2nd Asia-Global-Cultural-Studies-Forum (AGCSF)

Saturday, October 26, 2019 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Date: Saturday, October 26th, 2019 @ 2-6 pm

Venue: Room 284, 100 McCaul (OCAD U)

 

Facilitated by professor Soyang Park (Liberal Studies, Graduate Studies)

3 tiers of presenters: Students, professors, and professionals

Participatory forum: Presenters, discussants, and the audience

Ongoing forum: regularly from September 2019: open for public submission of ideas: email to: spark@faculty.ocadu.ca.

 

*Everyone is welcome to participate in this forum/become a presenter in future events.

*AGCSF does not support any form of ethnocentric or regional chauvinism or hegemonic nationalism unfit for our vision for the future. It solely focuses on promoting cosmopolitan learning and exploration of cultures and multi-directional decolonization.

*AGCSF supports the emergence of other cosmopolitan research groups and fora at OCAD U - based a non-hierarchical and non-exclusionary notion of regional, national, ethnic, and cultural identities.

*For further information: find the “Asia-Global Cultural Studies Forum” (AGCSF)’s official facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pg/Asia-Global-Cultural-Studies-Forum-AGCSF-101978051207514/photos/?ref=page_internal

Or visit our website: https://asiaglobalculturalstudiesforum.wordpress.com

Also check out our youtube channel for our inauguration forum on May 17th (unedited experimental  2-channel montage video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utrGxiguQ9g

 

List of Presentations:

Dr Soyang Park (OCAD U), The Politics of Beauty: The Ghost of Colonialism, White-Washing Rumors, and the K-Beauty Wave   [A Response - The Polemics from the last AGCSForum]

Christie Carriere (D&P, OCAD U),  Art and Community: What I Learned from Five Months of Placement at TeaBase

Kathy Wang (VCS, OCAD U),  Female Representation in Japanese Manga: Ito Junji’s Tomie (1987 – 2000)

Wenjie He (CADN, OCAD U),  Designing the Multilingual: Beijing Olympic Pictograms and Universal Design

Enna Kim (DF, OCAD U), ONLINE//OFFLINE: Digital Diaspora and Speculative Narrative Animation

Keiko Hart (Curator/Programmer, Subtle Technologies and C-Magazine), Locating Identity: Pronunciations of Self

 

                 Global Network of Researchers: Video Participation    

Yilong Liu (Drama/Film Studies, University of Manchester, UK)  

Jessica Liu (Painting and Drawing, Nanjing University of the Arts, China)

Dr Hyunbang Shin (Professor, London School of Economics, UK), On Gentrification, Korean and Chinese Recent  Development

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 What is Culture

Culture is the shared value system and code of conducts that exist in interconnected and contingent differences across communities, cultures, and nations.

Culture in all its manifestations – conventional, popular, emergent, marginal, and resistant – are constantly shaped by and are (re-)shaping our status quo, ways of thinking, and visions.

Culture is not fixed but constantly shifts through the intersecting influences of politics, economy, populations, migrations, and even environment.

The study of culture is empirical as well as theoretical, and most importantly, it is an interdisciplinary endeavor. The set of questions, analyses, and evaluations it involves itself in interacts with other fields of study such as the study of economy and politics; social studies, ethnic studies; cultural anthropology and media studies; identity, gender, sexuality, class, and ideology studies.

     

What is a Forum

A gathering place for exchanges of ideas and views. It is also the agora (Greek), a proto-site of democracy.

