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65 5th Ave, Room 411
New York, NY, 10003
United States

Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought at the New School incubates advanced transdisciplinary research and practice at the intersection of social theory and design and fosters dialogue on related themes across the university.

Jeanine Oleson


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Jeanine Oleson


With Conduct Matters Jeanine Oleson explores conduction as a material, political, musical, and ethical phenomenon in collaboration with an ensemble cast who take the production cycle of copper as the ground to examine communication, technology, and the sensory. This recent work of interrelated performances, objects, and videos is based in research on contemporary conditions of lived experience and the irreconcilable relationships between bodies, labor, resources, and art. With humor, pathos, and an interest in craft and industrial production, this project forms parafictions that are both absurd and dead serious.

Jeanine Oleson is the 2017-18 GIDEST Artist-in-Residence and an Assistant Professor of Photography at Parsons School of Design. An interdisciplinary artist, she works with images, materiality, and language which she forms into complex and humorous objects, images, videos, and performances. She has exhibited and performed at numerous venues, including the Hammer Museum, LA (2017); Commonwealth & Council, LA (2017); Coreana Museum, Seoul (2017); Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta (2016); SculptureCenter, NY (2016); Pierogi, Brooklyn (2015); and the New Museum, NY (2014).

Earlier Event: February 16
Alexander Galloway
Later Event: March 16
George E. Lewis