London-based artist Ofri Cnaani addresses the omniscience of the digital in everyday life, looking at tensions between the ancient occult and contemporary technological advancements. Her works take the form of performance, print, film, and events that are executed both on location and online. Often drawing on educational protocols and procedures, such as research and teaching, Cnaani examines institutions of knowledge production from a feminist perspective.
"Statistical Bodies" brings together photographs combining techniques of self-representation found in advertising – an ironic allusion to the conspicuous exposure of subjectivity on social media – and network visualization. The images explore questions of control, spirituality, care, and extraction related to data generation, collection, archiving and monetization. The work critiques corporate uses of personal information in the service of e-capitalism, which is the ideology and mechanics of converting bodies and minds into financial assets by repurposing personal identity into a quantified self.