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

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
416-977-6000 ext. 217

Michael Trommer

Michael Trommer is a Toronto-based producer and sound artist; his experimental work has been focused primarily on psychogeographical and acoustemological explorations via the use of field recordings, infra- and ultrasound, as well as multi-channel installation and expanded video techniques.

Videotapes & Such Sale

Videotapes & Such Sale
Thursday, December 6, 2007 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

AV & Imaging Services is having a sale of old VHS tapes, CD-ROM's, slide carousels, and other outdated equipment.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD Lobby, Main Building 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

From Above

Monitor 11: South Asian Experimental Film + Video

SAVAC logo
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 11:30pm

How does trauma haunt us? How do we build fictions that tell the stories of our lived realities? And finally, how do we fantasize our way out?

The title of a 7” record by riot grrrl band Heavens to Betsy, “These Monsters are Real” conjures feelings of anxiety, fear, and panic. While the reference to monsters elicits the realm of fiction and fantasy, the insistence on their realness re-centers experiences of horror and trauma, summoning images of mutated and abject beings.

Monitor 11 takes this title as its starting point and asks that we claim a space for the imaginary and the make-believe that can emerge from and entangle with the most monstrous acts, which have become a part of our everyday reality.

Featuring work by

Sahej Rahal (India)
Kush Badhwar (India)
Tala Madani (Iran/USA)
Payal Kapadia (India)
Anjana Kothamachu (India)
Mahardika Yudha (Indonesia)
Chulayarnnon Siriphol (Thailand)
Laleh Khorramian (USA)

Curated by Azar Mahmoudian & Leila Pourtavaf

Doors Open 7 p.m.

Q&A with curators to follow screening

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Central Hall, Room 230
SAVAC members free | students, seniors & underemployed $5 | general $10 

Monitor 11: South Asian Experimental Film + Video Call for Submissions

Mosaic with the work monitor
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 4:00am to Monday, November 3, 2014 - 5:00am

Deadline: November 3, 2014, 5:00 p.m.


Submissions are now open for our annual experimental film and video screening program, Monitor 11.

Monitor is dedicated to the presentation of experimental short films and videos by and/or about South Asians from Canada and around the world. We invite independent and innovative short films and videos that explore the aesthetic and form of the moving image and its relation to narrative. Monitor encourages new, experimental and risk-taking work that challenges the viewer’s active engagement.

For Monitor 11, curators Leila Pourtavaf and Azar Mahmoudian invite filmmakers and artists to submit work based on the theme, “These Monsters are Real”, a nod to riot grrrl band Heavens to Betsy. The theme can be read as a playful insistence on fantasy as a legitimate mode of operation, but also question how we can still claim a space for the imaginary, and the make-believe, when the most monstrous acts have become a part of our everyday reality.

How do we realize and name trauma to normalize it? How does it haunt us? How do our fantasies return as the real? How do we build fictions that tell the stories of our lived realities? And finally, how do we fantasize our way out?


Works must be under 20 minutes and produced during, or after 2012.
Submissions from first time directors, and students are welcome. Artist fees will be paid.

Submissions must include all of the following:

• Name of artist or director
• Full contact information (address, phone, email, website)
• Title of work
• Date of production (No earlier than 2012)
• Brief synopsis of the work (300 words max)
• Brief biography of the artist (150 words max)
• Artist CV
• High-resolution production stills (300dpi)

Venue & Address: 
Mail-In Submissions: SAVAC – MONITOR 11 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 450 Toronto, ON M5V 3A8 Canada
<p><strong>Email Submissions:</strong></p> <p>submissions@savac.net</p> <p><strong>Contact Sharlene Bamboat:</strong><br /> Artistic Director,&nbsp;SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre)<br /> p: 416.542.1661<br /> e: sharlene@savac.net</p>