Inclusive Design Summer Intensive Exhibit Opening

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm
Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, Ground Floor, 205 Richmond St. W.
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IAMD Student Work at Sur Gallery

David Constantino Salazar, Due to Circumstances Beyond Our Control, 2017, oil-based clay
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 9:00am

"To ‘strike a chord’ is to create or trigger an emotional negative or positive response to an action. In this exhibition, artists respond to times of peril and violence: they retaliate with protest, search for healing, all while conjuring an atmosphere of resistance. At times when our role as citizens seem to ever more bluntly demonstrate that actions need to be taken in order for there to be change, Montreal-based artist Claudia Bernal, Toronto-based artists —Coco Guzmán, Julieta María and David Constantino Salazar— use performance, video, installation, sculpture and drawing to position themselves as activists in a society that has revealed its ultra-right wing ideology. 

Artists in Strike a Chord present multiple perspectives and offer various tools to activate social integrity, social justice, and respect. While both Bernal and Guzmán tackle performance and drawing as change catalysts and see the power of individuals capable of redefining the course of history through memory and action, Salazar reveals the vulnerability we all share and the obstacles that expose our precarious lives. María offers a comforting and nurturing encounter with our mothers, revealing our instinctive nature to survive despite sentiments of fear and isolation lingering in the world today. During times of uncertainty and anxiety, it is artists who create meaning and a sense of purpose when all else seems to be crumbling. Artists raise their voices; they elicit and provoke those who do not want to change and strike something within all of us. 

This exhibition is co-presented by Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts"

More on the exhibition can be found on the Sur Gallery website:

A review of Strike a Chord on akimbo:

More on the IAMD program:

Design for Health Open House

Design for Health Poster
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. W., Room 303

Minister of Science and Member of Parliament tour campus

Minister Kirsty Duncan with student looking at wearable art
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 5:15pm

On March 15, The Honourable Kirsty Duncan and Adam Vaughan, MP for Spadina–Fort York, met with President Sara Diamond and members of OCAD University’s research labs to learn about the unique work produced by our faculty and students. The tour included the, Social Body Lab, Health Design Studio, Visual Analytics Lab and Strategic Innovation Lab, all at 205 Richmond St. W. The visit gave Minister Duncan the opportunity to see how interdisciplinary design and science are. Minister Duncan is herself a former professor and scientist, recognized as an expert in the fields of environmental change and its impact on human health.

The tour concluded with MELTDOWN, the thesis exhibit of IAMD graduate student Annette Mangaard.

Affective Curating - a conversation with Dr. Mark Nash

portrait of Dr. Mark Nash
Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

The Office of Graduate Studies at OCAD University is pleased to announce that Dr. Mark Nash will be conducting a master class and an open conversation on what he calls “affective curating.” Renowned for his work as a curator, film historian and filmmaker, and with specializations in contemporary fine art moving image practices, avant-garde and world cinema, Dr. Nash’s approach to curating as a form of montage involving ideas and emotions is pioneering and critically compelling.


Graduating from Cambridge University in Natural Sciences and English, and then undertaking postgraduate film studies at the Slade School of Art, University College London, Dr. Nash’s scholarly work and practice has been at the juncture of theory and practice. In the 1970s and 1980s he was actively involved in British film culture as editor of Screen (1976-81) and as an independent filmmaker. His PhD from Middlesex University was based on his writings from this time.  Prior to joining the Royal College of Art, Dr. Nash was Director of Fine Art Research at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. He has also been a Senior Lecturer in Film History and Theory at the University of East London, and Visiting Lecturer on the Whitney Museum Independent Study Programme in New York. Dr. Nash has also taught in a number of institutions in the United States including Harvard University, NYU and UC Santa Cruz.  In addition, he has collaborated with Universitario Napoli Orientale, Department of Anglo American studies (collaboration on the EU-funded 'Museums and Libraries in the Age of Migrations' project), Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, Department of Curating and Jagellonian University, Cracow, Department of Curating. 

