Nicole Collins, Faculty of Art, & Michael Davidson will give a Lecture for Cross 3001

Nicole Collins & Michael Davidson lecture poster, photo and text details
Friday, November 11, 2016 - 5:00pm

Nicole Collins & Michael Davidson

Will give a Lecture for Cross 3001

Friday, November 11 @ noon in Room 230

All are welcome

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U 100 McCaul St. (MCA) Room 230

Guest Lecture: Jonathan Chippindale

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 2:30pm

DIGITAL FUTURES: Wearable Atelier Speaker Series

Jonathan Chippindale, HOLITION

Jonathan Chippindale is Chief Executive of Holition. Formed as a venture start- up to explore and expand the role that technological innovation can play in communicating with today's new digital consumer, Holition is a synthesis of luxury marketers, retail specialists and cutting edge leaders in innovative and emerging digital technology. They craft premium digital experiences for a growing network of pioneering luxury organisations including Richemont, LVMH, Kering and Swatch Group across the emerging digital fashion and accessory sectors.

Jonathan is an External Industry Advisor and Visiting Lecturer at Central St Martins and the British School of Fashion, a member of the London College of Fashion Digital Think Tank, a mentor to BBC Worldwide Labs and Tech Stars, as well as advisor to the University of Cambridge Digital Compass.

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond Street, room 301

Guest Lecture: Joanna Berzowska + Suzi Webster

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Friday, October 21, 2016 - 4:00pm

DIGITAL FUTURES: Wearable Atelier Speaker Series

Joanna Berzowska + Suzi Webster

Joanna Berzowska is Associate Professor of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University as well as the founder and research director of XS Labs. She is also the Head of Electronic Textiles at OMsignal, a wearable and smart textile platform that enables leading fashion brands to design smart apparel. Joanna’s art and design work has been shown in the V&A in London, the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum in NYC, the Millennium Museum in Beijing, the Art Directors Club in NYC, the Australian Museum in Sydney, NTT ICC in Tokyo, SIGGRAPH, ISEA, SIGCHI, and Ars Electronica Center in Linz among others. She holds a graduate degree from the MIT Media Lab. She lectures internationally about the field of electronic textiles and related social, cultural, aesthetic, and political issues.

Suzi Webster is a contemporary artist whose work explores technology, being and the body. Interdisciplinary in nature, Webster’s sculptural pieces investigate intersections between object and performance, fashion and computing, the body and its context, public and private, in a critical way. Webster’s work has been exhibited and published internationally in Europe, the United Kingdom, South Africa and North America. Recent exhibitions have included Technothreads, Dublin, Codelive 2010, Vancouver and The Future that Never Was and Altenatuur, Belgium. Webster completed an MFA Media at the Slade in London, UK.

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond Street, room 301

Guest Lecture: Dr. Carola Hein - Landscapes of Oil

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Monday, October 17, 2016 - 10:00pm

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences School for Interdisciplinary Studies presents: 

Dr. Carola Hein - Global Landscapes of Oil

Petroleum – its extraction, refining, transformation, and consumption – has shaped our built environment in visible and invisible interconnected ways around the world over the last 150 years. Industrial structures, buildings, monuments, urban forms, and infrastructure stand as material witnesses to the ubiquity and power of petroleum. Many people will orient themselves in space referring to gas stations, others will point to oil headquarters as local urban icons, and a select few will be aware of local oil industry facilities or the educational, housing or leisure facilities of the petroleum industry employees. But while observers recognize the connection to oil in select buildings, they do not picture the enormous collective presence of oil in the built environment, its impact on production processes, financial flows, and associated social and cultural patterns in our everyday environment, or the long history of oil’s impact on our lives. Using local case studies from the United States, Northern Europe, and China, this lecture explores physical spaces and cultural manifestations of oil on a global scale.

Carola Hein is Professor and Head, Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning at Delft University of Technology. She trained in Hamburg (Diplom‑Ingenieurin) and Brussels (Architecte) and earned her doctorate at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg in 1995. She has published and lectured widely on topics in contemporary and historical architectural and urban planning—notably in Europe and Japan—and has authored several articles and books on capital city issues in Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Berlin, and Tokyo. From 1995 to 1999 she was a Visiting Researcher at Tokyo Metropolitan University and Kogakuin University, focusing on the reconstruction of Japanese cities after World War II and the Western influence on Japanese urban planning. Among other major grants, in 2004, she held a grant by the Brussels-Capital Region Government to investigate the urban location and architectural expression of the European capital function. In 2005-06 she has been working with a grant from the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy for research on Regional integration and land policies affecting the future development of Tallinn, Warsaw, and Budapest. In 2007, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship to pursue research on The Global Architecture of Oil.With an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship she investigated large scale urban transformation in Hamburg in international context between 1842 and 2008. Her current interest is the study of international networks and the transmission of architectural and urban ideas along these networks, focusing specifically on port cities and the global architecture of oil.