 

The ethos of AGCSF:

  • A syncretic forum of all levels of researchers (students, professors, and professionals)
  • Merit- and contents-based (not rank or prestige).
  • No ethnocentric/regional chauvinism or hegemonic nationalism.
  • Cosmopolitanism and exploration of difference and alternative epistemologies.
  • Non-hierarchical organizational model for the promotion of a culture of open discussion.
  • Participatory forum: The participants will consist of the presenters, the discussants, and the audience whose participation is to be equally valued to bring about diverse and multidirectional discussions.
  • The Discussants are an important category of this forum. They are the generators of discussion as well as latent presenters. Those who are interested in presenting are recommended to participate as the discussants first. The discussants – along with the audience – who have previously participated in the forum and substantially contributed to the discussions will be considered with priority as the presenters for the following event.
  • Embodied participation is implied in its growth model based on merit and contribution (rather than on rank or prestige). AGCSF hopes to make this forum truly an intellectually viable place for lively exchange and discussion of ideas and visions, a lively intellectual fora filled with genuine curiosity and openness to different perspectives.
  • Embodied and experiential knowledge: AGCSF values embodied and experiential knowledge, research, and ideas rather than the overly academicized outcomes short of the conductive power to generate grounded and real conversations.
  • ESL students are the most welcome. You are the holders of up-to-date global knowledge. If you have any ideas to share but the only thing that makes you hesitate is your English, please bring a translator or discuss the ideas with us.
Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Room 284
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/Asia-Global-Cultural-Studies-Forum-AGCSF-101978051207514/
https://asiaglobalculturalstudiesforum.wordpress.com
Email: 
spark@faculty.ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
AGCSF in white on a peach background with blue abstract accents

Asia-Global-Cultural-Studies-Forum (AGCSF)  Inaugural Event

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm

The inaugural event

Date: Friday, May 17, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Venue: 205 Richmond St. West, Room 115

Facilitated by professor Soyang Park (Liberal Studies)

3 tiers of presenters: Students, professors, and professionals

Participatory forum: Presenters, discussants, and the audience

Ongoing forum: regularly from September 2019: open for public submission of ideas: email to: spark@faculty.ocadu.ca.

 

List of Presentations

Dr. Soyang Park (OCAD U), A Cosmopolitan Remapping of East Asia and the Asia-Global: Notes Towards Asia-Global-Cultural Studies Forum(AGCSF)

Leon Hsu (OCAD U), Reinventing Tradition Beyond Cultural Paradigm: A Brief Discussion of Cai Guo-Qiang’s Pyrotechnic Ephemera Works

Christine Carriere (OCAD U), Returning the Gaze: Contemporary Asian Female Artists Responding to (Techno) Orientalism

Richard Luong (OCAD U), Directing Orientalism: The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)

Jessica Liu (OCAD U), Painting My Own Being in the World, Falling in and out of Past and Contemporary

Christine Li (OCAD U), Manuel Ocampo and Colonial Legacy: Trauma, Multidirectional Memory, and Redemption

Ema Dan (OCAD U),  Idol, Not Celebrity: K-Pop, K-Pop Fans, and their Symbiosis

Yilong Liu (OCADU), Confronting Ambiguity: The Intersection of Racial and Sexual Repression and Marginalisation in Rex vs Singh and Seeking Single White Male

Florence Yee (OCADU), Bad Forgeries Make for Good Originals: A Studio-Research Project into Cantonese-Canadian Issues of Authenticity, Belonging and Diaspora Subjectivities Working with Text-based Art

Yujia Shi (University of Toronto), From One-Child to Two-Child: Understanding Birth Planning Policies in China’s Population Governance

Hannia Cheng(TeaBase), Tea Base: Against the Displacement and Gentrification of Chinatowns

 

What is Culture

Culture is the shared value system and code of conducts that exist in interconnected and contingent differences across communities, cultures, and nations.

Culture in all its manifestations – conventional, popular, emergent, marginal, and resistant – are constantly shaped by and are (re-)shaping our status quo, ways of thinking, and visions.

Culture is not fixed but constantly shifts through the intersecting influences of politics, economy, populations, migrations, and even environment.

The study of culture is empirical as well as theoretical, and most importantly, it is an interdisciplinary endeavor. The set of questions, analyses, and evaluations it involves itself in interacts with other fields of study such as the study of economy and politics; social studies, ethnic studies; cultural anthropology and media studies; identity, gender, sexuality, class, and ideology studies.

     

What is a Forum

A gathering place for exchanges of ideas and views. It is also the agora (Greek), a proto-site of democracy.

