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Romeo Oriogun named Summer 2019 OICR Visiting Artist
Jun
1
to Aug 4

Romeo Oriogun named Summer 2019 OICR Visiting Artist

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Nigerian poet Romeo Oriogun is the winner of the 2017 Brunel International African Poetry Prize, with the judges calling him “an urgent new voice in African poetry.” Author of the chapbooks Burnt Men (Praxis) and The Origin of Butterflies (APBF and Akashic Books), he was shortlisted for the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets in 2017 for his manuscript My Body Is No Miracle. His poems have also appeared in the literary magazine Prairie Schooner as well as on-line at the Dissident Blog, Connotation Press, and Brittle Paper, among others. He is the Spring 2019 Scholars-at-Risk Fellow at Harvard University, an Artist Protection Fund Fellow at the Institute of International Education (IIE), and a W.E.B. DuBois Research Institute Fellow, Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University. He will join the OICR as a Visiting Artist in Summer 2019.

Read Elegy for a Burnt Friend here

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Trace Fleeman y Garcia makes poster presentation at the International Urban Wildlife Conference at Portland State University
Jun
2
to Jun 5

Trace Fleeman y Garcia makes poster presentation at the International Urban Wildlife Conference at Portland State University

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Trace Fleeman y Garcia
Poster Presentation
Portland Urban Wildlife Conference

Much contemporary discourse informing attitudes towards wildlife is based on the single proposition that humans and nonhumans belong to, and belong in, different spaces, with a few acceptable interlopers in the form of domesticated animals, animals-as-property, interspecies families, and so forth.  The concept of “urban wildlife,” in and of itself, throws the status quo into question and represents a conceptual advance, for what has not yet been adequately theorized are new types of post-species arrangements and dynamics.  As an ecologist and eco-activist, I am interested especially in the possible vacuum that might arise with the demise of species-ism, considering such a possibility as both a challenge and an opportunity for rethinking the notion of species as well as imagining radically different relationships and arrangements between humans and other animals.  With this presentation, I seek to outline not a political program but various spaces for post-species possibilities, both sacred and profane.

See conference details here

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Sep
4
to Sep 28

Maria Fernanda Nunez receives 2019 Bex Frankel Award at Vermont Studio Center

Maria Fernanda Nuñez is a Colombian-born artist based in Portland, Oregon.  After spending her formative years in Bogotá, where she studied photography at the Zone Five School of Film and Photography, she relocated to the United States in 2011 to pursue a BFA in Sculpture at the California College of the Arts, which she completed in 2015.  Upon graduation, she worked as a furniture apprentice in Houston, Texas, where she also participated in a home-building project, and, later, attended the Penland School of Crafts, where she studied blacksmithing and metalwork.  In 2016, she was a Resident Intern at the Headlands Center for the Arts and the following year was awarded a Windgate Craft Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, for which she served as a juror in 2018.  During her time in Portland, she has shown and performed work at the ADX Annex Gallery and Screaming Sky Gallery and is currently completing a Graduate Certificate in Critical Theory and Creative Research at the Oregon Institute for Creative Research, where she also works as a design and research assistant.  Although her interests are multifarious and interdisciplinary, much of her work is sculpture-based, utilizing a wide range of materials and focusing on themes of hybridity and liminality.  Her latest body of work, “Fragments of the Incorruptible Corpse,” draws upon a collection of nonfiction writing and drawings as well as video and installation components.

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Brian Liu to present paper at Progressive Connexions' Vienna Conference on Friendship
Sep
23
4:00 PM16:00

Brian Liu to present paper at Progressive Connexions' Vienna Conference on Friendship

Brian Liu presents Because We Are Friends; or, the Conspiracy of Friendship

Medieval historian and critic Ivan Illich proposed a search for a new askesis, a set of practices that make virtuous action possible. Friendship is, for Illich, that new askesis, the only properly human response to radical dehumanization, the reduction of people into components of the several key systems he identified and analyzed over the course of some twenty years: economic systems, transportation systems, pedagogical systems, medical systems.  Friendship is a relationship built on faith, humility, and poverty of spirit.  It is the very basis of hospitality, impelling/inviting one to say “no, thank you” to the ruling assumptions of scarcity, progress, and competition that systems catalyze and on which they rely.  “Learned and leisurely hospitality is the only antidote to the stance of deadly cleverness that is acquired in the professional pursuit of objectively secured knowledge,” notes Illich in “The Cultivation of Conspiracy” (1998).  “I remain certain that the quest for truth cannot thrive outside the nourishment of mutual trust flowering into a commitment to friendship.”  Here, twenty years down the line, in an act of homage if not pilgrimage, I return to the meditations on otherness, powerlessness, and love of “the prophet of Cuernavaca,” the means by which he believed an art of living could be established and fostered.  With the help of a wide range of diverse interlocutors, including Hannah Arendt, Emmanuel Levinas, Giorgio Agamben, Wendell Berry, and Srecko Horvat, among others, I rethink, and think through, the possibility of the sovereignty of friendship today, the relationship that exists solely in itself and for itself, and, as such, categorically refuses assimilation into, and cooptation by, any system. 

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5G Crisis - National Day of Action
May
15
3:30 PM15:30

5G Crisis - National Day of Action

On Wednesday, May 15, at 3:30 p.m., OICR, along with its partners and allies, will lead a rally in front of AT&T’s downtown location at 734 SW 3rd Ave, 97204 as part of a series of nationwide protests organized by Americans for Responsible Technology.  We join the hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens across the country calling for a moratorium on the “deployment” of Fifth Generation Wireless Technologies until further independent, on-industry-based research on the safety of this new technology is carried out.

Join us.

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AN URGENT REPORT: DEVASTATING UNITED NATIONS REPORT ON BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEMS
May
6
3:00 PM15:00

AN URGENT REPORT: DEVASTATING UNITED NATIONS REPORT ON BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEMS

AN URGENT REPORT

DEVASTATING UNITED NATIONS REPORT ON BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEMS, THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF ITS KIND TO DATE, MAKES CLEAR THAT WE MUST ACT NOW, AND IN CONCERT, TO SAVE WHAT IS LEFT OF OUR WORLD.

1,000,000 species threatened with extinction.  Nature’s Dangerous Decline “Unprecedented.”  Species Extinction Rates “Accelerating.”  Current global response insufficient. Indigenous and local knowledge drawn upon as models for the first time in addition to scientific and governmental sources. “Transformative changes” needed to restore and protect nature. Opposition from vested interests can [and must] be overcome for public good. Past predictions seriously underestimated the damage and devastation.

ACTION NECESSITATED NOW.

“The overwhelming evidence of the IPBES [Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services] Global Assessment, from a wide range of different fields of knowledge, presents an ominous picture.  The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever.  We are eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide.” 
– IPBES Chair Sir Robert Watson

Click here to read the May 6, 2019 IPBES media release
Click here to read the 39-page abbreviated report

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OICR Spring Colloquium & Artist Residency at House on Metolius
Apr
24
to Apr 27

OICR Spring Colloquium & Artist Residency at House on Metolius

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2019 CT+CR Spring Colloquium & Artist Residency at House on Metolius 

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 Dates:  Wednesday, April 24-Saturday, April 27, 2019
Theme:  “Springtime Waters” (after Gaston Bachelard’s essay “Clear Waters, Springtime Waters and Running Waters”)
Faculty:  Anne-Marie Oliver and Barry Sanders, Directors
Chef:  Emily Squandra
Participants:  Erika M. Anderson, Trace Fleeman y Garcia, Emily Hyde, Brian Liu, Maria Fernanda Nuñez, Sophie Sumney-Koivisto, Nicholas Tarter, Mark Tracy
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SCHEDULE

