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Mark Olson

Associate Professor of the Practice of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708-0766
114 South Buchanan Blvd, A262A Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, Durham, NC 27708
Office hours Fridays, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM and by appointment  

Selected Presentations & Appearances


Anatomical Theater, and the Performance of Morality (Anatomy Day Presentation) · November 18, 2013 Lecture Duke University School of Medicine / Rubenstein Library
Media & Medicine, Guest Lecture for CULANTH 424T (Medical Anthropology) · October 1, 2013 Lecture
Visualizing Venice: Teaching, Technology, Infrastructure · June 17, 2013 Lecture Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck Institut
Roundtable Moderator & Respondent: "Mapping Space & Time - Configuring Connections, Trade & Travel, Past & Present" · May 2, 2013 Lecture National Humanities Center
Learning by Making: Digital Methods and the Wired! Experiment at Duke University · March 6, 2013 Lecture Wesleyan University
Anatomical Theater, and the Performance of Morality (Anatomy Day Presentation) · November 18, 2013 Lecture Duke University School of Medicine / Rubenstein Library
Media & Medicine, Guest Lecture for CULANTH 424T (Medical Anthropology) · October 1, 2013 Lecture
Visualizing Venice: Teaching, Technology, Infrastructure · June 17, 2013 Lecture Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck Institut
Roundtable Moderator & Respondent: "Mapping Space & Time - Configuring Connections, Trade & Travel, Past & Present" · May 2, 2013 Lecture National Humanities Center
Learning by Making: Digital Methods and the Wired! Experiment at Duke University · March 6, 2013 Lecture Wesleyan University
Media & Medicine, Guest Lecture for CULANTH 424T (Medical Anthropology) · February 8, 2013 Lecture
Arduino & Processing 101: Physical Computing for Artists, Guest Lecture for MFAEDA 713 (Computational Media Studio) · January 24, 2013 Lecture
Anatomy, Anatomical Theater, and the Performance of Morality (Anatomy Day Presentation) · November 19, 2012 Lecture Duke University School of Medicine
Toward a Process Ontology for Digital Archives (Invited Keynote) · November 2, 2012 Lecture North Carolina Preservation Consortium Annual Conference, Raleigh, NC
The Rise of Robotics in Contemporary Medicine · October 24, 2012 Lecture Chautauqua Lecture Series, Duke University
Code in the Classroom: New Techniques in Pedagogy (Panel Discussion) · October 4, 2012 Lecture Graduate Student Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
What is the Wired Lab? - Opportunities for Undergraduates · September 18, 2012 Lecture First Year Advisors Meeting
Arduino & Processing 101: Physical Computing for Artists · April 12, 2012 Lecture Guest Lecture for MFAEDA 713 (Computational Media Studio)
Hacking the Humanities · March 2, 2012 Lecture Dean’s Open Faculty Forum on Teaching and Technology, Duke University
Moderator & Respondent, "Digital Museums, Archives, and Publications" (panel) · February 7, 2012 Lecture CHAT Festival 2012: Digital Arts + Humanities, Duke University
Invited Respondent, "Emergent Bodies and Embodiments" (panel) · January 20, 2012 Lecture Marxism & New Media Conference, Duke University
Media & Medicine · October 12, 2011 Lecture Guest Lecture for CULANTH 424T (Medical Anthropology)
Circuits: Performance, Technology & New Media · November 12, 2010 Lecture What is Performance Studies?, Duke University

Outreach & Engaged Scholarship


Bass Connections Team Leader - Laboratory Art in Practice · 2023 - 2024 Projects & Field Work
Bass Connections Team Leader - Laboratory Art in Practice: Building a Model for the Art/Science Lab at Duke · 2022 - 2023 Projects & Field Work
Bass Connections Team Leader - Building Duke: The Architectural History of Duke Campus from 1924 to the Present · 2019 - 2020 Projects & Field Work Bass Connections Open
Bass Connections Faculty Team Leader - Building Duke: The Architectural History of Duke Campus from 1924 to the Present · 2018 - 2019 Projects & Field Work

