Call for submissions for Phantoms and Mirages Within the Archival Paradigm

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, January 8, 2016 - 5:00am

Phantoms and Mirages Within the Archival Paradigm is an exhibition exploring issues pertaining to contemporary archival and preservation practices.

In his essay Preservation is Overtaking Us, Robert Koolhaus argues that preservation has risen to an almost absurd degree, where objects, sites, and buildings with even the most minimal importance are subjected to preservation. The saturation of images and objects presented in postmodern society raises the issue of what to keep. What contemporary objects are truly important if everything is preserved?

Like the Kunstkabinett of the European renaissance preceding them, archives present an alluring spectacle evoking mysticism and the promise of elusive information. They invite observers to enter and access a wealth of knowledge, and present a potential for discovery. However, while this may seem compelling and positive in theory, those seeking information must be conscious that this image of objectivity is merely a mirage. Information is often skewed and contorted, or altogether displaced. The combined influences of censorship and curation alter “fact” in a way that has the power to dictate how future generations may perceive historical events and fleeting contexts. As a result, archival information may ultimately refer more to a suggested interpretation of historic events than concrete fact, dictating history in favour of its preservers. The archive presents an alternate reality, an image of mirage. The creation of these altered identities and histories result in the creation of an ulterior plane – archives exist as entities outside of the factual world.

In Phantoms and Mirages Within the Archival Paradigm, we aim to challenge how we interpret history through the material presented in archives, and the state of our fluctuating contemporary identity. What is absent from archives will be explored: obsolete technologies, marginalized communities and those without the financial means to archive and preserve disappear from the archival records, or become represented through the narrative of an outside source. The loss of spirituality and aura of objects when they are archived will also be examined, as a phantom of the archival paradigm. If archives exist from a desire for self-preservation, do they retain the spirit of the individual or group? By examining archival practices we aim to create discourse concerning the aforementioned dilemmas.

We are currently accepting “new media” and digital artwork submissions for consideration related to themes of archives and preservation, and the issues surrounding them. We are also accepting work in the form of essays and related critical writings.
Please include:
- A 250-word description or proposal of your intended artwork, as well as all relevant information pertaining to your work. (including documentation or visual aids for proposed works)
- CV or brief artist statement.
- Examples of past work (photos, videos, portfolio or website).
All applications should be sent via email to:
phantomsmiragessubmissions@gmail.com by 11.59 pm, Friday January 8th, 2016.

Website: 
http://www.facebook.com/events/1163546937007941
Email: 
phantomsmiragessubmissions@gmail.com

OCAD U’s The Big Draw - Silent Auction- Call for Submissions

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Friday, December 11, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, January 8, 2016 - 5:00am

The Big Draw is back this year on February 9th, 2016 and we hope you can be a part of it!

The Big Draw is an annual silent auction of juried work from Drawing and Painting students, alumni and faculty with proceeds going to support the Graduating Catalogue for our Drawing and Painting students!!

We are looking for submissions of both artworks and experiences to be included that highlight the work of our current students, alumni, and faculty as well as allowing for a unique opportunity for these three groups to work together! We are asking alumni to also consider donating their time through experiences or mentoring opportunities for current students/recent alumni such as studio visits, portfolio reviews, workshops, etc.

Submissions will be juried, and accepted alumni work will be part of our silent auction, with the work being sold as 50% donation to the Drawing and Painting catalogue fund, and 50% to the artist.

We look forward your ideas and artworks to be submitted by our deadline of Friday, January 8th, 2016 at 4 pm.

Artwork Details:
Maximum size of actual work: 24" x 24" (Flat, wall mounted artwork please)
Any medium
Please send all proposals to: thebigdraw@ocadu.ca by Friday, January 8th, 2016 at 4 pm.

For proposals of artwork submissions please send jpeg’s
150 dpi, maximum height/width 1000 pixels
Within the body of the email, please include: full name, title, medium, dimensions, DRPT year (if applicable), best email contact. Please title your jpg with your name and title of work so it looks like this:
FirstnameLastname_BigDraw

For proposals of experiences to be donated:
Within the body of the email, please include: full name, DRPT year (if applicable), best email contact and your idea for your donated experience. Where possible, include an estimated value.

Please consider submitting for this terrific event to support our graduating students!