Dates:  Wednesday, April 24-Saturday, April 27, 2019
Theme:  “Springtime Waters” (after Gaston Bachelard’s essay “Clear Waters, Springtime Waters and Running Waters”)
Faculty:  Anne-Marie Oliver and Barry Sanders, Directors
Chef:  Emily Squandra
Participants:  Erika M. Anderson, Trace Fleeman y Garcia, Emily Hyde, Brian Liu, Maria Fernanda Nuñez, Sophie Sumney-Koivisto, Nicholas Tarter, Mark Tracy

WEDNESDAY, April 24

12:30 p.m.:  convene in front of the Attic Institute
1:00 p.m.: depart Portland for House on Metolius, Camp Sherman
4:00-6:30 p.m.:  settling in (snacks available in Eleanor’s Cottage)
6:30-8:00 p.m.:  celebratory inaugural dinner
8:30 p.m.:  desert films, followed by group discussion

THURSDAY, April 25

8:30-9:30 a.m.:  breakfast
10:00-12:30 a.m.:  Seminar 1
1:00-2:00 p.m.:  lunch
2:30-5:30 p.m.:  Seminar 2
5:30-6:00 p.m.:  roam and wander
6:30-8:00 p.m.:  dinner
8:30 p.m.:  desert films, followed by group discussion

FRIDAY, April 26

8:30-9:30 a.m.:  breakfast
10:00 a.m.:  depart for Richardson’s Ranch, where we will spend the day rockhounding
1:30 p.m.:  lunch in Bend
7:30 p.m.:  dinner back at House on Metolius

SATURDAY, April 27

8:30-9:30 a.m.:  breakfast & recap, “Springtime Waters”
9:30-10:30 a.m.:  pack up
11:00 a.m.:  head back towards Portland

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READINGS

Seminar 1

Gaston Bachelard, selections from Water and Dreams: “Clear Waters, Springtime Waters and Running Waters,” 19-43, and “The Supremacy of Fresh Water,” 151-157

Gaston Bachelard, “Water Lilies or Surprises of a Summer's Dawn,” The Right to Dream, 3-6

Madame Michelet, “River Scenery” (final section on the Mississippi), Nature or the Poetry of Earth & Sea, 271-275 (with 200 b/w illustrations by Giacomelli)

Julia Kristeva, “Narcissus: The New Insanity,” Tales of Love, 103-121

Seminar 2

Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, & Murray Silverstein, selections from A Pattern Language: “Access to Water,” 135-138, and “Pools and Streams,” 322-327

David Laskin, “Writer's Weather,” Rains All the Time, 151-185

F. Batmanghelidj, “The New Paradigm,” Your Body's Many Cries for Water, 13-24

B. C. J. Zoeteman, “Introduction,” Sensory Assessment of Water Quality, 1-18

Seminar 3 (PDX)

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, “The Perceptual Faith and Reflection,” The Visible and the Invisible, 28-49

Gérard Genette, “Failing Natural Languages,” Mimologics, 201-247

Sir James George Frazer, selections from The New Golden Bough:  “The Magical Control of the Weather,” 38-53, “Departmental Kings of Nature,” 70-72, and “Primitive Theogamy,” “Egeria and Numa," and "Roman Kings,” 96-100

Elias Canetti, “Crowd Symbols” (“Rivers,” especially), Crowds and Power, 75-90

FILMS

Andrei Tarkovsky, Stalkr (Soviet Union, 1973), 183 minutes (original cut: 205 minutes)

Chris Marker, Sans Soleil  (France, 1983), 100 minutes

Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild (USA, 2012), 93 minutes

Elia Kazan, Wild River (USA, 1960), 52 minutes

Roman Polanski, Chinatown (USA, 1974), 131 minutes

Icíar Bollaín, Tambien la Lluvia (Even the Rain) (Spain/Mexico/France, 2010), 104 minutes

Steven Zaillian, A Civil Action (USA, 1998), 115 minutes

Robert Redford, The Milagro Beanfield War (USA, 1988), 117 minutes

Steven Soderbergh, Erin Brockovich (USA, 2000), 130 minutes

*The last six films are cited on the website of the Water and Society group at Michigan State University, to which we offer our appreciation.  For more information on this group, visit <www.waterandsociety.leadr.msu.edu>.

