Panel Talk: Collaboration as Process

Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 1:00pm

Collaboration as Process
Saturday, January 19 at 1 p.m.


Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Panel talk with exhibiting artists Maryanne Casasanta, DaveandJenn and Pejvak (Rouzbeh Akhbari + Felix Kalmenson)
Moderated by Lisa Deanne Smith

Collaboration is the keystone of many of the exhibiting artists’ practices in Onsite Gallery's Winter exhibition, How to Breathe Forever. Taking place at Onsite Gallery, the artists will share their perspective on what collaboration means to them and their practice.


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.


Maryanne Casasanta (Toronto, Ontario)
Maryanne Casasanta is an artist educator working in photography, video and performance. Central to her practice is the relationship between art and home, and art and life. Often documented through photos or video, performances of light gestures and subtle interventions propose ways of transforming a routine experience, promoting an active immersion—and reconsideration of—small, ordinary events. Maryanne observes other areas of research such as, process-based learning and art making, co-creation, and movement, which she explores by working alongside artists across a number of fields. She has exhibited widely and her projects have been supported by the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. Maryanne earned a BFA from OCAD University (Integrated Media, 2005) and holds an MFA from the University of Guelph (2014). She is currently a Master of Education candidate in the Curriculum, Teaching and Learning program at the University of Toronto.

DaveandJenn (Calgary, Alberta)
DaveandJenn (David Foy and Jennifer Saleik) have collaborated since 2004. Foy was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1982; Saleik in Velbert, Germany, in 1983. They graduated with distinction from the Alberta College of Art + Design in 2006, making their first appearance as DaveandJenn in the graduating exhibition. Experimenting with form and materials is an important aspect of their work, which includes painting, sculpture, installation, animation and digital video. Over the years, they have developed a method of painting dense, rich worlds in between multiple layers of resin, slowly building up their final image in a manner that is reminiscent of celluloid animation, collage and Victorian shadow boxes. They have been shortlisted for RBC’s Canadian Painting Competition (2006, 2009), awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Biennial Emerging Artist Award (2010) and longlisted for the Sobey Art Award (2011). Their work can be found in both private and public collections throughout North America, including the Royal Bank of Canada, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Calgary Municipal Collection and the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

Pevjak — Rouzbeh Akhbari (Tehran, Iran/Toronto, Ontario) and Felix Kalmenson (St. Petersburg, Russia/Toronto, Ontario)
Pejvak (Rouzbeh Akhbari & Felix Kalmenson) is the long-term collaboration between Felix Kalmenson and Rouzbeh Akhbari. Through their multivalent, intuitive approach to research and living, they find themselves in a convergence and entanglement with like-minded collaborators, histories and various geographies.

Rouzbeh Akhbari is an artist working in video installation and film. His practice is research-driven and usually exists at the intersections of political economy, critical architecture, and planning. Through a delicate examination of the violences and intimacies that occur at the boundaries of lived experience and constructed histories, Akhbari uncovers the minutiae of power that organize and regiment the world around us.

Felix Kalmenson is an artist whose practice navigates installation, video and performance. Kalmenson’s work variably narrates the liminal space of a researcher’s and artist’s encounter with landscape and archive. By bearing witness to everyday life, and hardening the more fragile vestiges of private and collective histories through their work, Kalmenson gives themselves away to the cadence of a poem, always in flux.


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: DaveandJenn; No Horizons; 2017; polymer clay, acrylic paint, silicon carbide, fibre, wire, acetate and dichoric film; 8.5” x 11.25” x 19.75”. Courtesy of the artist. Image courtesy of Glenbow Museum, photo by Owen Melenka.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. West)
416-977-6000 x456
DaveandJenn; No Horizons; 2017; polymer clay, acrylic paint, silicon carbide, fibre, wire, acetate and dichoric film; 8.5” x 11.

IoT Collaboration

About IoT Collaboration:

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a broad emerging technology that touches upon a host of industries and applications as a backend coordination and interaction medium. It typically involves sensing, analytics, visualization, and network communication.

