Star Trek TNG/TLG / Marisa Olson

Presented by ZERO1

In her work Marisa Olson often uses her own experience as a filter through which to explore the nuances of contemporary digital visual culture. Star Trek TNG/TLG (2011) is an enquiry into the performative aspects of the act of searching the internet and its relationship to the cultural values expressed in the popularity of science fiction phenomena, which also revolve around narratives of searching for intelligent life, or for answers to deeper questions about ourselves.

In the gallery, this piece manifests as a stack of floppy diskettes containing the search results of a performative effort to rewrite a negative memory. Despite its small scale, the data-totem is almost monolithic in its containment of symbolic data and signification of cultural and technological change. The data inside these shells is merely suggested, but not truly available to viewers who are only confronted with the residue of this memory.

This project is presented as part of the exhibition 
Seeking Silicon Valley at the ZERO1 Garage 
September 12-December 8, 2012 
Admission is free

Marisa Olson

lives and works in New York, NY

Artist website


Marisa Olson (b. 1977 in Augsburg, Germany) is a new media artist, curator, critic, and media theorist. Olson’s work has recently exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Centre Pompidou, Tate[s] Liverpool+Modern, FACT, Nam June Paik Art Center, the Whitney, New Museum, British Film Institute, Sundance Film Festival, EdithRuss-Haus fur Medienkunst, Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst/Montevideo, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, PERFORMA, and PS122. This work has been written about in Artforum, the New York Times, Art in America, Folha de Sao Paolo, Liberation, the Village Voice, New York Magazine, and elsewhere. She studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths, History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz, and Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. She's also written for Flash Art, Art Review, Wired, Afterimage, Planet, Art on Paper and has been Editor & Curator at Rhizome and Associate Director at SF Camerawork. She's organized shows/programs at the Guggenheim, SFMOMA, White Columns, Artists Space, and the New Museum. Olson has been Assistant Professor of New Media at SUNY-Purchase; visiting faculty at taught at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (ITP), Bard's Milton Avery Graduate Program, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s OxBox School; and is currently a Visiting Critic at Brown University.