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Sebastian Matthews presents "Hybridity"
Mar
29
12:30 PM12:30

Sebastian Matthews presents "Hybridity"

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Sebastian Matthews is the author of the memoir In My Father’s Footsteps (W.W. Norton & Co.) as well as two collections of poetry, We Generous and Miracle Day, both published by Red Hen Press.  A third collection, Beginner’s Guide to a Head-on Collision, was published by Red Hen in 2017.  His poetry and prose have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, Blackbird, The Common, From the Fishouse, Georgia Review, Massachusetts Review, New England Review, Poets & Writers, storySouth, The Sun, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, Writer’s Almanac, and Writer’s Chronicle, among others.  He earned an MFA in Fiction from the University of Michigan, and has taught in the Undergraduate Writing Program, Warren Wilson College; Great Smokies Writing Program, University of North Carolina, Asheville; and the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing, Queen’s University of Charlotte as well as serving as a Visiting Writer at a host of institutions, including Franklin and Marshall, Institute of American Indian Arts, Pitzer College, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (Meacham Conference), UNC-Wilmington’s Writers Week, and the Vermont Studio Center, among others.  

He is the recipient of fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council, Vermont Studio Center, and Asheville Area Arts Council, as well being awarded a Bernard DeVoto Fellowship in Nonfiction at the Bread Loaf Writers Conference.  Formerly the editor of Rivendell, a place-based literary journal, he now serves on the editorial board of Q Avenue Press, where he designs, edits, and produces collaborative chapbooks and letterpress broadsides.  In addition, he has served as poetry editor for Ecotone: Re-Imagining Place and as guest editor at the Asheville Poetry Review, working with editor Keith Flynn on its jazz issue.  His collages have been exhibited at Asheville Book Works and William King Museum’s Contemporary Regional Gallery and featured in Asheville Poetry Review, Café Review, and Iron Horse Review.  He curated the show From BMC to NYC: The Tutelary Years of Ray Johnson (1943-1967) for the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center as well as edited the exhibition catalogue.  He is a member of the Advisory Board for Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts & Letters

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Trace Fleeman y Garcia presents his work at the 50th Anniversary Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association
Mar
21
to Mar 24

Trace Fleeman y Garcia presents his work at the 50th Anniversary Convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association

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Convention Theme: Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples

Washington, D.C.

March 21-24, 2019

PANEL
11.7 Memory, Time, and the Aftermath: Visualizing Histories That Hurt in the Americas (Roundtable)

Chair:  Campbell Birch, Columbia University
Chair:  Daniella Wurst, Columbia University

Cultural Studies and Media Studies & Interdisciplinary Humanities

“Time, Photography, and the Interstitial Moment in Franz Krajnik’s Uchuraccay”
Daniella Wurst, Columbia University 

“Scar Tissue:  Indigeneous Identity, Colonialism, and Undecidability in Chicanx Visual Art”
Trace Fleeman y Garcia, Oregon Institute for Creative Research

“Layering Traumas:  Jewish Narratives of Holocaust and Dictatorship in the Southern Cone”
Charlotte Gartenberg, Graduate Center, CUNY

“Winesburg, Ohio (1919) and Sad Small Communities in American Films a Century Later”
Michael West, University of Pittsburgh

“Regarding the Pain of the Past:  Red Records, Racial Terror, Memory Museums”
Campbell Birch, Columbia University


“Scar Tissue:  Indigeneous Identity, Colonialism, and Undecidability in Chicanx Visual Art”
Trace Fleeman y Garcia, Oregon Institute for Creative Research

