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  • The American philosopher George Santayana once noted that beauty is far more central to our everyday lives than it is in philosophy. And true enough, aesthetics has always been a sort of fringe discipline within philosophy, lower in status than such fields as metaphysics, ethics, and theory of knowledge. In this lecture, Contemporary American philosopher Graham Harman will explain why this usual picture is mistaken, and show why aesthetics deserves to stand at the very center of philosophy.

     

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  • Otis Radio: Hot News

    May 02| Special Event
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    Creative Action and the Otis Radio class present weekly broadcasts each Monday.

     

    This week from 5:00 - 6:00 pm is Hot News with DJs Cindy Ho, Ana Molina, and April Oh who cover all the trending NEWS!

     
    Listen online at KLMU.

    All shows will be simulcast on 96.1FM in the Otis Cafe and archived on otisradio.tumblr.com

  • Otis Radio: flashback

    May 02| Special Event
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    Creative Action and the Otis Radio class present weekly broadcasts each Monday.

    This week from 5:00pm - 6:00pm is flashback: nostalgic static with DJ's Alix, April and Dane. Come listen and chat about nostalgic representations that make us who we are, from music, accessories, to fashion mistakes.


    Listen online at KLMU.

  • Graduate Fine Arts presents

    Now What?

    Class of 2016 Final MFA Exhibition  

     

    Family and Friends Night Celebration: Saturday, May 14, 6-9pm

    Ashton Allen

    Amanda Benefiel

    Ok-Young Choi

    Janet E. Dandridge

    Melany Dierks

    Elif Erkan

    Kathryn Kert Green

    Elizabeth Medina

    Kristin Moore 

    Jeisung Oh

    Zachary Roach

    Regine Rode

     

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  • Otis Radio Olympics

    May 03| Special Event
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    Otis Radio students Bree Miller, Natasha Carovska and Rania Ann Zahir present Otis Radio Olympics.

    Play Games and Win Prizes!

    Come join them outside to relieve your stress from finals by playing Musical Chairs, Red Light Green Light, Simon Says, and other beloved childhood games.

  • For decades, the Los Angeles–based artist Lita Albuquerque has blurred distinctions between Land art and Light and Space on increasingly grander scales, whether it be building installations surrounding the pyramids in Egypt or placing sculptures across Antarctica to mirror the formation of the stars. Her cosmic explorations continue with two new bodies of work that are currently being shown at Kohn Gallery in Hollywood, from January 9 through February 27, 2016, and at USC’s Fisher Museum of Art, from January 26 through April 10, 2016.

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Senior Thesis for Fine Arts

Researching Creatively to Generate New Ideas

A successful thesis is dependent on finding good material to use, then organizing, and communicating that material for your project.

Please look carefully at the example below to see how the research process itself can be used to help generate ideas and focus your topic.

Example: (identity OR self-consciousness) AND (art OR artists )
(more on Boolean syntax)

When using many of the Otis subscription databases, you will automatically be offered a list of related, narrowing topics to choose from such as:

  • Identity in art
  • Blacks / Race identity
  • Gender identity in art
  • Identity in art / Exhibitions
  • Gender identity in art / Exhibitions
  • Self in art

If none of those seem to fit with your interests, the next step is to find an article that IS interesting to you and carefully examine it.

Try to discove other terms or related topics which could be good alternative keywords for your project on identity or consciousness. Notice especially which terms are used in the subject fields. The following citations were found in Wilson Omni.

Running List of Ideas

(interesting possible keywords and concepts to investigate further)



TITLE:

 

Subverting Assumptions of Female Beauty: An Interview with Ann-Sofie Back

female beauty

construction of beauty

feminity

transvestism

gender identity

fashion

 

SOURCE: Fashion Theory v. 11 no. 4 (December 2007) p. 391-401
ABSTRACT: An interview with the Swedish-born, London-trained designer Ann-Sofie Back. Back's intellectual approach to fashion places the construction of beauty, glamor, and femininity center-stage. Her designs focus on the irony and artificiality of fashion, and its ability to confound and complicate fixed identities. Referencing both the fashion system and her own life-experience, Back's work is simultaneously conceptually driven and very personal. Her work shows an understanding of the importance of fashion both as an artistic expression and as a commercial product that is ultimately meant to be worn. Topics discussed include ideas of identity in Back's work, her interest in transvestism, her choice of materials, her ideas regarding the commercial reality of fashion, and the relationship of her work to notions of female beauty. The interview concludes with a discussion of the relationship between Back's work and conventional notions of Swedish design.
SUBJECTS:

Gender identity and fashion

Fashion and art

Design/Sweden

Back, Ann-Sofie/Interviews



TITLE: Kathleen Browne: Specimens of Reflexivity

 reflexivity

subject

SOURCE: Metalsmith v. 26 no. 3 (Fall 2006) p. 20-7
ABSTRACT: The work of metalsmith Kathleen Browne is discussed. Looking at the artist's work generally means to be conscious of one's role as subject in the act of observing and therefore in the formation of looking as an object. Encouragement of this circularity stems from her embrace of the phenomenon of reflexivity inherent in the dynamic between observer and observed--the inescapable condition in which reality and identity reflect one another, which she has confronted largely through historical analyses. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of her work is the overt subjectivity in what otherwise presents itself as analysis, for it exemplifies instead of just commenting on the self-consciousness of contemporary enquiry. The writer examines Brown's series Sensum/Sensorum, Daily Confidential, and her most recent enamelware works addressing aspects of virtual reality.
SUBJECTS: Browne, Kathleen
 


TITLE: Yoshua Okon: Crying Wolf

voyeurism

self-reflexivity

psychological aspects

SOURCE: Flash Art (International Edition) v. 37 (January/February 2004) p. 96-9
ABSTRACT: Video artist Yoshua Okon poses exciting new questions to the relation between performance and video, set and location, voyeurism and participation. The most marked effect of Okon's work is an almost uncanny triangulation between comedy, critique, and satire. Almost everything that he has done effortlessly adjudicates the cultural, aesthetic, and subjective dimensions in play between these notions in such a way that social commentary is laced with humor, irony mediated by self-reflexivity, and improvised action tangled up in webs of class and identity. An overview of Okon's work is presented.
SUBJECTS:

Video art / Psychological aspects

Okon, Yoshua/Criticism
 


Helpful Research Facts

You may want to review the guides and tutorials found through the Information Literacy link on every library webpage. A very good Art History Writing Guide is available from University of NC at Chapel Hill.

Using the Otis Online Databases

The Library subscribes to many full-text databases that will lead you to good sources that you can use for you project. For this project, the Librarian recommends Art Full-Text, EBSCO OmniFile, eLibrary, and ProQuest.

Assistance Is Readily Available

The librarians and the library staff are your friends. Ask for reference or computer troubleshooting any time. The SRC also has tutors available to assist you with the writing of papers. Start early so that you will have time to avail yourself of these services. We all want to support your learning experience.

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