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  • Otis welcomes the Japan Foundation and honored guests Kashiwagi Hiroshi and Yoshifumi Nakamura for a lecture on contemporary Japanese design. 
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Matthew Brandt, a Los Angeles-based artist. Read more about him here.
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Kerry Tribe, an artist working primarily in film, video, and installation. Read more about her here
     
    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu
  • You are invited to a Movies that Matter Special Screening of the powerful new film shaping the debate about rape on college campuses, The Hunting Ground, on Tuesday, September 15 at 7:15 PM in the Otis Forum.  The Hunting Ground is a startling exposé of sexual assaults on U.S. colleges, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on the victims and their families from the Academy Award-nominated filmmaking team of Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering.
  • Otis Books is pleased to publish Tim Erickson’s debut collection of poetry, Egopolis, a textual journey through destruction, resistance, city, and the Ego, from ancient times to the present day. Erickson’s work has appeared in the Chicago Review, Western Humanities Review, and the Salt Anthology of New Writing. He lives in Salt Lake City.

  • The Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Department at OTIS College of Art and Design is pleased to announce a lecture by 

  • Otis Fine Arts hosts a Visiting Artist lecture series featuring Hassan Khan, an artist who lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. Read more about him here.

     

    Contact: Soo Kim, skim@otis.edu

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Pacific Garbage Patch Project

This thesis project (2009) reinforces the significance of design in our daily lives while addressing a much larger global, man-made issue, which has been called the “Pacific Garbage Patch.”
In this two-part thesis project, the designer first researched the physical composition and impact of a large floating island made of trash that circulates around the Pacific Ocean. This island is caused by our “throw away culture” that is unaware of the long-term life cycle of the material that is thrown away and the effects it has on our oceans and the earth’s ecosystem.

The second part of the project was to respond to this issue by providing a solution through design in the creation of a chair that uses 100% post consumer material, the same material that might end up in the “Pacific Garbage Patch.”

The thesis not only creates a greater awareness of the “Pacific Garbage Patch” issue but also provides an alternative solution through design to the problem of re-cycling and re-purposing what we dispose of in a more thoughtful and efficient way.

Antonia Martinez is a recent graduate in Product Design. She believes that, “By aligning our lives with natural processes, we can transition into a higher quality of life without sacrificing culture."

Design Strategy [PDF]