The ethos of AGCSF:

  • A syncretic forum of all levels of researchers (students, professors, and professionals)
  • Merit- and contents-based (not rank or prestige).
  • No ethnocentric/regional chauvinism or hegemonic nationalism.
  • Cosmopolitanism and exploration of difference and alternative epistemologies.
  • Non-hierarchical organizational model for the promotion of a culture of open discussion.
  • Participatory forum: The participants will consist of the presenters, the discussants, and the audience whose participation is to be equally valued to bring about diverse and multidirectional discussions.
  • The Discussants are an important category of this forum. They are the generators of discussion as well as latent presenters. Those who are interested in presenting are recommended to participate as the discussants first. The discussants – along with the audience – who have previously participated in the forum and substantially contributed to the discussions will be considered with priority as the presenters for the following event.
  • Embodied participation is implied in its growth model based on merit and contribution (rather than on rank or prestige). AGCSF hopes to make this forum truly an intellectually viable place for lively exchange and discussion of ideas and visions, a lively intellectual fora filled with genuine curiosity and openness to different perspectives.
  • Embodied and experiential knowledge: AGCSF values embodied and experiential knowledge, research, and ideas rather than the overly academicized outcomes short of the conductive power to generate grounded and real conversations.
  • ESL students are the most welcome. You are the holders of up-to-date global knowledge. If you have any ideas to share but the only thing that makes you hesitate is your English, please bring a translator or discuss the ideas with us.

*Everyone is welcome to participate in this forum/become a presenter in future events.

*AGCSF does not support any form of ethnocentric or regional chauvinism or hegemonic nationalism unfit for our vision for the future. It solely focuses on promoting cosmopolitan learning and exploration of cultures and multi-directional decolonization.

*AGCSF supports the emergence of other cosmopolitan research groups and fora at OCAD U - based a non-hierarchical and non-exclusionary notion of regional, national, ethnic, and cultural identities.

*For further information: find the “Asia-Global Cultural Studies Forum” (AGCSF) event page  on Facebook.

Or visit our website: https://asiaglobalculturalstudiesforum.wordpress.com

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 205 Richmond St. W., Room 115
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/170324180578290/
Email: 
lliu@faculty.ocadu.ca
Cost: 
FREE
"AGCSF" in black text on a flat pink background

Culture Creates Bonds

 

The Culture Creates Bonds study defines key drivers, scenarios, and conditions that create  natural human bonds, those of cultural activities and practices, in a residential or immediate neighbourhood. Historical and contemporary research indicates that cultural contexts, content, and activities act as mechanisms and factors that create a sense of identity, engagement, and relationships within and between communities. Research explores constraints as well as conditions that lead to successful bonding. The study applies a mixed methods approach that includes a literature review; interviews with stakeholders; an analysis of the data and results from the 2017 Culture Track Canada report, and a series of case studies.

Research Study:

http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2454

For the Toronto Star feature on this research project, please see here: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/09/30/sidewalk-labs-launches-research-grants-to-study-human-behaviour.html

ccb
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 3:00pm
Lab Member: 
Dr. Sara Diamond
Dr Alia Weston
Marcus A. Gordon

Line & Verse: An exploration of Visual Arts and Poetry between Canada and Taiwan

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 10:00am to Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 4:00pm

This project was initiated by artists Carlina Chen (Canada) and Hsieh, Chi-Chang (Taiwan), who share a mutual interest in the intersection of poetry and the visual arts and the fostering of a cultural conversation. In the fall of 2016, one poem from each of three Canadian poets, Anne Carson, Patrick Lane and Claire Caldwell, was selected; and three works were chosen from two contemporary Taiwanese poets, Yu, Kwang-Chung and Wang, Feng-Hsiang.

The exhibition features work on paper by 21 Canadian artists and 21 Taiwanese artists and one Canadian performance artist.

The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library will host the first Canadian exhibition. 

Closing Event - Panel Discussion

January 16th, 2019

2:00pm - 4:00pm

More details to come.