Carola Hein has authored The Capital of Europe. Architecture and Urban Planning for the European Union (Praeger, 2004), and has edited Port Cities: Dynamic Landscapes and Global Networks London: Rutledge 2011; (with Pierre Laconte (eds,)) Brussels: Perspectives on a European Capital. Brussels: Publication of the Foundation for the Urban Environment, 2007. Bruxelles l’Européene: Capitale de qui? Ville de qui?/ European Brussels. Whose capital? Whose city? Brussels: Cahiers de la Cambre-Architecture n 5, Brussels: La Lettre Volée, 2006; (with Philippe Pelletier (eds.)). Cities, Autonomy and Decentralization in Japan. London: Routledge, 2006/2009: (with Jeffry Diefendorf, and Yorifusa Ishida (eds.)), Rebuilding Urban Japan after 1945. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003. She has also published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, books, and magazines.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, room 190

Michelle Forsyth to give lectures at Valley City State & South Dakota State Universities

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 4:00am to Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 4:00am

Michelle Forsyth is scheduled to give lectures at: Valley City State University (ND) on October 11 and South Dakota State University (SD) on October 13

Michelle Forsyth, who lives and  work in Toronto, employs a diverse array of material processes—including cut-paper, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, sewing, and weaving—in order to convey the poetics of her lived experience. As such, she seeks beauty in her surroundings and takes pleasure in the respite it affords her. She is a proponent of decorative repetition and champions the power of colour to stir emotions, and elicit forgotten moments. 

Recently, Forsyth has turned her attention inward, drawing meaning from her private life and the domestic struggles that ensue in the space of her home. She is currently writing her first book, Upstairs, which is a meditation on living with young onset Parkinson's Disease through an examination of her home and the items that fill it. During her talk she will discuss the process of writing and designing this book and the works that lead to it. Her book is a memoir, moonlighting as a coffee table book, moonlighting as a colouring book. 


Venue & Address: 
Valley City State University (ND) on October 11 South Dakota State University (SD) on October 13
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Canada’s Creative Economy: a lecture by Michael Bloom

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 12:30am to 2:00am

More than $84 billion.

That’s how much creators — artists, designers and the traditionally recognized arts and cultural industries of new media, broadcasting, film, publishing and music — contribute to Canada’s economy every year.

It’s a lot of wealth. With the right amount of nurturing and the support of public policy, our creators can engage new knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines.

Join Canada’s university presidents — as well as leading figures from the cultural, private and public sectors — in exploring how culture is key to the nation’s innovation agenda and economic success.

“Canada’s Creative Economy”
A lecture by Michael Bloom
Vice-President, Organizational Effectiveness and Learning Conference Board of Canada
Monday, December 8, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street

“Knowledge Transfer without Widgets”
Geoffrey Crossick
Warden and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Goldsmiths, University of London
Tuesday, December 9, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street

These lectures are presented as part of the Canadian University Presidents’ Initiative in Cultural Sector Education and Research.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Welcome: Digital Media Resident, Lillevan

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

OCAD, with support from the Goethe-Institut Toronto welcomes Digital Media Resident Lillevan with a breakfast with faculty and students.

Venue & Address: 
Faculty & Student Lounge 205 Richmond St West, Toronto, Ontario

An Evening with Cheryl L’Hirondelle

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - 10:30pm

The Faculty of Art of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is pleased to welcome performance artist Cheryl L’Hirondelle for a free public lecture on Wednesday, October 15 at 6:30 p.m.

L’Hirondelle’s lecture is presented in conjunction with her visit to Toronto to perform her latest work, êkâya-pâhkaci (“don’t freeze up”; see description below), at the Toronto Free Gallery on October 16 at 8 p.m. L’Hirondelle is presented by the Fado Performance Art Centre during the 2008 imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

Cheryl L’Hirondelle (a.k.a. Waynohtêw, Cheryl Koprek) is an Alberta-born artist and musician of Metis/Cree non-status/treaty, French, German, and Polish descent. Her creative practice is an investigation of the junction of a Cree worldview (nêhiyawin) in contemporary time and space. Since the early 1980s, L’Hirondelle has created, performed and presented work in a variety of artistic disciplines, including music, performance art, theatre, performance poetry, storytelling, installation and new media. In the early 1990s, she began a parallel career as an arts consultant and programmer, cultural strategist/activist, and director/producer of both independent works and projects within national artist-run networks.

L’Hirondelle’s performance work has been featured in various texts including Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women, edited by Tanya Mars and OCAD Professor Johanna Householder, and Candice Hopkin’s Making a Noise: Aboriginal Perspectives on Art, Art History, Critical Writing and Community. In 2004, L’Hirondelle and Hopkins were the first Aboriginal artists from Canada to be invited to present work at Dak’Art Lab as part of the sixth biennale of contemporary African art in Dakar, Senegal. In both 2005 and 2006, L’Hirondelle was the recipient of imagineNATIVE’s Best New Media award for her online projects: treatycard, 17:TELL and wêpinâsowina.

