Marisa Olson
Since the beginning
Works in New York, New York United States of America

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BIO
Marisa Olson is an artist, writer, and media theorist. Her interdisciplinary work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou, Tate(s) Modern + Liverpool, the Nam June Paik Art Center, British Film Institute, Sundance Film Festival, PERFORMA Biennial, and has been commissioned and collected by the Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Houston Center for Photography, Experimental Television Center, and PS122. This work's been reviewed in Artforum, Art21, Liberation, Folha de Sao Paolo, the Village Voice, and elsewhere. New York Magazine has called Marisa one of the Top Five video artists working online, Wired has called her both funny and humorous, the New York Times once called her "anything but stupid," and the Wall Street Journal considers her their "Walkman Historian" of choice.

Marisa actively contributes to the field, writing for many major art publications, ranging from magazines & exhibition catalogs to academic journals and chapters in books on the history and theory of media art. She has served as Editor & Curator at Rhizome, the inaugural curator at Zero1, and Associate Director at SF Camerawork, whose Journal she edited. In 2013 LINK Editions will publish a retrospective anthology of over a decade of her writings on contemporary art which have helped establish a vocabulary for the criticism of new media. Meanwhile, Marisa has also curated programs at the Guggenheim, New Museum, SFMOMA, White Columns, and Artists Space. She has served on Advisory Boards for Ars Electronica, Transmediale, ISEA, the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, Creative Capital, EYEBEAM, the Getty Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Kennedy Center, and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Marisa studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths, History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz, and Rhetoric & Film Studies at UC Berkeley. She has recently been a visiting artist at Yale, Oberlin, VCU, UC-Boulder's Brakhage Symposium, Penn State, Visiting Faculty at Bard College's Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, and Visiting Faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Ox-Bow program. She previously taught at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts' new media graduate program and was Assistant Professor of New Media at SUNY-Purchase's School of Film & Media Studies. She is currently Visiting Critic at Brown University.

booomerrranganggboobooomerranrang: Nancy Holt's networked video


Nancy Holt, Boomerang (1974), still from video.

In her time on this planet, Nancy Holt came to be known as a great American Land Artist, and certainly her brilliant installations, like Utah's Sun Tunnels and collaborations with her partner Robert Smithson and their peers, are profoundly significant, but it was her work in film & video that has had the greatest personal impact on me.

I somehow didn't see Boomerang, her 1974 video performance usually credited to her collaborator Richard Serra, until I was a Ph.D. student in Linda Williams's Phenomenology of Film seminar at UC Berkeley's Rhetoric program, but the time delay was more than made up for by the work's formative resonance. In the video, made during Serra's residency at a Texas television station, a young Holt is seen sitting in an anchor's chair before a staid blue background. Despite brief station ID graphic overlays and one minute of silence in the midst of the ten-minute piece (announced as audio trouble and reminding viewers of the work's live TV origin), the work is in many ways sound-centric.


Sound and Image in Electronic Harmony


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Image: Semiconductor: Ruth Jarman and Joseph Gerhardt, 200 Nanowebbers, 2005

On Saturday, April 11th, New York's School of Visual Arts will co-present the 2009 Visual Music Marathon with the New York Digital Salon and Northeastern University. Promising genre-bending work from fifteen countries, the lineup crams 120 works by new media artists and digital composers into 12 hours. If it's true, as is often said, that MTV killed the attention spans of Generations X and Y, this six-minute-per-piece average ought to suit most festivalgoers' minds, and the resultant shuffling on and off stage will surely be a spectacle in its own rite. In all seriousness, this annual event is a highlight of New York's already thriving electronic music scene and promises many a treat for your eyes and ears. The illustrious organizers behind the marathon know their visual music history and want to remind readers that, "The roots of the genre date back more than two hundred years to the ocular harpsichords and color-music scales of the 18th century," and "the current art form came to fruition following the emergence of film and video in the 20th century." The remarkable ten dozen artists participating in this one-day event will bring us work incorporating such diverse materials as hand-processed film, algorithmically-generated video, visual interpretations of music, and some good old fashioned music-music. From luminaries like Oskar Fischinger, Hans Richter, and Steina Vasulka to emerging artists Joe Tekippe and Chiaki Watanabe, the program will be another star on the map that claims NYC as fertile territory for sonic exploration. - Marisa Olson

