Olga Kisseleva

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • Sorbonne University, Art & Science Institute, _Professor

ISEA Bio(s) Available:

  • ISEA2011

    Olga Kisseleva, Russia/France. Born in St. Petersburg (1965), Olga Kisseleva belongs to the first generation of Russian intelligentsia after Perestroika.  From the middle of the 90s, on the invitation of the Fulbright Foundation she found a roof for her work in the research group which dealt with the development of digital technologies. In 1996 she is getting her PhD and she is invited to teach New Media and Contemporary Art in Sorbonne, where she runs the “Art&Science” international program. Olga Kisseleva’s exhibitions include: Centre Pompidou, KIASMA , Guggenheim Bilbao, National Center for Contemporary Art (Moscow), MOMA (NY), ARC (Paris), Reina Sofia, Venice, Moscow, Dakar, Lyon, Tirana and Istanbul Biennal. The artist Olga Kisseleva’s approach to her work is much the same as a scientist’s. A discrepancy detected during a procedure or within the workings of a structure oblige her to formulate a hypothesis, in order to explain the complication in question, and wherever possible, to propose a solution to the problem.  She then determines the skills necessary to pursue the relative study, and commissions the research. The artist calls upon exact sciences, on genetic biology, geophysics, and also on political and social sciences. She proceeds with her experiments, calculations and analyses, while strictly respecting the methods of the scientific domain in question.  Her artistic hypothesis is thus verified and approved by a strictly scientific method. In each of Olga Kisseleva’s projects, at each stage of its development, from the initial draft (when the context is taken into consideration), until the moment when the indications allowing the esthetic propositions to come to light are gathered together, a line is traced upon which the different elements convened are inscribed.  This way of addressing places and people allows the artist to take on an unusual position, a kind of involvement consisting of questioning, affronting or testing the elements constituting the reality of a situation in which she can borrow from numerous mediations, supports and modes of representation as diverse as the situations themselves.  Yet it still implies, for the viewer as well as the artist, a certain faithfulness to a watchword – vigilance – returning to a principle of responsibility, and implying the establishment of open relationships between the different elements brought into play by esthetic propositions.


    Director, Art and Science Program, CERAP, Faculty of Arts, University of Paris, France. Olga Kisseleva, born in St.Petersburg, Russia, 1965, graduated from St. Petersburg University. Olga Kisseleva belongs to the first generation of Russian intelligentsia after Perestroika, which helped to bring down the Berlin Wall and cast aside the iron curtain. From the middle of the 90s, on the invitation of the Fulbright Foundation she found a roof for her work in the research group which dealt with the development of digital technologies. In 1996 she received her PhD. Her exhibitions include: Centre Pompidou (Paris), KIASMA (Helsinki), Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao), National Centre for Contemporary Art (Moscow), ARC (Paris), Reina Sofia (Madrid), Art Institute (Chicago), Venice, Istanbul, Dakar, Tirana and Moscow Biennials.


    Olga Kisseleva, RU/FR. Born in 1965, in St Petersburg (Russia) Olga has exhibited widely. Recently in 1998; “Inter Net – Inter Da”, Galerie Pailhas, Marseille, France; Centre d’Art Contemporain de Sete, France; “Art en These”, Montpellier, France; “DADANET”, Moscou, Russia; in 1997 one-person shows at Galerie Georges Alyskewycz, Paris, France; and in 1996 at Stieglitz Museum, St Petersbourg, Russia; and 4th Contemporary Art Biennale of Saint Petersburg, Russia. Olga is, since 1996, Associated Professor at University Paul Valery Montpellier III. In 1996, Olga received a Ph.D. in Art at University of St Petersburg: thesis “Language and means of communication in the pictural art in the end of 20th century”.


    Born in 1965, in 5t Petersburg (Russia), Kisseleva received her Ph.D. in Art. Associated Professor at University Paul Valery, Montpellier, France. Education includes, 1996: Ph.D. in Art at University of St Petersburg; 1994: Master of Art and Communication at Sorbonne, Paris. Awards: 1996: Grant “Apex exchanges”, Netherlands; 1995: Grant of European Community, Media program; Scholarship Dobry-Barratz; 1994: Grant from French governement “Bourse de recherche”; 1991: Scholarship of Russian Minister for Research. Conferences: 1996: Electronic page of the IVrd St Petersburg’s Biennale of Contemporary Art (Russia); 1994: Impakt festival, Utrecht (Netherlands); 1993: Bandit-Mages, Bourges (France); El Pais de Los Tuertos, Musee National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; 1989. Personal Exhibitions include: 1997: Georges Alyskevitch gallery, Paris, France; 1996: 4th Contemporary Art Biennale of 5t Petersburg, Russia; 1995: Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastiques, Paris, France; 1993: du Barry Castle, Louveciennes, France; 1992: Jose Claeys Galery, Maastricht, Netherlands. Recent group exhibitions and festivals: 1997: Inter-net, inter-do, Roger Paihlas Gallery, Marseille, France; 1995: Vitrines, Natkin-Berta Galery, Paris, France; E-mail art, Prague, Czechoslovakia; MIA, Cannes, France; Tokyo Videofestiva I, Tokyo, Japan; 1994: Image & Son de Gentilly, Gentilly, France; Arts Electronica, Linz, Austria; El Pais de Los Tuertos, Musee Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Imagina, Monaco, Monte-Carlo; lmpakt festival, Utrecht, Netherlands; Bandit-Mages, Bourges, France; Monitor 94, Goteborg, Sweden.


Last Known Location:

  • Paris, France, French Republic

Previous Location(s):

  • St Petersburg, RU

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