IT'S ABOUT TIME DANCING BLACK IN CANADA 1900 TO 1970

IT'S ABOUT TIME DANCING BLACK IN CANADA 1900 TO 1970
Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to Sunday, August 12, 2018 - 6:00pm

Curated by Seika Boye, PhD, this exhibition illuminates the largely undocumented dance history of Canada’s Black population before 1970. Featured are individual dance artists such as Leonard Gibson, Ola Skanks, Ethel Bruneau, Joey Hollingsworth and Kathryn Brown. The exhibit exposes the representation of Blackness on Canadian stages, as well as audience and media reception of Black performance in Canada during this era. It’s About Time explores legislation of leisure culture, dance lessons and the role of social dances at mid-century.

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery, 165 Augusta Ave
Website: 
https://www.ocadu.ca/gallery/ignite-gallery.htm
Email: 
ignitegallery@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free

QUIPUCAMAYOC

Quipucamayoc is an interactive art and technology project that merges a range of contemporary art forms – including 3D gaming, electroacoustical music, dance, experimental theatre, and wearable design – to construct a prototype communication network. This network is not based in text or language but is instead embodied, performative, and sensorial.

The network joins two Andean communities: one in Cusco, Peru, the former capital of the Incan empire, and another in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which has a large expatriate community of Peruvian Andean migrant workers. The network is activated through wearable technology inspired by quipucamayoc, the data keepers of the Incan court who recorded information about life in the empire using a complex string and knot notation system which they wore around their bodies. Body sensor arrays, which serve simultaneously as game controllers and musical instruments, are worn by movement artists to co-create live interactive generative narratives, imagery and music. The result is a public performance which reconnects two communities through interactive gameplay based in their common histories.

This project was inspired by the Huarochiri Manuscript, a 16th century written compilation of pre-colombian Andean religious rites, which offers a complex and fragmented narrative structure as well as rich visual and sound passages. Quipucamayoc was developed and presented by a collective of over 35 artists, historians, cultural theorists and technical experts in Peru, Argentina and Canada.

The audiovisual materials listed below are the result of a series of workshops held in Cusco and Buenos Aires between 2012 and 2016, and the final performance which was streamed live online in December 2016. The Quipucamayoc documentary can be viewed here.

Quipucamayoc also produced a series of 2D digital prints on canvas, adapted from 3D virtual environments. These prints were exhibited in a group show of the Faculty of Art Summer Institute from September 18 to 22nd, 2017 in the Ada Slaight Galleries at 100 McCaul. 

AUDIO AND VIDEO:
QUIPUCAMAYOC SOUNDCLOUD (audio)
QUIPUCAMAYOC WORKSHOP IN CUSCO (video)
QUIPUCAMAYOC WORKSHOP IN BUENOS AIRES (video)

ARTICLES OF INTEREST:
David McIntosh Receives SSHRC Funding for QUIPUCAMAYOC
Site-Specific Interview with David McIntosh

For more information please visit: http://quipucamayoc.com/

Quipucamayoc es una investigación de arte y tecnología que combina varios formatos artísticos contemporaneous – videojuego 3D, música electroacústica, danza, teatro experimental, diseño textil, sensores vestibles – con el objetivo de construir una red de comunicación que no es textual o linguística, sino corporal, performativa, sensorial. Esta red reune Cusco, Perú, y Buenos Aires, Argentina a través de artístas de movimiento usando trajes como controladores de juego e instrumentos musicales, por lo que los bailarines serán los cocreadores de música, de imágenes 3D y de una narrativa generativa/interactiva en vivo.
La inspiración de este proyecto es el manuscrito del Huarochirí, texto del siglo XVI que recopila ritos y mitología andina prehispánica, reconocido por su narrativa fragmentada, compleja, por sus pasajes riquísimos en imágenes visuales y sonoras. Quipucamayoc fue desarrollado y presentado por el colectivo de más de 35 artístas, teóricos y técnicos peruanos, argentinos y canadienses.
Los materiales audiovisuales presentados han sido producidos durante una serie de talleres en Cusco y Buenos Aires entre 2012 and 2016, y el performance final que fue transmitido en línea en vivo en Diciembre 2016.

 

This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

 

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Creator: 
Digital illustration of a distorted face
Photograph collage of dancers performing Quipucamayoc
Digital illustration, a screen grab from Quipucamayoc
Split screen photo of dancers performing while their in-game characters move
Digital image from Quipucamayoc - two figures dancing over clouds
Photograph of Quipucamayoc team in Cusco
Digital image from Quipucamayoc - Incan figures dancing
Friday, September 29, 2017 - 2:15pm
Lab Member: 
David Mcintosh
Judith Doyle
Emma Westecott

OCADU BIPOC Summer Plaza Dance

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 11:30am to Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 11:30am

BIPOC Summer Plaza Dance. Every Wednesday from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Butterfield Park, OCAD University

*In case of rain or extreme heat, we will meet in the lobby of 100 McCaul.

