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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 is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Parsons and an interdisciplinary artist working with images, materiality and language, which she forms into complex and humorous objects, images, videos and performances. 

JEANINE OLESON is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Parsons and an interdisciplinary artist working with images, materiality and language, which she forms into complex and humorous objects, images, videos and performances. She has exhibited and performed at venues including: Hammer Museum, LA; Commonwealth & Council, LA; Coreana Museum, Seoul (2017); Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta; SculptureCenter, NY (2016); Pierogi, Brooklyn (2015), and the New Museum, NY (2014).

Her work as a GIDEST Fellow investigates recent work comprised of performances, objects and videos concerned with global capital’s alienating effects on our consciousness through materiality and labor. This work is related to research on the conditions of copper usage in late capitalism and the irreconcilable contemporary relationship between bodies, labor, resources, and art. Oleson is working with an ensemble in live performances and videos that enact compositions based on the idea of conduction that is material, musical, and social and referencing experimental music, physical labor and speech acts. With humor, pathos and an interest in craft and industrial production, the project forms parafictions that are absurd and dead serious. 

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