L’Hirondelle’s music has also garnered several nominations and awards, including Best Female Traditional Cultural Roots Album (2006) and Best Group (2007) from the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards for Fusion of Two Worlds, the first CD from her Aboriginal women’s ensemble, M’Girl.

êkâya-pâhkaci, a performance by Cheryl L’Hirondelle
Thursday, October 16 at 8 p.m.

Toronto Free Gallery
1277 Bloor Street West, Toronto | 416-913-0461

êkâya-pâhkaci [ee-guy-uh-puck-a-chee] (don’t freeze up) by Cheryl L’Hirondelle operates through an intersection of nomadic site-specificity, visual patterning, language, narrative, movement and rhythm. In this work, Cheryl stages a performance presented under an adaptable traveling tent from where she relates and offers information to the audience using her body, voice and graffiti/tagging. The audience, by proximity and in accepting her invitation to witness her activities ‘comes in from the cold’ and becomes part of her ‘camp’.

About Fado Performance Art Centre
Founded in 1993, Fado was established to provide a stable, knowledgeable and supportive forum for creating and presenting performance art works created by Canadian and international performance artists. Fado is the only artist-run centre in English Canada devoted specifically to this form. Fado’s activities include presenting performances, artist talks, festivals, residencies, exchanges and workshops, as well as publishing in a variety of formats, including video and for the web. For more information please visit

About the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, October 15 to 19, 2008
The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is an international festival that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media. Each fall, the festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The festival’s screenings, parties, panel discussions, and cultural events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world's Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media. For more information please visit

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Nomadic Residents presents ORLAN

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 10:30pm to Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 12:00am


Join the Ontario College of Art & Design in welcoming ORLAN as its third artist in residence. As part of the residency, ORLAN will deliver a free public lecture on Tuesday, September 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Auditorium (Level 1, 100 McCaul Street.)
From plastic surgery interventions and performances to photography and digital works, ORLAN has been a formidable presence in contemporary art for over four decades. Since the 1960s, her work has transcended the numerous “posts” and “isms” of the art world’s different movements, all the while interrogating our bodies and identities, questioning art’s relation to life, and testing the lines between the real and the virtual.

ORLAN’s work has been exhibited around the world and featured in the Paris, Venice, Istanbul, Lyon and Sydney biennials. In 2006–2007, she was a scholar in residence at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Last year, the Musée d’Art Moderne in her hometown of Saint-Étienne, France, organized “Le Récit” (“The Account”), a major retrospective celebrating her sixtieth birthday.

ORLAN teaches at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Paris-Cergy, splitting her time between Paris, Los Angeles and New York. She is represented by Galerie Michel Rein (Paris), Ace Gallery (Los Angeles), Stux Gallery (New York), B&D Gallery (Milan), Sjul Gallery (Seoul), and Holmes à Court Gallery (Perth, Australia).

ORLAN’s week-long OCAD residency is part of the Faculty of Art’s Nomadic Residents program which is generously supported by the Partners in Art. Nomadic Residents launched in April 2007 with acclaimed artist Rikrit Tiravanija. In September 2007, the program welcomed the internationally renowned artist Ann Hamilton. ORLAN’s residency is the final installment of the Nomadic Residents program. ORLAN’s visit is additionally supported by the Consulate General of France.

For more information on ORLAN, visit her website at For more information on French artists performing in Toronto, visit the website of the Consulate General of France in Toronto at ( or subscribe to the Consulate’s monthly cultural newsletter by contacting Aude Javelas at

All are welcome; admission is free. Seating is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are advised to arrive early.


Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Mark Heflin Lecture

AI 25th
Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Mark Heflin is the Director of American Illustration and American Photography. Founded in 1982, these annuals have showcased the cutting-edge of editorial, advertising, book, graphics, packaging, video, animation and experimental work, and have featured such prominent image makers as Richard Avedon, Milton Glaser, Annie Leibovitz and Andy Warhol, while promoting the early careers of Gary Baseman, Elinor Carucci, David LaChapelle, Christoph Niemann and Chris Ware. Mr. Heflin has also served as a juror for the SPD and the Society of Illustrators, curated contemporary illustration exhibits in Rome, sits on the Savannah College of Art and Design advisory board and is a member of the nominating committee for the Heinz Family Awards which offers grants in the fields of Arts and Humanities, Health Care, Human Condition and the Environment. He is currently working with the ICON5 Board in producing their Illustration conference for New York City 2008.

In his presentation, Mr. Heflin will discuss AI's history, the Illustration industry, and new trends in the marketplace.

Illustration: Yuko Shimizu

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall 100 McCaul St., Rm 230, Toronto, Ontario