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Christopher Ottinger Named 2014 CT+CR Spring Colloquium Fellow

Chicago-based multimedia artist Christopher Ottinger is the 2014 CT+CR Spring Colloquium Fellow. The fellowship carries a $1,000 award and a five-day residency at Caldera in the high desert of Oregon.

Interested in exploring the ways in which optical machines affect and transform human perception, Ottinger uses various media technologies to envision new histories and alternative uses for technical objects. He holds an MFA in Studio Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, and a BA from Columbia College Chicago in Film/Video Directing. Before opening his own recording studio, Heartkill Studios, in 2005, he worked at the motion picture lab Filmworkers/Astro on a number of high-profile projects, including Batman: The Dark Knight. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States and Europe, including shows at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum and Laumeier Sculpture Park and UCLA’s CNSI Gallery (in collaboration with Patricia Olynyk). He is currently Artist-in-Residence at BOLT Residency. His seminar for the CT+CR Spring Colloquium, entitled “Ghost Machines,” seeks to reconcile Media Archaeology, which locates media technologies in their historical context, and Object-Oriented Ontology, which investigates the nature of objects on their own terms. Ottinger asks the question: Although these two conversations come close, might they actually speak to each other?

With the generous support of Paul Livadary and the Marshall and Margherite McComb Foundation, the MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research Program holds its Fall and Spring Colloquia and Artist Residencies each year at the Caldera Arts Center, located approximately three hours from Portland. Past guests of the program include writer Sina Najafi, Editor-in-Chief of Cabinet; artist Nina Katchadourian, former Viewing Program Curator at the Drawing Center, NYC, and currently Clinical Assistant Professor, New York University; sculptor Geoffrey Mann, Programme Director of Glass at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh; LA-based sculptor and installation artist Alison Saar; LA-based assemblage artist Betye Saar; and media artist Tom Leeser, Director of the Center for Integrated Media, CalArts.

The Frankfurt-based film critic Heike Kuehn is Visiting Scholar for the 2014 Spring Colloquium. Kuehn’s public lecture, co-sponsored by the Northwest Film Center, will take place on Monday, April 14, at 6:30 p.m. in Swigert Commons, PNCA (1241 NW Johnson Street; Portland, Oregon 97209). Kuehn ran the esteemed film seminar Arnoldshainer Filmgespräche for many years, and has written for Die Zeit, Berliner Zeitung, Frankfurter Rundschau and Die Welt. She has served as a juror for film festivals around the world, including the Locarno International Film Festival, the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, the Duisberg International Documentary Film Festival, the Lübeck International Film Festival of Scandinavian Films, the Montreal Film Festival, the NW Film & Video Festival, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (president), and the Crakovia Short Film Festival (president). Her novel Schlangentöchter, a magical-realist account of growing up as the daughter of the head of the Exotarium at the Frankfurt Zoo during the war, is currently being translated into English.

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