Exploring Hybrid Realities
Estela Oliva's work is inspired by the impact of technology and the internet in human behaviour, society and our surroundings. She creates hybrid environments in which the physical and the virtual blend, unfolding narratives and cerebral experiences. These projects come to life in experimental formats as exhibitions, programmes, experiential events, installations, web experiments, VR experiences or films.
She has produced festivals, curated exhibitions and projects around the world including Into the Wild, exhibition for Makerversity at Somerset House and New Realities, a touring exhibition which travelled to Mobile World Centre Barcelona and Espacio Fundacion Telefonica Lima. She has also produced events and projects for brands including Instagram, Sedition and Google.
Estela brings along extensive experience working in the digital sector. She launched her career working for Google UK for six years, later on she founded and co-directed Alpha-ville, a cultural agency and festival of digital culture which operated between 2009 and 2016.
Estela currently works independently as creative director, curator, and also as an artist through her project CLON, a hybrid project for art and new media. She is also founder and director of Digital & Nomad, a digital agency and studio crafting digital services, products and experiences for clients from the non-profit and commercial sectors.
CONTACT: eoliva [at] gmail dot com
Selected Artist Exhibitions
Unity /Unidade with Ana Quiroga, immersive installation. Walk&Talk 2022. Arquipelago Centro des Artes. Azores, Portugal.
META AV with Ana Quiroga and TSDOMS VR installation. ADAF - Athens Digital Arts Festival, Greece.
The Maze by CLON, screening as part of Showreel 2021, Mayfair Art Weekend, London
SPACE ZERO (0,0,0) immersive space for MMMAD (Madrid Digital Arts Festival) curated by Hyperstudio
JANMAR B17 screening curated by ThePhotoPhore for ADAF (Athens Digital Arts Festival)
The Maze for Mitologias Futuras virtual tour for Currents.fr curated by Joaquina Salgado and QoA.
TSDOMS (Extended Reality) feat NWRMNTC at Ø by Huperdub, Corsica Studios, Immersiva at Centro de Cultura Digital (MX), Centro Cultural Kirchner MUTEK (Buenos Aires, AR), Espacio Fundacion Telefonica Lima (PE)
META, AV performance with NWRMNTC at Sonar Hong Kong (China), Mirage Festival, Lyon (France), MUTEK Montreal, MUTEK Argentina, Espacio Fundacion Telefonica Lima (PE), She Makes Noise (ES), MIRA Festival (Barcelona)
Janmar B17 screening as part of Aberrations, curated by Lucas Gutierrez at Gallery Irrgang (Berlin)
Janmar B17, screenings at Art Futura Festival (London, Madrid)
META prototype presentation with NWRMNTC at Keroxen Festival, Tenerife (Spain)
TSDOMS, VR installation at Somerset House Studios (London)
Janmar B17, screening at Barbican Centre (London)
Curatorial & Director Work
New Rituals at Barbican Centre (London)
New Rituals at Barbican Centre (London)
Nocturnal City III, Somerset House Studios (London)
AV Concerts, Barbican Centre (London)
Nocturnal City, Mutek Montreal Edition (Quebec, Canada)
Nocturnal City II, Somerset House Studios (London)
Nocturnal City, Somerset House Studios (London)
The Garden of Virtual Utopias, Art Night (London)
Instagram Discover Your Story, Tate Modern (London)
Studio 01 exhibition at Somerset House Studios (London)
Somerset House Studios Launch (London)
Into the Wild: Decoding the Creative Journey, Somerset House (London)
New Realities, Fundación Telefónica Lima (Peru)
Beyond Music & Arts, Mobile World Centre, Barcelona (Spain)
IOTORAMA, Connected Beings Exhibition, Barcelona (Spain)
Dream:ON Screening, Goethe Institut (London)
New Realities Exhibition, Mobile World Centre (Barcelona)
Music + Arts, Mobile World Centre (Barcelona)
Exchange, Creative Conference by Alpha-ville, Rich Mix (London)
Ryoichi Kurokawa, AV concert curated by Alpha-ville, BFI Southbank, (London)
2012 and earlier
Alpha-ville LIVE, AV concerts, Hackney Empire, (London) 2012
Unfinity, Alpha-ville Festival (London) 2012
From Digital to Post-digital, Alpha-ville Festival of Digital Arts, Music and Culture (London) 2011
Visionary Cities, Alpha-ville Festival, Whitechapel Gallery and Rich Mix, London, 2010
ArtLab (Argentina, Online) 2021.
Somerset House Studios (London) May 2017-June 2018.
Heima Arts, (Seydisfjordour, Iceland) Jul-Sep 2017
*Please contact for extended CV or full work experience.
Talks & Public Appearances
Press & Publications
LIA: Painting with code (Interview for Sedition art, online)
Immersive Technologies and Digital Games for School Disaster Preparedness (Research paper, online)
Interview with Run Riot on Nocturnal City (online)
Interview with Zetteler for Into The Wild (online)
What are the new rituals of post-internet culture? Run Riot (online)
New Rituals at the Barbican (online)
New Realities, exhibition publication (print)