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New York, NY, 10003
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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.

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Jeanine Oleson

Jeanine Oleson, the 2017-18 GIDEST Artist-in-Residence, is an interdisciplinary artist working with images, materiality, and language, which she forms into complex and humorous objects, images, videos, and performances. She has shown her work extensively both nationally and internationally.

JEANINE OLESON, the 2017-18 GIDEST Artist-in-Residence, is an interdisciplinary artist working with images, materiality and language, which she forms into complex and humorous objects, images, videos and performances. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Rutgers University and has shown her work extensively both nationally and internationally. 

On average, it has been theorized by geologists that tsunamis wipe out the coastline of the Pacific Northwest every 243 years. The last such tsunami occurred in 1700, creating the possibility that another is now overdue by 74 years. Oleson’s GIDEST project will be asking residents how they plan to survive this as an event and also as possibility. Oleson is also building research that examines the histories of knowledge around these predictions and information — specifically the non-human, geological, indigenous and scientifically imagined but also cross this with the specifics of class and a post-resource economy. Questions of survival and time frame the project: is living with the uncertainty of geological time more or less affective than the precarities of capitalism? How do people understand their own fragility, conditions, and agency? This project will form a video, interviews, objects, a lecture, and public programs.

GRADUATE INSTITUTE FOR DESIGN, ETHNOGRAPHY & SOCIAL THOUGHT, 63 FIFTH AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10003