And on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016- Get ready for THE BIG DRAW!
Starting at 5 pm
Location: The Great Hall
100 McCaul St. Toronto

For more information, please contact:
Vivian So, Program Assistant vso@ocadu.ca

Fourth year CRCP Thesis student is looking for artwork that appeals to more than just the eye

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Friday, December 11, 2015 - 5:00am to Monday, January 4, 2016 - 5:00am

DEADLINE: January 4th at 5:00pm
Submit Up To 3 Works
Open to ALL Artists

Fourth year CRCP Thesis student is looking for artwork that appeals to more than just the eye! As an antidote to “Anti-Retinal” art, artist Marcel Duchamp brought to life The Readymade, challenging conventional notions of what is and what is not considered art. Looking for works which attract the mind and incorporate the playfulness, humor and manipulation of The Readymade. This can include but is not limited to works that surround themes of authenticity, facades, reproduction, context displacement, language displacement etc...
Chosen works will be included in an exhibition in spring of 2016 in Toronto.
Accepting all mediums of work.

Please send documented work as JPEG's.
For performance, digital video or any time based works please upload video documentation to YouTube or Vimeo and send the URL and password (if required).
Clearly label each work with your name, dimensions, medium and any other critical information pertaining to your work.
Please send all submissions to crcpthesis@gmail.com

Works will be reviewed after the submission deadline, and you will be contacted if your work has been chosen.

Email: 
crcpthesis@gmail.com

Call for Submissions: Modern Laundry

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, January 15, 2016 - 5:00am

Call for Submissions
Open: November 2
Submissions Close: January 15
Mediums: Open to artists and designers working in visual art, design and writing (fiction and non-fiction).
Send submissions or questions to: modernlaundrymag@gmail.com

PUBLICATION DESCRIPTION:
Modern Laundry is an art publication I will be curating and designing for my Curatorial thesis at OCAD University. The project is centred around the site of ruin and how it is perceived, and will be largely submission-based. Here are some topics I’ll be covering:
In the case of architectural ruin, there exists a double state between nostalgic monument to the past and revolutionary allegory for change and rebirth. Ruins are therefore caught between life and death, reminding us of the splendour of the past but also its resultant failures and shortcomings.
The concept of the ruin is complicated further when we look at the relatively recent development of planned obsolescence, in which the ruin is built into the design of consumer products, creating an endless cycle of consumption and excretion. Perceived obsolescence on the other hand does not even rely on the physical breakdown of the object, only the replacement of its sense of newness with another product, casting the first into a grey half-life.
The publication is therefore a comparison between classic and modern conceptions of ruin. How does garbage and the undead object act in relation to the architectural ruin? How do we live both functionally and aesthetically in an undead landscape, caught between growth and decay?
Topics explored include:
Architectural Ruin / Haunted sites
Planned / Perceived Obsolescence
Re-adaptation of objects / garbage
Undead objects / architecture
Relationship between growth and decay
Trash aesthetics / Kitsch

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
FOR IMAGES: Submit 1-5 high quality images (jpeg or PDF only). Black and white images are preferred.
FOR WRITING: Submit up to 1400 words (Pages or Microsoft Word files only)
Send all submissions to modernlaundrymag@gmail.com, including your name and title of work.
To see some of my own work and the projects I’m involved in, visit www.benoneil.comand www.day-trip.ca

Ben O'Neil
modernlaundrymag@gmail.com
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Reconstructing Resilience

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, December 4, 2015 - 5:00am

Reconstructing Resilience is a symposium and exhibition that brings together researchers, artists,
educators, students and community members who are interested in reimagining what it means to be
creatively resilient and sustainable within contemporary society. Hosted by the Impact Economy
Research Hub (IERH) at OCAD University and using varied engagement methods, this event will
highlight local initiatives and act as a knowledge exchange platform for participants.
Resilience, here, refers to a community’s ability to creatively adjust and sustain itself in light of rapid
and occasionally negative change. Sustainability permeates multiple arenas, including economics,
ecology, politics and culture. Reconstructing Resilience will provide the opportunity to examine
intersections of all these spheres.
Is it possible to construct initiatives that truly bridge all four areas of sustainability? What do these
initiatives look like? How is it possible to ensure success, given the diverse intersection of dimensions?
And how do we measure this success? Sprout Guerrilla, an urban gardening business that makes
graffiti art out of moss to counteract air pollution and educate the community about environmental
issues, serves as an illustrative project that addresses these questions.
Reconstructing Resilience invites submissions from researchers, artists, designers and makers. We
welcome submissions in diverse formats, including academic research papers, talks and workshops for
the symposium, and art/craft/design projects suitable for a group exhibition. The exhibition is
scheduled to run from January 15 th – 30 th , 2016 in 49 McCaul street. The symposium will fall on Friday
January 15 th and culminate with the exhibition opening on the evening of the 15 th .
How to apply:
To submit for the exhibition, please send a short bio, statement of interest and 5 -10 supporting
images.
For symposium submissions, please send a short bio, statement of interest and abstract.
To volunteer, please email your preferred area of expertise.
All completed application packs should be sent via email to vclough@faculty.ocadu.ca by 5pm, Friday
December 4 th , 2015. A limited number of bursaries are available for select students, to cover transport
or material costs, please state on your submission if you would like to be considered for funding.

