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Co-chair of MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research

ANNE MARIE OLIVER is a critic and cultural theorist, photographer and documentarian, whose work explores collaborations and collisions between art, religion, politics, and technology. She is interested particularly in questions of aesthetics, representation, and iconology.

Since the late eighties, she has concentrated primarily on the role of street art and alternative media in political movements, and has written and lectured on diverse mediums, including music, film, theater, video, and computer games. She spent six-and-a-half years in the Middle East, conducting fieldwork and research on political ephemera and underground media, work supported by the H.F. Guggenheim Foundation and, later, Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, where she was a visiting scholar and research affiliate for many years. Her current research addresses the relation of visibility to invisibility; surveillance, proto-surveillance, and the experience of time; and notions of the intervention particularly in relation to technological developments.

Her work has appeared in Critical Inquiry, Partisan Review, The International Journal of Comparative Sociology, and Public Culture, The Bulletin of the Center for Transnational Cultural Studies, The University Museum, The University of Pennsylvania, as well as Salon, The New Republic, and Le Monde diplomatique. Her co-authored book, The Road to Martyrs’ Square, was published by Oxford University Press in 2004, and was a Quill Award nominee. She has given talks at the Muriel Gardiner Seminar on Psychoanalysis and the Humanities at Yale and the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs as well as Columbia, Princeton, Stanford, Harvard, The University of Chicago, UCLA, UCSB, CalArts, The San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, The LA Public Library, The Annenberg School for Communication at USC, and the University of the Arts London; and has appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, National Public Radio, the BBC, MSNBC, Air America, and Fresh Air with Terry Gross, among others.

In 2011, she closed out the Visiting Artist Lecture Series at the Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers and has carried out various projects for the Time-Based Arts Festival of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, the College Art Association, PDX Contemporary Art, GalleryHOMELAND, and the Museum of Contemporary Craft. She has been a guest critic at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU; the California Institute of the Arts; and the London College of Communication, The University of the Arts London, and was selected to serve as a respondent for the 2011 Stone Summer Theory Institute, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

In addition to her work in criticism and theory, she has worked on a number of urban planning and cultural heritage initiatives. She co-founded the Palestinian National Heritage Zones Project, an alternative tourism plan sponsored and carried out under the auspices of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and entailing research in dozens of the cities and villages of the West Bank, and has worked for many years as a researcher for various projects devoted to sustainability and urban renewal. She consults for artist residency programs and cultural initiatives in the U.S. and abroad.

She has taught at MIT, Georgia Tech, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and is Founding Co-chair of the MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research Program at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and Research Scholar in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Forthcoming projects include a collection of Artforum essays by the late media theorist Vilém Flusser and two books—How to Do Things with Time, which investigates artistic and cultural means of making and unmaking time, and The Reverse Side of the Visible, which attempts to develop an aesthetic philosophy and ethics of counter-visibility.

ABD 2010 Europäische Universität für Interdisziplinäre Studien/EGS (Media and Communications)
Wallenberg Scholar 1987-1988 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Political Theory)
1985 The School of Criticism & Theory, Northwestern University (Critical Theory)
MAR 1984 Yale University (Religion, Literature, & the Arts) (Tew Prize) (cum laude)
BA 1981 Emory University, Emory-at-Oxford and Emory Colleges (British & American Literature and Religion)

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Landscape: Antilandscape
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Decoy
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They Imagine Me as Already Dead
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Aesthetics against Incarnation: An Interview by Anne Marie Oliver
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I See Right through You
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Chalk
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Memorandum on the Desire of the Future Imperfect
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What Is Visual Studies?
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What Is Visual Studies?

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