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  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring John Houck, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by Nick SeierupPrincipal | Design Director of Perkins+Will, Los Angeles, on Thursday, December 3, 2015.


  • Marisa Silver is the author most recently of the New York Times bestselling novel Mary Coin. Her other books include the novels No Direction Home and The God of War (a finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize), as well as two story collections, Babe in Paradise and Alone with You. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and been included in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. Silver lives in Los Angeles.

  • Jesse Lerner is a filmmaker based in Los Angeles.  His short films Natives (1991, with Scott Sterling), T.S.H. (2004) and Magnavoz (2006) and the feature-length experimental documentaries Frontierland/Fronterilandia (1995, with Rubén Ortiz-Torres), Ruins (1999) The American Egypt (2001), Atomic Sublime (2010) and The Absent Stone (2013, with Sandra Rozental) have won numerous prizes at film festivals in the United States, Latin America and Japan.

  • Otis faculty member Dana Berman Duff will present a program of short 16mm and digital films in her "Catalogue" series.

  • Performing the Grid is an exhibition that brings together an intergenerational group of artists and cultural producers that utilize the grid as a performative strategy to examine, challenge and position philosophical, political, social, domestic, corporeal, and mythical perspectives. Rosalind Kraus famously wrote that the grid “functions to declare the modernity of modern art” in her 1979 essay, Grids.


Guy Bennett: 2009-10 Faculty Development Grant Report


I received a Faculty Development Grant in 2010 in support of the creation of an audio-textual work for submission to the media poetry competition of the 2011 Biennale internationale des poètes en Val de Marne (BIPVAL), an international poetry festival based in Paris, France. Grant monies were used for research travel to and within Paris in summer 2010 as well as for a set of monitors used in composing and editing this work.

The piece, entitled Sound Memory, is an exploration of the relationship between sound, memory, and the imagination, in the context of short wave radio transmissions. I began writing the textual portion of it in spring 2010, completing it later that summer while researching at the Maison de la Radio and at the Institut national de l'audio visuel in Paris. The audio portion of the work was created that fall in Los Angeles. It consists of readings of the text and a sound collage combining recordings of shortwave radio, lost musics, and radio noise. The vocal part was recorded in the video lab at Otis, and the sound collage was created on my computer, which I also used to edit and mix the work.

Sound Memory was submitted to the BIPVAL media poetry competition in late-December 2010. As of this writing (April 25, 2011), I do not know whether my piece has been selected for public presentation at the Biennale, which will take place in late May.

I would like to thank the Faculty Development Committee for their consideration, and the college for its continued support of faculty projects.

Project description and sound file: http://www.guybennett.com/#798696/Sound-Memory/
Biennale internationale des poètes en Val de Marne: http://www.biennaledespoetes.fr/

--Guy Bennett
Liberal Arts and Sciences, Graduate Writing