Venue & Address: 
Digital Futures Salon, room 701K, 205 Richmond Street West

The Un-Othered Body

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 12:00pm to Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 5:00pm

The Un-Othered Body highlights the ways in which class, race, and gender all shape how othered bodies are perceived and navigate within contemporary spaces.

Exhibition Dates: February 8 -16, 2017
Opening Reception: February 9, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Panel Discussion: February 14, 12:00pm

Works by:

Dainesha Nugent-Palache
Jenny Cheng
Karina Iskandarsjah
Mariam Magsi
Oreka James
Tau Lewis

Panel Facilitator: Jessica Karuhanga

Curated by Esmaa Mohamoud


Special thanks to the OCAD U ODESI Office and Graduate Studies Office for their generous support.

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, ground floor, 205 Richmond Street W
The Un-Othered Body poster

of movement and dwelling

"A Kind of Loud Roar", video still, 20 min, 2017
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 5:00pm to Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 5:00pm

Alumni of the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design program are part of a new exhibition opening on Friday, Janaury 13, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Trinity Square Video.

of movement and dwelling
Trinity Square Video
401 Richmond St. W #121, Toronto
January 13 – March 11, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, January 13, 2017, 5-7 PM

Curated by Farah Yusuf (Criticism & Curatorial Practice BFA, 2011)

Featuring new work from Felix Kalmenson, Tings Chak, and the collective of Parastoo Anoushahpour (IAMD MFA, 2014), Faraz Anoushahpour (IAMD MFA, 2014), & Ryan Ferko (IAMD MFA, 2014)

"Trinity Square Video is excited to present of movement and dwelling, guest curated by Farah Yusuf. The exhibition proposes that a dwelling is more than a physical structure used for the bounding and occupying of space—its construction and habitation are invested with social and symbolic meaning. Just as we inhabit a place, it inhabits us. It is by considering the idea of home through the experience of displacement that we may gain insight into the political, economic, territorial, cultural and social forces that exert influence on our precarity or rootedness within any place."

More exhibition info: 

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Venue & Address: 
Trinity Square Video, Suite 121, 401 Richmond Street W

OCAD U 3MT: Three Minute Thesis Competition

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

In three minutes or less convey the essence of your Thesis or MRP to a panel of judges and a diverse audience using only a single slide. The best presentation will go on to represent OCAD University at the provincial finals to be hosted at York University on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

The OCAD U 3MT Competition will be held on Tuesday, March 6th beginning at 1PM Room 322 at 230 Richmond St. W.

New to OCAD U 3MT this year:

Coaching time and feedback with participants and finalists provided by David Bateman:

David Bateman is an arts journalist, spoken word poet, and performance artist. He holds a PhD in English Literature with a specialization in Creative Writing (University of Calgary), and an MA in Drama (University of Toronto). He has taught Drama, Creative Writing, and English Literature at a number of post-secondary institutions across the country - Trent University (Peterborough), Thompson Rivers University (Kamloops), University of Calgary, and Emily Carr Institute for Art and Design (Vancouver).Over the past thirty yearsHis performance work has been presented in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

David has four collections of poetry (Impersonating Flowers, Invisible Foreground, 'tis pity, Designation Youth) published by Frontenac House Press (Calgary), as well as two collaborative poetry collections  - Wait Until Late Afternoon (with Hiromi Goto - Frontenac House Press) and Pause (with Naomi Beth Wakan  Bevalia Press).

Performing the Text Workshop

Performing the text will help you learn strategies to relax and prepare your mind and body for a presentation, connect your voice with gestures, hook your audience with a compelling ‘opener’ and rehearse techniques to minimize performance anxiety. Graduate students looking to enhance their general presentation skills or planning to participate in any knowledge translation communication challenge are invited (the 3MT® competitionFacilitator:  Julia Course, a graduate of Brock University, holding an honours B.A. from the Department of Dramatic Arts and a minor in English Language and Literature.

