Otino Corsano's video installation "EMILY" featured at FlagNoFlags in Italy

Still 1 from EMILY
Still 2 from EMILY
Friday, April 12, 2019

“Emily” is an exhibition comprising an HD video installation of the same title featuring a non-linear narrative which bridges international educational movements with contemporary art practices. The project was designed by director and OCAD U Continuing Studies instructor Otino Corsano in collaboration with a host of creative collaborators invited to assemble the latest production team for this latest Ocean Course Films video.

The imagery focusses on the natural, environmental aesthetics associated with the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy and paralleled in international, contemporary art approaches.

Geneviève Caron, an internationally recognized photographer, was the cinematographer for the project and composer John Mark Sherlock created the moving soundtrack. The glass sculptures of Canadian visual artist Ryan Livingstone are prominently featured in the work. The atelier and student work following the Reggio Emilia philosophy from The Bishop Strachan School are also highlighted.

Compositions in the video document the expansion of inquiry-based, environmental research beyond the scope of any national rendition of nature. Instead “Emily” depicts a forage towards knowledge via art and educational materials to discover new avenues which disrupt the reliance of meaning produced from digital sprawl. Rather than employing a nostalgic or purist analogue approach, a spectrum of media - including glass, photography, sculpture, and video – fuse to revitalize a borderless environmental discourse.

Accordingly, “Emily” is a video work championing the call for a unified, global, environmental vision emerging from modest yet potent modes of academic inquiry and artistic exploration.

Special Thanks to Ryan Livingstone, editor Jeff Hamill, Paola Rubertelli, Art Lightstone, The York School, Catherine Hant and The Bishop Strachan School.

http://www.oceancoursefilms.com

http://www.otinocorsano.com

Poster: 
EMILY Poster

SFI Students at the Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium 7 (RSD7) Turin, Italy

SFI students Ariana Lutterman and Tara Campbell with their poster Designing Designers: A critical look at design education
SFI student Adam Oliveira presenting his poster Interstellar: “To Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before” which he prepared with
SFI students Nadia Abuseif, Nicole Norris, and Jen Wilson-Lee presenting their poster Flourishing Cybernetics: A Biomimetics Pos
Thursday, November 22, 2018

By Ariana Lutterman and Tara Campbell

The Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium (RSD) is an annual international gathering of academics, researchers, and practitioners engaged in systemic design, a discipline that brings together systems thinking and systems-oriented design. This year, the seventh RSD took place in Turin, Italy from October 24-26th to explore the theme of “Challenging Complexity by Systemic Design Towards Sustainability”.

RSD is convened by the Systemic Design Association, co-founded by Dr. Peter Jones, an associate professor in the Faculty of Design here at OCAD, where he teaches in two graduate programs: Strategic Foresight and Innovation, and Design for Health. Both of these programs have courses in systemic design. As part of these courses, students create maps that visually illustrate complex topics, unpacking relationships, histories, and layers of a system in a way that can be more easily understood and digested. The symposium included a track for these visual maps specifically, and several OCAD student groups submitted and had their maps accepted to be presented in the RSD7 gallery.

The conference itself began with a day of workshops covering topics ranging from the idea of place in systemic design to connected products and the circular economy. The following days were broken down into parallel presentation sessions for participants to choose from based on different themes within systemic design. These were punctuated by keynote presentations from systems thinkers whose backgrounds spanned public policy, ecology, economics, farming, and architecture - a representation of the diverse voices needed across disciplines to truly think systemically. A number of OCAD faculty, Peter Jones, Greg Van Alstyne, and Michele Mastroeni, presented their work relating to systemic design. Students and alumni from Strategic Foresight and Innovation and Design for Health also presented work, including the aforementioned posters in the Visualization of Complex Systems exhibit, as well as paper presentations.