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul street

Submission Deadline for MESH’s Art Exhibition Fundraiser

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Friday, October 30, 2015 - 4:00am

This is a call for submissions for MESH’s Art Exhibition Fundraiser, giving OCAD U students an opportunity to display and sell their artwork in a social setting. The inspiration for MESH comes from the idea of bringing all kinds of people together from different backgrounds, practices and walks of life. This exhibition will “MESH” the unique individuals of both the faculty of art and design, giving students a platform to showcase their talents as well as working together to raise money for a greater cause. This will be your chance, your platform to speak and be seen. We are looking for creative artists looking to change the world and address the social issues of today with their innovative ideas. We're looking for art that reflects raw human emotions and narratives. Art related to isolation, change, war, lost hope, confusion, compassion and anything related to what the Syrian refugees must feel being displaced from their homeland. We want to have everyone embrace Canada's decision to welcome these refugees through showing the reality of what is happening in their world.

It will be a grand social event with music, performances, drinks and fun! Let's all celebrate life.

The proceeds from this event (as well as fees) will be donated to Syrian refugees displaced in this current world crisis. It is optional for artists/vendors to donate some of their profits for the cause, but it is encouraged. It is crucial for us to come together and help those in need in any way possible. Details of the charity are in this link: http://lifelinesyria.ca/

Please submit the following to meshsubmissions@gmail.com by Friday, OCTOBER 23:
1. Your name and the faculty you belong to 2. A description of your artwork/product/entrepreneurial venture (50-100 words) with a picture of your artwork/product 3. A link to your website or portfolio 3. Price range of your art/product (if selling)

Our timeline is as follows:
Submission Deadline October 30
Jurors Selection Announced November 1
SHOW Friday, November 13 7 to 11 p.m. (49 McCaul St.)

For any questions or inquiries please direct them to meshsubmissions@gmail.com

After the submission deadline, this link will serve as an event page.

Venue & Address: 
meshsubmissions@gmail.com
Email: 
<p>meshsubmissions@gmail.com</p>

Call for Submissions for MESH’s Art Exhibition Fundraiser

MESH logo
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 4:00am

This is a call for submissions for MESH’s Art Exhibition Fundraiser, giving OCAD U students an opportunity to display and sell their artwork in a social setting. The inspiration for MESH comes from the idea of bringing all kinds of people together from different backgrounds, practices and walks of life. This exhibition will “MESH” the unique individuals of both the faculty of art and design, giving students a platform to showcase their talents as well as working together to raise money for a greater cause. This will be your chance, your platform to speak and be seen. We are looking for creative artists looking to change the world and address the social issues of today with their innovative ideas. We're looking for art that reflects raw human emotions and narratives. Art related to isolation, change, war, lost hope, confusion, compassion and anything related to what the Syrian refugees must feel being displaced from their homeland. We want to have everyone embrace Canada's decision to welcome these refugees through showing the reality of what is happening in their world.

It will be a grand social event with music, performances, drinks and fun! Let's all celebrate life.

The proceeds from this event (as well as fees) will be donated to Syrian refugees displaced in this current world crisis. It is optional for artists/vendors to donate some of their profits for the cause, but it is encouraged. It is crucial for us to come together and help those in need in any way possible. Details of the charity are in this link: http://lifelinesyria.ca/

Please submit the following to meshsubmissions@gmail.com by Friday, OCTOBER 23
1. Your name and the faculty you belong to 2. A description of your artwork/product/entrepreneurial venture (50-100 words) with a picture of your artwork/product 3. A link to your website or portfolio 3. Price range of your art/product (if selling)

Our timeline is as follows:
Submission Deadline October 30
Jurors Selection Announced November 1
SHOW Friday, November 13, 7 to 11 p.m. (49 McCaul)

For any questions or inquiries please direct them to meshsubmissions@gmail.com

After the submission deadline, this link will serve as an event page.

Venue & Address: 
meshsubmissions@gmail.com
Email: 
<p>meshsubmissions@gmail.com</p>

Call for Submissions; 52Cards Art Show

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:00am

Call for Submissions;
52Cards Art Show

Calling all artists & designers at OCAD U!
1) Submit a digital art piece of any medium (photography, print, illustration, drawing, painting, anything 2D) that is 10”x10” and dpi of 300 pixels.
2) Submit a brief description of your original work; whether it is available or not, the size of it, and a rough estimate of how much you think the original work is worth.
Email your work to 52cardshow@gmail.com by November 6th.
1) You will earn $15 if your works makes it to the show.
2) If your original work makes it you will get 80% of the commission.

