Marisa Olson: In Praise of Garbage


Thursday, April 16, 6:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

Marisa Olson in person

For more than a decade, new media artist, curator, and theorist Marisa Olson has staged on- and offline interventions that shrewdly and often hilariously shed light on the politics of pop culture, histories of technology, and aesthetics of failure. Her projects take shape through an array of forms—YouTube responses to iconic feminist videos and "women's" television genres, blogs charting elaborate autobiographical performances, music videos, slide lectures, Internet searches, and physical installations of media's detritus (cassette tapes, boomboxes, laptops)—all painted gold to highlight their newly inert and geological status. In addition to these projects, her writing has served as a beacon for a generation of new media practitioners and thinkers. Olson presents an overview of her work, including a selection of videos, and discusses her thoughts on new media and the post-Internet today.

2003–14, US, multiple formats, ca 60 min + discussion

Marisa Olson (1977, Augsburg, Germany) is an artist, writer, and media theorist. Her work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale; Centre Pompidou; Tate Modern, London; Tate Liverpool; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; New Museum, New York; Nam June Paik Art Center, Korea; British Film Institute; Sundance Film Festival; PERFORMA Biennial; and P.S. 122, New York. She has also written for numerous publications, served as longtime Editor and Curator at Rhizome, and curated programs at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; New Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; White Columns, New York; and Artists Space, New York.