Inaugural Global Experience Project takes off!

Group photo of students with Isaac Julien, Sara Diamond and Carol Weinbaum
Thursday, February 9, 2017

OCAD University is launching a trailblazing international initiative, bent on elevating Canada’s prominence in the global communities of art and culture. The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project (GEP) will bring leading international artists to Toronto for a significant residency at OCAD U over the next five years. The GEP will connect selected students with the visiting artists and notable scholars, on campus and abroad.

“We are thrilled beyond words to realize the launch of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “The opportunity to interact closely with ground-breaking international artists will shape the learning experience for OCAD U students in a way that no classroom ever could, and heighten international awareness of Toronto as a vibrant contemporary art community.”

For GEP’s inaugural year, OCAD U is hosting the renowned Isaac Julien as its artist-in-residence. A London-based filmmaker and video installation artist, Julien is working with five students who have access to the behind-the-scenes installation of his current show at the Royal Ontario Museum (Isaac Julien: Other Destinies, now on until April 23, 2017) and will participate in events involving the artist and his work, including the upcoming Images Festival, which will screen Who Killed Colin Roach? and Territories.

As part of his residency, which extends until the end of March, Julien will engage with students and the arts community through lectures, screenings and discussions. In May, GEP students will travel to London, England to spend time with Julien in his studio and learn about his process. The students will continue to develop their own projects with Julien’s feedback and critical perspective on their work, while immersed in London’s arts community.

 About The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project

In residence at OCAD U for a period of five to six weeks, each year’s visiting artist will commit to open studio hours where students can engage informally with the resident.  The artist will collaborate in faculty-led classes, conduct public presentations, create art and engage with the broader community through exhibition and/or artistic research.

While visiting the resident artist’s home community abroad, students and faculty will have the opportunity to engage with the local art community and gain exposure to a broader, international artistic network. Depending upon the resident artist’s medium of choice, the students’ work abroad could take various forms: as in-situ art projects, gallery and studio assistance, entrepreneurial activity, research projects, community projects, artist visits and more.

Global Experience Project students will be selected through a rigorous process of faculty review based upon portfolio, grades and a formal proposal.

Introducing this year’s GEP students:  Yuling Chen, Aylan Couchie, leaf jerlefia, Aaron Moore, Justyna Werbel.

“These young artists are being given a chance to build a diverse international network that will continue to influence their development long after they leave OCAD University,” said Carol Weinbaum of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation. “We are very honoured to play a part in the development of Canada’s next generation of emerging artists.”

“The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation has been a supporter of OCAD University for nearly 15 years,” said Diamond. “We are extremely grateful for its longstanding commitment to OCAD U and continued investment in the Canadian art landscape.”

You can find more on GEP on the OCAD U website and social media:

Facebook (Global Experience Project)
Twitter (GlobalXProject)
Instagram (@globalxproject)


Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:30pm


Hot off the press, this new book offers an oral history collage of Toronto’s underground movie collective. They built four theatres, fought censorship, made artist’s films, published catalogues, ran an art gallery, showed and distributed movies from around the world. Here at last is the story told by people who were there. 235 pages. Published by the Canadian Film Institute

Free viewing of 5 essential movies, plus a free book. Please join us for a luxurious screening of a handful of artist’s movies that look at the revolution in Nicaragua, feminist construction zones, and a Ukranian survivor of the Second World War.

Ville - quelle ville? by Midi Onodera 4 min. 1984

DP2 by Peter Dudar 16 min, 2014

The Iconography of Venus by Annette Mangaard 5 min, 1987

Eye of the Mask (excerpt) by Judith Doyle 27 min, 1985

Canada Mini-Notes by Jim Anderson 15 min, 1974


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

6:30 pm • TIFF Lightbox, 350 King Street

Venue & Address: 
TIFF Lightbox, 350 King Street
Underground book cover

First Person Narrative: Depictions of Mental Health in the Movies

first person narrative: film & discussion of mental health in the movies
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue & Address: 
113 McCaul (MCC) rm 516

What does a film concept artist do?

What does a film concept artist do? Take a trip to Hollywood and meet OCAD U alum Dean Sherriff, film concept artist for movies like Furious 7, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Jurassic World.

Video by OCAD U student Oscar Fletcher.

