On Monday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. Washington State University Department of Fine Arts will have scholar Anne-Marie Oliver present on the following topic of Utopia/Dystopia. The presentation will be held in the FA building Auditorium 5062.


The Artist’s Guide to an Enigma

12,000 utopias.The meaning of the mirror image and why it must be a landscape or a face. The fantasy of the reversible. Things that meet in the middle and things that don’t. Was Sir Thomas More stark raving mad? To see, is to dream of utopia. Ernst Bloch’s notion of art and literature as “anticipatory illumination.” The town planning of sea islands. Political utopias. Characterology. Regarding the assertion that the question of utopia/dystopia is always a question of technology. Artifacticity and retro-effects. Glacial aesthetics vs. the paradigm of verdure. Dummy keys and the eternal problem of dupedom. The gravity of sci-fi: Philip K. Dick. McLuhan-Lewis-Bergson’s artist-as- prophet. The eye of the diviner. Why artists need manifestos. Might utopia be an imageless image? Positivity per se. The image as wager: Lefebvre. Heterotopias: the curious omissions of Foucault. The staggering memory of the unborn fetus. The lurid colors of unknown planets. Face of the future projects. Dictionaries devoted to the future. An analysis of human-machines versus human-animals in the style of Walter Benjamin. Re-reading Arendt’s prologue after Google Earth. Time has no image. It also does not exist. Clockwise and counterclockwise, nevertheless. Extreme realism and other operational fantasies. Munari’s arrows. Sloterdijk’s pyramid as a form that anticipates its own demise. And we’ve barely gotten started.

Anne-Marie Oliver

Co-Founder, MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research, PNCA

Founding Executive Co-Director, Oregon Institute for Creative Research: E4

Anne-Marie Oliver is a cultural theorist, photographer, journalist, and documentarian, whose projects occur at the intersection of art, religion, politics, and technology. Her work can be found in Critical Inquiry, Salon, Partisan Review, The International Journal of Comparative Sociology, The New Republic, Le Monde diplomatique, and Public Culture, the Bulletin of the Center for Transnational Cultural Studies, the University Museum, the University of Pennsylvania. Her co-authored book on the political ephemera and underground media of the first intifada, The Road to Martyrs’ Square (Oxford University Press, 2004), was a Quill Award nominee, with documentary work supported by the H. F. Guggenheim Foundation. She has given lectures at Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Stanford, the University of Chicago, UCLA, UCSB, CalArts, the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, the LA Public Library, the Annenberg School for Communication at USC, the University of the Arts London, and the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs; and has appeared as a discussant on CNN, C-SPAN,


National Public Radio, the BBC, MSNBC, Air America, and Fresh Air with Terry Gross, among many others. She has carried out various projects, individual and collective, at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, PDX Contemporary Art, and galleryHOMELAND, among others, and has served as a guest critic at CalArts, the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, the University of the Arts London, and the Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers, where, in 2011, she closed out the Visiting Artist Lecture Series. She has taught at MIT, Georgia Tech, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and, with Barry Sanders, founded the MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research at the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art, where she taught for close to a decade in the Department of Intermedia, the MFA in Visual Studies, the MFA in Applied Craft and Design, and CT+CR. She is Founding Co-Director of the Oregon Institute for Creative Research: E4 (Ethics, Æsthetics, Ecology, Education).


Monday November 14th at 5:00pm in FA building Auditorium 5062.