Guest Speaker, eL Seed in collaboration with the city of Toronto and Nuit Blanche

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

On Monday, September 24th in OCAD U's Auditorium eL Seed with speak about his work to create dialogue, promote tolerance and change global perceptios of what Arabic means.

All are welcome!

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, Auditorium, Room 190, 100 McCaul St.
Cost: 
Free
Digital Screen: 

Cartography Between Art, Science & Politics

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Cartography Between Art, Science & Politics
Public talk by Philippe Rekacewicz

 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
6 p.m.

Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond St. W.

 

Free

 

Cartography Between Art, Science and Politics: an open door to manipulation or a tool for resisting power?

There is no such thing as an innocent map...

A fusion of disciplines: cartography has since long been torn between science and art. Both scientists and artists have claimed ownership of the discipline. This dispute will never been solved because of the very complexity of what a map really is: it uses data that has to be handled scientifically, it uses forms, colours, movements, in other words "artistic means" and so the same material has to be also handled artistically and aesthetically. All together, to produce a vision of the world as seen by the cartographer — an image which represents a specific position i.e. the way the cartographers sees, understands and interprets the world. In this respect, the map is fundamentally a political object.

It certainly has nothing to do with Reality, the Truth. This dynamic is an open door to manipulation and the use of the cartographic image as a propaganda tool, both from the dictator’s point of view as well as that of the activist. The map is a dialogue between reality and imaginary, taken in consideration that what is represented on a map has its roots in the reality, but like a fictional movie, it is deeply romanticized. It never represents reality, only the way we interpret it. The map is therefore an intellectual construction.

Philippe Rekacewicz is a cartographer and information designer. After completing his training as a geographer at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, he worked from 1988 to 2014 as a permanent staff for the monthly journal Le Monde Diplomatique. He concurrently directed, from 1996 to 2008, the Norwegian cartographic unity of the United Nations Programme for Environment (UNEP), the GRID-Arendal. A specialist in Geopolitics and International Relations, he addresses especially topics linked to migrations, refugees and populations’ forced displacements, as well as frontiers. He works at present on several socio-cartographic projects (public and private spaces, perception and representation of frontiers) and explores the links between cartography, art and politics, like the art’s contributions on maps’ production and the political uses of maps as objects of propaganda and manipulation. He also leads a research on the “new cartographic writings” and the emergency of radical, critical and experimental cartographies. Since 2006, he attends project of artistic mappings and political art in several European countries. He is associate researcher at the departement of Anthropology of the University of Helsinki (programme Crosslocation – Trade, Transit and Transport). He is the current editor of the research blog on mapping and visualizing Visionscarto http://visionscarto.net/

 

Diagrams of Power showcases art and design works using data, diagrams, maps and visualizations as ways of challenging dominant narratives and supporting the resilience of marginalized communities.

Featuring work by Joshua Akers, The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Josh Begley, Joseph Beuys, Vincent Brown, Bureau d'études, Department of Unusual Certainties, W. E. B. Du Bois, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, Forensic Architecture, Iconoclasistas, Julie Mehretu, Lize Mogel, Ogimaa Mikana, Margaret Pearce, Laura Poitras, Philippe Rekacewicz and Visualizing Impact.

Exhibition runs July 11 to September 29, 2018.

 

Support
Diagrams of Power is produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, OCAD University's Office of the Faculty of Design, Public Visualization Lab, Nexus Investments, Multi Touch Digital and Microsoft.

Diagram of Power's public workshops and research engagement events is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/166264800904463/
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Philippe Rekacewicz public talk

Artist Talk - Skawennati & Jason Lewis

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

In addition to their creative practice, Jason and Skawennati are co-directors of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC). AbTeC is an Aboriginally determined research-creation network of artists, academics, and technologists that seek to ensure Indigenous presence in online platforms and environments, video games, and virtual worlds that comprise cyberspace. AbTeC projects include Skins Workshops on Aboriginal Storytelling and Video Game Design, and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. What futures we do we want to imagine, and then create, for our Aboriginal communities?

 

This keynote event is made possible by the Digitally Engaged Learning Conference (DEL 2018), hosted at York University for the first time in Canada.

We wish to acknowledge the generous support of the Academic Innovation Fund from the Office of the Associate Vice-President Teaching and Learning, the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and the Dean's Office in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design, and the Department of Design.

We would also like to acknowledge the contributions of Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts & Technology and the Institute for Research on Digital Learning.
 

Venue & Address: 
Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East, York University
Skawennati& Jason Lewis
Keywords: 
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Diagrams of Power Roundtable Discussion

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Diagrams of Power Dialogues #2:
Urban Space, Data, Resistance and Community-building

Panelists: Josh Akers, Alex Hill, Terra Graziani and Sheila Sampath

 

Saturday, September 15
12 p.m.

Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond St. W.

 

Free

 

Join us for a roundtable where our invited participants will discuss their experiences and recent work including resisting gentrification, using data and mapping as a research tool and building community.

Resisting gentrification and displacement needs different kinds of actions including rent strikes, community organizing, sharing information, or building support across locations. Data and mapping is one way of supporting these actions by helping analyze patterns, identify bad property owners/managers and share information (e.g. policy, economic, demographic, spatial). We will talk about how designers, activists and researchers, using these tools and others, work in communities to make them more resilient to bad urban policy, real estate speculators and predatory landlords. We will look at how to be accountable to the residents being represented and what tools, processes and methods have been used to make a positive contribution to these movements.

 

Joshua Akers is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. His research and writing examines the intersection of markets and policy and their material impacts on urban neighborhoods and everyday life.  He is the founder and director of the Urban Praxis Workshop, a community-led research initiative, which collaborates with organizations and activists in Detroit focused on housing and tenancy issues. Part of this work is found at propertypraxis.org. He is an Associate Editor at Metropolitics, a journal of public scholarship.

Alex B. Hill works to address the impacts of health disparities and chronic diseases through data analysis and community engagement strategies. His personal research is focused on food access, health disparities, and racial justice. Alex's projects and research center on the need for greater community involvement at all levels and specifically highlight the intersections of power, privilege, and race.

Terra Graziani is a researcher and tenants' rights activist based in Los Angeles, CA. She founded and directs the Los Angeles chapter of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, a digital storytelling collective documenting dispossession and resistance in solidarity with gentrifying communities through research, oral history, and data work - and before this organized with AEMP in the San Francisco Bay Area. Terra is a graduate student in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles studying housing as the site of racial capitalist violence.

Sheila Sampath is an artist, educator and activist designer with a background in community organizing. She is the principal and creative director of The Public, a social justice design studio working to democratize design practices for community self-determination; the editorial and art director of Shameless magazine, a national feminist magazine for teen girls and trans youth, and an assistant professor of alternative and speculative practices at OCAD University in the Faculty of Design. Her first book, Letters Lived, was published in 2013, and her art practice explores memory, diaspora, and intergenerational trauma. 

 

Diagrams of Power showcases art and design works using data, diagrams, maps and visualizations as ways of challenging dominant narratives and supporting the resilience of marginalized communities.

Featuring work by Joshua Akers, The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Josh Begley, Joseph Beuys, Vincent Brown, Bureau d'études, Department of Unusual Certainties, W. E. B. Du Bois, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, Forensic Architecture, Iconoclasistas, Julie Mehretu, Lize Mogel, Ogimaa Mikana, Margaret Pearce, Laura Poitras, Philippe Rekacewicz and Visualizing Impact.

Exhibition runs July 11 to September 29, 2018.

 

Support
Diagrams of Power is produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, OCAD University's Office of the Faculty of Design, Public Visualization Lab, Nexus Investments, Multi Touch Digital and Microsoft.

Diagram of Power's public workshops and research engagement events is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/1845164612235951/
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Diagrams of Power Roundtable

New Generation Photography Award Panel Talk

New Generation Photography Award
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

New Generation Photography Award Panel Talk
Wednesday, May 16 at 7 p.m.

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. W.

Join us for a panel talk with the three inaugural recipients of the New Generation Photography Award: Elisa Julia Gilmour, Meryl McMaster and Deanna Pizzitelli. Moderated by Bonnie Rubenstein, Artistic Director, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival and Francisco Alvarez, Dorene & Peter Milligan Executive Director, OCAD U Galleries. Welcoming remarks by Dr. Duke Redbird.

 

View an exhibition of the winners' work at Onsite Gallery from May 5 to June 17, 2018 as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. More info here.

 

About the Prize
The inaugural New Generation Photography Award prize was awarded by Scotiabank in partnership with the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada. The prize, designed to support the careers of young artists and to help them reach their infinite potential, recognizes three young Canadians working in lens-based art: Elisa Julia Gilmour (Toronto), Meryl McMaster (Ottawa), and Deanna Pizzitelli (Ottawa).

Each winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 and be featured in a group exhibition at the Canadian Photography Institute PhotoLab, located at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, from April 13 to August 19, 2018. A second exhibition will follow, at OCAD University's Onsite Gallery, during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, from May 5 to June 17, 2018.

Award recipients will also be included in education programming and present artist talks on May 5, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the National Gallery of Canada. In 2015, Scotiabank became the Founding Partner of the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada with a $10 million gift, the largest in the Bank's history. The New Generation Photography Award is part of the gift's continued legacy.

For more information about the New Generation Photography Award, presented by the Canadian Photography Institute and Scotiabank, please visit: http://www.scotiabank.com/arts.