This work targets the exploration and development of a new IoT platform, LACE-Net, for bridging users with their environments and each other. As such, it considers:

a) how to display information to users and allow for fluent user interactions in IoT spaces;
b) how to maintain trust and privacy between users of IoT information in their  interactions; and
c) how to apply these designs for effective user to user interaction, coordination, and collaboration in IoT environments, while gauging the dynamics of IoT organizations in action.

The potential use cases of the adaptive and privacy elements of IoT are vast, impacting varied stakeholder domains. With the combined perspectives of users, groups of users, and the overall IoT system, managers of IoT deployed systems of all kinds can gain valuable insights that can have an impact on policy-making and governmental decisions. Such a system can have an impact on mitigating the number of information silos within organizations by allowing for multi-level collaborations to be formed.


Click below to learn more about the Internet of Things and current ACE-Lab research:
IoT Interaction
IoT Assistants
IoT Frameworks and Platforms
IoT Privacy

Blue Internet of Things Project Banner. Digital images of a planet, world map, and devices connected by glowing blue networks.
Friday, February 9, 2018 - 10:15am
Lab Member: 
Alexis Morris
Nadine Lessio

International Zine Month Celebration (& zine making event)!

Pictured: a pile of zines made by the OCADU Zine Collective
Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

To celebrate International Zine Month (and International Zine Library Day, which is the next day!), the OCAD Zine Library and the OCADU Zine Collective are asking you to contribute to a collaborative zine!
From 1pm to 3pm, join us in the Learning Zone to add a page to a collabroative zine. The content of your page(s) can be anything you want, but we'll have prompts on hand if you need some inspiration. 
If you've never made a zine before don't be shy, we can show you how!

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul, main floor (also accessible from 122 St. Patrick entrance)

Survivor Stitch-In

Monument Quilt sample
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 5:00pm to 11:00pm

Survivor Stitch-In is a free supportive and activist event for the OCADU community. The Survivor Stitch-In draws on the long history of quilting, and specifically on the work of the Monument Quilt, based in Maryland USA, and provides gathering space for survivors of sexual violence and their allies to create quilt squares that will be sewn together into a larger quilt and displayed at OCADU. 


Wednesday November 16 - Friday November 18 from 12-6pm daily

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 1pm - quilting square instruction session

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2-4pm - Health & Wellness Centre supportive staff present


Survivor Stitch-in is generously supported by: ODESI and the OCADU Material Art & Design program

Organized by the Health & Wellness Center and the Student Gallery


Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery, 52 McCaul St.
Monument Quilt sample

When Lightening Strikes Twice

When Lightening Strikes Twice
Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, June 15, 2008 - 4:00am

Who: Vladimir Spicanovic & Amanda Clyne / Lindsay Page & Alex Kisilevich / Wendy Cain & Katherine Dynes / Francis LeBouthillier & Dan Eylon / Nicole Collins & Jacob Horwood / Michèle White & Erin Siegel / Anda Kubis & Anna Pantchev /Jennifer Long & Katie Skene / Jack Cassady & Amanda Nedham /Alexander Irving & Rachel MacFarlane

What happens when an established OCAD faculty artists team up with emerging student talent? Witness this unique collaborative energy at XPACE's first annual fundraiser. With twenty artists and ten pairs of new work, this is your chance to purchase work by established artists while supporting emerging artists and helping XPACE deliver exciting and innovative programming.

Venue & Address: 
XPACE Cultural Centre 58 Ossington Ave., Toronto, Ontario


Monday, June 16, 2008 - 4:00am to Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 4:00am

In a sculptural collaboration, Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero use ice to make an artwork melted over the duration of the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s CASHRA conference. A large block of ice signifies a life-size form, the body absent, as evidence that it too will disappear. This work symbolically suggested the frozen land of Canada in winter. To be left outside for too long is to die.

last seen alive in police custody
under the influence
found 5 days later frozen to death in a field
wearing one shoe
marks on his body likely caused by handcuffs

aboriginal teenage boy
dropped off and walking to where?

In memory of Neil Stonechild (1973-1990)

This is the second installation of Rebecca Belmore and Osvaldo Yero’s temporal sculpture, Freeze. An anti-monument, its power relies on the memories and associations that linger well beyond the physical fact of its disappearance. As ice melts into air over the two days of the human rights conference, the aspiration is that the weight of oppression, personal and systemic, begins to evaporate as well.

