Marilène Oliver

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Assistant Professor, Fine Arts
Coordinator, Media Arts/Intermedia and Sculpture

Office: 3-85 Fine Arts Building

Areas of Teaching and Research

Teaching: Studio Art with a focus in Printmaking, Sculpture, Video, and Media Arts/Intermedia

Research: Digital medical imaging and contemporary art.


BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central Saint Martins, MA and MPhil, Royal College of Art, MSc Imaging (ongoing) University of Edinburgh

Marilène Oliver works at a crossroads somewhere between new digital technologies, traditional print and sculpture, her finished objects bridging the virtual and the real worlds. She works with the body translated into data form in order to understand how it has become 'unfleshed', in the hope of understanding who or what it has become. Oliver uses various scanning technologies such as MRI, CT, and PET to reclaim the interior of the body and create works that allow us to materially contemplate our increasingly digitized selves.

Marilène Oliver was born in the UK in 1977 and studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins and then at the Royal College of Art where she obtained an MPhil with the practice based research project 'Flesh to Pixel, Flesh to Voxel, Flesh to XYZ' on the use of medical imaging in contemporary art. She is currently studying for an MSc in Imaging with the University of Edinburgh. Oliver has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe, and North America in both private and public galleries, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Academy (UK), MassMoCA, Knoxville Museum of Art (USA) Frissarias Museum (Greece) and Kunsthalle Ahlen (Germany), Casino Luxembourg (Luxembourg) and The Glenbow Museum (Canada). Her work is held in a number of private collections around the world as well as a number of public collections such as The Wellcome Trust, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Knoxville Museum of Art.

In 2018 Oliver was selected to present her research at TEDMED. Oliver leads LASERAlberta, a series of arts and science public talks affiliated with Leonardo/ ISAST and in 2019 she led and curated Dyscorpia: Future Intersections of the Body and Technology (, an interdisciplinary research-creation exhibition. She is currently working on creating virtual reality and augmented reality artworks with medical data.

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