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Opening Reception

November 14

4:00pm - 6.30pm

There will be a poetry reading by Claire Caldwell and remarks.

 

Please RSVP via https://lineverse.eventbrite.ca by November 7th, 2018.

Venue & Address: 
The Cheng Yu Tung East Asian Library 8th Floor Robarts Library Toronto, ON, M5S 1A5
Website: 
https://lineverse.eventbrite.ca
https://web.stagram.com/lineverse
https://www.facebook.com/Line.Verse
https://lineversecollective.wordpress.com/
Cost: 
FREE
"Line & Verse" in white text on a blue monochrome photo of a stone staircase

Thinking Through Craft and the Digital Turn

Thinking Through Craft and the Digital Turn is an ongoing research project.

Notions of craft and working by hand are inextricably linked in the popular imagination. Yet today's craft studios feature technological innovations such as 3D printing, laser cutting and computerized textile machinery. Students, faculty and technicians, in university studio departments, develop and explore the relationship of handwork to digital technologies daily. This study focuses on questions of how digital technologies intersect and combine with traditional, mechanical and hand fabrication processes, particularly the possible affordances of digital technology through embodied learning, a pedagogy of the whole body not just the intellect. The discourse is complex, however, autonomy and agency---the control of creative methods and output through materiality, tools and process---are central concerns in craft methodology. We interrogate the concepts of re- and deskilling as they pertain to craft and the digital turn.

In 2016, a study titled Craft, Pedagogy and the Digital Challenge sought to consider the place of teaching and learning digital craft at OCAD University from the perspectives of faculty, staff, and technicians. It identified the challenges of merging traditional techniques with the digital tools within an institution and finding ways of improving the gap between students, faculty, staff, technicians, and their work. OCAD Faculty, staff, and technicians who teach and facilitate traditional and digital craft methods provided insight and their perspectives through interviews.

Project Team:

     Dr. Lynne Heller (Material Art & Design) - Principal Investigator
     Dorie Millerson (Chair, Material Art & Design) - Principal Investigator
     Claire Bartleman - Graduate Research Assistant
     Ellie Manning - Undergraduate Research Assistant and Videographer
     Enna Kim - Undergraduate Research Assistant
     Keiko Hart - Research Assistant

Summary of study:

This research was inspired by the teaching environment of the Material Art and Design program, which includes the study of ceramics, jewellery and textiles practices. Research questions included, "What is the relationship between craft making traditions and the advent of advanced digital tools, and what are the pedagogical implications of that confluence"?

A number of faculty, staff and technicians who teach or facilitate digital craft methods were asked to participate in an interview for the Thinking Through Craft and The Digital Turn project. After consenting to participate in an interview and video, participants were given a list of questions in advance. Questions asked participants to discuss experiences in learning and teaching digital craft methods with reference to how they set goals or evaluate digital processes and what they see as the future of digital craft teaching. During the interviews PIs Heller and Millerson encouraged participants to answer or expand the questions in their own ways, which led to a variety of findings.

During the interviews RA Ellie Manning documented audio and visual material to create a video that was used in part to frame the presentation at the Canadian Craft Biennal (CCB) Conference on September 15th, 2017. In addition to the video, RA Claire Bartleman and PI Lynne Heller created a Research Wall in the host lab, the Data Materialization Studio. The Research Wall facilitated a visual and research-creation approach to the data collected and the theoretical stances being explored.

After the interviews, the research team chose a quote from each interview that best represented its participant. Quotes were then incorporated into posters designed by PI Lynne Heller. The posters were hung in the entrance to OCAD U during CCB conference proceedings. The intention in documenting and attributing quotes was to give a voice to the participants and draw attention to the findings of the project. The posters utilized a suffrage banner format as a framing device (based on the poster Standing Together ... by the National Women's Party, 1913-1920, as photographed in the exhibition Agitprop! at the Brooklyn Museum in 2016 by Alex Kittle).

