CONNECTION_FOUND: An online exhibition curated by feelSpace

Friday, November 29, 2019 - 5:30pm

connection_found is an online group exhibition organized by feelSpace featuring works by Ronnie Clarke, Taylor Jolin, Leia Kook-Chun, Madeleine Lychek and Paula Tovar, Noelle Wharton-Ayer, and Becca Wijshijer. At times humorous, and other times tender, these meditations illustrate the quirks of navigating intimacy in the digital realm as it inadvertently relates back to the body in the physical world. As the name connection_found implies, the works within this exhibition understand connection and intimacy in broad subsets: a found connection between an individual and their complicated cultural history (Wharton-Ayer), between lovers separated by an ocean (Lychek and Tovar), between strangers online (Kook-Chun), between the corporeal and the digital (Clarke), between where we are and where we’ve never been (Jolin), and with alternate versions of ourselves (Wijshijer). Together, these works trace and re-trace digital intimacy, touch, and the body as it moves and navigates towards the virtual realm.

 

More literally, connection_found also suggests the curatorial alignment of these works in a digital context which, in and of itself, requires finding connection. At the core of the exhibition, connection_found simultaneously expands, individuates, and links the collective experience of existing on the internet.

 

curated by feelSpace

feelSpace is an ad hoc interdisciplinary curatorial collective based in Tkaronto at OCAD University. The collective is interested in the implications and potential of curatorial practice within, through, and around digital spaces.

 

Image credit: Madeleine Lychek & Paula Tovar

Featuring works by: Taylor Jolin, Ronnie Clarke, Becca Wijshijer, Leia Kook-Chun, Noelle Wharton-Ayer, Madeleine Lycheck & Paula Tovar

 

Opening Reception Thursday, December 5th, 6PM-8PM

Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W. Level G

 

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Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery 205 Richmond St. W. Level G
Website: 
feelspace.cargo.site
Cost: 
Free
Connection_Found: An online exhibition curated by feelSpace
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CodeX: playable & disruptive futurist eArt

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 6:00pm to Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 5:00pm

 

CodeX: playable & disruptive futurist eArt
January 22 to April 25, 2020

Free public reception
Wednesday, January 22 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Jason Baerg
Tom Barker
Rob Elsworthy
Samantha Fickel
Dennis Kavelman
Nick Puckett
Six Trends Inc.
Jane Tingley, Cindy Poremba and Marius Kintel

Curated by Tom Barker

This exhibition of leading-edge digital art, or eArt, investigates the future of human society through technology, innovation and design. It encourages audiences to reflect on the symbiotic relationship between technology and human society, and the resulting possibilities for our future through algorithms, identity and the nature of reality.

The exhibition publication is available online here.

 

Free Public Events

  • Curator’s Exhibition Tour
    Wednesday, January 29 at 6:30 p.m.
    Join Tom Barker for a tour of CodeX: playable & disruptive futurist eArt, as he shares his perspective on digital art and insight on the themes in the exhibition.
     
  • Can Machines Be Flawed Enough to Be Human?
    Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m.
    A panel discussion that will examine our growing dependence on glitchy AI learning for business and culture and how this affects our daily lives.
    Panelists: Jimmy Ba, Leyla Imanirad and Dr. Alexis Morris
    Moderator: Tom Barker
     
  • Exhibition Tour with Cindy Poremba
    Wednesday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m.
    Cindy Poremba is a digital media researcher, game maker and curator. An Assistant Professor of Digital Entertainment at OCAD University, she has published work in journals, magazines and edited collections. Cindy also organizes non-traditional exhibitions as an independent curator and “new arcade” events as a member of the kokoromi experimental game collective.
     
  • Film Screening: David Cronenberg’s eXistenZ (1999)
    Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m.
    Set in the near-future, eXistenZ depicts a society in which game designers are worshipped as superstars and players can organically enter inside the games. At the centre of the story is Allegra Geller whose latest games system eXistenZ taps so deeply into its users’ fears and desires that it blurs the boundaries between reality and escapism.
     

Free Youth Workshops
Produced by Six Trends Inc.

  • Digitizer: Game Lab
    Saturday, February 8 & Sunday, February 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Demystify the game making process and reveal the secrets behind some of the world’s most popular games. Cover the art pipeline for making game worlds, game characters, and animation. Led by Rob Elsworthy.
     
