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WellWellWell: Digital Breathing

Performance-Lecture with Marisa Olson

Marisa Olson’s work combines performance, video/new media, painting/drawing, and installation to address the cultural histories of technology and wellness, experiences of gender, and the politics of participation within pop culture.

WellWellWell is her newest performative project to consider the nature of life in the postinternet era. In her performance-lecture at C/O Berlin, Marisa Olson probes the irony of our societal Zeitgeist: the feeling, on the one hand, that the Internet is making us more and more stressed, but on the other hand, that it is the place to go to find resources for mindfulness, tranquility, spirituality, and meditation. Virtual retreats, online gurus, and meditation apps have been popular for years and are now a booming business—and not just in Silicon Valley. In times of sensory and information overload and constant availability, they purport to guide us in finding inner peace, focus, and personal nirvana. In her inter(action) with visitors and in deploying both internet-based videos & live motivational lectures, Olson has crafted an alterego persona resembling an online meditation guru with a cult following as addicted to her as they are to the internet itself. The guru‘s videos and lectures guide followers through creative visualization exercises, relaxation techniques, and heartfelt conversations about the way that digital technologies simultaneously stress us out and provide new tools for rebooting. WellWellWell is inspired by the contemporary wellness craze, but rooted in the historical relationship between cyberculture & counterculture, and continues Olson‘s ongoing interests in the history of technology.

The event will be in English and is a collaboration by C/O Berlin with the Fotomuseum Winterthur as part of SITUATIONS and the internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen.

Marisa Olson (b. 1977 in Augsburg) lives and works in New York. Her work has been presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New Museum, Fotomuseum Winterthur, National Museum of Contemporary Art-Athens, Tate Modern and Liverpool, British Film Institute, PS122, 52nd Biennale di Venezia and at Sundance Film Festival among others. Olson is also a founding member of the Nasty Nets „internet surf club“. She was Artist-in-Residence at Eyebeam, Master Artist in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and has been a Visiting Artist at Yale, Brown and NYU among others. She is the former Editor and Curator of Rhizome, and the former Associate Director of SF Camerawork; she has curated projects at the New Museum, Guggenheim, SFMOMA, White Columns, and Artists Space.

Beginn 20:30 Uhr
Tickets 5 Euro plus admission 10/6 Euro . Available online (plus booking fee) and at C/O Berlin . Box office opens 30 Min. before event . The event will be in English

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