NS Photo Exchange Roundtable @ OCAD U

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:00pm

In partnership with OCAD University, we are hosting a roundtable discussion on collaborative art practices with select participants from the NS project, as well as key members in the Toronto community. 

Luján Agusti (Mexico/Argentina) - The Photographic Museum of Humanity, an online platform for contemporary photography.

Sandra Brewster (Canada) - OPEN HOUSE, an exhibition organized in the artist's home in Toronto.

Cecilia Estalles (Argentina) - M.A.F.I.A a photography collective in Buenos Aires.

Jorge Lozano (Colombia/Canada) - CONVERsalon, a series of artist talks that happen in the artist's home in Toronto.

Members of the public are invited to participate in this open dialogue.

NS is an online photographic exchange project between artists in Toronto, Canada and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

NS Photo Exchange Project/ Intercambio Fotográfico is commissioned by the TORONTO 2015 arts and culture festival PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC and a proud IGNITE community partner. NS was produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

Image: Pueblos Originarios, Melania Liendo, 2015

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Annex Building 113 McCaul Street 5th floor, Room 525 

PANAMANIA Arts & Culture Program features North-Sur Norte-South photo exhibition

Self-portrait by Giselle Mira Diaz and Nahuel Afonso
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 4:00am

Emerging photographers 9,000 kilometres apart have collaborated on a cyber-photographic pen-pal project that explores the theme of local cultures and blurring geographic borders. North-Sur Norte-South connects OCAD University students with young photographers in Buenos Aires.

The project is part of PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC, is a 35-day arts and culture festival to enrich the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games experience.

Photographers were chosen for this online photographic exchange project through an open call and by invitation. OCAD U partnered with Toronto’s Gallery 44 and Ph15, a non-profit organization in Argentina that uses photography to develop expressive, communicative and technical skills in children and youth who live in vulnerable situations.

North-Sur Norte-South will be exhibited at Gallery 44 from July 17 to August 1; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires from August 29 to September 6, with public displays on billboards and storefronts in both cities.

The images created through this collaboration are exhibited on an interactive website accessible to the Americas and the world.

North-Sur Norte-South was commissioned by the Arts & Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games and is also a proud IGNITE community partner.






Photography Silent Auction

Photograph of disassembled mannequins in an empty room
Monday, March 2, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, March 13, 2015 - 4:00am

Please join us in this year’s Photography Silent Auction running until March 13, 2015. Works can be seen in display cases on the 2nd floor hallway at OCAD U.

Proceeds will be going towards International Art Collaborations, an art collective founded in 2010 consisting of artists from OCAD U, as well as participating schools in Finland, South Korea, Germany and Japan

The auction closes Friday March 13th at 3pm.

Happy bidding!

Image courtesy of the artist: “Fourth Floor Behind Womenswear” by Lucas Johnson

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. 2nd Floor Display Cases

Art Toronto: The Toronto International Art Fair

Illustration featuring a blue sky with cloud, pairs of white wings and figure wearing decorative head piece in foreground
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 4:00pm to Monday, October 27, 2014 - 10:00pm


Founded in 2000, Art Toronto: Toronto International Art Fair is Canada’s only modern and contemporary fine art fair, providing unique access to the Canadian art market. An annual fall event, Art Toronto serves as the galvanizing vehicle for the nation’s art world. Considered the country’s must-attend event for art collectors and industry professionals, Art Toronto is the place for galleries wishing to attract a new sophisticated market of collectors, and professionals, and the place to network with a diverse and well connected group of fellow participants. Building on its successful platform as an exceptionally well serviced, user friendly fair, Art Toronto presents more than 100 select galleries, complemented with special projects, exhibits, a full VIP program and dynamic cultural offerings.

With work by OCAD U faculty and alumni.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Special Collector’s Preview 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Opening Night Preview 6:30pm to 10:00pm

Friday October 24th to Monday October 27th, 2014
Friday & Saturday – Noon to 8pm
Sunday & Monday – Noon to 6pm

Image credit: Jean-Christian Knaff, White Cloud, Associate Professor, Illustration, OCAD University - CFA Gallery, Booth 112




Venue & Address: 
Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building, Exhibit Hall A &amp; B 255 Front Street West

Museums and the Web International Conference

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Friday, February 21, 2014 - 2:30pm to 5:00pm

With a Masterclass led by Martha Ladly, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies

Masterclass 1: People, Places and Things: how to create connections with audiences

Workshop leaders: Stefania Chipa (Museums and the Web Florence), Alexandra M. Korey (FLOD-The Florentine), Martha Ladly (OCAD University).

