Beep-Boopatronics - IAMD Thesis Exhibition by Max Lupo

image of coloured mechanical cog
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 11:00pm to Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 4:00pm

March 9 to 14, open daily from 11:00am - 4:00pm
Opening Reception: Saturday March 11, 1:00pm - 4:00pm

The exhibition Beep-Boopatronics is a project which takes nearly obsolete objects and imbues them with new, but not always useful, functionality. In particular, this exhibition takes a chord organ which plays itself, and connects it to a Beep-Boop Machine in order to examine how things can speak to each other.

Venue & Address: 
The Open Space Gallery, 49 McCaul

EXTRA:MUROS:INTRA - An IAMD Thesis Exhibition

exhibition poster for Jay Irizawa's EXTRA:MUROS:INTRA
Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 9:00am to Friday, September 9, 2016 - 5:00pm

Beyond the Walls: Exploring the Interface Between Digital and Physical Space

An MFA thesis exhibition by Jay Irizawa, a thesis candidate in the Interdisciplinary Master's of Art, Media and Design program.

Extra:Muros:Intra is an interactive space integrated into the historic site of Evergreen Brick Works. Using wearable technology, a participant’s state of awareness is captured with sensors and visualized in a digital landscape of colour and sound, creating a feedback of virtual presence in the material environment. 

Public Event: September 7, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Experience Live: Thursday, September 1 to Sunday, September 4 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto


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Venue & Address: 
Evergreen Brickworks

Blood Ties - XPACE exhibition with OCAD U graduate students and alumni

Image of Fallon Simard's work called 'Womb' (video still)
Friday, February 17, 2017

Blood Ties

February 17 to March 24, 2017

Opening Reception: Friday, February 17, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

XPACE Cultural Centre, 303 Lansdowne Ave

Artists: Omar Badrin (IAMD MFA, 2015), Aditi Ohri, Shahir Omar-Qrishnaswamy, Fallon Simard (IAMD MA candidate, 2017), Eve Tagny
Curators: Geneviève Wallen (CCP MFA, 2015) and Eve Tagny

Blood Ties explores the spiritual and material bonds that shape familial histories and intimacies. By presenting narratives of individuals from transnational and translocal families, this exhibition demonstrates the ways in which multi-local identities embody a web of geographical encounters and cultural memories. The selected artworks demonstrate how one’s familial identity is subjected to social and spatial negotiations underlining periods of longing, absence and change. This exhibition examines contemporary family “units” as a threshold allowing conversations about one’s relationship to their immediate landscape, spaces connected to ancestral memories, and cultural exchanges mapping colonial legacies.

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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

First Position Second Position - Eli Schwanz - IAMD Thesis Exhibition

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 1:00pm to Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 6:00pm

You're invited to Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design MFA candidate Eli Schwanz's thesis exhibition in the Graduate Gallery, from February 28 to March 4, open daily from 1:00pm to 6:00pm.

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 2, 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, ground floor, 205 Richmond Street West
First Position Second Position 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."

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

Artnet names Esmaa Mohamoud top emerging artist

Portrait of Esmaa Mohamoud
Sunday, January 8, 2017

Esmaa Mohamoud has been named one of “14 Emerging Women Artists to Watch in 2017” by the international Artnet news website. Mohamoud is the 2016 medal winner in the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design graduate program.

From the article:

The following artists, from South Africa to South Brooklyn, have been responsible for some truly thought-provoking works this year. artnet News is excited to see what they do next, as they expand their practices and get their first solo show, their first big grant, or their first public art showing at an art fair.

In 2016, Toronto’s Esmaa Mohamoud finished a Masters in Fine Arts from Ontario College of Art and Design University and had her first solo show, at Toronto’s YYZ Gallery, all before the age of 24. Titled “#000000 Violence”, the exhibition uses basketball as a starting point for larger conversations.