Deadline for Submission of Application Form - Monday, March 5th, 2018 at 11:59PM.


OCAD U Master's students who have an approved Thesis or Major Research Project (MRP) proposal on file with the Office of Graduate Studies.


  • The top presenter will receive $750 as well as training and travel support to attend the regional competition at Waterloo in April.
  • The runner up will receive $500.
  • The "People's Choice" award winner will receive a $100 gift card. This award is voted on by the audience.


You must submit a completed 3MT application form to the Office of Graduate Studies (digi­tally) no later than Friday, March 3rd, 2017. The form is available for download Here

(Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies with any questions).

Judging Criteria

At every level of the competition, each competitor’s presentation will be assessed according to the criteria listed below. Please note that each criterion is equally weighted.


  • Did the presentation help the audience understand the research?
  • Did the presenter clearly outline the nature and aims of research?
  • Did the presenter clearly indicate what was significant about this research?
  • Did the presentation follow a logical sequence?


  • Did the presentation make the audience want to know more?
  • Was the presenter careful not to trivialise or “dumb down” the research?
  • Did the presenter convey enthusiasm for the research?
  • Did the presenter capture and maintain their audience’s attention?
  • Would the audience want to know more about the speaker’s research?


  • Was the thesis topic and its significance communicated in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience?
  • Did the speaker use sufficient eye contact and vocal range, maintain a steady pace, and a exhibit a confident stance?
  • Did the speaker avoid scientific jargon, explain terminology that needed to be used, and provide adequate background information to illustrate points?
  • Did the presenter spend the right amount of time on each element of the presentation – or did the presenter elaborate for too long on some elements or was the presenter rushed to get through the presentation?
  • Did the slide enhance, rather than detract from, the presentation; and was it clear, legible, and concise?


  • A single, static slide is permitted (no slide transitions, animations or movement of any description are allowed), and the slide is to be presented from the beginning of the oration and remain in view for the duration of the oration.
  • No additional electronic media (e.g., sound and/or video files) are permitted.
  • No props (e.g., costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are limited to three minutes maximum, and competitors exceeding three minutes are disqualified.
  • Presentations are to be spoken in standard oratory prose (i.e., no poems, raps, or songs, other than those that may be the target of research).
  • Presentations are to commence from the stage.
  • Presentations are considered to have commenced when a presenter starts the presentation through movement or speech.
  • Presentations must be made by memory; notes may not be used.
  • The decision of the judging panel is final.
  • The competition will be administered in English.
  • Students must be registered in a master's (Thesis or MRP) program at the time of the 3MT® competition, and must have made substantial progress on their research and analysis. Course-based master's students are ineligible.

To learn more about 3MT, visit

Check out UBC’s 3MT page with tips on competing in 3MT:

Check out the 3MT videos from around the world here:

Venue & Address: 
Room 322 at 205 Richmond St.

Family Camera at the ROM - Digital Futures Graduate Student Projects

picture of Digital Furtures graduate students
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 5:00am

At Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum in mid December, students from the Digital Futures Graduate Program course “Special Topic: Family Camera at the ROM” presented their proposals for interactive installations to become part of the upcoming Sesquicentennial Exhibition “The Family Camera” which will launch at the ROM in May 2017.  

“The Family Camera” will examine ideas surrounding the contemporary Canadian family through vernacular photography and the changing definitions of family, experiences of migration, memory and mementos. "The Family Camera" project asks the questions: What are family photographs? How do they shape our memories? How do they mediate our experiences of migration? And what can they tell us about about our national histories? 

Three student groups presented their interactive proposals to an esteemed audience of curators and ROM staff members connected to the upcoming exhibition. The class presented on three self defined themes: family photography and the domestic space, family photography as performance, and family photos in the private and public spheres. 