Multidisciplinary artists Rebecca Belmore (Anishinabe) and Cuban-born artist Osvaldo Yero currently live and work in Vancouver.

Rebecca Belmore, who represented Canada at the 2005 Venice Biennale, has long been creating work about the plight of the disenfranchised and marginalized in society. In her poignant and dramatic performances, the artist's own body becomes the site of historical, cultural and political investigations as she explores the world of myth and community, boundaries between public and private, chaos and linear narrative.

Osvaldo Yero is best known for dealing with the vernacular culture and political climate of his homeland by incorporating emblems of religion, sexuality, nationalistic crests and symbols in his work with irony and affection.

The installation Freeze is a public art project of the convenience curatorial collective.

Support of the Ontario Human Rights Commission is gratefully acknowledged.

Venue & Address: 
Niagara College Courtyard, Main Building, Niagara-on-the-lake Campus, Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario

VERBATIM Film Festival

Friday, November 23, 2007 - 5:00am to Friday, November 30, 2007 - 5:00am

VERBATIM Film Festival presents collaborative works by Toronto-based artists and educators, Johanna Householder and b.h.Yael. Approximations: parts 1 ' 3, is a project series which takes an ironic and critical look at Hollywood films and their over-articulations of male power. The series includes The Mission, (4min 21sec) December 31, 2000 (7min 22sec) and Next to Last Tango (7min). The films referenced include Apocalypse Now, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Last Tango in Paris. With much wit and wisdom, the gendered apocalyptic vision of Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ is taken up in VERBATIM (7min 45sec).
When Gibson released the film in time for the Easter screenings of 2004, it had received an enormous amount of pre-publicity around Gibson's vaunted goal of verisimilitude, which included the cast speaking in Aramaic and Latin, but didn't exclude the studio set for the garden of Gesthemene, flooded with smoke and blue light, or the previously unreported presence of the Devil (herself) on the Via Dolorosa.
'Our strategy is to open up the question about accuracy versus interpretation, a tactic that Gibson used to ensure that the conservative Christian audiences, for whom it was made, would approach The Passion with proper, uncritical reverence. But then Pope John Paul II agreed: 'It is as it was,' he was reported as saying in the Wall Street Journal. This version just is.'
Both b.h.Yael, and Johanna Householder are professors of Integrated Media Program in the Faculty of Art at the Ontario College of Art and Design.
Johanna Householder has been making performances and other artwork in Canada since the late 1970s. She was a member of the notorious, satirical feminist performance ensemble, The Clichettes, who performed under variable circumstances, throughout the 1980s. Householder has maintained a unique performance practice, often collaborating with other artists. She is one of the founders of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, and with Tanya Mars, she co-edited Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance by Canadian women, YYZ Books, 2004.
b.h.Yael is a Toronto based filmmaker, video and installation artist. Yael's work has exhibited nationally and internationally and has shown in various settings, from festivals to galleries to various educational venues. Her works have been purchased by several universities. These include Fresh Blood, A Consideration of Belonging, In the Middle of the Street, and Trisk-aidekaphobia. In 2006, Yael premiered Palestine Trilogy, three videos that focus on activist initiatives, addressing the politics of Palestine and Israel in sites of solidarity. Yael has just completed Trading the Future, a video essay questioning the ways in which secular culture has embraced apocalypse as inevitable.

Venue & Address: 
Fleishman Gallery at WonderWorks 79a Harbord Street, Toronto, Ontario

Square Foot 2007

AWOL Gallery presents Square Foot 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007 - 4:00pm to Sunday, September 2, 2007 - 4:00pm

It is truly incredible when you walk in to the installation for the first time. There are so many pieces representing so many artists, and it's amazing how differently each individual artist has used their allotted space. There are so many variations of medium, materials, application, concept, and subject matter, it is somewhat overwhelming. But the longer you look, the more you start to detect common elements, themes and ideas that run like threads throughout the installation as a whole. It is a true visual representation of the sheer volume of diverse creative energy that is present throughout our community, and our city as a whole. With the presence of so many international artists that idea is not only limited to our city, but is a true representation of diverse global creative coexistence that equates an extremely unique visual art experience.'
Paul Robert Turner, Co-Founder & Co-Director of AWOL Gallery