  • Hello Sensor: Introducing IoT & Analytics
    Saturday, March 14 & Sunday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Build an IoT (Internet of things) device and get it to listen and measure the environment, connect it to the Cloud, analyze results. Starting with computer hardware and operating systems, you will discover why there are over 3 billion IoT devices and all the amazing possibilities offered. Led by Stephen Perelgut.
     
  • Building Computers 101
    Saturday, April 4 & Sunday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The workshop will focus on learning the essentials to building a desktop computer. Learning about basic hardware requirements, installing an operating system, and adding programs and applications to customize it using free and open source software. Led by Ryan Fukunaga.
     
  • Steampunk From Junk
    Saturday, April 11 & Sunday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Imagine turning a school desk into an arcade console, or giving an old bicycle a high-tech collision warning system... maybe upgrading a toaster so it never burns the toast! Bringing together digital tech with junk is fun and helps to deal with the city’s garbage troubles. Led by Tom Barker.

    All workshops will take place at Regent Park Focus Media Centre, 38 Regent St.
    For free workshop registration go to eventbrite.ca and search for “codex”.  

 

Curator Biography

Tom Barker has worked internationally as a multidisciplinary creative in the fields of design, art, and technology for many years. Tom’s diverse and ground-breaking collaborations have included the capsule and boarding design for the London Eye ferris wheel with David Marks Julia Barfield Architects; creating the world’s first Bluetooth headset for Emkay; and projects with the late architect Zaha Hadid for buildings, dance and opera stage sets. He curated The Art of Shopping for the Arts Council of England in 2002. Tom contributed an interactive futuristic 3D walkthrough entitled Masterplanners of the Universe: Brick Lane for the Barbican Arts Centre’s blockbuster global touring show Game On: 2002-2016. Tom collaborated with Langlands & Bell on the digital interactive artwork entitled The House of Osama Bin Laden which won a BAFTA and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2004. He was the Founding Chair of the Digital Future programme at OCAD University 2012-2015. An author of many book chapters and papers, Tom’s book on Web App design was published by McGrawHill in 2019. A British citizen and permanent resident of Canada, Tom has lived and worked in the UK, Australia and Canada. He is currently the President and Chief technology Officer of Six Trends, a Toronto-based creative digital agency.

 

Artist Biographies

Jason Baerg is an Indigenous curator, educator, and visual artist. Curatorial contributions include developing and implementing the national Metis arts program for the Vancouver Olympics. Baerg graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers University. Dedicated to community development, he founded and incorporated the Metis Artist Collective and has served as volunteer Chair for such organizations as the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition. Creatively, as a visual artist, he pushes new boundaries in digital interventions in drawing, painting and new media installation. Recent international solo exhibitions include the Illuminato Festival in Toronto, Canada, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and the Digital Dome at the Institute of the American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Rob Elsworthy has worked as a Game Designer, Cinematic Animator, VFX Lead and a System Designer with Rockstar Games. His projects include games like Grand Theft Auto IV and V, Max Payne 3, Red Dead Redemption and the Warriors. Rob has won numerous awards for these projects also a four-time MMVA winner as a Music Video Director.

Samantha Fickel is a Canadian artist who completed an MFA in Art and Technology at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2016) and holds a BFA in Sculpture from OCAD University (2014). Using time-based, interactive, and immersive installations, she seeks to deconstruct familiar technologies in ways which invite unexpected sensory experiences. As one reviewer put it, her work observes that life is “equally vibrant on one side of a screen as another” (David Zarley, NewCityArt). Fickel’s work has shown in the flagship exhibition of Vector Festival Toronto (2017), and she recently had her first major solo exhibition at Stuart & Co Gallery in Chicago (2018).

Dennis Kavelman creates interactive digital art using machines, augmented reality, mobile devices, electronics and computers that use interaction to explore mortality and the passage of time. Dennis’ machine-based art is in the spirit of the mechanical computing that was initiated with the Jacquard loom in 1804 and Charles Babbage’s unfinished Analytical Engine in the 19th Century. Dennis’ work also resonates with the themes of control and communication explored by the Cyberneticists. An art collector as well as an artist, Dennis has a background in business and technology and was formerly an executive at Blackberry/Research in Motion. He is currently a partner at iNovia Venture Capital. Dennis has exhibited his work in Toronto at The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in 2019, at The Spoke Club art gallery in 2018, Facebook’s offices in the MaRS building in 2017, and the Design Exchange’s EDIT show in 2017. His work was selected for exhibition at Governor’s Island New York City in 2018.

