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  • Otis College alumni in the New York/Tri-State area are invited to a reception welcoming visiting Otis College fashion students at Global Brands Group headquarters in the Empire State Building. Join fellow alumni to celebrate the culmination of the Fashion Design Department's annual trip to Manhattan. This special event - open to all alumni from both undergraduate and graduate departments - is a great chance to reconnect with friends, welcome new Fashion Design alumni from the Class of 2017, and meet Otis College leaders including Fashion Design Interim Chair Jill Higashi-Zeleznik.

  • In conjunction with the current exhibition Patterns Bigger Than Any of Us: Jesse Fleming / Pat O'Neill in Ben Maltz Gallery, May 7 - August 12, 2017.

    In Conversation: Jesse Fleming and Pat O'Neill, moderated by LA-based idependent curator and historian Ciara Moloney

     

    Jesse Fleming (b. 1977) is part of an emerging group of artists and technologists that examine the convergence of media art and mindfulness. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Five Car Garage; 356 Mission; and Night Gallery, all in Los Angeles, CA; and the University of Texas in Austin, TX.

    Pat O’Neill’s (b. 1939) artistic and filmmaking career spans over 50 years, and he is highly-regarded for his experiments with film and optical printing. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA; Monitor in Rome, Italy; VeneKlasen/Werner in Berlin, Germany; Quinta do Quetzal in Vidigueira, Portugal; Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, NY; and Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles, CA.

    Ciara Moloney is an independent curator, editor, and writer based in Los Angeles. She was formerly Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford where she curated exhibitions by Barbara Kruger, Josh Kline, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Christian Boltanski and Kiki Kogelnik.

  • Amelia Gray is the author of the short story collections AM/PM, Museum of the Weird, and Gutshot, as well as the novels Threats and, most recently, Isadora, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award, of FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. 

  • Luis J. Rodriguez was Los Angeles Poet Laureate from 2014-2016. The twenty-fifth edition of his first book, Poems Across the Pavement, won a 2015 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. He has written fourteen other books of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and nonfiction, including the best-selling memoir Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. Rodriguez is also founding editor of Tia Chucha Press and co-founder of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore in the San Fernando Valley. In 2016 Tia Chucha Press produced the largest anthology of L.A.-area poets, Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts of Los Angeles. Rodriguez’s last memoir It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest poetry collection Borrowed Bones appeared in 2016 from Curbstone Books/Northwestern University Press.

  • Raised in Philadelphia, with roots in South Africa and Trinidad, Zinzi Clemmons’ writing has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, Transition, The Paris Review Daily, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships and support from the MacDowell Colony, Bread Loaf, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Kimbilio Center for African American Fiction. She is co-founder and former Publisher of Apogee Journal, and a Contributing Editor to LitHub. She teaches literature and creative writing at the Colburn Conservatory and Occidental College. Her debut novel, What We Lose, as well as a second title, are forthcoming from Viking.

  • Louise Sandhaus is a graphic designer and graphic design educator. She was previously Director of the Graphic Design Program at CalArts where she currently is faculty. Her recent book on California graphic design, Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires and Riots: California and Graphic Design 1936-1986, co-published by Metropolis Books and Thames & Hudson, has received laudatory reviews from The New York Times, The Guardian, Eye, and Creative Review. The book received the Palm d’Argent for best art book at FILAF (International Festival of Art Books and Films on Art).

  • Photo Credit: Jesse Pniak

     

    F. Douglas Brown received the 2013 Cave Canem Poetry Prize (selected by Tracy K. Smith) for Zero to Three, published by the University of Georgia. He also co-authored the chapbook Begotten with Geffrey Davis as part of Upper Rubber Boot Book's Floodgate Poetry Series. Both a past Cave Canem and Kundiman Fellow, his poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets, The Virginia Quarterly, Bat City Review, The Chicago Quarterly Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The Sugar House Review, Cura Magazine, and Muzzle Magazine. He is co-founder and curator of un::fade::able - The Requiem for Sandra Bland, a quarterly reading series examining restorative justice through poetry as a means to address racism. Brown currently teaches English at Loyola High School in Los Angeles.

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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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