Eric John Olson

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Eric John Olson is an artist, technologist, organizer, and educator. His work explores systems of power and their relationship to the everyday through interdisciplinary and socially-engaged art practices. He collaborates with artists, performers, organizers, and community members to co-create projects and conduct participatory research. His recent work examines speculative futures, somatics, displacement, generational exchange, and cooperation. Olson is currently researching how movement practices can shift people’s relationship to uncertain futures.

Olson holds an MFA from Portland State University in the Art & Social Practice program and a degree in Computer Science. He has worked with technology in a variety of capacities and currently designs systems at scale leveraging AI as a software architect. Olson’s art has been supported by the Seattle Art Museum OSP Residency, MadArt Studio, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Eichholz Foundation, 4Culture, The Seattle Public Library Foundation, and others.

 

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We Are a Crowd of Others, 2016

In collaboration with Gail Grinnell & Sam Wildman

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We Are a Crowd of Others was an expansive, textile-based installation by artists Gail Grinnell, Sam Wildman, and Eric John Olson. Their work featured hanging components made from hundreds of yards of spun material that had been drawn on, dyed, cut, and incorporated into the architecture of the building. We Are a Crowd of Others also included a series of public meals, performances, lectures, and re-enactments which investigated the language and resonance of ordinary acts. The public was invited to visit and observe the process as it unfolds, as well as participate in the programs happening in and around the installation from September, 2016 through January, 2017.

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