Nick Puckett is the Founding Director of Puckett Research+Design, a design practice focused on creating dynamic links between software, robotics, biological agents, chemical engineering, and material behaviour that generate new potentials for the design of intelligent environments. Nick is currently an Associate Professor, Co-Director of the ANThill Lab, and Chair of the Digital Futures undergraduate program at OCAD University. He has previously taught at institutions including The University of Kentucky, SCI-Arc, The Architectural Association, The University of Westminster, The University of Innsbruck, and The Royal College of Art.

Jane Tingley is an artist, curator, and Assistant Professor in Hybrid Practice at the University of Waterloo in Ontario Canada. She received the Kenneth Finkelstein Prize in Sculpture, and the first prize in the iNTERFACES – Interactive Art Competition in Porto, Portugal. She has participated in exhibitions and festivals in North and South America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe including translife - International Triennial of Media Art at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, Despertar/Éveil/Alive curated by Groupe Molior in São Paolo (BR) and Technosensual at the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna (AT).

Cindy Poremba is a digital media researcher, gamemaker and curator. She is an Assistant Professor (Digital Entertainment) at OCAD University who has published work in journals such as Games and Culture, Eludamos and Loading, as well as magazines and edited collections. Cindy also organizes non-traditional exhibitions as an independent curator, including Joue le jeu/Play Along (La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris), XYZ: Alternative Voices in Game Design (MODA, Atlanta), and “new arcade” events as a member of the kokoromi experimental game collective.

Marius Kintel is a professional software engineer who currently works at Thalmic Labs in Kitchener Ontario. As an artist Marius works with non-traditional materials and repurposes things and technology in unusual ways. His projects include multiple creations in the computer art subculture known as the demoscene, building a company in Norway that develops Open Source 3D graphics software, developing self replicating machines in the REPRAP project, as well as he is the primary developer of openSCAD.

 

 

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 to Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Onsite Gallery acknowledges that the new gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes; with gallery furniture by Nienkämper. Onsite Gallery logo by Dean Martin Design.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
CodeX

What the Futures? - Digital Futures Graduate Thesis Exhibition

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 4:00pm

The Digital Futures (DF) graduate program at OCAD University invites you to "What the Futures?" - our annual graduate thesis exhibition. This exhibition features thesis projects (MA, MFA, and MDes) that explore a wide range of topics including audio alignment, augmented reality, colonialism, data visualization, ecosystems, experimental film, fashion, feminism, fetish, games, gaze, gender, horror, identity, immigration, internet of things, machine learning, neurodiversity, queer theory, sexual assault, speculative design, virtual reality, wayfinding, and more.

LOCATION:
TMAC (Toronto Media Arts Centre)
32 Lisgar Street, Toronto, ON M6J 0C7

OPENING NIGHT
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 6PM - 9PM

ADDITIONAL HOURS
Saturday, April 13, 2019,12PM - 5PM
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 12PM - 4PM

Exhibitors:
Chris Luginbuhl
David Foster
Dikla Revah Sinai
Emilia Mason
Emma Brito
Feng Yuan
Finlay Braithwaite
Jad Al Rabbaa
Kristy Boyce
Kylie Caraway
Max Lander
Orlando Bascuñán
Quinn Rockliff
Ramona Caprariu
Roxanne Henry
Sana Shepko
Savaya Shinkaruk
Sean Harkin
Tommy Ting
Yiyi Shao

"Our students don’t just make things with emerging technologies - they think creatively and critically about how, why, and when we should use and engage with these ideas and tools - and when we should not. The artworks, prototypes, demonstrations, and performances bring this research to life in a rich interactive format. We invite our colleagues from industry, fellow universities, art, design, and maker communities to come join us for this important and exciting exhibition."
- Kate Hartman, Graduate Program Director, Digital Futures

This event is presented by:
Graduate Studies at OCAD University and CFC Media Lab

Venue & Address: 
TMAC (Toronto Media Arts Centre) 32 Lisgar St. Toronto ON, m6j0c9
Website: 
www.dfthesis.com
Email: 
jpaglione@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
The Digital Futures (DF) graduate program at OCAD University invites you to "What the Futures?"

