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  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

  • Steven Ehrlich and Frederick Fisher will present their firms’ collaboration as EHRLICH | FISHER on Otis College’s new Goldsmith Campus Academic Building and Residence Hall. The campus-wide expansion and renovation project includes a new academic building, 300-seat Forum (the venue for this lecture), café and dining commons, Student Life Center, and residence hall.

     

  • Opening Reception

    Sep 24| Special Event
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    New York-based artist Polly Apfelbaum’s work has situated itself as a hybrid of painting, sculpture, and installation over a career spanning 30 plus years. Exploring the intricacies of color, Apfelbaum weaves her way, both literally and conceptually, through ideas of Minimalism, Pop aesthetics, and Color Field painting to blur the lines between two and three dimensional art making.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with Connie Butler, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

  • John Keene

    Oct 05| Lectures
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    John Keene is the author of the novels Annotations and Counternarratives, as well as several other works, including the poetry collection Seismosis, with artist Christopher Stackhouse, and a translation of Brazilian author Hilda Hilst's novel Letters from a Seducer. The recipient of a Whiting Award, Keene has been a member of the Dark Room Writers Collective and a Cave Canem fellow. He has served as the managing editor of Callaloo and taught at Northwestern. He currently teaches at Rutgers University-Newark and lives in New York.

  • Artist Polly Apfelbaum in conversation with David Pagel, within Apfelbaum's exhibition Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes.

     

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Olivier Chatard Fine Art ’07

Dec 16, 2013
Awareness at Cannes Festival
Spotlight Category: Alumni
Olivier Chatard '07 describes his creative process, which led him to make the documentary Awarness about water, which was shown at Cannes Film Festival. 
Do we intuitively connect our actions to something bigger? How spontaneous and determined must we be to achieve and create what we feel?  As a creative artist, these two questions have always resonated with me. The definition of “to create” is “to bring into being.” And that is exactly what drives me — consistently pushing my boundaries to pursue and effect innovation. Possessing a keen interest in environmental issues, I selected water awareness as the topic for my senior thesis. I researched the pressing issues concerning water on our planet, and created an interactive visual tool to convey that information. My efforts were successful, and I was honored by 1st prize in an artistic design competition sponsored by the gaming company Electronic Arts. It was then that I decided to create a film one day that would represent our everyday life in relation to water.
 
After graduating from Otis and working at Yahoo! for two years, I decided to produce and film this short film. Although I had no prior movie production experience, I had a specific vision in mind; guided by my intuition, I set forth to transform “Awareness” into reality. (The best advice I can offer any artist is to trust in and connect with yourself and your artistic visions, no matter what hurdles may seem to exist). I began work on a storyboard, cast two amazing actors, Zoi Kottas and Olivier Riquelme, and asked my very good friend Laurent Vizzacchero to work on editing. With less than $1,000, I filmed “Awareness” in just four days. After several months of editing and many hours creating the 3d effect at the end, I was finally pleased with the result. My friends who saw it encouraged me to submit it to various film festivals and it was pre-selected for the International Green Film Festival in Seoul, South Korea, and the Awareness Festival and the New Media Film Festival in Los Angeles. And, much to my surprise, it was selected for screening at the Short Film Corner of the internationally prestigious Cannes Film Festival. 
 
The journey was an extraordinary one. In addition to walking the red carpet and screening “Awareness” to many industry professionals, we attended workshops and conferences, and met some of the world’s most intriguing and talented producers, directors such as Woody Allen, and actors such as Benificio Del Toro. The world-class festival-related nightlife in stunning Cannes topped off the experience. My experience in Cannes taught me a great deal. The most important lesson for me, however, was just how critical it was to me to convey the message embodied within “Awareness.” My insistence on following my goals and belief in what I created sustained me. We all possess hopes, dreams and ideas that need to be expressed in some artistic form. “Awareness” was, for me, an inimitable opportunity to give a voice to my vision of the crucial role water plays in our lives. We are water. It is our common bond, uniting us as human beings and as citizens of this planet. “Awareness” celebrates life and describes what water means to us. It acts as a bridge between people and their emotions. I wanted to make people vibrate with their inner choir, as if they are seeing and experiencing the beauty of life.
 
 
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