunstnersenter, Podium Oslo and group shows at Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art and Stavanger Kunstmuseum. Moving image works have been screened internationally including Mount Florida Screening, Glasgow and The Australian video Biennial in Melbourne.
I work with a combination of moving image works and installation/sculpture where the physical object is considered a manifestation of the more fleeting and narrative moving image. In the Virtual Reality works this duality is my main focus; an attempt to make sense of a digital world through physical objects.
In my practice, I am interested in means of control, command and instruction. The fragility of the body in VR and the (current) inclusion of the hardware and tech is included as an essential part of the work.
I use video tutorials and online forums with instruction as a disseminator of knowledge for optimisation; especially chances of survival, mental health and physical fitness.
The agent giving advice and the subject trying to calibrate this to its own need. There is an element of pedagogy in this, a didactic discourse that fails to inform and thereby seek to examine gaps in perceived inter-subjectivity.