Digital Futures Open Show 2019

DF Open Show
Friday, February 1, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Opening Night: February 1st, 5-8PM (RSVP here: https://dfopenshow2019.eventbrite.ca)
Additional Open Hours: Saturday, February 2nd, 1-5PM

The collection of work presented is intended to represent a survey of current ideas, concepts, themes, theories, tools, techniques, and trends being explored by the Digital Futures community. We're excited to continue with the exhibition.

OPEN comes from the fact that this call is open to our whole community. The show will include works from current Digital Futures undergraduate students, graduate students AND faculty. Works include physical computing prototypes, data visualizations, digital entertainment, games, wearable technology, and interactive installations. For anyone who has asked the question “What IS Digital Futures anyway?” - we’re hoping this exhibition will continue to provide some answers.

This event is free and open to the public, We look forward to seeing you there!

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, Ground floor, 205 Richmond St W, Toronto, M5V 1V3
Website: 
https://dfopenshow2019.eventbrite.ca
Cost: 
Free! RSVP at Eventbrite link below

current & flow: a Digital Futures exhibition

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

Featuring work from multidisciplinary creators exploring connectivity, communication, emotion, and art in the networked world.

Works exhibited by students in the Creation & Computation, Experiences & Interfaces, and Possible Futures courses.

Friday, December 7, 2018

5:00 - 8:00pm

OCADU Graduate Gallery

205 Richmond St. W

Free

Venue & Address: 
OCADU Graduate Gallery 205 Richmond St. W
Website: 
www.dfthesis.com
Email: 
3173694@student.ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
 current & flow: a Digital Futures exhibition

Call for Applications - Public Digital Exhibition 2019

Call for Applications - Public Digital Exhibition 2019
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 11:00am to Monday, November 5, 2018 - 11:45pm

OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION

DEADLINE: Monday, November 5, 2018

Yonge-Dundas Square and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the Yonge-Dundas Square Career Launcher providing exhibition opportunity to two (2) screen-based projects by recent OCADU graduates. The exhibitions will take place across five (5) digital screens: two horizontal (960 x 480 pixels) and three vertical (448 x 608 pixels) on the Square, and will last through February 2019. Successful applicant(s) will also receive artist fees provided by the CEAD. 

Yonge-Dundas Square is a unique focal point of the downtown Toronto community. The Square is designated for use as a public open space and as an event venue that can accommodate events of various sizes. The Yonge-Dundas Square is a 1 acre outdoor public and event space at the intersection of Yonge Street and Dundas Street. The Square draws visitors from across the city and around the world bringing a vibrant energy to the neighbourhood through dynamic events and programming. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Must have graduated from OCAD U in 2017 or 2018 
  • Must have a substantial screen-based practice with a focus on dynamic, moving images, and/or animation 
  • Proposals for multi-channel presentation are highly encouraged 
  • Proposal must follow the YDS Display Policy available here 
  • Proposal must follow the regulations City of Toronto’s Municipal Code Chapter 694 - 18, E, (4) and (5) available here 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS 

  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email) and a current CV 
  • Website and Social Media handle information 
  • Artist bio and/ or statement (150 words) 
  • A sample of work (including full caption) in the following format: JPEG or MP4 
  • The sample of work must be formatted into versions considering both dimensions: 448 x 608 pixels, and 960 x 480 pixels. 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS 

Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF and with separate media attachments to the attention of Tak Pham tpham@ocadu.ca 

For more information, please visit https://careerlaunchers.format.com/5660233-2019-yonge-dundas-square

Venue & Address: 
Yonge and Dundas
Email: 
tpham@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
(416) 877-600 x361
Cost: 
N/A

Call for Applications - Public Digital Exhibition 2019

Yonge-Dundas Square and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the Yonge-Dundas Square Career Launcher providing exhibition opportunity to two (2) screen-based projects by recent OCADU graduates. The exhibitions will take place across five (5) digital screens on the Square, and will last through February 2019. Successful applicant(s) will also receive artist fees provided by the CEAD. 