Venue & Address: 
AWOL Gallery 100A Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

We did everything adults would do. What went wrong? Johanna Householder and Frances Leeming

black and white photo of a young girl
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 5:00am to Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 5:00am

Opening Reception November 13th 6 - 8 PM
Curator Taryn Sirove
Panel Discussion Saturday Dec 12th 3-5pm
With Ian Carr-Harris and Dr. Hannah Dyer, moderated by Taryn Sirove

Titled after a misquote commonly attributed to William Golding’s 1954 novel Lord of the Flies, the exhibition, We did everything adults would do. What went wrong? can be understood as a single, collaborative installation by Frances Leeming and Johanna Householder. In a large-scale video projection at the center of the exhibition, the artists consider adult representations of children in conflict in two twentieth century films: Wee Willie Winkie (1937) and Lord of the Flies (1963). Reworking footage from these allegories for expansionist promotions of “civilization,” the artists put the two iconic protagonists—Winkie (Shirley Temple) and Piggy (Hugh Edwards)—into dialogue. Householder and Leeming tease out a pattern of similarities across shifting articulations of the original literature, isolating narrative constructions that betray the way we as adults symbolically project our own anxieties and ambitions onto figures of children, in these stories, using Western colonial vocabularies around conflict and war.

Johanna Householder has been working at the intersection of popular and unpopular culture in performance, dance, video and intermedia art since the late 1970s. Shaping plundered source material in order to talk back to mass forms, Householder practices her own brand of cultural detournement, often in collaboration with other artists. She recently performed at Performancear o Morir in Chihuahua, at undisclosed territory in Java, and at M:ST in Calgary, AB. She is one of the founders of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art and with Tanya Mars she edited Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women (YYZ Books, 2005) - and they are currently at work on Volume Two.

Frances Leeming's performance, film and installation projects exploring the relationships between gender, technology and consumerism have been presented in Canada, Quebec, the U.S., Britain, Poland and Italy. Her feminist satire film animations The Orientation Express (1987) and Genetic Admiration (2005) have been showcased via film festivals and television broadcasts. Genetic Admiration is featured in Jackie Stacey's book The Cinematic Life of The Gene (2010). Leeming's performance history includes collaborations with Johanna Householder and Clive Robertson and kinetic installation works include Endeavour (2010) commissioned by the Media Gallery, Concordia University. Frances currently teaches Film and Media Studies at Queen's University, Kingston.

Taryn Sirove is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa. Her writing on the Ontario Censor Wars can be found in Explosion in the Movie Machine: Histories of Toronto Moving Image Culture (Images Festival, LIFT and YYZ Books, 2013). Sirove has completed curatorial projects for such institutions as A Space Gallery and Vtape Distribution Centre, in Toronto, Ontario, and written about media art for such publications as Fuse Magazine and (with Erin Morton) Postscript.

Venue & Address: 
A Space Gallery 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 110 Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8

Art Camp Exhibition at Ryerson Artscape

Black text and marks
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 4:00am to Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 5:00am

Opening Reception: October 22nd, 7 - 10pm

An exhibition exploring our contemporary understanding of reality from the context of the physical and digital spaces that collectively constitute our world.

Featuring work from 13 Ryerson + OCAD U photography students & alumni:

Andrea Chartrand
Mauricio Estrada
Abigail Lomboy
Antonio Giacchetti
Jesse Marcelo Sarkis
Allison Morris
Manuela Morales
Hilary Riem
Camille Rojas
Evan Roy
Farihah Shah
Morgan Sears-Williams
Cassandera Xavier

Part of the first Art Camp Residency in collaboration with OCAD U & Ryerson University that took place at the Ryerson Artspace from May - October 2015.
Art Camp brings together 13 students from OCAD U’s Photography department and Ryerson’s School of Image Arts to collaborate on community building and art creation.

Gallery Hours:
Thursday - Friday: 1 - 6pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12 - 5pm

Venue & Address: 
Ryerson Artspace 1214 Queen St. West
Media Contact:
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