Eric John Olson is an artist, technologist, and organizer. His work explores systems of power and their relationship to lived experiences through interdisciplinary and socially engaged art practices. He collaborates with artists, performers, organizers, and community members to co-create projects and conduct participatory research. His recent work examines hopelessness, movement, participation, displacement, and intergenerational exchange. Olson is currently exploring how movement practices can shift one’s relationship to uncertain futures.
Olson is an MFA candidate at Portland State University in the Art & Social Practice program and holds a degree in Computer Science. He has worked with technology in a variety of capacities and currently designs systems at scale leveraging AI as a Software Architect. Olson’s art has been supported by the Seattle Art Museum OSP Residency, MadArt Studios, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Eichholz Foundation, 4Culture, The Seattle Public Library Foundation, and other arts and civic organizations. His projects have been written about in The Seattle Times, CityArts Magazine, Vice Magazine, The Stranger, and others.
Olson lives in Seattle, Washington, USA.