Abstract:  In 1962, Richard Chavez, brother of the better-known Chicano labor activist Cesar Chavez, designed the now famous logo of the National Farm Workers Association: an upturned Aztec pyramid in black, transformed into an eagle, the traditional symbol for Mexico since pre-Columbian times.  This was neither the first nor the last reference to a pre-colonial history during the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement: From murals and flags to tattoos and decorative car hoods, a pervasive folk memory of a noble indigenous past persists as well as the ever-present scar tissue of 1492.  Intentional or not, the use of indigenous imagery in la causa elicits a clear narrative, that of a native people who, colonized by a foreign, outside power, now wield their own heritage as a weapon in la lucha, the fight—a view at odds with that of Anglo-Americans, which relegates the Chicanx to the outside margins of society as immigrants, an external threat to white hegemony.  From this perspective, the position of the Chicanx is undecidable and Chicanismx uniquely revolutionary at multiple levels.  The colonial structure is unable to classify Chicanxs according to its constituent oppositions, the wide variety of races in cohesive Latin-American communities completely disrupting racial biopolitics, while Folk Catholicism, with its traces of indigenous syncretism, complicates Christian-pagan schemas, and the presence of Spanish and Nahuatl names in ex-Mexican states betrays the archetype of the Mexican immigrant. Through a semiotic analysis of Chicanx visual culture, novel and self-consistent systems of thought can be uncovered, with their ultimate origin rooted in the folk memory of ancient civilizations and their downfall occurring at the hands of Western Europeans. Only apparently absent, these older structures continue to underpin, and determine, Latinx identity.  Pre-Columbian institutions survive, their material forms having been re-configured into new, and sometimes unpredictable, abstract and visual manifestations.



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OICR Cohort to attend the 8th Annual Animal Law Symposium, Lewis &amp; Clark Law School
Mar
15
9:30 AM09:30

OICR Cohort to attend the 8th Annual Animal Law Symposium, Lewis & Clark Law School

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ALR’s 8th Annual Symposium

Date: March 15
Location: Law Campus

Animal Law Review invites you to join Lewis & Clark Law School’s 8th Annual Animal Law Review Symposium on Friday, March 15, 2019. Every year our Annual Animal Law Symposium has a theme that reflects the dynamic and groundbreaking nature of the animal law field. The theme for our symposium this year is Cycles of Violence: Examining the Relationship Between Human and Nonhuman Animal Oppression and Exploitation.

This year’s symposium will examine the intersectional nature of the oppression and exploitation of both human and nonhuman animals, and the ways in which these dualistic systems of oppression interact to exacerbate and perpetuate one another. Animal Law Review has arranged for a special group of experts in the field to speak at this year’s symposium. 

SPEAKERS & TOPICS:

Lauren Ornelas, Founder and Executive Director, Food Empowerment Project, “Food Justice: How Your Food Choices Can Change the World”

Maneesha Deckha, Professor of Law, University of Victoria, “Decolonization, Reconciliation, and Animal Agriculture”

Mathilde Cohen, Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law,  “Toward an Interspecies Right to Breastfeed” (videoconference)

Margo DeMello, Program Director, Human Animal Studies, Animals & Society Institute, “Intersectionality in Human-Animal Studies”

Diane Balkin, Senior Staff Attorney, Criminal Justice Program, Animal Legal Defense Fund, “The Link Between Domestic Violence and Animal Cruelty”

Raj Reddy, Director, Animal Law LL.M. Program, Lewis & Clark Law School, “Coloring Outside the Lines: Reckoning with Race in the March for Animal Rights”

Jay Shooster, Of Counsel, Richman Law Group, “Why Human Rights Groups Are Beginning to Support Animal Rights, and Why Animal Rights Groups Should Support Human Rights”

Justin Marceau, Professor of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, “Beyond Cages: Animal Law and Criminal Punishment”

Russ Mead, Shared Earth Foundation Visiting Professor, Lewis & Clark Law School, “Ethics and Moral Implications”

Read more about the event here

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OICR Faculty and Students to present position papers calling for a moratorium on the implementation and installation of 5G, Portland City Council
Mar
13
12:00 PM12:00

OICR Faculty and Students to present position papers calling for a moratorium on the implementation and installation of 5G, Portland City Council