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Tagalicious


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The National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in Athens, Greece, has committed itself to curating a number of recent exhibitions of internet art. Their current show, "Tag Ties and Affective Spies," features contributions from both net vets and emerging surfers, including Christophe Bruno, Gregory Chatonsky, Paolo Cirio, JODI, Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar, Les Liens Invisibles, Personal Cinema and The Erasers, Ramsay Stirling, and Wayne Clements. The online exhibition takes an antagonistic approach to Web 2.0, citing a constant balance "between order and chaos, democracy and adhocracy." Curator Daphne Dragona raises the question of whether the social web is a preexisting platform on which people connect, or whether it is indeed constructed in the act of uploading, tagging, and disclosing previously private information about ourselves on sites like Flickr, YouTube, and Facebook. Dragona asks whether we are truly connecting and interacting, or merely broadcasting. While her curatorial statement doesn't address the issue directly, the show's title hints at the level of self-surveillance in play on these sites. Accordingly, many of the selected works take a critical, if not DIY, approach to the internet. The collective Les Liens Invisibles tends to create works that make an ironic mash-up of the often divergent mantras of tactical media, culture jamming, surrealism, and situationism. In their Subvertr, they encourage Flickr users to "subverTag" their posted images, creating an intentional disassociation between an image's content and its interpretion, with the aim of "breaking the strict rules of significance that characterize the mainstream collective imaginary..." JODI's work, Del.icio.us/ winning information (2008) exploits the limited stylistic parameters of the social bookmarking site. Using ASCII and Unicode page titles to form visual marks, a cryptic tag vocabulary, and a recursive taxonomy, their fun-to-follow site critiques the broader content of the web ...

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Reappearance of the Undead


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In 1997, internet art hall-of-famer Olia Lialina made a "net drama" called Agatha Appears that was written for Netscape 3 and 4 in HTML 3.2. One of the main features of the interactive narrative was the travel of the eponymous avatar across the internet. Let's just say the girl got around. But the magical illusion of the piece was that she appeared to stay still, even when links in the narrative were clicked and the viewer's address bar indicated movement to another server. But in time, both the browser and code in which the story was written became defunct and the piece unraveled as the sites previously hosting the links and files upon which Agatha was dependent disappeared or cleaned house. Such a scenario is common to early internet art (and will no doubt continue to plague the field), as ours is an upgrade culture constantly driving towards new tools, platforms, and codes. Many have debated whether to let older works whither or how it might be possible to update these works, making them compatible with new systems. For those who are interested, some of the best research on the subject has been performed by the folks affiliated with the Variable Media Initiative. Meanwhile, luddites and neophiles alike are now in luck because Agatha Appears has just undergone rejuvenation. Ela Wysocka, a restorer working at Budapest's Center for Culture & Communication Foundation has worked to overcome the sound problems, code incompatibilities, and file corruption and disappearance issues, and she's written a fascinating report about the process, here. And new collaborating hosts have jumped in line to bring the piece back to life, so that like a black and white boyfriend coming home from war, Agatha now offers us a shiny new webring as a token of ...

