CADN + CCP Colloquium

Monday, October 5, 2015 - 1:00pm to Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 6:15pm

2nd-year MA and MFA candidates in the Criticism and Curatorial Practice and Contemporary Art, New Media, and Design Histories graduate programs will be presenting their thesis proposals in a colloquium on October 5th and 6th, 2015. This is an important milestone for graduate students as it will give them the opportunity present their research publically and hear feedback on their work from their advisors and peers. Each student will present for 15 minutes, followed by a 15-minute Q&A period.

Location: Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond (level G)
Time: 9:00 – 3:30 on October 5, 9:00 – 2:10 on October 6

9:00 – 9:30: Tak Pham
9:40 – 10:10: Barbora Raceviciute
10:10 – 10:20: BREAK
10:20 – 10:50: Jennifer Fraser
11:00 – 11:30: Cydney Langill
11:40 – 12:10: Treva Pullen
12:10 – 1:00: LUNCH BREAK
1:00 – 1:30: Theresa Slater
1:40 – 2:10: Andrea Ortiz
2:20 – 2:50: Alana Traficante
3:00 – 3:30: Archana Dalmia

9:30 – 10:00: Mary Callahan Baumstark
10:10 – 10:40: Alina Tigountsova
10:40 – 11:00: BREAK
11:00 – 11:30: Erica Manetta
11:40 – 1:00: LUNCH BREAK
1:00 – 1:30: Katie Connell
1:40 – 2:10: Ryan Pechnick (IAMD student)

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond Street West, Level G
416-977-6000 X4366

Multiple Li(v)es of Art/ists &...Disciplinary Fuzziness and the Future(s) of Art Criticism

Image of Keynote Presenters Dr Sarah Thorton and Brendan Fernandes
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 4:00am to Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 4:00am

Multiple Li(v)es of Art/ists &...
Disciplinary Fuzziness and the Future(s) of Art Criticism

OCAD University, Toronto, Canada
March 27-28, 2015

The Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories (CADN) MA program at OCAD University is pleased to announce that Dr. Sarah Thornton and Brendan Fernandes are the Keynote presenters of the 2015 CADN Conference.

Multiple Li(v)es of Art/ists &... seeks to investigate projects that actively destabilize binaries, permeate borders, and foster interdisciplinary engagement to trouble the transitory spaces that condition contemporary society. This conference aims to address ways art (or Art) and its many disciplinary iterations continue to morph and change. By providing an armature onto which scholars and artists might graft semblances of understandings gained through the ex/interchange of knowledge and ideas, the conference leverages productive energies of discourse and critique to tease out the questions which necessarily accompany exploration of the contemporary.


Keynote Speaker

Credibility & Confidence: Behind the Scenes with Artists Today
In conversation with Dr. Sarah Thornton

Friday, March 27

10:00 - 11:30 AM, Auditorium 190
OCAD University, 100 McCaul
Free Admission with registration:

Thornton is the author of 33 Artists in 3 Acts, published in English last autumn and forthcoming in six translations, as well as Seven Days in the Art World, an international bestseller available in sixteen languages. She is joined in conversation by Francisco-Fernando Granados, a Toronto-based artist, writer, and educator working in performance, drawing, and multidisciplinary critical practices.


Keynote Performance

Encomium - Durational Performance by Brendan Fernandes
Friday, March 27 - Opening Reception

6:00-9:00 PM, 230 Richmond St West
OnSite Gallery, OCAD University

Brendan Fernandes is a nationally and internationally recognised Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. His recent work considers the transitional nature of identity through the complex language of dance. The work "Encomium" is inspired by Plato's "Symposium", a classical text in which love is examined through speeches of praise. In the work, Fernandes explores the way in which codes of language are articulated through classical ballet, and the way dance acts like any other language form, creating barriers that allow for understanding within specific groups and communities. ________________________________________________________________________________

More information on these events and the Multiple Li(v)es of Art/ists &... Conference

On March 27-28, this conference presents research by artists and scholars that investigates the active destabilization of binaries and the permeability of disciplinary boundaries. Providing opportunities to leverage productive energies and direct forms of critique through discussion about practices and perceptions, the conference engages the need for contradiction in how art and artists are presented and appreciated in the world, and supports fresh methods that (re)ask important questions.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, Toronto, Canada


Douglas Coupland. Photo by Mark Peckmezian for MONTECRISTO Magazine

Celebrated Canadian novelist, visual artist and designer Douglas Coupland is delivering the keynote address, “Anything is Everything” at the annual conference presented by the graduate program in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Histories (CADN) at OCAD U on March 6.

Coupland is the author of 13 published novels, a short story collection, seven non-fiction books and various screenplays for film and TV. His first novel was Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, published in 1991. His most recent novel, Worst. Person. Ever. was published in Canada and the UK in October, 2013 and launches in the U.S. in April.

The themes he explores in his visual work are similar to his ideas in print: the synthesis of high and low culture, religion and changes in human existence caused by modern technologies.

The first major survey of Coupland’s visual work, “Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything” will be exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery from May 31 to September 1 of this year. The exhibition examines Coupland’s engagement with place, cultural identity and his recognition of a growing ubiquity as access to information, images and technology become more readily available.

The theme for this year’s CADN conference is “Recombinant Creativity: Temporal Intersections, (de) Historicizing Strategies and Contemporary Cultural Products.” The conference will ask about the role of appropriation and interdisciplinarity in critical engagement. Other speakers include theatre artist and communications scholar Lowell Gasoi and senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Nicholas R. Bell.

Learn more:

Watch Douglas Coupland on CBC’s Q

Douglas Coupland's website

Attend the Coupland keynote

Find out more about the conference


Douglas Coupland: Museum of the Rapture from inkblot media on Vimeo.