Call for Submissions - Career Launcher: The Brandscape Residency 2018

Call for Submission Career Launcher the Brandscape Residency 2018
Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 2:30pm to Friday, September 14, 2018 - 11:45am

OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION 

Tough Guy Mountain and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the Brandscape Residency Career Launcher 2018 providing an OCADU graduate working with VR/AR or other digital media a 6-month residency at the Brandscape located at 1136 Dupont St. Toronto. 

The successful applicant will have access to all available facility at the Brandscape as well as a mentorship on video editing and post-production from Tough Guy Mountain. Additionally, the artist in residency will also receive a production stipend from the CEAD. 

The Brandscape is an artist studio, a new media lab and a rentable event/shooting space. It is a 2500 square foot hall equipped with a 12’x12’x10’ cyclowall. It was established in 2016 by the artist-run company Tough Guy Mountain. 

Tough Guy Mountain (TGM) is a Toronto based artist-run company 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. 

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Must have graduated from OCAD U in 2017 or 2018. 
  • Recommended programs: DPXA. DIGF. INTM, PHOT, DF, IAMD

 

DEADLINE 

Friday, September 14, 2018 

 

PARTNER 

The Brandscape 

www.brandscape.club 

1136 Dupont St. Toronto, ON, Canada 

 

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS 

  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email) and a current CV. 
  • Biography and artist statement. 
  • Project proposal for the residency (200 words) with visual support (jpeg images or links to video). 
  • 200-word statement considering the possibilities and limitations of artist spaces, their operations, and the role of artists in Toronto. 

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTION 

Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF with separate visual attachments to the attention of Tak Pham tpham@ocadu.ca 

 

For more information, please visit https://careerlaunchers.format.com/2018-brandscape-residency 

Venue & Address: 
The Brandscape 1136 Dupont St. Toronto, ON, Canada
Website: 
https://careerlaunchers.format.com/2018-brandscape-residency
Email: 
tpham@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
(416) 977-6000 x 361
Cost: 
N/A

Call for Submissions - Career Launcher: The Brandscape Residency 2018

Tough Guy Mountain and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the Brandscape Residency Career Launcher 2018 providing an OCADU graduate working with VR/AR a 6-month residency at the Brandscape. 

DIVERGE - Digital Futures Graduate Exhibition 2018

Diverge
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 6:00pm to Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 6:00pm

OPENING NIGHT
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 6:00 PM

EXHIBITION CONTINUES
Friday, April 13th to Sunday, April 15th |  12PM-6PM

DIVERGE:

  1. To develop in a different direction.
  2. The evolution of different forms or structures in related species as they adapt to different environments.
  3. In a series, increasing indefinitely as more of its terms are added.

The Digital Futures Graduate Exhibition is an annual event, hosted by Graduate Studies at OCADU and our partners at the CFC Media Lab. The show features Master of Design, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Arts thesis projects that encompasses a wide range of topics, including: augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence and communicative domains, civic media, digital and electronic fabrication, digital art, educational video games, gesture technologies, information visualization, immersive audio-visual environments, participatory multimedia, performances, post-physical sculpture, therapeutic devices, video and more!

"Our students don’t just make things with emerging technologies - they think creatively and critically about how, why, and when we should use and engage with these ideas and tools- and when we should not. The artworks, prototypes, demonstrations, and performances in Diverge bring this research to life in a rich interactive format. We invite our colleagues from industry, fellow universities, art, design, and maker communities to come join us for this important and exciting exhibition." -Kate Hartman, Graduate Program Director, Digital Futures.

Exhibitors

Samaa Ahmed

Thoreau Bakker

Bijun Chen

Mudit Ganguly

Sara Gazzaz

Yawen Guo

Afaq Ahmed Karadia

Mahsa Karimi

Nadine Lessio

Ania Medrek

Katie Micak

Natasha Mody

Afrooz Samaei

Shreeya Tyagi

April Xie

Rana Zandi

Hammadullah Syed

Manik Perera Gunatilleke

DIVERGE is presented by:

CFC Media Lab and OCAD University

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul St. Open Gallery
Website: 
https://divergedf.eventbrite.ca
Email: 
jpaglione@ocadu.ca
Diverge OPENING NIGHT