Mark J.V. Olson

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
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Mark Olson is Assistant Professor of the Practice of Visual & Media Studies at Duke University. He teaches courses on media (new & old – theory, practice, & history) and medicine & visual culture. As a extension of his past work with the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media & Learning Initiative, he collaborates on the development of a new interdisciplinary project that connects the study of the material culture of art history, architecture and archaeology with new media modes of representation and visualization. Olson is the former Director of New Media & Information Technologies for HASTAC (Humanties, Arts, Sciences & Technology Advanced Collaboratory) and the John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary & International Studies.


Historical and Cultural Visualization Proseminar 2

New Media, Memory, and the Visual Archive

The Museum Inside Out

Topics in Visual Studies: 3D Design Programming


Alife Arch App

Art of the Americas Interactive

Building Duke

The Lives of Things

Operating Archives: An Interactive Archive of Historical Medical Technologies

Visualizing Venice

Publications & Presentations


Lanzoni, Kristin, Olson, Mark J.V., and Szabo, Victoria E. “Wired! and Visualizing Venice: Scaling up Digital Art History.” Artl@s Bulletin. Forthcoming 2015.

Olson, Mark J.V. “Hacking the Humanities: 21st Century Literacies and the ‘Becoming-Other’ of the Humanities” in E. Belfiore and A. Upchurch (Eds.). Humanities in the Twenty-First Century : Beyond Utility and Markets. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. pp. 237-250.
doi: 10.1057/9781137361356.0021


Bruzelius, Caroline, Mark J.V. Olson, Donatella Calabi, Andrea Giordano, Victoria E. Szabo. “Visualizing Venice.” Florentia Illustrata. Digital Mapping and Techniques of Visualizing the Pre-modern Italian City. Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut. Florence, Italy. June 17, 2013.

Dillon, Sheila, Mark J.V. Olson, and Raquel Salvatella de Prada. “Wired! New Representation Technologies for Historical Materials.” Invited Presentation. C.H.A.T.: A Digital Arts and Humanities Festival, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC. February 17, 2010.

Olson, Mark J.V. “Toward a Process Ontology for Digital Archives.” Invited Keynote. North Carolina Preservation Consortium Annual Conference, Raleigh, NC. November 2, 2012.

Olson, Mark J.V. “Digital Technologies and the Social Life of Things: The Wired Lab at Duke University.” Panel Presentation, Connections and Transformations: New Technologies in the Arts and Humanities. Annual Meeting of the Southeastern College Art Conference. Greensboro, NC. November 1, 2013.

Olson, Mark J.V. “Storytelling with Sources: Open Source Digital Humanities.” Invited Lecture. Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. June 3, 2014.

Olson, Mark J.V. and Elizabeth P. Baltes, Erica Sherman, Victoria Szabo. “Digital Scholarly Communication – Notes from the Wired! Lab for Digital Historical Visualization,” HASTAC 2011 Conference, Ann Arbor, MI, December 02, 2011.

Olson, Mark J.V. and Caroline Bruzelius. “Learning by Making: Digital Methods and the Wired! Experiment at Duke University.” Invited Public Lecture. Inaugural Lecture, Wesleyan Digital and Computational Knowledge Initiative, Wesleyan University. March 6, 2013.

News & Events

Virtual Tour of the Nasher’s Cultures of the Sea

Visualizing Venice: The Ghetto of Venice

Visualizing Venice: The Waters of Venice

Visualizing Venice Wired! Workshop