Primary Theme: Information, Society & Culture

Building Duke is a new three-year initiative that will be implemented in three phases: data collection and organizing (first year); data analysis and interpretation (second year); data output (third year). It will explore the conception, design and construction of the Duke University campus as well as its changes and expansions. Principal aims are to offer an historical narrative of the physical environment that the Duke community inhabits and to explore the desires and visions that have materialized in the making of the campus. This project is especially relevant at a cultural and political moment when physical space and its historical connotations are at the center of a heated public debate. The three-year initiative will culminate in a relational database of textual and visual archival material on the architectural history of Duke campus; an interactive digital 3D model of campus developments since the 1920s; a series of multimedia thematic narratives on history of the campus; and a series of augmented reality tours.

Bass Connections Faculty Team Leader - Neuroplicity: Leveraging New Media and Digital Storytelling to Connect Society to Neuroscience · 2016 - 2017 Projects & Field Work flag United States of America
Bass Connections Team Leader - Laboratory Art in Practice · 2023 - 2024 Projects & Field Work
Bass Connections Team Leader - Laboratory Art in Practice: Building a Model for the Art/Science Lab at Duke · 2022 - 2023 Projects & Field Work
Bass Connections Team Leader - Building Duke: The Architectural History of Duke Campus from 1924 to the Present · 2019 - 2020 Projects & Field Work Bass Connections Open
Bass Connections Faculty Team Leader - Building Duke: The Architectural History of Duke Campus from 1924 to the Present · 2018 - 2019 Projects & Field Work

Primary Theme: Information, Society & Culture

Building Duke is a new three-year initiative that will be implemented in three phases: data collection and organizing (first year); data analysis and interpretation (second year); data output (third year). It will explore the conception, design and construction of the Duke University campus as well as its changes and expansions. Principal aims are to offer an historical narrative of the physical environment that the Duke community inhabits and to explore the desires and visions that have materialized in the making of the campus. This project is especially relevant at a cultural and political moment when physical space and its historical connotations are at the center of a heated public debate. The three-year initiative will culminate in a relational database of textual and visual archival material on the architectural history of Duke campus; an interactive digital 3D model of campus developments since the 1920s; a series of multimedia thematic narratives on history of the campus; and a series of augmented reality tours.

Bass Connections Faculty Team Leader - Neuroplicity: Leveraging New Media and Digital Storytelling to Connect Society to Neuroscience · 2016 - 2017 Projects & Field Work flag United States of America
Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - The Lives of Things · August 2015 - May 2016 Projects & Field Work flag United States of America
Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - Neuroplicity: Leveraging New Media and Digital Storytelling to Connect Society to Neuroscience · August 2015 - May 2016 Projects & Field Work flag United States of America
Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - Neuroplicity: Leveraging New Media and Digital Storytelling to Connect Society to Neuroscience · August 2014 - May 2015 Projects & Field Work flag United States of America
Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - Visualizing Venice · August 2014 - May 2015 Projects & Field Work flag Italy
Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - The Lives of Things · August 2013 - May 2014 Projects & Field Work flag United States of America
Bass Connections Faculty Team Member - The Digital Landscape: New Technologies to Visualize Ancient Landscapes · August 2013 - May 2014 Projects & Field Work flag Italy

Service to the Profession


Reviewer : Digital Humanities Quarterly (Journal) · 2012 Editorial Activities
Tertiary Reviewer, Art Division : SIGGRAPH 2012 · 2012 Editorial Activities
Conference Planning Committee & Webmaster : 2012 CHAT Festival · August 1, 2011 - March 1, 2012 Event/Organization Administration Duke University
Visualizing Venice Steering Committee · 2011 Other
Council of Advisors, Humanities, Humanities, Arts, Science & Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC) · 2010 Editorial Activities