Calling all faculty and departments at OCAD U!
Support your students by purchasing a print of their work! 52Cards is an event on Thursday, November 19th in which 52 students will showcase prints of their work.
Show your support by purchasing a $25 dollar ticket, prior to the event.
Your event ticket will be randomly matched with a print at the event that you can take home!
Buy your tickets online here!
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/52-cards-art-show-tickets-19263236860
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us!
Email: 52cardshow@gmail.com
Twitter: @52cardshow

Email: 
52cardshow@gmail.com

B3D Design Conference at Ryerson University

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Friday, October 23, 2015 - 12:00pm to Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 9:00pm

B3D is a research discourse on 3D technology driven design across both the virtual and physical space with a focus on the impacts on society.

Angelika Seeschaaf Veres, Ala Roushan, and Greg Sims from OCAD will be speakers on Oct. 23rd and we'd like to invite OCAD students, faculty, staff, and alumni interested in 3D Design to attend. To attend on Oct. 23rd, they will need to register ahead of time.

We are also hoping to have OCAD students with readily available 3D design projects featured in the 3D Design exhibition on the evening of Oct. 23rd and Oct. 24th. This is an outside expert curated exhibition of 3D artistic and industrial design. B3D will be featuring high quality, innovative student projects along side top amateur and professional artists and designers work involving 3D virtual and physical space technologies.

We're reserving student tickets to the Oct. 24th main event (paid event) for student volunteers from Ryerson, U of Toronto, and OCAD.

Venue & Address: 
Ryerson University
Website: 
http://be3dimensional.com/
Cost: 
http://be3dimensional.com/

H&M and OCAD University Introduce ‘Toronto Loves Fashion! Fashion Loves Toronto!’, A Student Competition

Monday, May 4, 2015 - 7:30pm

H&M and OCAD University Introduce ‘Toronto Loves Fashion! Fashion Loves Toronto!’, A Student Competition

The Competition
Cutting edge international fashion retailer H&M and OCAD University’s Faculty of Art are pleased to announce an exciting new competition, ‘Toronto Loves Fashion! Fashion Loves Toronto!, a venture that will feature OCAD University’s fastest growing specialization in the vanguard art form of Digital Painting. H&M is looking for work from up to 8 artists to be displayed on the temporary construction hoarding in front of the H&M Toronto flagship store at Dundas and Yonge Streets. The winning students will each receive:
• $500 in cash or H&M gift certificates
• An exclusive invitation to H&M’s re-launch event
• Lots of public exposure through traditional press and social media

Background
H&M is renovating its iconic location in the heart of Toronto in the Eaton Centre at Yonge and Dundas. During the renovation, the store will be covered with temporary walls (hoarding) and H&M wants to work with creative and talented individuals to help make this project unique and special, incorporating the worlds of art and fashion into a visual creation for people passing by Canada’s busiest intersection!

Specifications
8 artworks will be chosen, each piece is to be a Digital Painting on vinyl output. The final dimensions of each artwork are to be: 3’ 6” x 6’. The artworks will be printed digitally on vinyl and will be treated for durability. Didactic panels will accompany the artworks and include information about OCAD U, the Digital Painting specialization, and information about each artist.

Eligibility
The competition is open to all 3rd and 4th year OCAD University students, as well as recent alumni.

Student Expectations
Please submit all of the following files electronically, via WeTransfer, Dropbox file share, another file sharing service or on a CD or zip drive by May 4th, to Tracy Buchanan in the Faculty of Art office or at tbuchanan@ocadu.ca. Please use the phrase Toronto Loves Fashion! Fashion Loves Toronto! in the subject line of your email or as your folder name.

• A maximum of 2 digital images (350 dpi, at least 5” on smallest side) by May 4th (only one per student can be chosen)
• The Artist Participation Agreement
• Short Artist Statement (50-100 words) to present the artwork and its artist
• A brief bio (50-100 words)

Selection Process and Timeline
The jury will be comprised of 3 members from H&M and 2 members from OCAD University. The jury will meet to view submissions on May 6th. The winners will be contacted by email on May 6th.
The work is to be completed and delivered by the winning student by May 22nd.
H&M will install the temporary construction hoarding and all the artistic elements by May 29th.
The winners will meet with H&M and OCAD U to admire the pieces on the H&M store hoarding and will be rewarded with their $500 cash or gift cards on June 5th.

Venue & Address: 
H&M Toronto flagship store at Dundas and Yonge Streets
Email: 
tbuchanan@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x 330

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