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OICR Faculty and Students will present position papers calling for a moratorium on the implementation and installation of 5G and a full-scale scientific investigation of the effects of increased radio frequency wireless emissions on humans, animals, and other life-forms, free from the influence of, and pressure by, the telecommunications industry

PORTLAND CITY COUNCIL
City Hall – 1221 SW Fourth Avenue

March 13, 2019

227. Request the federal government update studies on the potential health risks of 5G radio frequency wireless emissions and publish findings, as federal guidelines push for more rapid deployment of 5G  (Resolution introduced by Mayor Wheeler, Commissioners Eudaly and Fritz), 10 minutes requested.


See full council agenda here

Read resolution here

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Brazilian writer, journalist, and screenwriter Flávia Rocha presents "Wild Objects"
Feb
22
3:30 PM15:30

Brazilian writer, journalist, and screenwriter Flávia Rocha presents "Wild Objects"

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Brazilian writer, journalist, and screenwriter Flávia Rocha holds an M.F.A. in Writing/Poetry from Columbia University and for thirteen years was an editor for the New York-based multimedia literary magazine Rattapallax. She is the author of three books of poetry—A Casa Azul ao Meio-Dia (Travessa dos Editores, 2005), Quartos Habitáveis (Confraria do Vento, 2009) and Um País (Confraria do Vento, 2015), all published in Brazil—and her poems, essays, and translations have appeared in magazines across the U.S., U.K., Brazil, Australia, Italy, and Romania. She has worked as a reporter for the Brazilian magazines Casa Vogue, Carta Capital, República, and Bravo! and is a contributor to numerous other publications. A founder of Academia Internacional de Cinema, a film school with branches in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, she is co-writer of the feature film Birds of Neptune (2015), and is currently collaborating on the features Anatomy of the Sun and White Sky Night as well as the series The Stags.

“Wild Objects" is a conversation about the power of duende, feral poetry, surrealism, . . . when to let go and when to take control.

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Xac Denton receives the Spring 2019 OICR Fellowship in Critical Theory + Filmmaking
Feb
10
6:00 PM18:00

Xac Denton receives the Spring 2019 OICR Fellowship in Critical Theory + Filmmaking

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Xac Denton is interested in the intersection, and occasional collapse, of time and space, light and sound.  An award-winning creative producer hailing from Northwest Arkansas, he first studied Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, before enrolling at John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas, where he graduated in 2009, with a B.S. in Digital Media Arts with an emphasis in Filmmaking.  He was named Best Director at the John Brown Annual Film Festival for Destiny and Chance, a film inspired by the life and work of Philip K. Dick, as well as Best Editor for the music video This Time I’m Leaving.  In 2007, he was a visiting artist in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey, where his work, sponsored by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, was exhibited in the Saatchi Gallery.  He has worked as a video and motion-graphics producer, editor, and compositor on behalf of companies like Big-Giant, for which he created three of the video loops for Nike’s “Camp Victory” installation at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.  His film work increasingly focuses on paradoxes of time, as exemplified in Philip K. Dick’s 1978 speech “How to Build a Universe That Doesn’t Fall apart Two Days Later.”

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Salah Badis presents "Non-fiction/Self-writing"
Nov
19
7:00 PM19:00

Salah Badis presents "Non-fiction/Self-writing"

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Algerian poet, journalist, and translator Salah Badis is a Fall 2018 Resident at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa, and the inaugural IWP@OICR Writer-in-Residence.  A freelance journalist since 2012, he is a musical and cultural researcher for both print and radio and a founding member of Nafha, one of the most important cultural magazines in Algeria.  His poems and essays in Arabic have been translated into French, English, and Turkish, with his first volume of poetry, ضجرالبواخر [The Boredom of Ships], published in 2016 by Al Mutawassit Press (Milan and Beirut).  In 2017, he worked in the Algerian radio archives with French curator Yasmina Reggad for the project We Dreamed of Utopia and We Woke up Screaming.  A writer for the Algerian news site Casbah Tribune, he has also served as Visiting Editor of the literary supplement Kalimat for the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar.  He is currently working on the translation of two French novels to be published in 2018 by Barzakh Press.