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25 FPS Film Festival: Panel discussion with Paulette Phillips

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, September 27, 2008 - 4:00am

Faculty of Art Professor Paulette Phillips will speak on a panel about film and architecture at the 25 FPS Film Festival in Zagreb, Croatia.

Phillips's installation The Walking Ferns for the Tatton Park
Biennale in the UK closes September 28, 2008 (info:

Venue & Address: 
Student's Centre Savska 25, Zagreb, Croatia


Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 4:00am

The cast and crew of the upcoming series Kim's Convenience will be filming at OCAD University on Tuesday, July 19 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Most of the scenes take place in Butterfield Park and on McCaul St., with additional spaces reserved in the auditorium and Lambert Lounge. 

Campus Security will be on site at all times. You will be permitted to enter and exit the building throughout the filming period. 



Faculty Talk April 7th with Selmin Kara

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Please RSVP by April 1st

On Thursday, April 7th 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Selmin Kara, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and 2014/2015 OCAD University Award for Excellence in Early Stage Research, Scholarship & Creative Activity Recipient, will be giving a talk entitled Anthropocene Cinema and the Eco-Sensory Breach.

Coffee and light snacks will be provided.

Please invite your colleagues and join us for this exciting opportunity to hear about Professor Kara’s research. See the poster attached for more details.

In this talk, Selmin Kara will provide a brief overview of her research on the emerging aesthetic and thematic threads related to the Anthropocene imaginary in contemporary cinema, with special attention to films that project the impact of ecological exploitation onto human bodies. In films like Todd Haynes’s Safe (1995), Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves (2013), Shane Carruth’s Upstream Colour (2013), and Elinor Svoboda’s Merus Breach (2013), one finds characters that suffer from an eco-sensory breach that compromises their immune system and makes them oversensitive to certain stimuli such as pathogens, sounds, odours, or touch, due to environmental factors. Depictions of immune system collapse immediately configures the impact of the Anthropocene on the body as a metabolic rift: a tearing apart of the body’s resources and preventing the body from defending itself.  According to immune theory (under the guise of a wide array of philosophers, ranging from Niels Bohr and Fransisco Varela to Donna Haraway), the immune system is closely linked to the formation of identity, since it is predicated upon a distinction between self-and nonself, self and the environment. Varela even goes as far as suggesting that the immune system is one of the constituents of the notion of “self,” since it is a closed network that self-determines the body’s stability and capacities of interaction with its environment. From a cinematic point of view, the four films’ foregrounding of the senses in depicting narratives of bodily vulnerability entangle humans in a sensual ecology, which create an aesthetic that unsettles and resists anthropocentric imaginings. Taking the tension between these films’ narratives of eco-sensory breach and eco-sensuous aesthetic, the talk will explore what they might suggest in terms of transcorporeality and affect in the Anthropocene.  

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. W, Room 420
Faculty Talk poster with event info, biography of Selmin Kara and film stills

Lindsay Gibb’s National Treasure: Nicolas Cage listed as a top book of 2015

Photo of Lindsday Gibb
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 5:00am

OCAD U E-Reserves and Learning Zone Technician Lindsay Gibb’s first book has been listed by the National Post as one of the 99 best books of 2015. Gibb calls National Treasure: Nicolas Cage a critique/celebration of Cage’s style of acting and the range of roles he has chosen over his career.

Gibb is a journalist who has been at OCAD U since 2013, having worked in the library for the previous two years as a reference intern. She is in the early stages of writing her next book.

Interviewed by Metro Toronto, Gibb admits that her fondness for the actor turned into “a bit of an obsession” while researching the book.

The book is part of the ECW (entertainment culture writing) Press Pop Classics series and is widely available in bookstores and online.

“I didn’t know I wanted to understand Nicolas Cage until I read Lindsay Gibb’s book. Now I’m sure of it.” — Jesse Wente, director of film programmes, TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Film Scores by Sarah Nind

Poster for event with one of Sarah Ninds artworks
Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 4:00am to Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 4:00am

Galerie Youn presents:
Film Scores by Sarah Nind

Preview: April 9, 6 pm - 8 pm

Venue & Address: 
Galerie Youn 5226 St. Laurent Blvd., Montreal, PQ

Materials Reimagined in Special Effects

Poster with an image of a man in profile
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 5:00pm

Laird McMurray is the president of Laird FX, which is a specialty prototype design company, who engineers and manufactures devices and special effects for film, television, commercial, theatre and live events.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St. Room 530