This practical workshop examines how cultural institutions can connect with their audiences through storytelling. The masterclass will address specific issues faced by cultural institutions today, using storytelling along with the latest digital tools and techniques, to ask questions and come up with potential answers.

Each participant will bring a real question or problem to the masterclass; case studies and projects involving best practices and outcomes will create a framework for our discussions.

Working in small groups, participants will be guided to develop innovative solutions and a plan to implement them, which will then be presented to and discussed with the larger group.

This class is intended for museum directors, curators, marketing and communication professionals who work in digital departments, fundraisers, journalists and cultural commentators, and anyone interested in using digital tools to make cultural heritage more accessible to audiences.

Masterclass attendees will:

-Be inspired by evocative examples, case studies, and innovative tools
-Gather insights and skills for their own cases and problems
-Learn how to explain their collections through storytelling
-Find out how to choose and use the appropriate tool/s to engage their audiences
-Discuss the most cogent problems and find practical, useful and easy-to-develop solutions
-Identify language and culturally appropriate approaches for different types of audiences, e.g. children, teenagers, families, elders, locals, international visitors
-Create strong links between places, their social communities and their cultural institutions

Venue & Address: 
Piazza della Signoria, 12 Firenze, Italy

O-DAYS! International Welcome

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Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

A Welcome Reception for International Students

New International Students should make plans to attend this special welcome! It will be a great opportunity to make new friends, ask questions and get advice. Watch your email for details. Current international students are encouraged to attend as Welcome Ambassadors.

Refreshments will be served. Watch your email for details.

Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please make a notation in the appropriate field in the online RSVP form and submit it prior to August 22, 2014 so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Lunch and snacks will be provided at O-DAYS!
It is your responsibility to email us and notify us of any allergies or dietary restrictions so that we may do our best to accommodate you. Please do so at your earliest convenience, no later than August 22, 2014.

Please be advised that OCAD U hosted events may be documented through photographs and video. These images may be used by the university for promotional, advertising, and educational purposes. By participating in our events, both on campus and off-site, you consent to allowing OCAD U to document and use your image and likeness. However, if you do not want us to use a photo or video of you, please don’t hesitate to let us know when you arrive at the event. You’re also welcome to get in touch with OCAD U’s Campus Life office.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone Level 1, 113 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario

Citizen Centric Innovation - International Certificate Course

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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 4:00am to Friday, September 26, 2014 - 4:00am

The Program
This program provides intensive executive training on methods and techniques to address complex or so-called “wicked” social problems in a multidisciplinary way. This particular session focuses on food waste in modern urban context as an example of a complex social problem to address. The methods and techniques learned are transferable to other complex social and environmental challenges.

What you will learn
You will receive intensive training in a range of disciplines including human factors, design thinking, system mapping,sustainable business models, and co-creation techniques and methods.

More importantly, you will apply your learning to find creative solutions to a complex problem: food waste in urban centres. The program includes daily field explorations of food-related aspects in each city, including visits to innovative social food enterprises such as Not Far From The Tree, The Stop Community Food Centre, and a private Jane’s Walk in Toronto; participating in a Tapas Lab; going on a Hidden City Tour of Barcelona (unique guided tour through the old town led by homeless guide); and engaging with organic farmers to understand the interdependencies and trade-offs in the complex urban food system.

Who we are
This special program is hosted in Toronto by the Strategic Innovation Lab at OCAD University (Canada's largest art and design school and third largest in North America). It is hosted in Barcelona by the Bau Design College of Barcelona affiliated with the Vic-Central University of Catalonia. Participants who complete the program successfully will receive a Certificate.