 

2018 New Generation Photography Award Recipient Bios:

Elisa Julia Gilmour is an emerging Canadian artist producing still and moving images. Her work engages with the notion of ephemerality through gestural storytelling. Her most recent project, Éperdument (Madly) (2016), which included a three-channel video installation and a publication of short stories, investigates how a Corsican mythological figure has enlivened a contemporary sense of identity. She has exhibited at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Ryerson Image Centre and the Art Gallery of Mississauga.

Meryl McMaster is a Canadian-based artist and photography graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design. She was born and raised in Ottawa and is of Plains Cree/European decent. Her work explores questions of identity, representation, perception, myth, memory and the environment. Her distinct approach to photographic self-portraiture has been influenced by her experiences working in and exploring remote Canadian landscapes, as well as by contemplations over the complexities of her family heritage. Her solo exhibition Confluence (Curated by Heather Anderson and originating at Carleton University Art Gallery) is travelling to four more venues across Canada.

Deanna Pizzitelli is a Canadian photo-based artist and educator. She completed her BFA in Photography at Ryerson University, and her MFA at the University of Arizona. With an emphasis on the emotional landscape, Pizzitelli uses analogue processes to explore themes of fantasy, desire, longing and loss. Her practice is motivated by the act of travel, the visual residue of her many intersections with landscape, wildlife and culture. Pizzitelli's work was recently exhibited at AIPAD: The Photography Show, New York, and Paris Photo, 2017. She has attended residencies in Canada, Iceland and Portugal. She is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto.

 

About Scotiabank:
At Scotiabank, we aim to support organizations that are committed to helping young people reach their infinite potential. Young people are our future leaders and Scotiabank's goal is to help ensure that they have the necessary skills and resources they need to support their success. Together with our employees, the Bank supports causes at a grassroots level. Recognized as a leader for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, in 2017, Scotiabank contributed more than $80 million to help our communities around the world.

Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 24 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 89,000 employees and assets of over $923 billion (as at January 31, 2018), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS). For more information, please visit www.scotiabank.com and follow us on Twitter @Scotiabank.

 

About the Canadian Photography Institute:
The Canadian Photography Institute (CPI) of the National Gallery of Canada is a creative and innovative centre dedicated to sharing, collecting, and questioning photography in all its forms. It brings people and communities together at the museum, online, and around publications to see, appreciate, and study photography.

The Canadian Photography Institute was established in 2015 and officially launched in October 2016. Its collections build upon the National Gallery's Photographs Collection. The Institute benefits from the unprecedented support of CPI's Founding Partner Scotiabank, the Archive of Modern Conflict - the Gallery's partner, and the National Gallery of Canada Foundation. For more information, visit: gallery.ca/cpi and follow CPI @canadianphotoinstitute.

 

About the National Gallery of Canada:
The National Gallery of Canada is home to the most important collections of historical and contemporary Canadian art. The Gallery also maintains Canada's premier collection of European Art from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as important works of American, Asian and Indigenous Art and renowned international collections of prints, drawings and photographs. Created in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for well over a century. Among its principal missions is to increase access to excellent works of art for all Canadians. For more information, visit gallery.ca and follow us on Twitter @NatGalleryCan.

 

About Onsite Gallery:
Onsite Gallery, the flagship professional gallery of OCAD University, offers powerful, thought-provoking exhibitions of art, design and digital media to stimulate conversations on critical issues facing Toronto and the world.

 

Image (left to right): Elisa Julia Gilmour, Meryl McMaster and Deanna Pizzitelli.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Elisa Julia Gilmour, Meryl McMaster and Deanna Pizzitelli

Daan Roosegaarde, Artist Talk

Landscapes of the Future

Daan Roosegaarde: Landscapes of the Future

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Virtual floods, smart highways and smog sucking towers — Studio Roosegaarde examines and activates solutions to improve daily life in urban environments. In his interactive talk, Daan Roosegaarde explores the social role of design, the importance of Schoonheid (beauty and cleanliness in Dutch) along with his vision for the future.

 

Link to Studio Roosegarde: https://www.studioroosegaarde.net/

 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Room 190 (Auditorium)
Website: 
https://www.studioroosegaarde.net
Cost: 
Free
Artist Talk, room 190, March 21 at 6:30 pm
Digital Screen: 

Colour: What Do You Mean By That?

Colour: what do you mean by that? Mar 7 to 25 at Propeller Gallery
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 6:00pm

Colour Research Society of Canada presents an exhbition at Propeller Gallery March 7 to 25, with an International Colour Day Curators' Talk & Socia: Wednesday March 21 7-9pm and Artist Talks Sunday March 25 2-4pm.

