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Marisa Olson
Date and place of birth
b. 1977, Ausberg, Germany
Current location
New York, NY
Year(s) of residency and/or fellowship
2014, Project Resident

Marisa Olson is an artist, writer, and organizer.

She was Artist-in-Residence at Eyebeam, Master Artist in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and has been a Visiting Artist at Yale, Brown, VCU, SAIC, Oberlin, and elsewhere in addition to serving on the faculty at RISD and NYU.

Her work has been presented by the Whitney Museum, New Museum, Venice Biennale, Fotomuseum Winterthur, C/O Berlin, National Museum of Contemporary Art-Athens, Tate Modern + Liverpool, British Film Institute, PS122, Performa Biennial, Samek Museum, Bard CCS, and she is also a founding member of the Nasty Nets internet surf club who showed at the Sundance Film Festival, New York Underground Film Festival, and elsewhere.

Her work has been written about in the New York Times, Interview, Frieze, Art in America, Art21, Folha de Sao Paolo, Liberation-Paris, Le Monde, the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail, Dis, Dazed, and her own critical writing has appeared in Artforum, e-flux, Aperture, Flash Art, Art Review, Afterimage, The Guardian, Wired, Surface, and numerous books in multiple languages.

The term Postinternet, an era discussed by many contemporary artists examining the dawn of new technology, is attributed to be coined by Marisa Olson around 2006. This era of art or creative production was defined by Olson as the creation of art following time spent utilizing and exploring the World Wide Web. The Postinternet for Marisa Olson refers to any works created after the use of the internet, and what is made is the product of this excessive computer use or indulgence of the internet. A key separation made by Marisa Olson in her definition, practice, and expansion of post internet art is that she “delineates Internet art from Post Internet art. Internet Art is on the Internet; Post Internet art is after the internet.”

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