Who should attend
-Directors and managers in food related industry
-Government officials interested in urban and social issues
-Program Managers in foundations pursuing change in urban settings
-Directors of CSR in large corporations
-Executive directors of incubators for social entrepreneurship
-Politicians with interest in food security, resilient commuities or sustainability
-In general leaders or leadership candidates seeking to enhance their careers through acquiring new practical knowledge about addressing complex social problems.

When & Where
This session starts on Monday September 15, 2014 and ends on Friday September 26, 2014. Participants will spend one week in Toronto (Canada) followed by one week in Barcelona (Spain).

Citizen Centric Innovation (CCI) combines a human-centric participatory design approach with methods of multidisciplinary collaboration to enable exploring root causes of such complex challenges, reframing their issues differently, and developing innovative solutions.

We bring together a group of participants selected among highly talented professionals from around the world, with a team of instructors who are thought leaders in their fields. We leverage the power of such an intellectually rich and diverse environment to teach participants the leadership skills necessary for developing and implementing new solutions to old persistent problems.

You will work in small teams mentored by experienced instructors and innovation professionals on developing new out-of-the-box solutions to a specific problem, in this case food waste in the city of Barcelona and its potential impact on a range of other social problems such as poverty, health and environment.

Program fees are in U.S. Dollars and include: all program materials, welcome receptions, hotel accommodation in both cities (four-star, single occupancy), breakfast and lunch every day, visits to museums and exhibitions included in the program, one hosted dinner in each city, economy airfare Toronto to Barcelona, and local transportation during the program.

Visit the Eventbrite page for more information on instructors.

Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) is a centre for research and development in design, innovation and strategic foresight at OCAD University. It is a growing community of scholars and practitioners, designers, business and policy professionals, teachers and students, who are passionate about envisioning possible futures. Located in the heart of Toronto, sLab operates on a model that integrates academic research, professional engagement, education and skills development for participants in the private, public, not-for-profit, and for-benefit sectors. sLab is closely linked with OCAD University’s Masters Program in Strategic Foresight and Innovation.

Bau Design College of Barcelona, Spain is a centre affiliated with the Vic-Central University of Catalonia that provides higher education in the field of design. Located in Barcelona, one of the leading cities in the field of design, Bau is situated in an industrial area of over 8,000 m2 equipped with custom studios and multi-purpose spaces designed to support research, creativity and innovation. The training offered at Bau leads to university degrees in graphic, audiovisual, interior and fashion design as well as Master’s and Postgraduate degrees. The college also offers other courses such as the Diploma in Design ‘Bau Nit’ (Bau Evening), in the specializations of Graphic Design and Interior Design, and the Summer University, in addition to a wide variety of monographic courses and workshops.

Registration required

Venue & Address: 
Strategic Innovation Lab (OCAD U) & Bau Design College (Barcelona)

Call for Submissions: NS (North-Sur Norte-South)

Image: PH15, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 2:15pm

In celebration of the TORONTO 2015 PanAm/Parapan American Games, Toronto-based artists are invited to participate in an online interactive exchange with artists in Buenos Aires.

North-Sur Norte-South is a collaborative cyber-photographic penpal project between Gallery 44 (Toronto) and pH15 (Buenos Aires) in which artists and youth from Canada and Argentina work together to create photographs on the theme of local culture/s. The project has three main components:

  • An interactive website showcasing the development of the work through the collaborations
  • Exhibitions at Gallery 44 in Toronto and at a cultural centre in Buenos Aires
  • Outdoor installations on billboards and storefronts in Toronto

Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2014. Apply online at www.gallery44.org/nsform

OCAD University will host artists visiting from Argentina, who will participate in related courses and workshops. Special student and faculty activities will take place throughout the school year as part of the exchange.

North-Sur Norte-South is part of PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC. North-Sur Norte-South was commissioned by the Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

Artists Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh announced as 2012 Nomadic Residents

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 5:00am

(Toronto—February 8, 2012) OCAD University's Faculty of Art welcomes critically acclaimed international artists Ghada Amer (Egyptian) and Reza Farkhondeh (Iranian) as this year's Nomadic Residents. On campus from March 19 to 23, 2012, the artists will give a free public talk on Thursday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. During their residency, Amer and Farkhondeh will conduct studio critiques, engage in dialogue with faculty and lead a collaborative student project.

