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“Funny and humorous” – Wired
“Anything but stupid.” – The New York Times

While no audience participation is required, Marisa Olson will invoke the familiar persona of the self-help “guru” in encouraging viewers to think about the role of mindfulness and positive thinking in their interactions with the environment. Her message is ultimately to stop freaking and start chilling out. Expect kitsch and giggles as much as tranquility and a reawakening of your bodily senses.

Marisa Olson is an admitted internet junky and a serious bookworm. This performance is both a product and a trace of her research into fluke epistemologies, the vernacular of digital visual culture, and the intersecting histories of science and superstition, new ageism and DIY/homebrew computing culture.

If you’ll allow her to mix metaphors about body heat, global warming, and other things “hot,” she’ll reward you with a sundry selection of funny videos, chakra realigning musical jams, and the words to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Marisa Olson’s work combines performance, video, drawing & installation to address the cultural history of technology, the politics of participation in pop culture & the aesthetics of failure.


February 12 – 14, 2010
Fri at 7:30PM, Sat at 7:30 + 10pm, Sun at 5:30PM
50 minutes
$20, $15 (students/seniors)

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