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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.



Step-By-Step Instructions To Screenrecord or Screencast



Screencasts, or screen capture or screen recording, is a wonderful way to take students through a complicated process. You can record whatever is happening on your computer screen with an added narration. That means you can:
  • walk students through a website
  • demo software available on your computer
  • use a webcam - record yourself
  • practice problem solving
  • narrate a powerpoint creatinga  stand alone video
Screencasts can be used for presentations, learning objects, how tos, asynchronous communication, and whatever else you can think of. They do not have to be as polished and professional as learning objects.
Desktop computer
microphone (Built in for MACs)
Screenr is a free tool that lets you record up to 5 minutes. As long as you are up to date on Flash and Java, there are no related downloads. Also, you can choose whether to record the entire screen or just a portion. You can also pause the screen recording and resume. Videos can be recorded in HD and are .mov files that can be edited or uploaded onto Vimeo, Youtube, or OSpace ePortfolios.
Jing is another popular screencasting tool for Mac and PCs. It requires downloading and installing additional software. Videos are created as .swf files which cannot be uploaded to Vimeo or Youtube.
Camtasia is another webtool to easily record your on-screen activity or import HD camera video, customize and edit content, and share your videos with viewers on nearly any device. Note: It is not a free tool.
Quicktime - if you are working on a MAC you can open quicktime, go to file and select new screenrecording.

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Check Out the Otis TLC Pinterest Board for tutorials on how to use screenr or Quicktime.