"We're delighted to bring Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh to Toronto as our 2012 Nomadic Residents, a program that enriches learning opportunities for our students and showcases diversity and innovation in contemporary art practice, " Dr. Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean of the Faculty of Art at OCAD University. "Amer and Farkhondeh's intricate investigations of representation and pictorial space, and their collaborative working relationship, present our students with a window into how they might engage in creative collaboration in their future careers."

Launched in 2006 with the generous support of Partners in Art, Nomadic Residents aims to inspire and influence the OCAD University community and the public by featuring artists and thinkers from around the world whose work questions issues such as travel, mobility, displacement, dislocation and homelessness, as well as the speed or instability of modern life. Nomadic Residents has hosted pre-eminent contemporary practitioners and theorists including Rirkrit Tiravanija (2006), Ann Hamilton (2007), ORLAN (2008), Hal Foster (2009) and Adel Abdessemed (2010). The series continues with the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

About the artists
Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh met in 1988 while both were studying at Villa Arson in Nice, France. Their work spans and reveals layers of cultural references to their home countries of Egypt and Iran, to their time in France and now the United States. Both artists have strong individual signatures: Amer is renowned for her erotic women embroidered onto canvas and partially concealed by colorful drip-like threads; Farkhondeh uses nature, trees, flowers and leaves, often as direct motifs, drawn, interpreted and painted with layers of transparencies.

Amer and Farkondeh's collaborative practice has evolved into a unique pictorial language, bringing together two of the most common historical subjects of art: nudes and landscapes. Amer and Farkhondeh have shared studios since their graduation in the early 1990s with MFAs at National School of Fine Arts at the Villa Arson. Later, they studied at the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Arts Plastiques in Paris. They now work out of shared studios in Harlem, New York.

While both artists continue to develop their individual practice, it was only in early 2000 that they began to collaborate on canvas, on paper and in video performance. Amer and Farkhondeh have exhibited their collaborations in numerous venues internationally including the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, the Galeria Filomena Soares (Lisbon, Portugal), the Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg, South Africa), the Kukje Gallery (Seoul, Korea) and Tina Kim Gallery (New York).

Nomadic Residents: Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh
Residency: March 19 to 22, 2012
Free public talk: Thursday, March 22, 6:30 p.m.

Register for Tickets (Free)

OCAD University - 135 Years of Imagination
Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
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OCAD University (OCAD U): 135 Years of Imagination
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The university, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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OCAD U embarks on education mission to Brazil

Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 4:00am

AUCC Presidents’ mission to build research, innovation and higher education partnerships; OCAD U signs agreements with four major universities in Brazil

(Toronto—April 26, 2012) OCAD University has formed four new partnerships with universities in Brazil, including Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Universidade de Brasília (UnB), Universidade Anhenbi Morumbi (UAM) and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFGRS).

The partnerships include two-way faculty and student exchange opportunities, joint research collaborations and opportunities for jointly organized scientific events, conferences, workshops, and seminars. The announcement was made as part of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) Presidents' Mission to Brazil.

"We believe that growth and prosperity are hinged on our ability to be innovative and globally competitive," said OCAD University President, Dr. Sara Diamond, who, with Dr. Helmut Reichenbächer, OCAD U's Associate Vice-President, Research & Dean, Graduate Studies, is a member of the AUCC mission in Brazil. "These new partnerships pair OCAD U with leading institutions in the fields of information and communications technology research, data visualization, science, and art and design practice. These agreements create new pathways for students and faculty of both institutions to collaborate and represent a significant investment in Canada's knowledge economy. We have dedicated graduate scholarship funds to help to support Brazilian students who would choose to spend a semester at our university."

  • With PUC-Rio, OCAD U will explore design thinking, practice, mobile technologies and intersections between art and technology.
  • OCAD U will continue its biomedical visualization research and data analytics with UnB.
  • UFGRS and OCAD U are exploring multi-screen platforms for data visualization, text and social media analysis and visual analytics.
  • Finally, OCAD U will explore mobile and wearable technology design for health and for fashion with UAM.

"We will continue to link Canadian companies to our research partners through the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre, the Rio Content Market and other partnered events and conferences," said Diamond, who currently serves on the Canada/Brazil ICT Working Group with private industry and the Government of Canada.

