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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.

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Emily Hyde Awarded the Inaugural Bex Frankel Fellowship in Film & 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

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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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Apr
19
to Apr 21

Coleman Gariety to present "Heidegger in the Night Kitchen" at the "What Is Universe?" Conference, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon

OICR special student Coleman Gariety will present his paper "Heidegger in the Night Kitchen" at the "What Is Universe?" Conference, sponsored by the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon, April 19-21, 2018. In this work, Gariety explores the role of the apparatus in the work of artist Maurice Sendak (in particular, the elaborate culinary machines of The Night Kitchen) through Martin Heidegger's phenomenological theory of World and D.W. Winnicott's psychoanalytic theory of Self. Specifically, he employs these theories as methods for investigating the means by which the child, in striving to develop a capacity for Going-on-being-toward-death, attempts to protect his own meaningful world from the bizarre, indifferent World of the (adult) Other.  If the technological apparatus is introduced into the world of the child at the wrong time in the maturational process, these critically important if intensely fragile processes could be altered with detrimental, perhaps catastrophic, effect. Both phenomenology and psychoanalysis may require re-evaluation and reconfiguration as methods of contemporary critique and self-understanding at the very point at which technology, having entered everyone’s night kitchen, stands in need of radical critique.

 

 

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Feb
16
4:30 PM16:30

Presentation and Workshop by Ryan Wilson Paulsen: “Art & Mental Health; Or, The Necessity of Self Care”

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left: Ryan Wilson Paulsen; right: Paulsen and longtime collaborator Anna Gray

Given the devastating effects of global capitalism on our planet and growing consciousness of the oppression and inequality that characterize our social world and history, many are at a loss as to how to make a future without massive waves of violence.  Anxiety, despair, confusion, and depression are widespread; trauma is a fact not an exception.  How can we build practices centered on care for ourselves and our world?  How can art be a mode for accomplishing this work?  As social beings, self-care is more than an individual imperative to live healthier; it is a social process as well as a personal one.  Throughout the history of art, we find many examples of artists expressing the unspeakable, the internal, and the invisible, using visual expression as a process to care for themselves and to connect to others.  Contemporary artists have engaged with issues of mental health and self-care from many perspectives as well, utilizing therapeutic or advocacy practices, working therapeutically and empathically.  This talk and workshop explore and problematize representations of mental health and self-care in our contemporary world, using examples from art and music to begin suggesting a way forward.

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OICR is proud to announce its affiliation with the International Writing Program, University of Iowa 
Feb
14
4:00 PM16:00

OICR is proud to announce its affiliation with the International Writing Program, University of Iowa 

The Oregon Institute for Creative Research proudly announces an affiliation with the International Writing Program, one of the nation’s key cultural exchanges, at the University of Iowa, the premier center for creative writing.  Under the leadership of writer Christopher Merrill, the IWP selects each year thirty to thirty-five writers from around the world to trade ideas and visions with writers from the USA.  Designed for emerging and established creative writers who have published at least one book, the program recently celebrated its fiftieth anniversary.  Since 1967, over 1,400 writers from more than 150 countries have participated in the IWP residency, which lasts from late August to mid-November, after which time select writers take up short residencies at other institutions in various parts of the country.  This year, the Oregon Institute for Creative Research has been chosen as one of a handful of institutions across the country to host an IWP writer, who will interact with OICR students and the wider community while exploring the natural and cultural wonders of the state.

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OICR's "Readings for Now" Series
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

OICR's "Readings for Now" Series

Are there writings and records that might help us understand what is happening now? Join us for a roundtable discussion on Thursday, September 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m., at Mother Foucault's Bookshop. Our readings include Hannah Arendt, “Lying in Politics"; Vilém Flusser, “Criteria—Crisis—Criticism”; Georg Simmel “Knowledge, Truth, and Falsehood in Human Relations"; Henri Lefebvre, “The Idea of Reality"; and Theodor W. Adorno, “Opinion Delusion Society"--and can be found on this website.

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OICR Spring Colloquium & Artist Residency @ Caldera
Apr
11
to Apr 14

OICR Spring Colloquium & Artist Residency @ Caldera

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 Dates: Tuesday, April 11-Friday, April 14, 2017
 Theme: “Defactualization and Its Discontents; Or, The New Unreality”
 Faculty: Anne-Marie Oliver, Oregon Institute for Creative Research; Barry Sanders, Oregon Institute for Creative Research; Kathleen Eamon, Evergreen State College; Shaw Osha, Evergreen State College
 Chef: Max Germano
 Sous-chef: Cydney Lipscom
 Participants: Laura Birchard, Natassia Haas, Emily Hyde, Taryn Tomasello, Mark Tracy, Daniel Dubiel, Andrew Woods, JR  Rothfuss, Maia Rasmussen, Madeline Weltchek, Ryan Fazio, Garrett Bailey, Natalie Schultz-Purves, Aiden Skogheim

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OICR Spring Colloquium & Artist Residency Schedule

 

 

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The Coming Prehuman (A Peculiar Relation to Life and Life-Time): Two Perspectives, "What Is Life?" Conference, University of Oregon
Apr
8
11:30 AM11:30

The Coming Prehuman (A Peculiar Relation to Life and Life-Time): Two Perspectives, "What Is Life?" Conference, University of Oregon

In this talk, we locate (in)distinguishability as a singularly important criterion and 21st-century challenge, examining what seems to be a deep resemblance and mutual implicature of electro-optical media, synthetic biology, quandaries of verification, socio-political madness, and the inability to distinguish between sleep and wakefulness, “life” and “Life itself,” the living and the dead.

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"Two thousand years after Plato wrote it seems as if not only the gods but the wise have abandoned us, and left us alone with our partial knowledge and our ignorance."
Jan
20
to Jan 27

"Two thousand years after Plato wrote it seems as if not only the gods but the wise have abandoned us, and left us alone with our partial knowledge and our ignorance."

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Join us for a roundtable discussion on a range of critical topics, from the growing indistinction of the real and the fake to the threatened disappearance of politics as a system of challenge, contest, and negotiation.

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