Burton Kramer: President's Speaker Series

Burton Kramer
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join us at OCAD University on February 6 for an engaging talk with Burton Kramer, renowned Canadian design pioneer and newly minted member of the Order of Canada, as he provides unique insight into his experiences in the nascent twentieth-century Canadian design industry.

Burton Kramer, CM (2018), O.Ont (2002)., is a graphic Designer and artist who studied visual communication at Yale University School of Arts and Architecture and the Institute of Design (New Bauhaus) in Chicago.

He first worked as an assistant in the New York office of Will Burtin, then as assistant art director of The Architectural Record magazine, moved on to work as designer at Geigy Chemical Corp., then to Zurich, Switzerland to work as Art Director of the Erwin Halpern Advertising Agency.

In 1965 he was hired by Paul Arthur, Toronto, to art direct the new Toronto office on many aspects of Graphics for Expo 67. After a year, Kramer became Design Director at Clairtone Sound Corp.

In 1967 he founded Kramer design Associates, created the logos and comprehensive identity programs for The Ontario Educational Communications Authority (Channel 19), and in 1974 the now famous logo and identity program for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Kramer was a professor at OCAD University for over 20 years, and in 2003 was one of the first to receive an honorary doctorate from the institution.

 

 

 

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street - Auditorium (190)
Email: 
jnorthwayfrank@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x300
Cost: 
Free

Marie Wilson: President's Speaker Series

Marie Wilson
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Join us for the inspiring words of Marie Wilson, award-winning Journalist and Commissioner of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.

About Marie Wilson
Marie Wilson, a Commissioner of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2009-2015), has been an award-winning journalist, trainer, federal and territorial executive manager, teacher, lecturer, and consultant. She has served as 2016 Professor of Practice at McGill University’s Institute for Study of International Development, and a Mentor for the Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation. Dr. Wilson currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC-Radio-Canada) and the Rideau Hall Foundation. As a prominent public speaker throughout Canada and internationally, she brings acknowledged expertise on the successes and challenges of advancing reconciliation. Dr. Wilson holds honorary degrees from six Canadian universities, and in additional to several professional awards, is the recipient of the Order of the Northwest Territories, the Order of Canada, and the Meritorious Service Cross.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St. - Auditorium/Room 190
Email: 
jnorthwayfrank@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x300
Cost: 
Free

Cartography Between Art, Science & Politics

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Cartography Between Art, Science & Politics
Public talk by Philippe Rekacewicz

 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
6 p.m.

Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond St. W.

 

Free

 

Cartography Between Art, Science and Politics: an open door to manipulation or a tool for resisting power?

There is no such thing as an innocent map...

A fusion of disciplines: cartography has since long been torn between science and art. Both scientists and artists have claimed ownership of the discipline. This dispute will never been solved because of the very complexity of what a map really is: it uses data that has to be handled scientifically, it uses forms, colours, movements, in other words "artistic means" and so the same material has to be also handled artistically and aesthetically. All together, to produce a vision of the world as seen by the cartographer — an image which represents a specific position i.e. the way the cartographers sees, understands and interprets the world. In this respect, the map is fundamentally a political object.

It certainly has nothing to do with Reality, the Truth. This dynamic is an open door to manipulation and the use of the cartographic image as a propaganda tool, both from the dictator’s point of view as well as that of the activist. The map is a dialogue between reality and imaginary, taken in consideration that what is represented on a map has its roots in the reality, but like a fictional movie, it is deeply romanticized. It never represents reality, only the way we interpret it. The map is therefore an intellectual construction.

Philippe Rekacewicz is a cartographer and information designer. After completing his training as a geographer at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, he worked from 1988 to 2014 as a permanent staff for the monthly journal Le Monde Diplomatique. He concurrently directed, from 1996 to 2008, the Norwegian cartographic unity of the United Nations Programme for Environment (UNEP), the GRID-Arendal. A specialist in Geopolitics and International Relations, he addresses especially topics linked to migrations, refugees and populations’ forced displacements, as well as frontiers. He works at present on several socio-cartographic projects (public and private spaces, perception and representation of frontiers) and explores the links between cartography, art and politics, like the art’s contributions on maps’ production and the political uses of maps as objects of propaganda and manipulation. He also leads a research on the “new cartographic writings” and the emergency of radical, critical and experimental cartographies. Since 2006, he attends project of artistic mappings and political art in several European countries. He is associate researcher at the departement of Anthropology of the University of Helsinki (programme Crosslocation – Trade, Transit and Transport). He is the current editor of the research blog on mapping and visualizing Visionscarto http://visionscarto.net/

 

Diagrams of Power showcases art and design works using data, diagrams, maps and visualizations as ways of challenging dominant narratives and supporting the resilience of marginalized communities.