The AUCC mission is the largest-ever education mission undertaken by Canadian university presidents. Key events include the AUCC Canada-Brazil University Presidents' Roundtable, the Canada-Brazil Innovation Forum and visits to universities across Brazil in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Campinas, and Brasilia. The mission is led by Canada's Governor General, His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, a former university president of two Canadian universities. President Diamond is moderator of the panel entitled, "How Canada-Brazil Academic-Private Sector Collaboration can drive Innovation for Commercialization" during the mission's upcoming Canada-Brazil Innovation Forum in São Paolo.


OCAD University's new partners in Brazil:

Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) was established in 1914 as Brazil's first private, non-profit institution. The Brazilian Ministry of Education has consistently ranked PUC-Rio among the best universities in the country. Through its academic curriculum and research activities, PUC-Rio is committed to high-quality teaching, applied research and scientific development, in order to constantly contribute for the education of critical and conscious citizens. The Arts and Design department of PUC-Rio originated in the Department of Literature and was based on a group of theoretical disciplines such as art and artistic manifestations and history of art. In 1978, the Department of Arts was established as a result of the number of students who had graduated from the various arts-related disciplines. In later years, PUC-Rio launched a Masters in Design that drew on over 20 years of work in that field; in 2003, PUC-Rio added a PhD in Design to its offerings. Both programs are the first of their kind to be offered in Brazil and PUC-Rio is recognized as a leader in this field in South America.

The Universidade de Brasília (UnB) was founded in 1962 on the principle of providing high-quality education, research and outreach programs to the community-at-large. It is recognized as one of the largest and most prestigious public universities in Brazil. The University has four campuses spread throughout the Federal District of Brasilia. UnB is the ideal institution to combine the rigour of science with the boldness of art using its three-dimensional approach of teaching, research, and extension that is respectful of all forms of knowledge and committed to the public. UnB offers 61 undergraduate programs, 49 master's degrees and 27 doctoral programs. More than 260 formally constituted research-groups work in more than 400 different laboratories, investigating close to 890 different areas. As well, UnB runs 115 community outreach projects, offering a total of 438 courses and events that involve the direct participation of professors and students.

Universidade Anhenbi Morumbi (UAM) is a Brazilian private university located in São Paulo and owned by the Laureate Education Inc. It was established in 1970 with a Faculty of Social Communication and Tourism and in 1997, UAM was officially constituted as a university. In the years following its establishment, UAM quickly developed a number of degrees with the intent of providing students with innovative academic programs, leading-edge facilities and unique opportunities for academic advancement. UAM has four campuses in São Paulo which house state-of-the-art laboratories, training centers, and libraries for more than 32,000 students. It is currently ranked one of the top three private universities in São Paulo by the Guia do Estudante (Student's Guide).

In 2002, UAM created the Centre of Design and Fashion and subsequently offered Brazil's first bachelor's degree in Game Design. In 2005, UAM the University sealed an agreement with the International Network of Laureate Universities - a prestigious global network of universities which allows students to complete their studies through exclusive exchange programs at 55 higher education institutions in 28 countries. At UAM, students are encouraged to adopt the broad vision of becoming global citizens while exploring business opportunities and travelling the world to seek avant-garde research. Today, UAM continues to enjoy its reputation for pioneering as it promotes production and transmission of knowledge based on respect for human values and aimed at benefitting society.

The Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFGRS) is one of the largest federal universities in Brazil with four campuses in Port Alegre. UFRGS originated as a School of Pharmacy and Chemistry in 1895, expanded in 1896 with an engineering college and became the Universidade de Porto Alegre in 1934. In 1950, control of the university passed to the Federal Government at which time it was formally known as Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. As a public institution, UFRGS provides free education to students who pass its annual competitive exam.

UFRGS ranks among the best Brazilian universities. It has achieved national and international recognition for academic program quality, faculty excellence, the breadth of student assistance programs and constant investment in infrastructure. The university strongly supports the production of knowledge through high-quality research, community involvement and fostering diversity inspired in the ideals of freedom and solidarity. Since its inception, UFRGS has become a leader in terms of publications and scientific production.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada's "university of imagination." The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Download this release as a PDF document.

For more information contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)