The CCB Conference was well-attended and Hands on the Tech: Craft, Pedagogy and the Digital Challenge was scheduled for the session "Making Education: The Changing Nature of Teaching Craft", which was facilitated by PI Dorie Millerson and included papers from across the world. Heller and Millerson summarized their findings through the video, which was followed by a PowerPoint presentation. Afterwards, in a lively Q&A session, members of the audience asked questions about approaches to intersectional feminism within this context. The CPDC team described teaching practices that encourage students to investigate their own identities through their work and commented that there is an unequal gender representation in Material Art & Design that should be better understood and discussed. 

Moving forward, the Thinking Through Craft and The Digital Turn team is engaging student voices and collecting the findings, along with theoretical analysis, into an edited anthology focused on the relationship between teaching and learning digital craft. In order to expand the research across Canada the team has also applied for an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The research team realizes the world of digital craft is a complicated topic that requires more time to theorize than simply referring to the binaries of digital and analogue. The team believes in providing a voice to OCAD U faculty, staff and technicians and is looking forward to extending this opportunity to students. The Principal Investigators are developing more research with the Faculty and Curriculum Development Centre along with pursuing more funding to augment this initial pilot project.

Click here to view the Craft, Pedagogy and the Digital Challenge video recorded and edited by Ellie Manning, Undergraduate Research Assistant.

A note on the Posters: The quotes that appear on the posters below were developed from each of the inverviews undertaken and include two quotes from the Principal Investigators. The posters were an amalgam of both digital and analogue techniques. The banner image is based on the sufragette banner Standing Together ..., by the National Women's Party, 1913-1920 (as photographed by Alex Kittle in the exhibition Agitprop! at the Brooklyn Museum, 2016). The quotes were 'typeset' in Photoshop and then the posters were printed in black and white. Researchers then hand-coloured the posters using pastels.

The posters are currently being exhibited in OCAD U's Office of Research and Innovation and Faculty and Curriculum Development Centre.

Photograph of CPDC posters exhibited on a wall at OCAD U.
Photograph of PIs Dr. Lynne Heller and Dorie Millerson and Head of Instructional Services Daniel Payne in front of a poster.
Poster reading "Beautiful expensive machines are pretty useless if people do not know how to use them" - Nick Hooper
Poster reading "I like working with the malfunctioning of a computer as the focus of investigation" - Stan Krzyzanovski
Poster reading "It is rare that you just push a button and the hand is not further involved in the making" - Marie O'Mahony
Poster reading "Materiality is the message" - Lynne Heller
Poster reading "Machines do not run themselves" - Laurie Wassink
Poster reading "Whether it is digital or analogue the subjectivity of the maker is paramount" - Kathleen Morris
Poster reading "The digital privileges the design process over making" - Dorie Millerson
Poster reading "The digital calls into question the whole meaning of craft" - Greg Sims
Poster reading "The term rapid prototyping is somewhat of a misnomer" - Darrell Currington
Poster reading "How can we use this technology but make it human" - Chung-Im Kim
Photograph of Lynne Heller and Dorie Millerson speaking about their research to faculty and students at OCAD U
Photograph of viewers examining the hung posters
Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:30am
Lab Member: 
Lynne Heller
Dorie Millerson

Eco Booth

FY Great Hall Event
Tuesday, March 11, 2008 - 6:30pm to 9:30pm

The Great Hall showcases the accomplishments of this year’s first-year students with a week-long exhibition and series of exciting events. Take this opportunity to recognize the fabulous imaginations and acuity of this year’s first-year students and their works. Events highlight environmentally friendly art, wearable art, performance and new media. Be sure to check it all out!

Eco Booth:
Students of Nature & Culture sell small works made with recycled materials in support of environmental charities. Organized by faculty member Shirley Yanover.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Eco Booth

FY Great Hall Event
Friday, March 14, 2008 - 4:00pm to 7:30pm

The Great Hall showcases the accomplishments of this year’s first-year students with a week-long exhibition and series of exciting events. Take this opportunity to recognize the fabulous imaginations and acuity of this year’s first-year students and their works. Events highlight environmentally friendly art, wearable art, performance and new media. Be sure to check it all out!

