Otino Corsano's video installation "EMILY" featured at FlagNoFlags in Italy

Still 1 from EMILY
Still 2 from EMILY
Friday, April 12, 2019

“Emily” is an exhibition comprising an HD video installation of the same title featuring a non-linear narrative which bridges international educational movements with contemporary art practices. The project was designed by director and OCAD U Continuing Studies instructor Otino Corsano in collaboration with a host of creative collaborators invited to assemble the latest production team for this latest Ocean Course Films video.

The imagery focusses on the natural, environmental aesthetics associated with the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy and paralleled in international, contemporary art approaches.

Geneviève Caron, an internationally recognized photographer, was the cinematographer for the project and composer John Mark Sherlock created the moving soundtrack. The glass sculptures of Canadian visual artist Ryan Livingstone are prominently featured in the work. The atelier and student work following the Reggio Emilia philosophy from The Bishop Strachan School are also highlighted.

Compositions in the video document the expansion of inquiry-based, environmental research beyond the scope of any national rendition of nature. Instead “Emily” depicts a forage towards knowledge via art and educational materials to discover new avenues which disrupt the reliance of meaning produced from digital sprawl. Rather than employing a nostalgic or purist analogue approach, a spectrum of media - including glass, photography, sculpture, and video – fuse to revitalize a borderless environmental discourse.

Accordingly, “Emily” is a video work championing the call for a unified, global, environmental vision emerging from modest yet potent modes of academic inquiry and artistic exploration.

Special Thanks to Ryan Livingstone, editor Jeff Hamill, Paola Rubertelli, Art Lightstone, The York School, Catherine Hant and The Bishop Strachan School.



EMILY Poster

Judith Doyle

I am interested in networked life and gesture. My background is in filmmaking, as well as writing and publication. I have worked in artists' teleculture from its earliest pre-Internet forms to the contemporary situation, where offline and online identities blur and merge. In my art practice, I make moving images and installations, often with collaborators. The context includes theory, experimentation and critique. This is also my approach as an educator. In recent years I have shifted the focus of my research-creation to include both art and scientific communities.

Just the Facts, Ma'am

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 11:00pm

Speakers: Darren O’Donnell / Lesley Loksi Chan / Robert Lendrum

Moderator: OCAD Professor Richard Fung

Curator: Serena Lee

Go ahead and measure your truth in pixels.

Ask yourself, in this age of handycams, Photoshop, and reality TV, what counts as a document? Why do we bother documenting? This panel discussion redefines and examines documentary practices, our need to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and how creatively we are doing it. Join experimental artists working in film, video installation and theatre for a discussion on the benefits of lying creatively. All we want are the facts, just the facts, ma’am.

Venue & Address: 
XPACE Cultural Centre 58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Art Creates Change Public talk: Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky

Thursday, January 28, 2016

OCAD University's Faculty of Art in Partnership with
UNIFOR, Ontario Regional Council Present:
The Kym Pruesse Speaker Series

Antagonisms in Disappearing Public Spaces
Public Studio is the collaborative art practice of filmmaker Elle Flanders and architect Tamira Sawatzky, whose works range from large-scale public art works and immersive installations to socially engaged projects. Exploring antagonisms in and around public space and its disappearance, war and landscape, post-colonialism and political dissent. Public Studio’s work has been shown internationally, including their recent intervention Migrant Choice at the Venice Biernale.

Venue & Address: 
OCADU Auditorium Room 190, 100 McCaul Street
Art Creates Change Poster

A Collective Nightmare

Simulated Projection, 1929/2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 10:30pm to Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 11:00am

A Scotiabank Nuit Blanche independent project with alumna JoAnn Purcell

JoAnn Purcell - Toronto, Canada
Seneca College - School of Creative Arts and Animation - Toronto, Canada

Public viewers are invited to participate in the remaking of a segment from the short film by director Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí, “Un Chien Andalou” (1929). Students will provide the basic structure by redrawing the frame in B+W as it is projected onto large format paper. The public will be invited to participate using colour markers to draw and write their own reactions to the sequence and nightmares in general, perhaps to cathartic effect! These redrawn composites will be photographed and each put into a sequential timeline. As the night progresses, the growing timeline will be viewed on a large TV. As the remade film segment is played back, the collective nightmares blur together over the re-drawn sequence! A second TV will show the original film (17 min) in its entirety, looped.

JoAnn Purcell, Program Coordinator of Illustration at Seneca College and partner at ACME Pictures will be working with students on this project.

Every 18 minutes one second of the film frame will be projected onto large format paper. The public is invited to draw and write for as many frames as they would like. All marks made are acceptable and become part of the final work. Played back at real time, the marks will all blur in a mass of colour. After the event, the film will be viewable on it's website.

Simulated Projection, 1929/2013






Venue & Address: 
Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario