Born in Los Angeles, Oli Sorenson has lived and worked in London (UK) between 1999 and 2010, to combine his artistic activities with curatorial work (including several events at Tate Britain, the Institute of Contemporary Art and the British Film Institute). Sorenson has often exhibited internationally, including at the Millennium Museum (Beijing), the Media Art Institute (Amsterdam), ZKM (Karlsruhe) and DokFest (Kassel). He performs regularly in media festivals such as ISEA (Helsinki and Nagoya), Mapping Festival (Geneva) and MAF (Bangkok). He is now based in Montreal, Canada since 2010.
Sorenson started his artistic career by subverting preconceptions of originality and identity in his digital and performance works, which quickly caught the attention of youth culture related events. He thus shot to international acclaim under the moniker “VJ Anyone” and collaborated with numerous bands such as Leftfield, MIA, Block Party, Talvin Singh and more, simultaneously to his studio production. Recognized as one of the world’s top ten VJs between 2003 and 2008 by DJ Magazine (UK), Sorenson describes his approach as that of a remix artist: “I produce art as a DJ produces music.”
This venture into the VJ world informed his gallery-based projects, particularly in regards to digital production. He is fascinated by the overabundance of online content, which he thinks refrains creators from producing anymore new or original works and instead promotes the practices of sampling and sharing. In a similar way that pre-modern oral traditions endorse artists to revisit previous masterpieces, Sorenson often redirects the work of established contemporary artists towards directions they have not yet explored.