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Brazilian writer and journalist Flávia Rocha presents "Wild Objects," a conversation about the power of duende, feral poetry, surrealism, . . . when to let go and when to take control
Feb
22
3:30 PM15:30

Brazilian writer and journalist Flávia Rocha presents "Wild Objects," a conversation about the power of duende, feral poetry, surrealism, . . . when to let go and when to take control

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Brazilian writer and journalist 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, among others. 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. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

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

Trace Fleeman y Garcia to present 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 Chicanxs 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 at the hands of Western Europeans.  Only apparently absent, these structures continue to act on and in the lives of Latinx people today.  Pre-Columbian institutions survive, their material forms having been re-configured into abstract and visual manifestations.



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

Xac Denton named recipient of 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 & 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 & 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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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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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 

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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

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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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