Maren Dagny Juell is an artist working with moving image, installation and VR/AR.
Maren is born in Oslo, Norway where she currently has a studio. She received her Fine Art MA from Chelsea College of Art (UK) in 2004. Recent solo shows have been at Tenthaus (NO), Atelier Nord Oslo (NO), Trafo Kunsthall (NO), Trøndelag Senter For Samtidskunst (NO), Podium Oslo (NO). Group shows include Bergen Center for Electronic Arts (NO), Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art (NO) and Stavanger Kunstmuseum (NO) amongst others. She has participated in and made new works for various biennials including; the Riga Photography Biennial (LT) 2020, The Australian Video Biennial in Melbourne (2017 and 2019), Meta.Morf Trondheim international biennale for art and Technology (NO) 2022 and Art Encounters Biennial, Timisoara Romania 2023.
Maren Co ran the artist run gallery She Will Artspace from 2018-2021 and is teaching moving image theory and practice and Einar Granum School of Fine Art.
I work with Virtual Reality (VR), film, sculpture, and installation. With absurdity and humor, the works deal with new technology and neoliberal language with a focus on human adaptability and agency. I construct scenarios and narratives borrowed from sci-fi literature, computer games, and online informational videos. These instructions are used as a disseminator of knowledge for optimisation; especially chances of survival, mental health and physical fitness.
In VR, I investigate embodiment by inviting the viewer to experience how the sensory apparatus can be effective in a virtual and physical space at the same time. This is used as an analogy for how the body is incorporated into economic power structures through language that praises flexibility and progression. By activating the instructions on how to use VR as part of the work, I investigate how one can improve oneself, via instructions. The fragility of the body in VR and the inclusion of hardware and tech is included as an essential parts of the work.