Marisa Olson

Return of the Object + The Disorder of Things @ Kvalitar, Sep 10 – Nov 6

10 September 2015

Prague’s Kvalitar gallery is opening two new exhibitions curated by Václav Janoščík this month, with Marisa Olson‘s Return of the Object and the group exhibition The Disorder of Things, both opening September 10 and running until November 6.

The introduction of the two simultaneous exhibitions is Janoščík’s response to the “renewed interest in the object” brought about by the advent of the internet and its various modes of interaction. New York-based German artist Olson opens her solo show, addressing the shift of the virtual from novel or “unreal” to intimate and very real with her notion of post-internet.

The second exhibition, The Disorder of Things, brings together 16 different artists, working independently to create diverse and distinctive perspectives on the being of an object. Among the participating artists are Iain Ball, Constant Dullaart, Martin Kohout, and Nik Timková.

See the joint exhibition page for details. **


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Les Oracles @ XPO Gallery, Feb 12 – Apr 4

10 February 2015

Paris’s XPO Gallery is bringing in ten artists for a science fiction-inspired show called Les Oracles, running from February 12 to April 4.

The group show, which features an all-female lineup, includes in its lineup Julieta Aranda, Juliette Bonneviot, Caroline Delieutraz, Aleksandra Domanović, Jeanette Hayes, Kristin Lucas, Brenna Murphy, Katja Novitskova, Katie Torn, and Saya Woolfalk.

Curator Marisa Olson will also be editing an exhibition catalogue to accompany the show, designed by PWR Studio and featuring a short sci-fi work by artist Claire Evans.

The media of the show is diverse, ranging from classical modes like painting and sculpture, to experimental video and animation, and using the tropes of science fiction including dystopia, cosmology, and fantasy to restructure narratives and create alternate realities.

See the Les Oracles exhibition page for details. **


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Marisa Olson @ Transfer Gallery, Dec 15 – Jan 10

16 December 2014

Transfer Gallery is bringing Getting Ready, a solo exhibition and performance project by Marisa Olson, to its Brooklyn space from December 15 to January 10.

The artist, writer, and media theorist (and former Rhizome editor and curator) continues her interdisciplinary methodology with Getting Ready – which invokes “the anxiety of preparation for public engagement and exploring the degrees to which online participation soothes or exacerbates social alienation” – and touches on themes that have become staples in her work, like the politics of participation, gender theory, and the cultural history of technology.

Unlike most exhibitions, the performance-based project begins with no opening reception. In fact, Olson will spend the duration of the exhibition holed up in the gallery, opening the doors to the public only for a live performance and closing party on the show’s last day, enacting her performances through a web-based collaboration with NewHive multimedia publishing platform instead.

See the Transfer Gallery exhibition page for details. **

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