Featuring work by Joshua Akers, The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Josh Begley, Joseph Beuys, Vincent Brown, Bureau d'études, Department of Unusual Certainties, W. E. B. Du Bois, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, Forensic Architecture, Iconoclasistas, Julie Mehretu, Lize Mogel, Ogimaa Mikana, Margaret Pearce, Laura Poitras, Philippe Rekacewicz and Visualizing Impact.

Exhibition runs July 11 to September 29, 2018.

 

Support
Diagrams of Power is produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, OCAD University's Office of the Faculty of Design, Public Visualization Lab, Nexus Investments, Multi Touch Digital and Microsoft.

Diagram of Power's public workshops and research engagement events is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/166264800904463/
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Philippe Rekacewicz public talk

CMConnex Lecture Series - Current Innovative Trends in Construction

Assistant Professor Mark Tholen will be speaking about his work in the field of Innovative Design and Construction
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Mark Tholen has worked as an architect in Germany and the US. He was the design architect for the award winning Canadian War Museum (MTA/GRC Architects) in Ottawa before founding TYYZ Design in Toronto. He is an assistant professor and the chair of the Material Innovation Centre at OCAD University. Tholen has a strong focus on a Design Build Education. His research and development into material innovation, digital design and utilization of traditional methods of construction lead to the “Steam Canoe” Winter Station Project in 2016. This award winning project is currently on display at OMI Sculpture Park in New York. The focus of the lecture will be current research in advanced construction methodologies, utilizing Grip Metal™ as the main construction method for buildings and infrastructure projects. Grip Metal™ is a “Metal Velcro” product developed by Nucap Industries. This material mechanical

Venue & Address: 
CMConnex, 146 Kendal Avenue, E Building - Room E321
Website: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cmconnex-lecture-series-current-innovative-trends-in-construction-tickets-43785811541 https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cmconnex-lecture-series-current-innovative-trends-in-construction-tickets-43785811541
Email: 
mtholen@faculty.ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
Digital Screen: 

Educator, author, graphic designer Saki Mafundikwa will be guest lecturing at OCAD U

Saki Mafundikwa
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 6:30pm

Saki Mafundikwa has been a graphic designer, author, and educator for over 30 years.  Saki is a globally recognized expert on African writing systems and has given lectures, exhibits and workshops all over the world.  He also started Zimbabwe’s first graphic design and new media college, the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA) in 1999.  His book on African writing systems, “Afrikan Alphabets”, 2004 is currently being considered for a second edition by Cassava Republic Press, London.

 

Mr. Mafundikwa, has a MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and upon graduation worked as an Art Director in New York City.  He also taught at Cooper Union, New York, and while he was at Cooper Union, he created the course, “Writing Systems from Non-Western Societies”, which later became, “Experimental Typography”.  He also makes documentaries and his first one, “Shungu” won the Ousmane Sembene Prize at Zanzibar International Film Festival and Best Documentary at Kenya International Film Festival, both in 2010.

 

Nowadays, Mr. Mafundikwa teaches design and film at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.

 

Venue & Address: 
Room 230, 100 McCaul
Cost: 
Free

An art of jouissance? Spectacle and consumption in the Parisian Belle Époque

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 7:00pm

This talk examines the visual culture of the Parisian Belle Époque through the particularly French notion of pleasure embodied in the term jouissance, which I suggest extends across varied sites and objects of a new consumer society devoted to spectacular entertainments. From the Palais Garnier to Jules Chéret’s advertising lithographs and the Parisian department store as a palace of consumption, this was an age in which sensuality, frivolity, and the joys of looking reigned supreme.

Venue & Address: 
Spadina Theatre 24 Spadina Rd
Website: 
https://www.alliance-francaise.ca/en/culture/lectures/an-art-of-jouissance-spectacle-and-consumption-in-the-parisian-belle-epoque
Email: 
culturel@alliance-francaise.ca
Phone: 
416-922-2014 ext 37
- Anonymous, Opéra Garnier. Picture postcard, 1880s - Grands Magasins de la Samaritaine. Autochrome, c. 1910 - Jules Chéret, pos

Kunlé Adeyemi: The Angelo Donghia Foundation Design Residency Lecture

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:30pm

In this our inaugural year of the Design Residency, OCAD U will host architect, designer and urban researcher Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ as the 2017-2018 Design Resident. 

Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, designer and urban researcher. He is the founder/principle of NLÉ and a Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His notable work includes ‘Makoko Floating School’, an innovative prototype floating structure located on the lagoon heart of Lagos, Nigeria. This acclaimed project is part of an extensive research project – ‘African Water Cities’ – being developed by NLÉ an architecture, design and urbanism practice founded by Adeyemi in 2010, focusing on developing cities and communities. NLÉ recently launched MFS II – a new, improved iteration of Makoko Floating School at this years’ la Biennale di Venezia, for which it was awarded the Silver Lion. Other projects include Chicoco Radio Media Center – an amphibious community building in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, ROCK – Lakefront Kiosk in Chicago, USA, CDL Microfinance Bank in Lagos, Nigeria and Serpentine Summer House at the Royal Kensington Gardens in London, UK. 

Before founding NLÉ, Adeyemi worked for OMA, where he led the design, development and execution of high profile projects such as the Shenzhen Stock Exchange tower in China, the Qatar National Library, and Prada Transformer in Seoul. 

Alongside his professional practice Adeyemi is an international speaker and thought leader serving as jurors for the 2014 AIA award and 2016 RIBA international Prize. He is a multiple award winner, and holds an honorary doctorate degree in Architecture. He has taught at Cornell University and was an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York, researching architecture and urban solutions that are closer to societal, environmental and economic needs.

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The Angelo Donghia Foundation Design Residency brings a renowned designer of the built environment to OCAD University whose work focuses on collaboratively working in global contexts by creating bridges between communities, inform urban areas, and focus on the education and development of a new generation of professionals, who will transform spaces, landscapes and cities in the 21st century.

 

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 190 (Auditorium)
Website: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/kunle-adeyemi-water-and-the-city-tickets-4630684502
The Angelo Donghia Foundation Design Residency Lecture

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.

Biography

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
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies.htm
Cost: 
FREE

3D Printing in the MIC

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Please join us on Wednesday, March 01 at 2:00pm in MCA 530 for a presentation by Greg Sims, Assistant Professor, Material Art and Design; introducing the new 3D printing technologies and resources now available in the Material Innovation Centre.

These machines offer a wide range of material possibilities and finishes, from quick prototypes and models to quality production and manufacturing. Suitable for all disciplines including, jewellery, sculpture, industrial design, environmental design and more.

We will set up and print several parts… bring along one of your own small STL files for the chance to have it printed.

Everyone is welcome...

See you at the MIC!

Venue & Address: 
Material Innovation Centre 100 McCaul St.
3DP in the MIC

Stan Douglas: Stan Douglas

Photographic portrait of Stan Douglas
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:30pm

Join Canadian artist-photographer Stan Douglas for a thought-provoking lecture. Internationally acclaimed, Douglas’s engaging work explores social histories played out through a complex, cinematic televisual language.

 

About Stan Douglas

Stan Douglas was born in 1960 in Vancouver, where he continues to live and work.

His interest in the social implementation of western ideas of progress, particularly utopian philosophies, is located in their often divisive political and economic effects. His interrogation of the structural possibilities of film and video, in concert with intricately developed narratives, has resulted in a number of groundbreaking contemporary art works.

In 2013, a major survey of his recent work, Stan Douglas: Photographs 2008–2013, was presented at Carré d’Art — Musée d’art contemporain in Nîmes, France. It traveled as Stan Douglas: Mise en scène through 2015 to Haus der Kunst, Munich, followed by Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen and Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.

In 2014, Douglas created Helen Lawrence, a multimedia theatre work that merges theatre, visual art, live-action filming, and computer-generated imagery. Since its inaugural presentation at the Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver in March 2014, Helen Lawrence has been hosted by the Münchner Kammerspiele, Munich; Edinburgh International Festival; Canadian Stage, Toronto; Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; and deSingel, Antwerp.

Most recently, Douglas received the 2016 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. He is a recipient of other notable awards, including the third annual Scotiabank Photography Award (2013) and the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography, New York (2012).

Over the past decade, Douglas’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at prominent institutions worldwide, including the The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2014); Centre culturel canadien, Paris (2013); Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota (2012); The Power Plant, Toronto (2011); Staatsgalerie Stuttgart and Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (2007); The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2005); kestnergesellschaft, Hanover (2004); and the Serpentine Gallery, London (2002).

Presented by the President's Speaker Series.

Artist's statement used with permission by Reid Shier.
From: Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Contemporary Art Gallery, Stan Douglas: Every Building on 100 West Hastings, 2002

Photo by Michael Courtney

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street - Auditorium - Room 190
Email: 
jnorthwayfrank@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x300
Cost: 
Free

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