Research Wednesdays: TIFF Film Reference Library: Research & Resources

Research Wednesdays, 1 to 2pm in the Learning Zone, TIFF: Toronto New Wave Cinema
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join Senior Manager, Michelle Lovegrove Thomson, to learn about the comprehensive archival holdings and reference resources available at the TIFF Film Reference Library, located on the 4th floor of the TIFF Bell Lightbox and accessible to the public, for free, year round.

The library collection includes extensive holdings of now out-of-print cinema journals such as Cinema Canada, as well as over 85 Special Collections containing production and design materials from major Canadian filmmakers such as Patricia Rozema, David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Bruce MacDonald, and Guy Maddin.

For more info about the library and collections visit: tiff.net/library

 

Research Wednesdays is a speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a supportive environment. Take a break over lunch to learn about new opportunities for Toronto creative researchers!

Interested in presenting at Research Wednesdays? We are currently programming our 2019 winter schedule (January - April). Send an email to Daniel Payne (dpayne@ocadu.ca) and include:

  • brief 250 word description of your talk
  • indication of which Wednesdays would be available for you
  • list of technological needs
  • ideal set up of the presentation seating arrangement
  • description of any participatory activites that may be used (NOTE: any focus groups or survey-type activities may need Research Ethics Board approval, so be prepared to include this in your proposal)
Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Library's Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext. 217
Cost: 
Free

Sabbatical Talk by Dr. Barbara Rauch

Rauch, 'mesas' series 2016
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Dr. Rauch’s sabbatical report references research activities including 
•    a 2.5 months residency program at SOMA Mexico City, where she worked under the pseudonym of ‘Mesas Collective’;
•    a fellowship with ‘The Anthropocene Curriculum’ at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, in Berlin resulting in a series of workshops and seminars, and international conference presentations in Paris, France, Chicago and Los Angeles;
•    and most importantly Rauch pursued a variety of activities that re-connected her with her studio practice. Rauch deliberately embraced a practice driven by material investigation and considerations of the Anthropocene and questioning the Technosphere.
 

Venue & Address: 
Room 415, 100 McCaul St
Website: 
https://www2.ocadu.ca/bio/dr-barbara-rauch
Email: 
folas@ocadu.ca
Barbara Rauch - Sabbatical Report

Art Intersections Meetup with Jonathan Carroll and Deirdre Logue

Jonathan Carroll and Tough Guy Mountain
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 6:30pm

Art Intersections Meetup is a meeting place for artists, moving image-makers, gamers and technologists who are experimenting with art-related digital content and how the moving image is presented in a connected world. Digital culture, social media and networks encourage new ways of storytelling, image making, idea sharing and collaboration. This Meetup is presented in part by the Mobile Experience Lab and celebrates artists and innovators who are embracing change leading the next wave of creativity.

About Jonathan Carroll:

Jonathan Carroll is a software artist who creates interactions for the narrative performances of the collective, Tough Guy Mountain. He makes work using Unity, Unreal, Blender, and various programming languages. Along with the collective, he runs the digital art incubator The Brandscape, at Dupont and Dufferin in Toronto.

Tough Guy Mountain is an ongoing project focusing on the glories, trials, and absurdity of late capitalism. As an artist collective of over a dozen members, TGM creates “total works of art”, presentations of capitalist aesthetic and consumer culture. TGM creates narrative performances where the collective plays a fantastical corporation that treats Art as another client.

For more information about Jonathan Caroll visit: http://toughguymountain.com/

Twitter: @toughguymtn

Instagram: @toughguymountain

About Deirdre Logue:

For the past 20 years, the film and video work of Canadian artist Deirdre Logue has focused on the self as subject. Using 'performance for the camera' as a primary mode of production, her compelling self-portraits investigate what it means to be a queer body in the age of anxiety. Logue has been prolific and steadfast in her engagement with the moving image and has subsequently produced upwards of 60 short films and videos as well as some of this country's most celebrated video art installations.

The Images Festival 2017 Canadian Artist Spotlight is on Deirdre Logue. A long time avid supporter and advocate of the country’s media arts scene, Logue’s longstanding commitment to the arts community will be honoured with three gallery exhibitions featuring new and old works. A new monograph covering twenty years of Logue’s film and video practice will also launch on April 22, co-published by Oakville Galleries and Open Space Victoria in partnership with A Space Gallery, Gallery 44 and Images Festival.

