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  • Warren Neidich

    Aug 28| Lectures
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    Warren Neidich is a Berlin and Los Angeles based post-conceptual artist, theorist and writer who explores the interfaces between cultural production, brain research and cognitive capitalism. “Art Before Philosophy not After”. His interdisciplinary works combines photographic, video, internet downloads, scotch tape  and noise installations.

    www.warrenneidich.com

  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event
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    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.

     

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
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  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
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    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.

    ghebaly.com/artists/joel-kyack

  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.

     

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Graduate Public Practice Course

Second Year Studio Electives

 

Studio production electives are determined in consultation with the Chair in order to build specific skills for the student’s final project. These skills might include: photography, video, installation, landscape design, computer web design, etc. These courses (a minimum of 11 units overall) will be available each semester and will be sited in appropriate design or fine arts production labs. A student is expected to create a comprehensive skills learning plan with a convincing rationale, rather than make ad hoc skills course selections.

Pedagogy Practicum

Experience in teaching is required, before or during the Program. Students are offered opportunities to assist teach in Otis’ undergraduate and other programs. In this seminar, students reflect on the relationship between teaching, public pedagogy, and their own practices. This requirement takes the form of a multiple-session “insert” into the Production Studio III course.

Field Internship

PUBP790   2-10 credits

Over the course of their study at Otis, students will select an internship with a professional artist working in public practice. This seminar provides an opportunity to reflect on learning and share with other students through presentations.

Thesis I/II

 

Thesis I

LIBS784   3 credits

Public Realm Seminar II

Theory perspectives on working in public, topics in art criticism, interdisciplinary topics regarding art/anthropology, civic policy, urbanism, etc. These are a changing set of topics determined by interest and relevance to their critical repertoire.

Thesis Review/Exhibition

Over the course of the final semester students must pass periodic reviews by faculty, guest artists and a final critique that encompasses a review of all their work.

Production Studio III/IV

 

Production Studio III: Implement and Critique

PUBP700    6 credits

This series of four studios over two years forms the core of the MFA Public Practice program and is where the student’s Final Project is created. In the second year we expect intensive, phased production on a project of student’s interest. In the third Production Studio, students will implement their plan and begin a critique process within their community. During this semester individual studio visits will focus on production critique.

 

First Year Studio Electives

Studio production electives are determined in consultation with the Chair in order to build specific skills for the student’s final project. These skills might include: photography, video, installation, landscape design, computer web design, etc. These courses (a minimum of 11 units overall) will be available each semester and will be sited in appropriate design or fine arts production labs. A student is expected to create a comprehensive skills learning plan with a convincing rationale, rather than make ad hoc skills course selections.

General Electives

Field Methodologies for Artists

 

Seminar on research and other career/professional methodologies for artists. This seminar will feature discussions, readings, presentations by visitors and field trips. This is a companion course to Production Studio II.

Case Studies

 

This course features an overview of collaborative and public practices based on either geographic location (in Los Angeles or elsewhere) or on relevant themes, such as eco-art or community-based art. Focusing on specific examples from public practices, students will learn how to analyze results, deconstructing both practice and theory, using social science or other relevant matrices to assess effectiveness and impact of the work in the public sphere. The development of an individual model (Case Study) of one’s work sets the stage for the Thesis courses in the following year.

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