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In the Future-Past Tense



The fantasy of the future and the utopian promises of new technologies have always gone hand-in-hand. If the history of technology's evolution tells the story of our culture, we can also trace our present-day novelties back to the root of our anxieties about the future and the problems these devices hoped to solve. With this correlation in mind, the interactive DVD novel The Imaginary 20th Century (2007) by Norman Klein, Margo Bistis, and Andreas Kratky, jumps back to the fin de siècle era between the 19th and 20th centuries. It was a time of wonder when new technologies and their representation were wedded in documents like panoramic films of public light shows and short actualities about newfangled transportation devices called roller skates. The novel tells the story of "the Chicago World's Fair in 1893, and the story of a woman (Carrie), who in 1901, selects four men to seduce her, each with his own version of the new century" in a recombinatory visual narrative that overlaps 2,200 images culled from primary documents, architectural plans, photos, and other ephemera with an original score. The project speaks to the multiplicity of visions circulating about what the new century would hold, and it's an even more past-tense follow-up to Norman Klein's interactive novel, Bleeding Through: Layers of Los Angeles, 1920-1986 (2003). Klein's work has clearly resonated with at least eleven people, because closing this week at Otis College of Art and Design's Ben Maltz Gallery is "The Future Imaginary," an exhibition that responds to The Imaginary 20th Century with the work of artists Deborah Aschheim, Jeff Cain, Tom Jennings, Jon Kessler, Ed Osborn, Lea Rekow, Douglas Repetto, Phil Ross, Kari Rae Seekins and Aaron Drake, and Susan Simpson. Each contribution embodies the special genre of ...

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Touring Show


Rhizome is pleased to announce the opening of Touring Show, the fifth
show in our online exhibition series, Time Shares, co-presented with
the New Museum of Contemporary Art.

TOURING SHOW
http://rhizome.org/events/timeshares/touring.php
Curated by Marisa Olson

Touring Show is an online exhibition of artists' maps and 'virtual
tours' of contested spaces, ranging from the Military Industrial
Complex to the US-Mexico border, to the body. The mapping and social
organization of spaces has not only had a profound impact on the
cultures that inhabit them, it has also contributed to the development
of a number of artistic traditions, including cartography, drafting,
and landscape painting and photography. More recently, the emergence
of the artists' lectures and tours as artistic media has coincided
with the practice of 'radical cartography,' which in its most
elemental terms is the charting of a space's relationship to the
empire or ideology that governs it. Also significant to the specific
cultural moment traced here is the mingling of technology's impact on
our landscape and the use of technologies to explore and document this
terrain. The artists here offer a combination of web-based and public
projects that can be interpreted as tours in this vein. While some of
the projects read as interventions, others simply present the
information needed to navigate viewers' own subjective traversals.

TIMESHARES
Organized by Rhizome and co-presented by the New Museum of
Contemporary Art, TimeShares is a series of online exhibitions
dedicated to exploring the diversity of contemporary art based on the
Internet.

http://rhizome.org/events/timeshares/

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Marisa Olson
Editor & Curator
Rhizome at the
New Museum of Contemporary Art

DISCUSSION

Fwd: Reminder:: Conflux 2007 Call for Proposals Deadline May 10th


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Conflux 2007 will take place in Brooklyn again this September and we
want you in it! The call for proposals is at
http://confluxfestival.org and has all the information you need on how
to participate. The deadline for proposals is May 10th, which is just
around the corner..

The Conflux festival has been described as "a network of maverick
artists and unorthodox urban investigators

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Rhizome Commissions Finalists


Hello. I wanted to let you know that Rhizome members have voted and
identified 35 finalists for the 2008 Rhizome Commissions. They are
listed below.

Members can now rank the finalists, here:
http://rhizome.org/commissions/voting

And if you're not a member, you can become one here:
http://rhizome.org/support/for_individuals.rhiz

We hope you enjoy reviewing the proposals.

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AddArt
http://www.addart.eyebeam.org/

Generative Memorial: Collateral Damage
http://www.unr.edu/art/site/temp/DeLappe

FeedBlast
http://rndparty.com/2007/03/29/feedblast-rhizome-proposal/

ShiftSpace - An OpenSource Layer Above Any Website
http://www.ShiftSpace.org/rhizome

Second Life Dumpster
http://www.meineigenheim.org/dumpster

VF, Virta-Flaneurazine-SL, Proposal for Clinical Study
http://www.willpap-projects.com/VF/VirtaFlaneurazineSL.html