This cross-disciplinary exhibiton presents work by artists, designers and scientists using or investigating colour phenomena, qualities and meanings. What is colour: frequency, wavelength, energy...resonance, material, sensation...perception, illusion, association...emotive embodied experience? The question opens up connections between diverse understandins and ways of knowing.

Venue & Address: 
Propeller Gallery, 30 Abell Street
Email: 
dbalabanoff@faculty.ocadu.ca
Digital Screen: 

Trick or Treaty? Film Screening & Discussion on Treaties with Alanis Obomsawin

The Sunshine Eaters
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 6:00pm

Please join us for a free screening and discussion of Alanis Obomsawin’s documentary film, Trick or Treaty?, which inspired The Sunshine Eaters exhibition. The film explores Treaty No. 9 of Northern Ontario and Northwestern Quebec and related activism. In addition, available for public viewing on a special one-night loan will be the 1905 written Treaty No. 9 and diary of one of Treaty No. 9’s commissioners, Daniel MacMartin. This diary provides insights that raise questions surrounding the verbal and written treaty.

Timing of event:

  • 6 to 6:30 p.m.: Viewing of the written Treaty No. 9 and the Daniel MacMartin diary (1905 Ontario Treaty Commissioner)
  • 6:30 to 6:40 p.m.: Blessing with Elder Whabagoon
  • 6:40 to 7:55 p.m.: Screening of Alanis Obomsawin’s film Trick or Treaty?
  • 7:45 to 8:10 p.m.: Discussion with Alanis Obomsawin

 

Alanis Obomsawin is one of Canada’s most distinguished documentary filmmakers. Obomsawin’s award-winning films address the struggles of Indigenous peoples in Canada from their perspective, giving prominence to voices that have long fallen on deaf ears. An Officer of the Order of Canada, she has received multiple Governor General’s Awards, lifetime achievement awards and honorary degrees.

 

The Sunshine Eaters is an original multi-sensory exhibition that highlights how artists and designers look to the land and its plants, flowers and trees as a means to imagine and conjure hope in the face of local and global crises.

Featuring work by: Shary Boyle, Nick Cave, Robert Holmes, Jim Holyoak, Brian Jungen, Jessica Karuhanga, Alexandra Kehayoglou, Nina Leo and Moez Surani, Tony Matelli, Alanis Obomsawin, Ebony G. Patterson and Winnie Truong. Curated by Lisa Deanne Smith.

Exhibition runs January 10 to April 15, 2018.

 

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.

 

Support
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays.

The Sunshine Eaters is also produced with the support of Nexus Investments.

Onsite Gallery gratefully acknowledges that the new gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes; with gallery furniture by Nienkämper.

 

Image: Alanis Obomsawin, Trick or Treaty? (still), 2014, video, 1 hour 24 minutes. Courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/704948256366341/
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Image: Alanis Obomsawin, Trick or Treaty? (still), 2014, video, 1 hour 24 minutes. Courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada

*CANCELLED* SUSANNA HELLER: ARTIST TALK

abstract cityscape
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

**PLEASE NOTE:  UNFORTUNATELY THIS TALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED**

SUSANNA HELLER: ARTIST TALK

Please join us for Susanna Heller’s Artist Talk Thursday February 8th in room 230

6:30-8:00 PM

All welcome!!

Susanna Heller was born in New York, NY in 1956. She is a Landed Canadian Immigrant who currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Heller received her BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1977. She currently teaches at Rutgers University in New Jersey. The metropolis has long been the primary source of inspiration for Susanna, often navigating her surroundings from a variety of perspectives, including bridges, skyscrapers, tunnels and scaffolding. In 1998, Susanna was invited to work from a studio space on the 91st Floor of the former World Trade Center Tower, resulting in a birds-eye vantage of the energy, excitement and overall chaos of the city below. In the days after 9/11, she returned to that site to begin a process of drawing and documentation, which led to a new series of paintings surrounding the themes of absence, fragility and destruction. Her work is represented in both public and private collections including: The Art Gallery of Ontario, Air Canada Corporation, Canada Council Art Bank, The Donovan Collection, Mcmillan, Binch, Museum London, National Bank Financial, Oakville Galleries, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, Toronto Dominion Bank, Torys and The Woodbridge Group.

Susanna’s exhibition at the Olga Korper Gallery opens Feb. 10

Susanna Heller 2018

February 10 - March 17, 2018

Opening Saturday, February 10th 2pm-5pm

http://www.olgakorpergallery.com/exhibitions/view?id=101

 

 

Venue & Address: 
**PLEASE NOTE:  UNFORTUNATELY THIS TALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED** OCAD U 100 McCaul St. Room 230 (Central Hall) Toronto, ON
Website: 
http://www.olgakorpergallery.com/exhibitions/view?id=101

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