Mark JV Olson

I am Cordelia and William Laverack Family Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University, where I teach courses on media (history, theory & practice), medicine & visuality, mnemotechnologies & the politics of the archive, and new forms of visualizing historical material culture.

As an interdisciplinary visual and new media studies scholar seeking to connect history, theory and practice, my research leverages the methods and theoretical paradigms of visual studies, media archaeology and performance studies to gain critical traction on a rapidly changing set of relations between human capacities, technological systems, and forms of power and knowledge.  I am particularly interested in the technological mediation of practice, and trace this theme across a wide range of concrete contexts:  practices of surgical craft and medical care-giving; practices of visualizing historical material objects; practices of analog and digital artistic production; and finally, practices of memory and information management in the everyday conduct of creative labor.  I am currently completing a book manuscript, tentatively titled Machinic Medicine:  New Media, Medical Practice and the Emerging Techno-Politics of Care.

I am the former Director of New Media for HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) and serve on its Council of Advisors.  I also serve on the advisory boards of Information Studies + Information Science (ISIS) and the University Scholars Program at Duke.

I am also involved in several humanities labs at Duke University, including Wired:  Visualizing the Past and the S-1:  Speculative Sensation lab.