EXTRA:MUROS:INTRA - An IAMD Thesis Exhibition

exhibition poster for Jay Irizawa's EXTRA:MUROS:INTRA
Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 1:00pm

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


For more information on Jay’s work please visit: http://www.jayirizawa.com/

More about the IAMD program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/interdisciplinary-masters-in-art-media-and-design.htm


IAMD Student wins Film Competition at Martial Arts Studies Conference 2016

picture of Iveta Karpathyova
picture of animation screening in conference room
Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 4:00am

We send congratulations to Iveta Karpathyova, a second-year student in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design (IAMD) program, who won the Martial Arts Studies Film Competition hosted by the Martial Arts Studies conference in Cardiff University (UK), held from July 19-21, 2016. Her film, which she developed in her first year of study at OCAD U, was screened alongside fellow winner Philip Loy as part of the conference.

Watch her work online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz2W9I4Scvg

Ms. Karpathyova offered insights into her experience at the conference:
“I met scholars and practitioners of various types of martial arts over the course of three days. The most valuable experience was forming new relationships, initiating collaborations and discussing my research on embodiment with authors and experts in this flourishing field. I received a lot of insight into current topics of research within the field of martial arts including pedagogy, gender, identity, film aesthetics, historical records, culture and tradition, health and well-being, spiritual and holistic theory.
Besides gaining insight into current academic discourse on kinetic intelligence, embodied research and movement studies, I was invited to submit my animations to the Martial Arts film festival and interviewed for Dojo TV on my experiences as a practitioner and researcher within the field.”

Organizers described the award as developed “in response to the conference’s interest in moving martial arts studies work into the realms of audiovisual media. In order to stimulate new forms of research, dissemination and communication in the field of martial arts studies, this year we invited students to submit short five minute films on any aspect of martial arts. Here’s what we said: You may want to document an obscure martial arts style for posterity, or give insight into a system, culture or field of practice. You may want to deal with theoretical or practical issues in martial arts studies. You may want to showcase your own research. Your work will be helping to advance the visibility and insights of martial arts.”

The second annual international Martial Arts Studies Conference’s theme was centered on discourses that engage with the relations between two dimensions that are often regarded as opposed, or worlds apart: namely, the relations between media representation and embodied practice.

More about Iveta Karpathyova: http://www.ivetaka.com/

More about the IAMD Program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/interdisciplinary-masters-in-art-media-and-design.htm

New Public Artwork by IAMD Graduate Student David Constantino Salazar to be Unveiled

poster of public unveiling of One & All
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 4:00am

Second year IAMD graduate student David Constantino Salazar will have his new public art commission, One & All, unveiled on Thursday, September 22 at 10:00am. This work was commissioned by First Capital Realty in Collaboration with Julie M. Gallery and OCAD University and is installed in Halton Hills Village (361-375 Mountainview Road South) in Georgetown, Ontario.

For more information on David’s work please visit: http://www.projectsalazar.com/

More about the IAMD program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/interdisciplinary-masters-in-art-media-and-design.htm

Nick Sweetman: Digital Adaptations 

blue and red artwork
installation view of artwork Object Pop1
Friday, January 10, 2014 - 5:00am to Sunday, January 19, 2014 - 5:00am

Nick Sweetman's Digital Adapatations

January 2014

What are the qualities of a successful representation and how does it lead the viewer to interpret the image as plausible? The work in "Digital Adaptations" can be seen as an attempt to picture this process - as a pictorial metaphor for the role of individual visualization in seeing, interpreting and making representative images.


Each artwork in Digital Adaptations begins from an image - a photograph taken of the surface of a found object. Through various material translations, the picture is continued onto a new surface and extended beyond the boundaries of the photo into an imagined larger composition that incorporates the image seamlessly. How is plausibility achieved in representing beyond the limited field of the image?


One side of the gallery was arranged to display the objects I found, collected, examined, photographed, and elaborated upon during my thesis work. They were presented with didactic panels describing the object, as well as when, where and how each was found. Directly across from each object, on the opposite wall, was hung the mixed media artwork that it inspired, each one containing a photographic sample of the corresponding object’s surface.


The work drew on my interdisciplinary research completed in the IAMD program, which merged my painting practice and new material explorations with text-based research into aesthetic philosophy, art history, theories on cognition and the neurobiology of vision.

blue and red sculptural object

Congratulations to Katrina Tompkins

Katrina Tompkins - Cork / Corian Board - Paddle Cork, Corian
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 12:30pm

Katrina Tompkins, a graduate student in the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design (IAMD) program, is the 2015 recipient of the Kingcrafts/Lady Flavelle Scholarship awarded by Craft Ontario.

For full announcement/award details, please visit the Craft Ontario website: https://craftontario.com/exhibitions/online-gallery/awards-2015/katrina-...


More about the designer: tinselandsawdust.com

More about IAMD: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/interdisciplinary-masters...