Deirdre Logue holds a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MFA from Kent State University. Her works have exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally and spotlights on her work have taken place at the Berlin International Film Festival, EXiS Festival, Seoul and at the FKX Festival of Media and Performance, in Stuttgart, Germany. Logue has contributed over 25 years to working with artist-run organizations dedicated to media arts exhibition and distribution. She is currently the Development Director at Vtape and directs the F.A.G Feminist Art Gallery with her partner and artistic collaborator, Allyson Mitchell.

For more information about Deirdre Logue visit: http://deirdrelogue.com

Instagram: @in_dank_cave

 

To watch past Art Intersections Meetup presentations go here.

 

Image credits:

Top image: Jonathan Caroll: Tough Guy Mountain

Bottom image: Deidre Logue: Set-Upset, 2016, 1:29. Image Courtesy of the Artist and Vtape.

Venue & Address: 
Gamma Space Collaborative Studio 862 Richmond Street West, Toronto, Ontario M6J 1C9 (Entrance is at the end of the passageway along the west side of building. Wheelchair accessible.)
Website: 
http://www.meetup.com/Toronto-Art-Video-Social-Media-Technology-Meetup/events/237784348/
Cost: 
Free

Martha Ladly

Dr. Martha Ladly is a Professor of Design, and Graduate Program Director of the Digital Futures program. Martha specializes in teaching and practice-based research in design, art, media and technology, which she teaches in the Digital Futures Graduate and Undergraduate Programs and the Interdisciplinary Master's Program at OCAD University. She is the former Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, former Graduate Program Director of the Interdisciplinary Master's Program, and founding Chair of the Research Ethics Board at OCAD U in Toronto, Canada.

Martha Ladly

Dr. Martha Ladly is a Professor of Design, and Transition Graduate Program Director of the Digital Futures program. Martha specializes in teaching and practice-based research in design, art, media and technology, in the Digital Futures Graduate and Undergraduate Programs and the Interdisciplinary Master's Program at OCAD University. She is the former Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, former Graduate Program Director of the Interdisciplinary Master's Program, and founding Chair of the Research Ethics Board at OCAD U in Toronto, Canada.

ANDREW ZEALLEY'S DISCO HOSPITAL INVESTIGATES HEALING AND SOUND

Andrew Zealley. Photo by Nick Sweetman.
Mandala II by Andrew Zealley
Lone Son by Andrew Zealley

Walk into the Graduate Gallery at OCAD University this week and you will likely be instantly calmed by Andrew Zealley’s exhibition, Disco Hospital: Safe and Sound. Along with the series of mandala images, there are videos depicting nature and letting go of the physical body. There’s also a treatment table equipped with sage, a singing bowl and chakra tuning forks to help balance energy. The tuning forks appear again throughout the exhibition, in images (wrapped safely in condoms) and in the sound design for his video series, “The Wheel.”

As Zealley’s Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media & Design thesis project, Disco Hospital: Safe and Sound is the culmination of his two years of study at OCAD U, together with influences and personal perceptions over three decades of Zealley’s work in sound as a sound designer/artist, and in the HIV/AIDS community.

Andrew Zealley. Photo by Nick Sweetman.Zealley’s work is an investigation of sound and non-western healing practices depicting the crossroads of art, clinical practice, sound, listening, bodies, neo-shamanism and queer things. “I’m always going out into the woods to clear out the urban energy,” Zealley says. “My work looks at natural, animal and sexual energy as it relates to well-being.”

As part of the exhibition, Zealley conducted a series of healing sessions during new and full moon phases from September 2012 to April of this year. The sessions began with a simple initiation ritual, followed by Reiki (therapeutic touch) and sonic work with the chakra tuning forks to help people let go of the temporal experience. He has also conducted healing sessions in the gallery as part of the exhibition itself.

Mandala II by Andrew ZealleyZealley has a background in music and sound design for film, and began focusing on installation and sound art in the 1990s. By 2003 he was fully dedicated to it. His work is also influenced by the HIV crisis of the late 1980s. He began working in the community and with artists, learning about different healing practices. In 2001 he tested positive himself, and began to see his overall themes of healing in a much different context. “Part of my work is about coming to terms with my own truth about that,” he says. 

Zealley’s thesis advisors are David Cecchetto, Assistant Professor, New Media History and Criticism, and Archie Graham, an Associate Professor whose areas of expertise include health and wellness ethics. The external advisor chosen for his defence is Evergon, a well-known Canadian artist and instructor at Concordia University. Zealley will be at the gallery during regular gallery hours for the duration of the exhibition to answer questions.

Learn more

See it: On view at the Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond Street West (until March 31)

Andrew Zealley in conversation

Andrew Zealley's website