Séance with Extinct Species of Birds

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

Séance with Extinct Species of Birds
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
7 p.m.


Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Led by exhibiting artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

Limited availability; registration required
Tickets available on Onsite Gallery’s Facebook page as of Wednesday, January 23 at noon

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa is an exhibiting artist in Onsite Gallery's Winter exhibition, How to Breathe Forever. Since 2012, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa has conducted intimate spiritist sessions. He describes them as follows, “I (and participants) try to contact the spirit world, specifically contact extinct species of birds. The project is a sort of imagination exercise.”  With no images or videos taken, Ramírez-Figueroa documents the experience through audio recordings, visual sound scores and drawings. Séances With Extinct Species of Birds is an ongoing project that prioritizes the supernatural, history, voice and the effect of human activity and climate change on birds, and asks— if we find a new way to listen can we hear birds, even extinct ones?

As a participant you will:

  • Participate in a séance
  • Consent to have the event’s audio recorded, which may include your voice as a participant, which will be exhibited in Onsite Gallery’s exhibition, How to Breathe Forever


How to Breathe Forever underlines the importance and interconnectedness of air, animals, coral, humans, insects, land, plants and water. The belief that everything in the universe has a place and deserves equal respect is the core of this exhibition and positions our relations with others — including the natural world — as active and reciprocal. The artwork invites you to consider a personhood that attentively collaborates and exchanges with all living things.


Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa was born in Guatemala City in 1978. He received a BFA in Media Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver in 2006, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. He was also a postgraduate researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands in 2013. Working in drawing, performance, sculpture, and video, Ramírez-Figueroa explores the entanglement of history and form through the lens of his own displacement during and following Guatemala’s civil war of 1960–96. He has had solo exhibitions at Casa de América, Madrid (2011); Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2011); Gasworks, London (2015); and CAPC musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux (2017), and The New Museum, New York (2018). He has participated in the following group exhibitions: A History of Interventions, Tate Modern, London; Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (both in 2014); Lyon Biennial; The School of Nature and Principle, EFA Project Space, New York (both in 2015); São Paulo Biennial; and the Venice Biennale (2017). Ramírez-Figueroa lives and works in Berlin and Guatemala City.


Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.


Image: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Concrete Poem Documentation of Bird Séances, 2011 to present, series of five digital prints on Epson coldpress watercolour paper, calligraphy by Lester Mead, 20” x 29.5” each. Courtesy of the artist.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. West)
416-977-6000 x456
Image: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Concrete Poem Documentation of Bird Séances, 2011 to present, series of five digital prints on E

Exile Series = Rising Sadness: Performance and Artists' Talk by Ali Asgar

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
7 to 9 p.m.

Onsite Gallery, OCAD University
199 Richmond St. W.


Presented by Art and Social Change, The President’s Office and Onsite Gallery
Co-sponsored by SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre) and ASAAP (Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention)


Regrettably, Ali Asgar is unable to attend this event in person. They will be participating via live video, projected in Onsite Gallery.

They are unable to travel since, this winter, their visa was denied by the Canadian government. This time it has been inexplicably held up. We support the artists’ proposal to continue to present the event as scheduled, as a form of protest and to promote awareness of restricted border control and the barriers in place against mobility.


Ali Asgar is a Bangladeshi transdisciplinary artist and cultural producer whose performances and visual narratives arise from growing up queer in a heteronormative class-based society. Their provocative street performances and gallery exhibitions exposed them to serious risk in Dhaka and, in 2016, they were awarded an Artist Protection Fund Fellowship at the University of Maine. They are currently working on an MFA in Performance at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ali has exhibited at the Dhaka Arts Summit, the Kolkata International Performance Festival and the Asian Art Biennial. Their work has been produced in Boston, Chicago and New York City, where they were a featured artist at the PEN World Voice Festival.


About Onsite Gallery – www.ocadu.ca/onsite
Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events.


Photo by Amy Pears.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
416-977-6000 x456
Ali Asgar photo by Amy Pears

OCAD University Presents: The Conversationalists III

Poster for the Conversationalists III, text on pastel background with coloured shapes
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 11:00pm to Friday, April 22, 2016 - 1:00am

OCAD University Presents:  The Conversationalists III

Pamila Matharu: Artist / Educator / Cultural Producer
Emily Norry: Student
Tough Guy Mountain: Artist Collective

The Conversationalists is a series of talks, performances, presentations and chatter that hopes to explore the notions of ‘social change’ and ‘social innovation’ within the arts and education. A five-part series, The Conversationalists III will offer varying insights into supports, challenges, warnings and ambivalences when applying pedagogical frameworks towards social change. What is Social Change? How can Social Innovation exist in the arts? What is the artist’s role? This is where we start.

Pamila Matharu
Pamila is an artist, educator and cultural producer, based in Toronto. In her practice; she varies from installation, ephemera, analog media, artist-organizing/curating, to more recently; socially-engaged art in a teaching studio. Over the last 20 years, she has made contributions and gestures by contributing and collaborating on in artist-run culture projects such as the critically acclaimed Come Up To My Room: The Gladstone Hotel’s Alternative Design Event.

Emily Norry
Emily is an OCADU student studying Drawing and Painting with a Minor in Art and Social Change. Part of Emily's practice focuses on the queering and reframing of art history. By providing alternate images, presentations and lectures to the accepted academic canon of art history Emily is working to provide models of education and history that provides information that is inclusive of the diversity of artists practicing today. Emily is on of the 2016 winners of the Big Idea Fund micro grant and will be putting on more events to explore diversifying art history.

Tough Guy Mountain
Tough Guy Mountain is a post-capitalist, economic science-fiction about a company that exists in a separate dimension where it creates brands and then sells them to companies, causes and individuals. It has been operating as an artist collective in Toronto since 2012.

Space is limited: e-mail dliddington@ocadu.ca in order to reserve a seat! Or pick up tickets at the door.

For further information contact:

Coordinator, Impact Exchange
Centre For Emerging Artists and Designers
E. dliddington@ocadu.ca

The Impact Collective is a social innovation project at OCAD University. Learn more at www.impactcollective.ca


Venue & Address: 
Scrap Metal Gallery, 11 Dublin St. Toronto, ON Lost? http://www.scrapmetalgallery.com/contact-us/