Eric John Olson

Seattle, WA

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.


We Are a Crowd of Others

September 19, 2016 - January 28, 2017

Artists Gail Grinnell, Sam Wildman, and Eric John Olson used their residency at MadArt Studio to weave together an expansive, textile-based installation. 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....

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