After the conference, participants were given the opportunity to attend a “de-conference” in the nearby alpine village of Ostana. Here, RSD members who founded the MonViso Institute brought attendees to visit their mountain laboratory, a community they are constructing using systemic design principles. Participants visited the buildings being constructed through net-positive, sustainable, cradle-to-cradle construction and shared meals sourced from local, seasonal ingredients produced with an emphasis on permaculture.

Overall, OCAD had a large presence at this year’s symposium, a tradition that will hopefully be continued at RSD8 next year in Chicago.

Italian Baroque Art Lectures by Dr. Francis Broun

Italian Baroque Art lectures
Thursday, December 4, 2008 - 5:00am

The Women's Art Association (WAA) presents a series of lectures on Italian Baroque Art by OCAD Faculty of Liberal Studies Professor Francis Broun, recently nominated for TVO's Best Lecturer Award.

Schedule:

November 27 ~ Carracci
December 4 ~ Caravaggio I
December 11 ~ Caravaggio II
December 18 ~ Followers of Carracci &
Caravaggio (Artemesia)
January 8 ~ Pietro da Cortona etc.
January 15 ~ Bernini I
January 22 ~ Bernini II
January 29 ~ Preti, Rosa etc.
Next series: Flemish & Spanish Baroque Art

Everyone is welcome!

Venue & Address: 
Women's Art Association 23 Prince Arthur, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
fljj@rogers.com
Cost: 
$20 per lecture, payable at the door ($10 for first time guests and students)

Italian Baroque Art Lectures by Dr. Francis Broun

Italian Baroque Art lectures
Thursday, November 27, 2008 - 5:00am

The Women's Art Association (WAA) presents a series of lectures on Italian Baroque Art by OCAD Faculty of Liberal Studies Professor Francis Broun, recently nominated for TVO's Best Lecturer Award.

Schedule:

November 27 ~ Carracci
December 4 ~ Caravaggio I
December 11 ~ Caravaggio II
December 18 ~ Followers of Carracci &
Caravaggio (Artemesia)
January 8 ~ Pietro da Cortona etc.
January 15 ~ Bernini I
January 22 ~ Bernini II
January 29 ~ Preti, Rosa etc.
Next series: Flemish & Spanish Baroque Art

Everyone is welcome!

Venue & Address: 
Women's Art Association 23 Prince Arthur, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
fljj@rogers.com
Cost: 
$20 per lecture, payable at the door ($10 for first time guests and students)

Italian Baroque Art Lectures by Dr. Francis Broun

Italian Baroque Art lectures
Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 5:00am

The Women's Art Association (WAA) presents a series of lectures on Italian Baroque Art by OCAD Faculty of Liberal Studies Professor Francis Broun, recently nominated for TVO's Best Lecturer Award.

Schedule:

November 27 ~ Carracci
December 4 ~ Caravaggio I
December 11 ~ Caravaggio II
December 18 ~ Followers of Carracci &
Caravaggio (Artemesia)
January 8 ~ Pietro da Cortona etc.
January 15 ~ Bernini I
January 22 ~ Bernini II
January 29 ~ Preti, Rosa etc.
Next series: Flemish & Spanish Baroque Art

Everyone is welcome!

Venue & Address: 
Women's Art Association 23 Prince Arthur, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
fljj@rogers.com
Cost: 
$20 per lecture, payable at the door ($10 for first time guests and students)

Italian Baroque Art Lectures by Dr. Francis Broun

Italian Baroque Art lectures
Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 5:00am

The Women's Art Association (WAA) presents a series of lectures on Italian Baroque Art by OCAD Faculty of Liberal Studies Professor Francis Broun, recently nominated for TVO's Best Lecturer Award.

Schedule:

November 27 ~ Carracci
December 4 ~ Caravaggio I
December 11 ~ Caravaggio II
December 18 ~ Followers of Carracci &
Caravaggio (Artemesia)
January 8 ~ Pietro da Cortona etc.
January 15 ~ Bernini I
January 22 ~ Bernini II
January 29 ~ Preti, Rosa etc.
Next series: Flemish & Spanish Baroque Art

Everyone is welcome!