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The event will take place at the Library at Literary Arts: 925 SW Washington Street, Portland, 97205.

 
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IWP@OICR Writer-in-Residence Salah Badis reads from his work at PSU
Nov
14
2:00 PM14:00

IWP@OICR Writer-in-Residence Salah Badis reads from his work at PSU

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Algerian poet, journalist, and translator Salah Badis is a Fall 2018 Resident at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa, and the inaugural IWP@OICR Writer-in-Residence.  A freelance journalist since 2012, he is a musical and cultural researcher for both print and radio and a founding member of Nafha, one of the most important cultural magazines in Algeria.  His poems and essays in Arabic have been translated into French, English, and Turkish, with his first volume of poetry, ضجرالبواخر [The Boredom of Ships], published in 2016 by Al Mutawassit Press (Milan and Beirut).  In 2017, he worked in the Algerian radio archives with French curator Yasmina Reggad for the project We Dreamed of Utopia and We Woke up Screaming.  A writer for the Algerian news site Casbah Tribune, he has also served as Visiting Editor of the literary supplement Kalimat for the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar.  He is currently working on the translation of two French novels to be published in 2018 by Barzakh Press.

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Nov
6
6:00 PM18:00

Kendal Hockin named Fall 2018 OICR Fellow in Critical Theory + Filmmaking

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Kendal Hockin has been named the Fall 2018 OICR Fellow in Critical Theory + Filmmaking.  He studied at the California College of the Arts and, later, at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where he graduated with a degree in Video as well as Sound & Performance.  He is a 2014 recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA award, which is named after Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, and devoted to fostering emerging talent in film, dance, and theater.  Creating a rich, new visual lexicon for inner reality, Hockin explores the interstices between the animate and inanimate, human and nonhuman, the quick and the dead, mimicry and legendary psychaesthenia, to cite the title of the influential 1935 essay of the late French theorist Roger Caillois of the same title. The figures that haunt his work assimilate themselves into space almost as quickly as they are induced by it. Hockin divides his time between Portland and Brooklyn, New York.

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IWP@OICR Writer-in-Residence Salah Badis
Nov
6
to Nov 20

IWP@OICR Writer-in-Residence Salah Badis

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Algerian poet, journalist, and translator Salah Badis is a Fall 2018 Resident at the International Writing Program, University of Iowa, and the inaugural IWP@OICR Writer-in-Residence.  A freelance journalist since 2012, he is a musical and cultural researcher for both print and radio and a founding member of Nafha, one of the most important cultural magazines in Algeria.  His poems and essays in Arabic have been translated into French, English, and Turkish, with his first volume of poetry, ضجرالبواخر [The Boredom of Ships], published in 2016 by Al Mutawassit Press (Milan and Beirut).  In 2017, he worked in the Algerian radio archives with French curator Yasmina Reggad for the project We Dreamed of Utopia and We Woke up Screaming.  A writer for the Algerian news site Casbah Tribune, he has also served as Visiting Editor of the literary supplement Kalimat for the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar.  He is currently working on the translation of two French novels to be published in 2018 by Barzakh Press.

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Oct
19
to Oct 21

The Sea as Seen from the Shore by Flashlight (A Reading of Poetry Devoted to the Sea, beginning with Jules Michelet’s La Mer)

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Starting with Jules Michelet’s 1861 encomium to the Sea, La Mer, with its devastatingly-named chapters (“The Genesis of the Sea,” “Fecundity,” “The Milky Sea,” “The Atom,” “Blood-Flower,” “The Law of Storms,” “The World Makers,” “Daughter of the Seas,” and so forth), this event, the title of which riffs on one of Michelet’s chapter titles, is devoted to celebrating the Sea, and we invite friends and strangers alike to join us in reading poetry devoted to the Sea.  Please bring with you what you consider to be the most beautiful poem, or piece of prose as dense as poetry, concerning the Sea:  a piece of writing that captures, limns, traces, and evokes the Sea in dazzling flashes of light.

