Marisa Olson is an artist, writer, and media theorist. Her interdisciplinary work combines performance, video, drawing and installation to address the cultural history of technology, the politics of participation in pop culture and the aesthetics of failure. These works have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou, Tate(s) Modern + Liverpool, New Museum, the Nam June Paik Art Center, British Film Institute, Sundance Film Festival, Performa Biennial; commissioned and collected by the Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Houston Center for Photography, Experimental Television Center, and PS122; and reviewed in Artforum, Art21, the NY Times, Frieze, Liberation, the Globe & Mail, Folha de Sao Paolo, the Village Voice, and elsewhere.
Marisa Olson has written widely on the relationship between art, politics and media technology. In her essay “Lost Not Found: The Circulation of Images in Digital Visual Culture” (2008), she has coined the term Post-Internet Art, which she has addressed in subsequent publications and also in her curatorial work. She has organised exhibitions in leading institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum, SFMOMA, and Rhizome/New Museum, where she was previously editor and curator.