“I’m using the realm of athletics to speak to issues of black masculinity; how violence and athletics go hand-in-hand in black culture,” she told the Fader of the works, 30-pound concrete casts of under-inflated basketballs.

Mohammoud is Gallery Assistant at OCAD U’s Student Gallery. To read about the other artists profiled, visit



Extra Baggage - new exhibition of work by IAMD Alumnus Omar Badrin

Omar Badrin, See Me, approx. 34x15.5x11.5", 2016
Friday, January 6, 2017 - 7:00pm to Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Artspace presents:

Omar Badrin
Extra Baggage
January 6 – February 23, 2017
Gallery 1

Please join Artspace on Friday, January 6, 2017 from 7:00 - 9:00pm for the opening of Extra Baggage, an exhibition of new work by Omar Badrin.

Then, on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 7:00pm please join us for an artist talk and closing reception with Omar Badrin.

Through his textile and sculptural work Omar Badrin creates an autobiographical exploration of race and cultural identity. Throughout his childhood and adolescence as a transracial adoptee in Newfoundland, Badrin was perceived as an outsider by many of the people around him. As a child and young man, Badrin longed to fit in to his adopted culture. However, Badrin was frequently teased by others for his Asian physical traits, and constantly reminded that he was a racial minority in a mostly white, homogenous province. The complex desire to belong and the frustration of not being able to are brought forward in Extra Baggage. Badrin’s brightly coloured, monster-like crocheted masks and figures represent the warped self-perception that resulted from Badrin’s experiences as a youth coming of age in Newfoundland. The body of new work in Extra Baggage is a manifestation of Badrin’s perception of his race and cultural identity, and the ways in which these feelings become internalized and embodied.

Omar Badrin is an interdisciplinary artist born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His work stems from his upbringing in Newfoundland and focuses on cultural identity, as well as its construction and representation through the use of visual metaphors. Badrin received his MFA at OCAD University in 2015, where he was awarded a graduate medal for his work in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art Media and Design program. Since graduating, he has also received project and travel grants from the Toronto Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. Badrin currently lives in Toronto.

If you have any questions please contact:

Jon Lockyer (MFA 2014, Criticism and Curatorial Practice)

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Venue & Address: 
Artspace, 378 Aylmer Street North, Peterborough, Ontario
Jon Lockyer, Director,

IAMD Alumna Esmaa Mohamoud - One of 14 Emerging Women Artists to Watch

Portrait of Esmaa Mohamoud
Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 5:00am

OCAD U Graduate Studies extends congratularions to recent Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design program alumna Esmaa Mohamoud (MFA, 2016), who is listed as one of 14 Emerging Women Artists to Watch in 2017 by artnert news. Read the full list online here:

The article highlights Esmaa's thesis exhibition at YYZ Artists' Outlet "#000000 Violence" - an exhibition that investigated the Black male body in contemporary culture and the (in)tangibility of Blackness through the exploration of athletics—specifically, the sport of basketball. For more information on her thesis exhibition visit the artist's website:

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Out of Order - IAMD Thesis Exhibition by Kimberley White

  A Study in Time, 2015 Plaster, sand, acrylic, ink, paper, burlap and wire on canvas. 20 x  66 in
Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 11:00pm to Friday, December 23, 2016 - 1:30am

Out of Order

Kimberley White, MFA candidate, Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design

December 20 to 24, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, December 22, 6 - 8:30PM

"Kimberley White’s research-based practice combines variations of painting, sculpture and installation. In this interdisciplinary exhibition she questions the conditions, limitations and violence of order and ordering practices. Drawing on histories of institutionalization and theoretical considerations of time, space and place, this work critically navigates the tensions between discipline and transgression, concealment and transparency, excess and restraint. The pieces in this collection work together to trouble the boundaries of order, and to consider what it means, or if it is possible to have meaning, out of order."

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Venue & Address: 
Red Head Gallery, 401 Richmond St. W, Suite 115