Eco Booth:
Students of Nature & Culture sell small works made with recycled materials in support of environmental charities. Organized by faculty member Shirley Yanover.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Cultural Community Expo 2014

Event Poster
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 5:00pm to 10:30pm

Contemporary Art. Local Insight. Global Trends.

The inaugural Cultural Community Expo is geared towards helping senior undergraduate students in the Faculty of Art consider the various pathways and professional options available to them in the local visual arts community. This special event is also open to Graduate students from OCAD University and other invited schools.

Join us to hear from prominent private and corporate collectors, influential dealers from significant commercial galleries, exciting opportunities for studio space and much more!

How Collectors Collect: Looking at Past and
Future Trends in Collecting Emerging Artists

Keynote: Robin Anthony (Art Curator, RBC) in
conversation with Bruce Lawson (Collector)

Panelists:
Daniel Faria - Daniel Faria Gallery
Robert Birch - Birch Contemporary
Erin Stump - ESP (Erin Stump Projects)
Wil Kucey - LE Gallery
Rachel Anne Farquharson - O’Born Contemporary

Workshops: STEPS Initiative, Walnut Studios
and the OCAD U Student Gallery

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall Room 230 at 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
Email: 
zfarber@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
<p>416-977-6000 x3843</p>
Cost: 
Free

Figment Toronto 2014

White text (Figment) on hot pink background
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 9:00pm

With Criticism and Curatorial Practice MFA candidates Geneviève Wallen and Vicki Clough

FIGMENT Toronto catalyzes and celebrates an abundance of creativity and passion, challenging artists and our communities to find new ways to create, share, think, and dream.

What:
FIGMENT is an explosion of creative energy. It’s a free, annual celebration of participatory art and culture where everything is possible. For one weekend each summer, it transforms Olympic Island into a large-scale collaborative artwork – and then it’s gone.

When:
Saturday, July 26 2014
Sunday, July 27 2014

Where:
Toronto Island Park, Olympic Island, a short ferry-ride from the Toronto Lakeshore between Yonge and Bay Street

How Much:
FREE! FIGMENT is a free, non-profit event, and we do not accept corporate sponsorships.

What to Bring:
Whatever you need for a day of fun. For specific ideas or if you have specific questions, view our list!
Note: The event is rain-or-shine. If the forecast calls for rain, be prepared to hide – or dance – under porches, arches, and umbrellas while the clouds pass.

What to Expect:
Art and activities in every medium available… especially the art and activities that YOU bring! Click here to submit your idea for an art/performance/workshop activity. We will post a full schedule of all the registered artwork and activities.

Venue & Address: 
Olympic Island Toronto Island Park Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://toronto.figmentproject.org/
Cost: 
Free

Arts, culture and heritage contribute $47.8 billion to the Canadian economy

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 4:00am

Statistics Canada has released new data on the economic importance and activity of culture, arts, heritage and sport in Canada. Figures from the 2010 Culture Satellite Account (CSA) show arts, culture and heritage contribute $47.8 billion to the Canadian economy.  This represents 3.1% of Canada’s total GDP while contributing over 647,300 jobs across the country. Sport contributes close to $4.5 billion to the Canadian economy and approximately 93,500 jobs across the country.

The CSA is a new accounting framework that captures data detailing the economic importance of culture, arts, heritage and sport in Canada. It is the result of a partnership between Statistics Canada, the Department of Canadian Heritage, all of the provinces and territories, numerous municipalities and several non-governmental organizations including OCAD U.

OCAD U fuels the creative industries in Ontario, and these industries have grown by 40 per cent over the last decade, creating 80,000 new jobs. The arts, culture and heritage industry in Canada was larger than the accommodation and food services industry ($30.6 billion) and twice as big as the agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting industry ($23.9 billion).

The CSA will provide new statistics every year on a range of culture indicators such as GDP, and jobs. The document can be downloaded from Statistics Canada.