Kate Hartman

Kate Hartman is an Associate Professor at OCAD University, where she is Graduate Program Director of Digital Futures and the founding Director of Social Body Lab - a research and development team dedicated to exploring body-centric technologies in the social context. She is also an Adjunct Instructor and Director of ITP Camp at the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University.

r u part of the art?

R U Part of the Art
Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 10:45pm to Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 11:00am

A Conceptual intervention during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche by OCAD student Farah Yusuf and Alex Stephan.

Text 'yes' to 647-989-7707 The public is invited to subscribe to mobile text alerts that are sent to their cell phones at regular intervals over the course of the night. The text messages are instructions that they are asked to perform -- some will require acts that are social or demonstrative in nature, while other instructions are vague and introspective. By allowing the collaborative unpredictability of the user experience, the interpretation of the work is entirely in their domain. It is at once both public spectacle and private contemplation. "r u part of the art” investigates the social dimension of participation in this highly networked culture. The use of the cell phone and text messaging as the delivery medium provides an immediacy of execution that transcends spatial boundaries. Participation is a key element to the piece. Whether that participation is physical or symbolic, the goal is to blur the line between performer and audience. No premium mobile fees apply to use this service. Regular carrier charges apply as per your individual service contract. Limited Enrolment.

Venue & Address: 
40 King Street West 40 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario

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Thursday, August 14, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 4:00am

Maria Litwin, a 2008 graduate, writes and presents a variety of role reversal rejection letters.

Rejection letters in an artist's life are a symbol of the complicated relationship post-industrial capitalism has with art. The complication results in a clash of two fundamental concepts with the Western world: the notion of individuality and freedom of expression versus the market and its ability to determine value.

Venue & Address: 
Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects 1086 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario

Artist Mel Chin: From Melrose Place to toxic landfills

Image of artist Mel Chin speaking with students
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 5:00am

Houston-based artist Mel Chin opened his March 9 talk “You are Never Done” with a solo rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Suspicious Minds.” After grabbing the attention of the capacity crowd – more than 300 people filled the auditorium – Chin launched into a lively presentation of some of his most spectacular creations: large-scale conceptual art with social impact.

Chin showed images from Revival Field, a landscape-art project that combines science, technology and art. He planted hyperaccumulator plants to naturally draw toxic heavy metal from the soil at a Minnesota landfill. Chin has worked with other scientists and artists to replicate the project in Palmerton, Pennsylvania, and Stuttgart, Germany.

For In the Name of the Place, Chin and his collaborators inserted art objects on the set of the prime-time TV series Melrose Place, placing fine art into popular culture. The pieces were later auctioned off to benefit educational charities.

Chin also screened the trailer for 9/11-9/11 (2006), an animated film based on his graphic novel of the same title. The fictional love story examines the human impact of covert political machinations.

During his visit to OCAD University, Chin also met with a group of students who are committed to social justice through their art or activities on campus.

"You are never done" is presented by the President's Speaker Series in association with Onsite Gallery’s ONSITE/EXCITE/INSPIRE program which investigates stimulating change through public platforms outside the gallery.

International conceptual artist Ryan Gander inspires OCAD University community

Artist Ryan Gander speaking at lecture
Artist Ryan Gander seated with students
Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 5:00am

British conceptual artist Ryan Gander delivered an unconventional public talk at OCAD U on February 23. Bridging comedy and philosophy, the informal presentation titled LAX (Loose Associations X) was sprinkled with critiques of contemporary architecture, consumerist society and other seemingly unrelated topics.  

Gander is on campus for a week as part of OCAD U’s Nomadic Residents program working on a collaborative project with students that explores the idea of enforcing a methodology to create art. The resulting exhibition, Auto-Abstraction and Happenstance in Art Making, opens with a reception on Thursday, February 25, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Ada Slaight Gallery, Level 2, 100 McCaul St., Toronto.

Gander’s residency at OCAD U runs concurrently with a solo exhibition at Scrap Metal Gallery, Creative Play May Entail Some Risk Taking, through May 17.

Nomadic Residents is made possible by the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation. Other partners include the Impact Collective, Scrap Metal Gallery and the Musée d'art contemporain.

Gander is interviewed in CanadianArt.ca.


