My work deals with the history of cinema spectatorship, focusing on its viewers, as they have also become performers on the many cyber stages available today. When everyone is both a viewer and a “star”, it becomes hard to draw the line between exhibitionism, voyeurism and spectatorship. My work owns this culture in order to dialog with it, exaggerating patterns of behavior and reflecting on the formation of one’s identity and desire through the contemporary everyday experience. In terms of the cinematic archive in each viewer’s mind, I break down cultural fantasies and how they come about.
I create both original footage and appropriate footage, using the actor “in character” as raw material that I manipulate, thus creating liminal spaces between actor and viewer. The work materializes as films, videos and installations, inspired by the viewer’s different experiences as a producer while provoking the limits of the spectacle.
Born in Tel-Aviv, received a BFA in Film&Video and an MFA in Fine Arts, both from the School of Visual Arts, NY. She also attended Skowhegan. Exhibitions include “Freewaves” The Hammer Museum, LA, “Qui Vive?” Moscow Biennale for young art, Moscow, “EPOS 3” The Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, “Me Pix” Rochester Contemporary Art Center, NY, “Expanded City” WRO 13th Media Art Biennale, WRO Art Center, Wroclaw, Poland, “View From Here” PS122, NY, “(IN)TANGIBLE, Taller Boricua, NY, “Convergences” The Armory, Pasedena, CA, “Color Occurrence”, MediaLab Prado, Madrid, “MOVES 10: Framing Motion” Liverpool and “Come out & play” APEXART, NY. Her work also screened at Anthology Film Archives, NY and at the Tel-Aviv Cinematheque. Residencies include Spiro Arts, UT and NES, Skagaströnd, Iceland. Oren is a grant recipient from The Jerome Foundation, The Visual Arts Fund, The School of Visual Arts and the National Board of Reviews, NY.