Venue & Address: 
Butterfield Park (Lobby of 100 McCaul Street in case it rains)
Cost: 
Free
BIPOC Summer Plaza Dance
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Help needed to fold origami seagulls!

Monday, October 20, 2008 - 4:00pm to 9:00pm

This past summer a group of OCAD Advertising students, under the guidance of Advertising program Chair Tony Kerr, volunteered to create and produce an advertising campaign for the National Ballet of Canada's newest ballet, The Seagull.

Now they need your help! There are 10,000 fliers that need to be folded into origami seagulls, a job that would take one person 84 hours to complete on their own! On Monday, OCAD students, staff and faculty are invited to come and give whatever time they can to produce these fliers, which will be distributed across the GTA in a unique marketing campaign for The Seagull.

Delicious food and drinks will be provided complements of the National Ballet of Canada!

Venue & Address: 
Level 6 Open Studio 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

OCADance Classes: Salsa Level 1

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Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 10:30pm to Friday, November 7, 2008 - 1:00am

OCADance is offering fun and energetic classes where you can learn different type of dances and get in shape.

There are 6 classes per course, once a week. Each dance course is $30 per student and $60 for Faculty& Staff. All dance classes are 1.5 hr each. Please wear comfortable attire for Hip-Hop, Belly Dance and Contemporary.

Note: Please e-mail us to register for classes and the payment will be collected on the first day of class.

Salsa Level 1

Instructor: Java

October 2 to November 6

6:30 to 8pm
 

Venue & Address: 
Room 515 Level 5, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
ocad_dance@yahoo.com

OCADance Classes: Salsa Level 2

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Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 10:30pm to Friday, November 7, 2008 - 1:00am

OCADance is offering fun and energetic classes where you can learn different type of dances and get in shape.

There are 6 classes per course, once a week. Each dance course is $30 per student and $60 for Faculty& Staff. All dance classes are 1.5 hr each. Please wear comfortable attire for Hip-Hop, Belly Dance and Contemporary.

Note: Please e-mail us to register for classes and the payment will be collected on the first day of class.

Salsa Level 2

Instructor: Java

October 2 to November 6

6:30 to 8pm
 

Venue & Address: 
Room 515 Level 5, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
ocad_dance@yahoo.com

OCADance Classes: Contemporary Dance

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Monday, September 29, 2008 - 10:30pm to Tuesday, November 4, 2008 - 1:00am

OCADance is offering fun and energetic classes where you can learn different type of dances and get in shape.

There are 6 classes per course, once a week. Each dance course is $30 per student and $60 for Faculty& Staff. All dance classes are 1.5 hr each. Please wear comfortable attire for Hip-Hop, Belly Dance and Contemporary.

Note: Please e-mail us to register for classes and the payment will be collected on the first day of class.

Contemporary Dance

Instructor: Sarah

September 29 to November 3

6:30 to 8 pm
 

Venue & Address: 
Room 1325 Level 3, 113 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
ocad_dance@yahoo.com

OCADance: Free Dance Workshops!

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Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 10:30pm to 11:30pm

Salsa: beginners

Instructor: John

Please e-mail us to sign up for this free workshop.

Venue & Address: 
Room 515 Level 5, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
ocad_dance@yahoo.com
Cost: 
Free

Doug Back: Emergency #16: Festival of New Dance and Performance

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 4:00am

Doug Back's piece features Bill James dancing with a Electromagnetic Radiation Reader unit/thing Doug built for him.

Venue & Address: 
Market Hall 336 George St. N., Peterborough, Ontario
Email: 
Tickets: $10 or $16 for both programs, performances start at 8:00pm
Cost: 
$10 - $16

Christian Bernard Singer: Cabinet of Curosities

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Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, June 8, 2008 - 4:00am

OCAD alumus, Christian Bernard Singer’s exhibition incorporates Singer’s trademark materials of earth, moss, and clay all formed into symbols for dance and language – these symbols are then displayed as museum artifacts in ornate wooden cabinets. Singer’s works also raises complicated questions about cultural interpretations, contrasting cultural ideals of possession and renunciation, as well as the problematic notion of placing another culture on display. Cabinet of Curiosities will show in the Dr. Douglas Wright Education Gallery.

Venue & Address: 
The Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery 25 Caroline Street North, Waterloo, Ontario
Email: 
info@canadianclayandglass.ca
Cost: 
$10 for Adults, $5 for Students and Seniors

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