Adam David Brown's work included in exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario

carved gysum with text: 29 July 1822, Looking East, 10 O'clock in the morning.  Silvery Clouds
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 - 5:00am to Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 4:00am

Many things brought from one climate to another

NOW – JUNE 2016

The art on the fifth floor is a selection of the AGO's recent acquisitions of contemporary art. The title is taken from a 1981 work by American conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner. Like many other artists from the 1960s to the present, Weiner creates art using language, resulting in artworks that have no physical form but appear instead on gallery walls, in spoken word and in printed matter. In this context, Weiner's statement offers a framework for this display, connecting artworks from across vast distances to provide a snapshot of current artistic thinking. The works of art on view reveal how these international artists navigate the complexities of contemporary life, while also asking us to consider the diverse textures of present-day experience, the lingering effects of the past and the challenges we face in creating more equitable societies.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario

Venue & Address: 
The Art Gallery of Ontario
Included in AGO General Admission

Artist Ryan Gander: 2016 Nomadic Resident

Image of a tent-like installation
Monday, February 22, 2016 - 5:00am to Friday, February 26, 2016 - 5:00am

The Faculty of Art is pleased to welcome internationally renowned London-based conceptual artist Ryan Gander as OCAD University’s 2016 Nomadic Resident. Gander will be a guest of the university from February 22 to 26, presenting a public talk and collaborating with students on a project and exhibition.

“Gander’s diverse and cross-disciplinary inquiries stimulate deep reflection and a critique of art that will surely galvanize and inspire many of our students, faculty and staff,” said Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean of the Faculty of Art. “We invite the public to experience Gander’s playful, yet questioning, take on art and education.”

Public Talk: LAX (Loose Associations X)
Tuesday, February 23, 7 p.m.
OCAD University Auditorium, Room 190, 100 McCaul St.

The talk sits on the border between lecture, performance and presentation. Reminiscent of an informal conversation amongst friends in a pub, its subjects roam aimlessly, linked only by seemingly trivial facts. The work attempts to question the use, interpretation and regurgitation of knowledge and information within common educational models.

Admission is free, seating is limited

Exhibition: Auto-Abstraction and Happenstance in Art Making
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 25, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
OCAD University, Ada Slaight Gallery, 2nd floor, 100 McCaul St.

During his residency, Gander will be working on a collaborative project with students exploring the idea of enforcing a methodology to creating art. Auto-Abstraction and Happenstance in Art Making is about finding systems and devices that exist in the everyday world that create art through happenstance.

The Nomadic Residents program is made possible by the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation. Supporting partners include the Impact Collective, Scrap Metal Gallery and the Musée d'art contemporain.

Ryan Gander’s complex and unfettered conceptual practice is stimulated by queries, investigations or what-ifs, rather than strict rules or limits. Language and storytelling play an overarching role in his work, not least in his series of Loose Association lectures or in his attempt to slip a nonsensical, palindromic new word, ‘mitim’, into the English language. Born in Chester in 1976, Gander lives and works in London.  

About Nomadic Residents – International Residencies at OCAD University
Launched in 2006, Nomadic Residents aims to inspire and influence the OCAD University community and the public by featuring artists and thinkers from around the world whose work questions issues such as travel, mobility, displacement, dislocation, and homelessness, as well as the speed or instability of modern life. In bringing these innovative and diverse individuals to take up temporary residence at OCAD U, Nomadic Residents joins here to there, the local to the global and the provisional and the permanent.

For more information contact:

Derek Liddington
Coordinator, Impact Exchange
Centre For Emerging Artists and Designers 
Sessional Faculty
Faculty of Art
416.977.6000 x3844

Venue & Address: 
Public Talk: LAX (Loose Associations X) Tuesday, February 23, 7 p.m. OCAD University Auditorium, Room 190, 100 McCaul St.

Art Objects (Ma Babies) batch 3

Art Objects (Ma Babies) batch 3, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 10:30pm to Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 11:00am

A Scotiabank Nuit Blanche independent project with alumna Paulina Wiszowata

Challenging the precious notions of painting and sculpture, I infiltrate the art community by selecting detritus from other artist's work, only to transform it into art-objects and then distribute to the viewer. This ephemerality in my work establishes a dematerializing value system determined by the inter-personal relationships between artist, object, and viewer. Replacing the object with a photograph of this gesture I transform the object into a concept or idea.

By generating an effortless appearance with calculated gestures, I critique the very idea of myself as an artist through self-reflexivity. I see myself as both in and outside of the art community. Through the exchange of objects and ideas I turn individuals into performers and they become my material alongside the objects and ideas.

Paulina is a recent graduate of OCAD U.

Art Objects (Ma Babies) batch 3, 2013






Venue & Address: 
bulthaup Toronto, 280 King Street East Toronto, Ontario