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Mark J.V. Olson

Mark J.V. Olson

Associate Professor of the Practice of Visual & Media Studies

Mark J.V. Olson is Associate Professor of the Practice of Visual & Media Studies in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and also currently serves as Faculty Advisor for Technology at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

In his research and teaching, Olson is committed to cultivating literacies in “critical making”—drawing on the critical and analytic repertoires of the theoretical and historical humanities while cultivating proficient practice at the intersection of the creative arts, computer science, electrical engineering, medicine, and the life sciences.


Mark J.V. Olson will be speaking at the MuseumNext Digital Summit 2024:

Curated by Artificial Intelligence

In 2023 Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University embarked on an experiment to use AI to curate an exhibition from the museum’s collection. This was, to our knowledge, the first time a museum has done so.

While museum professionals are far from relinquishing control of exhibition making and interpretation, this exercise was a powerful way to explore the applications of AI in the creative realm as related to curatorial authorship and expertise, the subjectivity of the selection process, and the future impact of technology on museums.

Mark J.V. Olson