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OICR FELLOWSHIP IN CRITICAL THEORY + FILMMAKING DEADLINE
Oct
10
to Oct 11

OICR FELLOWSHIP IN CRITICAL THEORY + FILMMAKING DEADLINE

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ANNOUNCING THE OICR FELLOWSHIP IN CRITICAL THEORY + FILMMAKING

The Oregon Institute for Creative Research: E4 announces a new fellowship at the intersection of Critical Theory and Filmmaking.  The recipient will be awarded a full-tuition scholarship to the Graduate Certificate Program in Critical Theory + Creative Research at OICR, with a stipend of $5,000, which will be disbursed in three installments at the beginning of each term.  The recipient will also be eligible for the Bex Frankel Fellowship in Film & Filmmaking at the Vermont Studio Center, a $4,000 award that covers all expenses of a month-long artist residency at the Center, in addition to a travel stipend of $1,000. 

Deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

APPLY NOW


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Sep
27
to Sep 30

OICR Faculty Named Judges for the 2018 Portland EcoFilm Festival

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The premier environmental film festival in the Pacific Northwest, the Portland EcoFilm Festival is a program of The Hollywood Theatre,Portland’s historic art-house cinema.  The festival's mission is to showcase critically important environmental films and help filmmakers by building support for newly released films, with the belief that cinema can inspire and catalyze environmental advocacy.  

For more information, please visit http://www.portlandecofilmfest.org/

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OICR's Readings for Now Series
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

OICR's Readings for Now Series

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Selections

Click to view + download PDF of readings.

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Cathy Denning announced Winner of the First OICR Prize for the Redemption of the Most Illustrious Lost, Discarded, or Forgotten Work for Making Sense of Present-Day American Crises &amp; Dilemmas
Aug
22
3:00 PM15:00

Cathy Denning announced Winner of the First OICR Prize for the Redemption of the Most Illustrious Lost, Discarded, or Forgotten Work for Making Sense of Present-Day American Crises & Dilemmas

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Announcing the Winner of the First OICR Prize for the Redemption of the Most Illustrious Lost, Discarded, or Forgotten Work for Making Sense of Present-Day American Crises & Dilemmas

Cathy Denning swiftly located a copy of Marion Mainwaring’s study John Quincy Adams and Russia: A Sketch of Early Russian-American Relations as Recorded in the Papers of the Adams Family and Some of Their Contemporaries (1965), winning the $250 cash award. The work will serve as the basis for OICR’s “Readings for Now” Seminar #4, which will be devoted to a variety of works on “Russian-American Relations,” early and late.

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Emily Hyde Awarded the Inaugural Bex Frankel Fellowship in Film &amp; Filmmaking at Vermont Studio Center
May
1
to May 31

Emily Hyde Awarded the Inaugural Bex Frankel Fellowship in Film & Filmmaking at Vermont Studio Center

OICR student and researcher Emily Hyde has been awarded the inaugural Bex Frankel Fellowship in Film & Filmmaking at Vermont Studio Center, the largest artist residency center in the country and one of the most prestigious.  A multidisciplinary artist based in Portland, Oregon, Hyde grew up in Estacada, a small logging town situated on the Clackamas River.  She earned a BFA in Intermedia with a concentration in Video and Animation at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she was the recipient of the Dorothy Lemelson Scholarship, the Intermedia Department’s Interdisciplinary Artist Merit Scholarship, the Nancy Tonkin Memorial Scholarship, the Videofest Jury Prize, the Charles Voorhies Drawing Award, and an Honorary Mention in Printmaking.  Influenced by a wide range of artists, filmmakers, writers, and theorists, including Andrei Tarkovsky, Wilhelm Worringer, Christopher Alexander, and Rudolf Otto, her work attempts to materialize a sense of wonder through light, color, and sound.  She is the recipient of a 2011 Princess Grace Award in Filmmaking.

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