News from ITP Adjunct Marisa Olson


Here is an update from ITP Adjunct Professor, Marisa Olson…

I’m premiering new works in two nice group shows opening this week:

* At the Mills College Art Museum, I’m premiering a 32-minute performance video installation, called “Golden Oldies,” in a show called “We Interrupt Your Program,” curated by Marcia Tanner and featuring work by Maria Antelman, Maja Bacevic, Maria Friberg, Nina Katchadourian, me, Julia Page, Shannon Plumb, TEXTtileJean Shin,
Renetta Sitoy, Julianne Swartz, Stephanie Syjuco, Claudia X. Valdes, Anne Walsh, & Gail Wight with RETORT. Here’s the official description:
We Interrupt Your Program is a group show of video and new media works by fourteen emerging and mid-career female artists. Through their work, the artists intervene in, reconfigure, augment, and/or re-contextualize dominant narratives of war, violence, power, science, technology, gender, and the natural environment from a feminist, or at least female, perspective. … In “Golden Oldies” I attempted to instigate communication between a CD boombox, child’s record player, and various defunct media: vinyl records, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, and CDs. Like the garbage that piles up as we upgrade our phones and computers, the detritus accumulated in these efforts gets blindly swept aside in this ultimately fruitless effort.

Note: I’ll be in Oakland to give a talk about my work at Mills, on Weds, March 12th, at 7:30pm. More info here:

* I’m also premiering my “Break Up Album (Demo)” at Cincinnati’s Reed Gallery, in a group show called “Weight of the World”: Curated by Maiza Hixson and Ryan Mulligan, “Weight of the World” testifies to art’s potential for self-healing/coping/and emotional survival. The exhibition features 17 artists, each of whom examine his/her own own life through the practice of art making, and whose works are simultaneously self-centered and universal. With subjects ranging from homemade support groups, coping with death and grief, self-actualization after a break-up, financial difficulties, and an artist place in a post 9/11 world, the show resonates with sincerity
and humble self-reflection. … “Break Up Album (Demo)” is a four-channel video project about pain as a medium, the breakup album genre, and the notion of a Demo–something that shows what an artist may (or may not) have to offer or be capable of… in hopes of getting “picked up.”

Other upcoming shows include solo shows at Philadelphia’s Vox Populi and the Esther Klein Gallery; a two-person show at Dallas’ And/Or Gallery; “Just Playing” the Edith Russ Haus, in Oldenburg, Germany (which will later travel to the Kunstraum, in Munich); a performance and installation at Scope-NY with Marc Horowitz’s Center for Improved Living; and “American Idyll” at the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnatti. More details on these and other projects will be forthcoming via email and I always post these things here:

While I’m posting links, please also check out my new sound art/ remix album, “Oh Yeah I Love You Baby”:

And some press:

*New York Magazine included my new video “96-00-04-08″ (about the similarities between US presidential elections and the Pepsi Challenge) on their list of the Top 5 Online Art Videos of 2007:

*Astria Suparak interviewed me in the Jan/Feb issue of NY Arts Magazine:

*Here’s a nice article on internet art (including my online work and my offline drawings), in the Wall Street Journal:

* And I don’t have a link, but SPOT Magazine printed photos from the Houston Ctr for Photography/Aurora Picture Show exhibit I was in, called Txt Me L8r, in their November issue.

* I also want to recommend the beautiful book for the 2005 Performa Biennial, which was just released and which includes a nice section on “We Are All Together,” the show I organized at Artists Space, in conjunction with the biennial.

Finally, I’m happy to tell you about a show that my Rhizome colleague Lauren Cornell and I co-curated for the New Museum of Contemporary Art. “Montage: Unmonumental Online” is the fourth component of the Unmonumental exhibition that inaugurates the museum’s new building. The show will feature works by an international group of fourteen emerging and midcareer artists who appropriate diverse material from the web to create new Internet-based montage. Cutting and pasting, breaking apart and re-assembling, ripping and remixing, the participating artists extend the radical practice of collage to the Internet, demonstrating how previously tried techniques can engender rich, new artistic practices. Their works incorporate varied formal elements: digital images, sound, video, or code, and also recite fictions and fantasies found online. The show goes open to the public on 2/15 and I’m moderating a panel with some of the artists, at the museum, on 2/16. More details can be found here:

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008
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