Perpetual Museum
http://www.adrianv.com/rhizome2007/

The Story Engine
http://digital.uncg.edu/ellis/rhizome

Ebay-Generator
http://www.ipnic.org/Ebay-Generator/commissions/rhizome_commission.html

Remote Instructions
http://www.leewalton.com/remote_Instructions.html

Art Market Scrolling Ticker (AMST)
http://www.cameandwent.com/rhizome.html

Talkboards.
http://www.marchibbins.com/rhizome.html

Cellphonia
http://cellphone.el.net/listen/rhizome2007.html

Public Apologist
http://davisanddavis.org/pa

Phrenology
melaniecrean.com/rhizome.html

Jello Time
http://www.newrafael.com/rhizome

Meet your avatar
http://sndrv.nl/meetyouravatar/

popsurrealism.tv
http://www.popsurrealism.tv/rhizome

The web ecosystem
http://sunshine.v2.nl/~rui/EcoWeb/

Spiral of Silence
http://proposals.greyisgood.eu/rhizome2007/

Amnesiac
http://a.parsons.edu/~yzkim/amnesiac.html

SYNTFARM
http://tadar.net/syntfarm/

Eavesdropping
http://www.oddible.com/eavesdropping/rhizome

Oribotics [network]
http://www.oribotics.net/rhizome2007.php

Internet Awareness Day 2008
http://52-514n13-379e.net/iad2008.html

The Wrench
http://knifeandfork.org/rhizome_submission/

R(2.0)-D(2.0)
http://www.ignivomous.org/projects/lovid/R2.0-D2.0

MIXIN, Evolution of the Remix
http://www.johnarroyo.com/proposals/rhizome/

Virtual Sweatshop Travesty (VST)
http://vst.khjeron.de/

Media Kombi
http://www.midiatatica.org/midiakombi

Snow Signal
http://www.crudeoils.us/shawn/rhizome/index.html

Beneath Memory
http://monicaong.com/proposal.html

global_mind
http://www.numuseum.nl/diversen/Rhizome/

Cycles, Elements and Spaces in Between
http://www.robertobocci.com/rhizomeproposal/cyclesrhizome.html

Acting Stranger
http://andrewjs.com/actingStranger/proposal.html

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Marisa Olson
Editor & Curator
Rhizome at the
New Museum of Contemporary Art

DISCUSSION

Fwd:_OUTVIDEO_2007_festival_


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TACTICAL MEDIA CONFERENCE-4/28-NY


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TACTICAL MEDIA CONFERENCE
Saturday, April 28, 2007

Presentations on the theory & practice of tactical media and
contemporary protest art, by graduate students in the ITP program at
NYU's Tisch School of the arts.

The presenters' talks will be grouped into three panels, to be
moderated by their Professor, Marisa Olson (Editor & Curator,
Rhizome), on the topics of Play & Consumption; Fear, Spectacle, and
the Media; and the Interfaces and Architecture of Control. These
panels will consist of both artist talks and analytical essays and
audience members will be invited to give feedback on a few works in
progress.

Venue:The Change You want to See Gallery
84 Havemeyer @ Metropolitan, Brooklyn, NY 11211
L to Bedford o Lorimer, G to Metropolitan, J/M/Z to Marcy
http://www.thechangeyouwanttosee.org

Hours:12-5 pm, Saturday, April 28, 2007

Program:

12:00Open Seating
12:15Welcome & Introduction, Marisa Olson

12:30-2Practicing Play & Consumption
Panelists: Kati London, Felipe Ribeiro, Tim McNerney, and Stefanie Wuschitz

2-3:30Fear, Spectacle, and the Media
Panelists: Armin Cooper, Emery Martin, Anjali Patel, and Ben Yee

3:30-5Interfaces & Architectures of Control
Panelists: Mushon Zer-Aviv; collaborators Nick Hasty, Josh Knowles,
and Tim Stutts; and collaborators Kunal Gupta and Tristan Perich

About the venue:
The Change You Want To See is the gallery and convergence stage run by
the activist arts collective Not An Alternative.
http://www.notanalternative.net