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  • Margo Victor

    Sep 29| Lectures
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    Margo Victor lives and works in Los Angeles, California and received her BFA at the California Institute of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited at Kunstlerhaus Stuttgart and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Happy Lion in Chinatown, Los Angeles, California; Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles; Elizabeth Dee Gallery in New York.

  • Shila Khatami

    Oct 04| Lectures
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    Shila Khatami has had solo exhibitions at:
    Autocenter in Berlin, Kunstverein Dillingen, 
    Galerie Samy Abraham in Paris, 
    Galerie Susanna Kulli in Zurich, 
    Clages in Cologne and Treize in Paris.
    Group exhibitions include:
    “00ooOO - holes, dots, balls“ with Davide Bertocchi at Hopstreet, Brussels ; 
    “Punkt-Systeme,Vom Pointilismus zum Pixel“ at the Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen; 
    „BYOB“ at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; 
    “Dorothea“ at Ancient & Modern, London; 
    “Ambigu“ at Kunstmuseum St. Gallen.

  • 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.

  • Leonardo Bravo is an artist, curator, and educator and the Founder of Big City Forum. Big City Forum is an interdisciplinary project designed to explore the intersection between design-based creative disciplines (Design, Architecture, Urban Planning, etc) that take into account public space and the built environment. Big City Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas through gatherings, symposiums, exhibitions, and special events that promote forward-thinking projects and the individuals at the forefront of this vision.

  • Chris Coy

    Oct 11| Lectures
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    Chris Coy is an artist and filmmaker. His work has shown at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Sundance Film Festival, the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, the Netherlands Media Art Institute, and numerous international art festivals and exhibitions. He received his MFA from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles.

  • Professor Karen Tongson joined the USC faculty in English and Gender Studies in fall 2005. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Before coming to USC, Tongson held a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literature at UC San Diego, and a UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) Residential Research Fellowship at UC Irvine.

  • 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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