This course, which continues in the winter to develop and execute the interactive exhibition theme chosen by the ROM, is led by Dr. Martha Ladly, and “The Family Camera” curators Dr. Jennifer Orphana and Dr. Julie Crooks. This class is also mentored by lead curator Dr. Deepali Dewan and ROM Exhibition Manager Steven Laurie. Participating students are Samaa Ahmed, Bijun Chen, Margarita Castro, Mudit Ganguly, Afaq Ahmed Karadia, Annette Mangaard, Ania Medrek, Katie Micak, Natasha Mody, Maya Wilson- Sanchez, and April Xie.

Find out more about "The Family Camera" at and

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Sonia Tagari, Design for Health Manchee Foundation scholarship recipient

Sonia Tagari is an artist, designer and MDes candidate in OCAD University's new graduate program in Design for Health. She's sparky and articulate, and in 2016 began her career at OCAD University armed with a Manchee Foundation scholarship and duel degrees from the research-heavy University of Michigan in Art & Design and Neuroscience.

In late 2015, the Manchee Foundation donated more than $500,000 in support of Tagari's program, the university's newest graduate offering.The generous gift marks a growing, cross-sector acknowledgement that designers can affect the quality of life and well-being of entire populations through the designs they create, and it comes as the OCAD U embraces game-changing education and research to dramatically improve design practices related to healthcare environments, medical technologies and public health policy and communication. Significantly, it will endow two yearly scholarships in perpetuity.

“In my undergrad,” explains Tagari, “the two degrees I undertook were kept at a distance. But I saw themes emerge in my art practice that were mirrored in my science degree. Design for Health not only exposes me to different ways of thinking and more practical skills, it also allows me to see if a strong link can be forged — connecting art, design and healthcare. I want to act on that link."

In inviting designed solutions to health challenges, the MDes program explores four primary themes — each of which is investigated in studio and via partnered projects: the health context, which develops domain knowledge specific to health, healthcare delivery, communications and technology; research and application, which applies qualitative, co-designed and evidence-based techniques to health challenges; design and innovation, which creates ethical and sustainable solutions; and proficiency and leadership within interdisciplinary collaborations.

"Design for Health provides me with the opportunity to apply art thinking and practice in a way that transcends the personal," says Tagari. "That has benefits beyond myself. It also helps me see differently by expanding the singular approach of the clinician.” The relative simplicity of what she wants — “to be useful” — belies a fierce list of interests that includes lithography, printmaking, illustration, typography, publication design and the human body. Unsurprisingly, she sees huge opportunities in her field for collaboration, and is particularly interested in addressing patient-communication issues in healthcare. “Designers understand the typographical relationship between reader comprehension and negative space," she says, “whereas a scientist might regard as ‘incomplete’ a research poster that incorporates negative space in order to make information more accessible. This actually happened to me during the presentation of a poster I'd created.”

Tagari is the youngest student in her MDes cohort. While she sometimes finds that daunting, she also believes it will further her learning. It’s a very multi-disciplinary group — one that includes architects, web designers, product designers and healthcare practitioners. And as for Manchee scholarship? “I’m completely honoured,” Tagari says. “It really does help.”



'Am I more than a system of cells? Is my body so different than yours?'

Sonia Tagari’s Corporeal (2016) is a multi-media installation that addresses the relationship between a physical and psychosocial identity. It serves as an archive of limited medical data that investigates the level of access one has to personal information and the limitations in knowledge of something so immediate as one’s body. The installation encourages the viewer to investigate the data stored in the cabinet and desk drawers, allowing the audience to search for files, prints and videos in the same way the artist searched for medical information. All records and diagnostic images are sourced from the artist, creating a biological self-portrait. Together, the images explore the intimate and impersonal, familiar and foreign understanding of human physiology. 

Installation components: medical records, diagnostic images, lithographic prints, woodblock prints, CNC cut woodblocks, 3D printed skull + spine, video, lab equipment, found furniture, light boxes.



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