Second Year Critical Studies Cohort Visits Caldera
The second year Critical Studies students retreated to Sisters, Oregon for a five day residency at Caldera the week of October 15th. Six members of the cohort are currently writing their theses. With the December 21st due date looming, it was an opportunity to escape reality and get in touch with nature, while constructing their essays.
Caldera began as a kids art camp in 1996 with the intent of taking children with limited opportunities out of the city and giving them the chance to engage with creativity amongst nature. The camp provides an Artists in Residency Program during the winter months, January-March, opening the facilities to visiting artists of any discipline to engage with their practice surrounded by the mountains and nestled upon the lake.
For those in attendance the retreat was not only an opportunity to depart from their day-to-day obligations, but also a chance to reflect and grow within nature. Hikes along Rim Trail, morning cups of coffee beside the lake reminded them that this time of great pressure is not stagnant. Come May they will graduate and turn the page and begin a new chapter.
For now, they are focused on the final assemblage of their theses as the reality of the timeline sets in. Caldera was an opportunity to engage with research independently, disassociated from their day to day lives. The cohort is immensely grateful for their time at Caldera.
Photos and comments provided by second year student Hana Gustafson.
Thursday, January 24, 6:30pm in the Mediatheque
Co-Presented with the MFA in Visual Studies Program
Author, publisher, and critic Chris Kraus joins the MA in Critical Studies program to talk about her new collection, Social Practices, which is described as “essays on and around art and art practices” published by Semiotext(e), the legendary radical imprint where Chris has been a driving force since the 1990s.
Chris Kraus (b. 1955) is a Los Angeles–based writer, art critic, and editor whose novels include I Love Dick (1997), Torpor (2006), and Summer of Hate (2012). Her writing navigates and mediates seamlessly between autobiography, fiction, philosophy, and art criticism. She teaches creative writing and art writing at The European Graduate School / EGS and has been a visiting professor at the Art Center College of Design, the University of California at San Diego, New York University, the San Francisco Art Institute, and the Los Angeles Contemporary Archives. Along with Sylvère Lotringer and Hedi El Kholti, Kraus is co-editor of the influential publishing house Semiotext(e), which has introduced much of contemporary French theory to an American audience, and published writers such as: Abdellah Taia, Veronica Gonzalez Pena, Mark Von Schlegell, Robert Gluck, Natasha Stagg, and Dodie Bellamy.