Garnet Willis: SO LATE SO SOON

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 11:00pm to Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 11:00pm

SO LATE SO SOON by Garnet Willis

An Interdisciplinary Art and Media Design MFA Thesis Exhibition

Exhibition Hours

April 12, 7-10pm

April 13-16, 12-7pm 

(Closed Thursday April 14)

Venue & Address: 
OCADU Graduate Gallery 205 Richmond St. West, Ground Floor
SO LATE SO SOON by Garnet Willis

Valerie Carew: Enclosure Movement: Comparative Dwelling and Embodiment

Body Coiling
Gall Bodies
Cocooning (Headpiece)
I Am A Wooly Aphid (Headpiece)
Moth Balls
In Private
Media Room Installation View
Monday, April 18, 2016 - 4:00pm to Monday, April 25, 2016 - 9:00pm

Enclosure Movement: Comparative Dwelling and Embodiment
Valerie Carew MFA Thesis Exhibition
April 18-25, open daily 12-5pm
Performaces on Friday April 22 and Saturday April 23 between 1-2pm

This thesis postulates contemporary domestic spaces as spheres which may be experienced as isolating and compartmentalized units, which enable forms of detachment and reenforce reclusive behaviour. As our global population rises, the construction of these zones continues to consume natural ecosystems. My work conceptualizes the home as a practise-led research site in which to investigate a mergence between the interior domestic realm and the outer natural world. Hand fabricated wearable textile forms express this interplay with the use of reclaimed household fabrics. These pieces are developed as hybrid forms which combine sensory isolation as a metaphor for reclusion, with biomimetic role-play featuring neighbouring organisms in fallow farm field ecosystems, which exhibit insulating behaviours similar to our human domestic versions. These objects become activated by means of embodiment and performance. This work is a practise in comparative dwelling which considers the implications of persistent housing development in southern Ontario, and describes an effort to navigate the constructed notions of the ideal nuclear home and family. It represents an ongoing endeavour to find emergence from social and environmental dissociative ways of being.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Graduate Gallery 205 Richmond St. West, Ground Floor
Enclosure Movement: Comparative Dwelling and Embodiment  Valerie Carew MFA Thesis Exhibition

Marina Fathalla - Un-Registered Affects: Archiving Dormant Landscapes

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 4:00pm to Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 9:00pm

Marina Fathalla: Un-Registered Affects: Archiving Dormant Landscapes
March 28 - April 3
Opening Reception: Thursday March 31, 8-11pm

Un-registered Affects is an experimental project in search of alternative modalities of siting practices. It examines the un-registered, marginalized and ephemeral (flowering vs dormant vegetation, feelings, the passage of water) in the landscape. This meta-methodology views the land as an archive and archeological material.

Taking two peri-urban sites in Mississauga linked together by the Credit River, I engage in processes of archival mining and haptic history/geography. The Credit Indian Reserve (CIR) property line cuts through the site of my work titled "CIRiver." Merging distant and proximal histories, CIRiver places Aboriginal and ‘newcomer’ narratives into relation. Prior to development, the sites are under impending threat of erasure. The installation counters architectural clearing of place as a tabula rasa. I retain what escapes archival preservation via records of vegetation and topography to reconnect the body to the layered histories of land and location. 

Venue & Address: 
Whippersnapper Gallery, 594B Dundas St. West
Marina Fathalla - Un-Registered Affects: Archiving Dormant Landscapes

Yasemin Oncu: de•monstra•tion

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 5:00pm to Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 9:00pm

Yasemin Oncu: de•monstra•tion
April 6-10, 1-5 PM daily
Opening Reception: April 6, 6-9 pm

The entry monster in The New Webster Dictionary reads as follows: ‘A plant or animal of abnormal structure or greatly different from the usual type; an animal exhibiting malformation in important parts; a person looked upon with horror on account of extraordinary crimes, deformity, or power to do harm; an imaginary creature, such as the sphinx, mermaid, etc.’ ‘Monster’ entered English in late medieval times from the old French term monstre, which in its turn originated from the Latin root monstrum. The Latin word is derived from the root of 'monere', which means ‘to warn.’ Related to this primary meaning, monere is thought to be also referring to ‘that which teaches’ or ‘that which instructs.’ The latter connotation forms the basis of the current English word 'demonstrate', which is used interchangeably with "to point out, indicate, show or prove."

Venue & Address: 
Gallery 50, 50 Gladstone Avenue
exhibition postcard - de•monstra•tion

Ashley Snook: Intraspeciation

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 2:30pm to Monday, April 18, 2016 - 8:30pm

Ashley Snook: Intraspeciation 
Gallery Hours: April 15 – 18, 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM 
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 16, 1:30 – 4:30 PM
Thesis Defense: Monday, April 18, 10:30 AM

Intraspeciation is an exhibition consisting of a body of artwork in support of my written Master’s thesis, titled Intraspeciation Within the Ontological Biosphere.

The works displayed in this exhibition investigate the intuitive connection between human and animal. Ideas of human animality are explored through the innate affinity for other living organisms seen in the concept of biophilia. By examining the relationships between human and nonhuman animals and vegetal/botanical life, my work considers a removal of barriers from preexisting dichotomies between species through notions of interconnectivity. This trajectory of biological exploration aims to establish intimacy and animalism between the human, animal and surrounding biosphere by the use of organic and synthetic material through sculpture, installation and drawing.

Venue & Address: 
Allan Gardens Conservatory, 19 Horticultural Ave, Toronto
Ashley Snook: Intraspeciation