Sarah Kantrowitz on Mon, 13 May 2013 17:48:05 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime-ann> Essay Contest on Critical Theory + Creative Research to share with your readers?

Hi there,

I think that nettime might have the kind of readers who would be interested in entering the essay contest I'm helping manage under Anne Marie Oliver, co-chair of the MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research at PNCA. Perhaps you'd be interested in sharing this announcement with the community?

The competition is a 1500 word essay submission on the topic 'On Art and Disobedience; Or, What Is an Intervention' due May 31 - the winner receives a $5000 cash prize and will be selected by Claire Bishop, Judith Butler, Barbara Duden, Julia Kristeva, Heike Kühn, and Martha Rosler.

I will attach the full text for the announcement below along with some little stickers, or you can see everything online at:

I hope you'll let me know if you'd like to help us spread the word, and I'd be happy to clarify or elaborate anything that would be helpful to you -

Thanks very much + all the best,
Sarah Kantrowitz

Sarah Kantrowitz
Research Associate
MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research

The Hannah Arendt Prize:  Call for Submissions
Original Writing on Critical Theory and Creative Research

Award presented by the MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research Program

Entry submission:  essay of 1,500 words or less
Application deadline:  Friday, May 31, 2013
Theme:  On Art and Disobedience; Or, What Is an Intervention?  
Cash award:  5,000 USD

Winner announced by Saturday, August 31, 2013

Please note that essays over the limit will be disqualified.

The Hannah Arendt Prize in Critical Theory and Creative Research is an annual competition for those interested in the juncture of art and creative research and in the principles at the heart of the arts and humanities, including sense-based intelligence; the reality of singular, nonrepeatable phenomena; ethical vision; and consilience between inner and outer, nature and reason, thought and experience, subject and object, self and world.

Application for the prize is open to the general public.  Download the PDF application on our site at and email the completed application and the essay (in a .doc or .pdf format) to

Explication of theme:

“To disobey in order to take action is the byword of all creative spirits.  The history of human progress amounts to a series of Promethean acts.  But autonomy is also attained in the daily workings of individual lives by means of many small Promethean disobediences, at once clever, well thought out, and patiently pursued, so subtle at times as to avoid punishment entirely.  All that remains in such a case is an equivocal, diluted form of guilt.  I would say that there is good reason to study the dynamics of disobedience, the spark behind all knowledge.”

--Gaston Bachelard, Fragments of a Poetics of Fire

Intervention is an omnipresent if not ubiquitous word in contemporary discourse, but what forms does it take in the age of genetic engineering and real-time media?  Is the concept a decoy or distraction in the face of futility?  A cover or compensation for hopeless battles and set-ups?  Is it simply working to slow down the Inevitable, a notion that in and of itself works as a major obstacle to critical thought and action?  Or is it something more serious, more durable, and more dangerous?  What is the relation of critique and intervention, theory and practice?  And what role does art play in what Bachelard called “creative disobedience,” acts of Prometheanism “so subtle at times as to avoid punishment entirely”?  Might art now comprise one of the last forms of political stealth, working in increasingly sophisticated time-based ways?  What kinds of thought and action are powerful and compelling interventions today, whether one-off spectacles, sabots, monkey wrenches, sleepers, gummy bears, or Trojan Horses?

Along with Anne-Marie Oliver, Founding Co-Chair, MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Barry Sanders, Founding Co-Chair, MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research, Pacific Northwest College of Art, the judges for 2013 include

Claire Bishop, Professor of Contemporary Art, Theory and Exhibition History, Graduate Center, The City University of New York
Judith Butler, Professor of Rhetoric and Comparative Literature, The University of California, Berkeley, and Hannah Arendt Professor of Philosophy, Europäische Universität für Interdisziplinäre Studien/EGS
Barbara Duden, Professor Emerita, Leibniz Universität Hannover
Julia Kristeva, Professor Emerita and Head of the École doctorale Langues, Littératures, Images, Université Paris Diderot, Paris 7, and recipient of the Hannah Arendt Award for Political Thought
Heike Kühn, Film Critic
Martha Rosler, Artist and contributor to the Hannah Arendt Denkraum (on the occasion of Hannah Arendt's 100th birthday)

For information on last year’s competition, please see

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About the MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research
The MA in Critical Theory and Creative Research (CT+CR), the first of its kind in the U.S., is an accelerated, 45-credit, seminar-based program (one year + summer intensive) that prepares students for opportunities at the intersection of art, theory, and research.  Located in the metropolitan heart of the Pacific Northwest, a major center of creative risk-taking and social experimentation, the program combines the study of critical theory as a mode of socio-political critique concerning human meaning and agency with creative research as a largely process-driven form of inquiry, pushing both theory and research in new directions within the context of a 21st-century art school.  The program is devoted to people and ideas and to a rethinking of the present and future of cultural production; of arts-based research and research-based arts; of curatorial practice, documentary, and the Archive; and of social and political reconfiguration in relation to major sites of contemporary contestation.  The program offers competitive scholarships and a range of internships, with think tanks, nonprofits, governmental agencies, museums, publication and design studios, and alternative art spaces around the city and elsewhere.  For additional information, visit  

About PNCA
As Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art has helped shape Oregon’s visual arts landscape for more than a century.  PNCA students study with award-winning faculty in small classes.  In the last seven years, PNCA has doubled both the student body and full-time faculty, quadrupled its endowment, and added innovative undergraduate and graduate programs.  PNCA is now embarking on its boldest venture yet by establishing the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design as an anchor for the College’s vision of a new campus home on Portland’s North Park Blocks.  Focusing on the transformative power of creativity, the capital campaign, Creativity Works Here, was launched in June 2012 with a lead gift from the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation of $5 million. PNCA’s new home will be a bustling hub for creativity and entrepreneurship, reflecting the influential role of art and design in the 21st-century economy, both in Portland and beyond.  For more information, visit
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