Venue & Address: 
Women's Art Association 23 Prince Arthur, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
fljj@rogers.com
Cost: 
$20 per lecture, payable at the door ($10 for first time guests and students)

Italian Baroque Art Lectures by Dr. Francis Broun

Italian Baroque Art lectures
Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 5:00am

The Women's Art Association (WAA) presents a series of lectures on Italian Baroque Art by OCAD Faculty of Liberal Studies Professor Francis Broun, recently nominated for TVO's Best Lecturer Award.

Schedule:

November 27 ~ Carracci
December 4 ~ Caravaggio I
December 11 ~ Caravaggio II
December 18 ~ Followers of Carracci &
Caravaggio (Artemesia)
January 8 ~ Pietro da Cortona etc.
January 15 ~ Bernini I
January 22 ~ Bernini II
January 29 ~ Preti, Rosa etc.
Next series: Flemish & Spanish Baroque Art

Everyone is welcome!

Venue & Address: 
Women's Art Association 23 Prince Arthur, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
fljj@rogers.com
Cost: 
$20 per lecture, payable at the door ($10 for first time guests and students)

Italian Baroque Art Lectures by Dr. Francis Broun

Italian Baroque Art lectures
Thursday, January 8, 2009 - 5:00am

The Women's Art Association (WAA) presents a series of lectures on Italian Baroque Art by OCAD Faculty of Liberal Studies Professor Francis Broun, recently nominated for TVO's Best Lecturer Award.

Schedule:

November 27 ~ Carracci
December 4 ~ Caravaggio I
December 11 ~ Caravaggio II
December 18 ~ Followers of Carracci &
Caravaggio (Artemesia)
January 8 ~ Pietro da Cortona etc.
January 15 ~ Bernini I
January 22 ~ Bernini II
January 29 ~ Preti, Rosa etc.
Next series: Flemish & Spanish Baroque Art

Everyone is welcome!

Venue & Address: 
Women's Art Association 23 Prince Arthur, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
fljj@rogers.com
Cost: 
$20 per lecture, payable at the door ($10 for first time guests and students)

Italian Baroque Art Lectures by Dr. Francis Broun

Italian Baroque Art lectures
Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 5:00am

The Women's Art Association (WAA) presents a series of lectures on Italian Baroque Art by OCAD Faculty of Liberal Studies Professor Francis Broun, recently nominated for TVO's Best Lecturer Award.

Schedule:

November 27 ~ Carracci
December 4 ~ Caravaggio I
December 11 ~ Caravaggio II
December 18 ~ Followers of Carracci &
Caravaggio (Artemesia)
January 8 ~ Pietro da Cortona etc.
January 15 ~ Bernini I
January 22 ~ Bernini II
January 29 ~ Preti, Rosa etc.
Next series: Flemish & Spanish Baroque Art

Everyone is welcome!

Venue & Address: 
Women's Art Association 23 Prince Arthur, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
fljj@rogers.com
Cost: 
$20 per lecture, payable at the door ($10 for first time guests and students)

Italian Baroque Art Lectures by Dr. Francis Broun

Italian Baroque Art lectures
Thursday, December 11, 2008 - 5:00am

The Women's Art Association (WAA) presents a series of lectures on Italian Baroque Art by OCAD Faculty of Liberal Studies Professor Francis Broun, recently nominated for TVO's Best Lecturer Award.

Schedule:

November 27 ~ Carracci
December 4 ~ Caravaggio I
December 11 ~ Caravaggio II
December 18 ~ Followers of Carracci &
Caravaggio (Artemesia)
January 8 ~ Pietro da Cortona etc.
January 15 ~ Bernini I
January 22 ~ Bernini II
January 29 ~ Preti, Rosa etc.
Next series: Flemish & Spanish Baroque Art

Everyone is welcome!

Venue & Address: 
Women's Art Association 23 Prince Arthur, Toronto, Ontario
Email: 
fljj@rogers.com
Cost: 
$20 per lecture, payable at the door ($10 for first time guests and students)

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