SCREENING AND TALK: Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come To Me, Paradise) by Stephanie Comilang

Friday, January 11, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Please join us for a screening and talk with artist Stephanie Comilang

Artist name:  Stephanie Comilang

Title of film: Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come To Me, Paradise)

The year - 2016

Length - 25:46 min

Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come to Me Paradise) is a science fiction documentary that uses the backdrop of Hong Kong and the various ways in which the Filipina migrant worker occupies Central on Sundays. The film is narrated from the perspective of Paraiso, a ghost played by a drone who speaks of the isolation from being uprooted and thrown into a newplace. Paraiso’s reprieve comes when she is finally able to interact with the women and feelher purpose, which is to transmit their vlogs, photos, and messages back home. During theweek she is forced back into isolation and is left in an existential rut.

On Sundays, Central becomes a pivotal place for Paraiso and the three protagonists asthousands congregate to create a space of female care-giving, away from their employers'homes where they live and work full time. From early morning to night, the women occupythese spaces normally used for finance and banking into spaces where they relax over food,drinks, manicures, prayer, and dance. Only when the women gather en masse is the signal strong enough to summon Paraiso to them for download.

Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso uses Hong Kong’s dystopian maze like structures that the Filipina migrants re-imagine and focuses on the beauty of care-giving but also explores how technology is used as a pivotal way for the women to connect - to each other but also to loved ones. Raising questions around modern isolation, economic migration and the role of public space in both urban and digital forms, the film transcends its various component parts to offer a startling commentary on the present, from the point of view of the future.

Venue & Address: 
Rm. 320 OCAD University 205 Richmond Street West

The Kaleidoscope Project

The Kaleidoscope Project
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 6:30pm to Friday, March 17, 2017 - 6:30pm

The Kaleidoscope Project is a two-part project that showcases the value that learning about cultures can bring to the art and design communities within OCAD U.

The First part is a film that sets the stage for the conversation following the interaction and reflection of sixteen participants who are students at OCAD. It showcases what we hope more people within the OCAD U community will do in response to the film. You can have a look at the trailer for the film here


"Presenting, The Kaleidoscope Project: Film & Open Discussion.


The short-film is a compilation of personal experiences and reflections of sixteen students at the university. It explores the importance of cultural interaction within the art and design worlds. The event will feature an OPEN DISCUSSION to allow for community engagement and feedback. We would like to hear your voices to find out ways in which we can make a stronger community at OCAD U.


Documentary Screening:

Date: March 03 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: 100 McCaul Street, Room 284


Second Screening:

Date: March 17 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: 100 McCaul Street, Room 284"



The Second part is an installation, that will be introduced on Monday, March 6th, is a call to action by creating an interactive opportunity for the larger OCAD U community to add their voices to The Kaleidoscope Project. The installation is a reflective piece to the short-film. The installation is a 7ft x 3ft peg board that will be put up on the wall in the lobby. 

The installation is an interactive piece that requests the audience to select a coloured string, assigned to one of the three questions:

What is community?
What is culture?
What drives change?

Students are encouraged to interact with this installation by making connections between ideas and concepts that they feel aid the selected question. Everyone’s perspective is an equal contribution to this project. Join us by adding to the creation of a kaleidoscope of culture, community, and change.



The team is formed by international students who were granted the 2016 Big Ideas Fund by the ODESI at OCAD U and involves a graphic designer, an art director and an industrial designer. We are not only culturally diverse, but also bring well-rounded multi-disciplinary ideas to the table.


Together we have created, The Kaleidoscope Project.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 284 & Lobby

Assignment to Archives

Going out to meet the rollers, Wasaga Beach, Photographer unknown, c. 1925, Ministry of Education
Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 4:00am to Friday, October 26, 2007 - 4:00am

This exhibition, curated by Professor Vid Ingelevics for the Archives of Ontario, is drawn from the photographic holdings of the Archives and deals with relationships between image, information and meaning. While bringing to light the skilled work of many (often unidentified) government photographers, it brings attention equally to the trajectory that their work followed from assignment to the archives. How does one today situate these images that often arrived accompanied by minimal metadata years after having been taken?
As part of this exhibition five writers, including well-known authors such as Martha Baillie and John Lorinc, have selected images to base a short text upon. Their resulting works are on display at the main exhibition site.

FILM SCREENINGS - In the Public Interest The still photography exhibitions are accompanied by two nights of film screenings in the OCAD Auditorium taking place at 7pm on Friday, Oct. 12 and Friday, Oct. 19. These are produced in partnership with OCAD and Pleasure Dome and bring forward the work of Ontario government filmmakers going back to the late 1940s. The two evenings offer distinct programs, the first focusing on agriculture and rural life and the second on postwar travel, leisure and road safety.

Venue & Address: 
John B. Aird Gallery McDonald Block, 900 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario