Diagrams of Power showcases the politics of data visualization

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Opening July 11, Onsite Gallery’s newest exhibition, Diagrams of Power,features art and design works that use data, diagrams, maps and visualizations to challenge dominant narratives and support the resilience of marginalized communities. 

The expansive exhibition features the work of eighteen prominent artists, designers, researchers, cartographers, activists and collectives: 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.

Curated by Patricio Dávila, Associate Professor in OCAD University’s Faculty of Design, the exhibition makes visible both ‘what’ gets represented, and ‘who’ is doing the representing. “Maps, diagrams and visualizations are both artifacts and processes — they are tools that tell a story,” said Dávila. “They create ways to bring people and objects together in the telling of that story, with the outcomes made available to be viewed and inspected, and also performed so they can be heard and felt. Each creator uses this mode to tell inconvenient stories that upset and resist the status quo.”

Diagrams of Power opens with a free, public reception on Wednesday, July 11 from 6 to 9 p.m., and continues through to the early morning of September 30, 2018, including the evening of Nuit Blanche Toronto (Saturday, September 29, 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. on Sunday, September 30). 

A complete list of participating creator biographies is available at https://www2.ocadu.ca/event/diagrams-of-power.

About Onsite Gallery
Onsite Gallery (www.ocadu.ca/onsite) is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD University, and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8pm; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7pm; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 pm.

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

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

Onsite Gallery gratefully acknowledges that the new gallery construction was funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes. Gallery furniture was supplied by Nienkämper. The Onsite Gallery logo was created by Dean Martin Design.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s university of the imagination. Founded in 1876, the university is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research, and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. 

Media inquiries:

Sarah Mulholland
OCAD U Communications
416-977-6000 x1327
smulholland@ocadu.ca

Nuit Blanche at OCAD U 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 7:00pm to Sunday, September 30, 2018 - 7:00am

OCAD University will feature an immersive digital work by Daniel Iregui at 100 McCaul St. and Onsite Gallery, located at 199 Richmond St. W., the university’s flagship professional and public gallery, will be open all night for Nuit Blanche 2018.

  1. At 100 McCaul St.

    FORWARD
    Created by Daniel Iregui
    Produced by Iregular

    Curated by Linda Columbus, Programs Coordinator, Onsite Gallery
    Organized by Onsite Gallery

    FORWARD is an installation of two “tunnels” that generate infinite ways to get to a distant point on the horizon. The work alludes to the future becoming the present, and disappearing. The viewer travels through endless visual tunnels, evoking a feeling of forever propelling forward. Yet, tethered by the physical body, a conflicting sensation of remaining static in the present will remind viewers that: you are “here”. Now.

    FORWARD is a sensory experience of sight and sound that intimates that the present is always only an effervescent instant.

    Daniel Iregui (iregular.io) is a new media artist who creates interactive sculptures, spaces and architectural interventions using technology as a tool and an aesthetic. He works with the infinite and random combinations produced when an audiovisual system is open for the audience to transform it.

    In 2010 Daniel founded Iregular, an interactive content creation studio where he produces his work and commercial commissions. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1981 and currently lives and works from Montréal.
     

  2. At 199 Richmond St. W.

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

    Curated by Patricio Dávila

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

 

Image credit: Installation view: Daniel Iregui, FORWARD, 2015. Two-channel installation.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U's Great Hall (100 McCaul St., Second Floor) and Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Installation view: Daniel Iregui, FORWARD, 2015. Two-channel installation.
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Early campus closure for Nuit Blanche

Thursday, September 21, 2017

OCAD University is proud to be participating once again in Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017 as a Major Institution. This year’s Nuit Blanche program at OCAD U sprawls across the university’s expanded campus.

To facilitate Nuit Blanche activities, 100 McCaul St. and 205 Richmond St. W. buildings will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 30.  All buildings will re-open at 12 noon on Sunday, October 1.

For the duration of Nuit Blanche, there will be no swipe card access. All spaces other than those used for Nuit Blanche activities will be closed, including all personal offices and access to lockers.

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Nuit Talk: Uncovering the TRUTH

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 7:00pm

Host: Samara Dauria, Communications & Press, H&M Canada
Moderator: Jessica Ford, Producer, VICE Canada
Artist: Brian Leitch aka "KWEST"

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Talk starts at 7 p.m.
 

Contemporary graffiti artist, Brian Leitch aka "KWEST" is known for his streamlined style. This self-taught carpenter, designer, builder and pillar in the fusion of graffiti and sculpture has been active in developing a unique and complex style of lettering for over twenty years. 

Brian Leitch aka "KWEST" explores his project TRUTH, his journey and artistic practice that argues the potential of something or someone that might otherwise be rejected or thrown away. 

Using recycled clothing from H&M’s Garment Collecting Initiative, TRUTH, reimagines discarded garments transformed into a work of art.

 

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017: Many Possible Futures
Nuit Blanche Toronto 2017 will mark the milestone of Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation with the event-wide theme Many Possible Futures. Contributors to the 2017 edition of Nuit Blanche will focus on looking forward, placing both our differences and our solidarities at the very heart of their artistic discourse.  The curatorial focus of each of the exhibitions reflect on timely and relevant ideas: protest and social change; revolution and resistance; difference and acceptance; and cultural endurance and visibility through the lens of Indigenous creators.

Nuit Blanche at OCAD University
Indigenous survivance, urbanization and so much more are on the menu at OCAD University’s 2017 Nuit Blanche program, Tonight’s Special: Bannock, MilleFeuille and Berries. Curated by Cree Métis artist and curator Jason Baerg and historian, curator and OCAD U alumnus Tak Pham.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Auditorium: 100 McCaul St., Room 190
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
FREE
KWEST

Nuit Blanche at OCAD U 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 7:00pm to Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 7:00am

Tonight’s Special: Bannock, Mille-Feuille and Berries
Curated by Jason Baerg and Tak Pham
Organized by Onsite Gallery

Featuring work by: Aylan Couchie, Carrie Gates, Jean-Sébastien Gauthier, Basia Goszczynska, Feather Metsch, Farrah-Marie Miranda, Caroline Monnet and Skawennati

Indigenous survivance, urbanization and so much more are on the menu at OCAD University’s 2017 Nuit Blanche program titled, Tonight’s Special: Bannock, MilleFeuille and Berries. Curated by Cree Métis artist and curator Jason Baerg and historian, curator and OCAD U alumnus Tak Pham.

Tonight’s Special draws inspiration from a range of cultural culinary pleasures – from the complex richness of a French mille-feuille pastry, to a hearty Indigenous buffalo stew. The program conjures complex discussions of Toronto’s varied cultures and histories reflected in our multicultural community.

Through new media experimentation and interactive engagements, the exhibiting artists aestheticize excessive synthetic materials to question our relationship to the surrounding environment. While the artworks are socio/enviro/political in nature, they are also colourful, pulsing and engaging.

This year’s Nuit Blanche program at OCAD University sprawls across the university’s expanded campus. Discover projects down the McCaul Street corridor, starting at Butterfield Park by the main building at 100 McCaul, and then head south towards the south campus on Richmond Street West alongside the university’s newly launched professional gallery.

Sites

  1. 100 McCaul St. - Butterfield Park
  2. 49 McCaul St.
  3. 240 Richmond St. W.
  4. 205 Richmond St. W. - Graduate Gallery
  5. 199 Richmond St. W. - Onsite Gallery
     

Curators

Cree Métis visual artist and curator Jason Baerg completed an MFA from Rutgers University and a BFA from Concordia University. Baerg has presented at the Luminato Festival, Art Toronto and Art Basel Miami.

Tak Pham is an architectural historian, curator and art writer. Pham holds a BA Hons. from Carleton University and MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University. He curated projects at OCAD U, Montgomery’s Inn, Art Toronto, Y+ Contemporary, Xpace Cultural Centre and Nuit Blanche 2017.

Artists

Aylan Couchie is an Anishinaabe multi-disciplinary artist and writer from Nipissing First Nation in Northern Ontario. She is a NSCAD University alumna and is currently an MFA Candidate at OCAD University where she is pursuing her graduate studies with a focus on Indigenous monument and public art. She’s been the recipient of several awards including “2015 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture” through the International Sculpture Center and the Inaugural Barbara Laronde Award from the Native Women in the Arts organization. Most recently, Aylan won the 2016 Premier’s Award in the Recent Graduate category.  

Carrie Gates’ video mixing works use sound-reactive 3D processing and unusual rhythmic juxtapositions to create throbbing, psychedelic, responsive compositions that add a new dimension of interaction and intrigue to any environment. Abstract digital imagery is mixed live with hand-shot, performance-art-influenced footage, to create a hypnotizing, bent reality that is infused with concepts of visual music, set in a glitched-out 3.0 fantasy realm. She has created tour visuals for artists such as Girl Talk and Nicky Click, as well as music videos for artists such as Venetian Snares, Annie Hall, and DJ Kero. Gates’ video work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has played an active role in experimental electronic music communities and independent artist-run organizations since the mid-1990s.

Jean-Sébastien (JS) Gauthier is a Fransaskois sculptor and new media artist who adopts diverse forms of inquiry and experimentation to create time-based artworks. His work involves an interdisciplinary mix of technical and conceptual approaches from contemporary and traditional sculpture, video production, performance art, 3D rendering and scientific imagine technologies. This year, as artist-in-residence at the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology of the University of Saskatchewan and facilities of the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron in Saskatoon, he became the first Canadian artist to be granted synchrotron beam time with artistic inquiry and aesthetic experimentation as a primary objective. Dans la Mesure/Within Measure is the ongoing project whose resulting videos, installations and 3D models use cutting-edge 3D synchrotron radiation imaging techniques to create interactive representations of embryonic zebrafish. The first of its kind, his ongoing art-science collaboration with developmental biologist Dr. Brian Eames sets new precedents for the media arts in Canada.

Basia Goszczynska is a Polish-Canadian visual artist who explores her interests in ecology and material culture through a variety of media including sculpture, video and installation. Her work has screened at numerous film festivals including the Nantucket Film Festival, the Brooklyn Film Festival, and the Uppsala International Short Film Festival. She received an Arts Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and has had her work recognized by Dave Bown Projects and BWAC. Basia received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 

Farrah-Marie Miranda is an Abu-Dhabi born, Toronto-based artist of Goan and Mangalorean descent. She holds a Master of Environmental Studies from York University (2017), and has studied under performance scholar and feminist theatre director, Honor Ford-Smith. Miranda has exhibited at Artcite Inc. (Windsor), the Surrey Art Gallery (British Columbia), Astérides (Marseille), and Whippersnapper Gallery (Toronto). Her writing appears in several publications, including In the Wake of the Komagata Maru: Transpacific Migration, Race and Contemporary Art, VOZ-À-VOZ, Decolonization, Indigeneity & Society, Border Criminologies, Rabble and FUSE Magazine. 

Caroline Monnet is a multidisciplinary artist from the Outaouais region, currently living in Montreal. She works in film, video, painting, sculpture and installation, and is a founding member of the Indigenous digital arts collective ITWÉ. Monnet’s work has appeared in a number of exhibitions and festivals in Canada, the United States, France, Germany, the UK, Mexico and New Zealand, including the Palais de Tokyo, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the Toronto International Film Festival, Aesthetica, the Cannes Film Festival, the Smithsonian Institute, the Sundance Film Festival, the Musée d’art contemporain (Montréal) and Arsenal Contemporary Art (Montréal).  

Skawennati makes art that addresses history, the future, and change.  Her pioneering new media projects have been widely presented across Turtle Island in major exhibitions such as Now? NOW! at Denver’s Biennial of the Americas; and Looking Forward (L’Avenir) at the Montreal Biennale. Her award-winning work in is included in both public and private collections. 

Born in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Skawennati graduated with a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, where she is based. She is Co-Director of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), a research network of artists and academics who investigate and create Indigenous virtual environments. Their Skins workshops in Aboriginal Storytelling and Experimental Digital Media are aimed at empowering youth. In 2015 they launched IIF, the Initiative for Indigenous Futures.

 

Support

Nuit Blanche at OCAD U is organized by Onsite Gallery with support from Hullmark, WeWork, OCAD U Graduate Studies and OCAD U Student Union.

 

Image credit: Carrie Gates, Mountain Glitchery, 2015. Video still.

Venue & Address: 
Multiple venues across the OCAD U campus
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Cost: 
FREE
Carrie Gates, Mountain Glitchery, 2015.
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Call for Submissions: Nuit Blanche Toronto

Zahra Saleki, Girl Talk at 401 Richmond, 2016. Photo by Kaveh Safarnejad.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 2:45pm to Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 6:00pm

Nuit Blanche Toronto - Call For Submissions

Calling all Toronto artists and independent producers! Nuit Blanche Toronto is now accepting submissions to the Independent Projects program for its 12th edition on Saturday, September 30, 2017. 

Nuit Blanche Toronto, the city's free all-night contemporary art event, attracts over one million local and out-of-town audiences to its diverse program of curated exhibitions, commissioned installations, and enthusiastic partnerships with Toronto-based artists, collectives, galleries, cultural organizations, neighbourhood groups, and educational institutions. 

Future partners are invited to apply to the Independent Projects program with self-produced, self-funded projects for inclusion in the official event. 

Independent Projects can take place anywhere in Toronto and are provided an opportunity to present projects at cultural institutions, engage with large audiences, and receive marketing, programming and production support from the City of Toronto. 

Don't miss this chance to include your project in Toronto's largest contemporary art event!

THEME

Nuit Blanche 2017: Many Possible Futures 

To mark Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017, the City of Toronto has launched "TO Canada with Love", a year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions honouring this milestone. As part of "TO Canada with Love", Nuit Blanche Toronto has created an overarching theme for the entire 2017 event, entitled Nuit Blanche 2017: Many Possible Futures. Applicants to the Independent Projects program are encouraged to look forward to the many possible futures of Canada in their proposals, addressing notions of identify, nationhood, migration, reconciliation, settlement, and the natural landscape, among others.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Information Session – Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Toronto City Hall, Council Chambers 

Interested applicants are welcome and encouraged to attend the Independent Projects Information Session, where they can meet the programmers of Nuit Blanche Toronto, learn more about the program and discuss their project ideas. 

Applications and guidelines for Independent Projects are available at http://www.toronto.ca/nuitblanche. 

DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 6, 2017

Venue & Address: 
Toronto-wide
Website: 
http://nbto.com/
Email: 
nuitblancheTO@toronto.ca
Cost: 
FREE
Nuit Blanche Toronto

Nuit Blanche draws more than 18,000 visitors to OCAD University

Two people seated in a puffy chair watching a film in the auditorium
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 4:00am

A little drizzle didn’t stop huge crowds from attending Multiplex - an all-night essay film marathon and viewing party that took over much of the first and second floors of the university. Participants viewed works by students, faculty, local and international artists and designers.

Multiplex was created by the curatorial collective The Modest Eyes, including Maiko Tanaka, Patricio Davila, Maggie Chan, Preethi Jagadeesh and Onyeka Igwe.

In addition, as a founding partner of Nuit Blanche, OCAD U was one of the 10 venues of city-produced installations, part of the exhibition Militant Nostalgia curated by Paco Barragán. LA artist Nicola Verlato created The Merging, a mural in the Great Hall depicting spaces inhabited by various figures, inspired by two of Toronto's prominent historic figures: philosopher Marshall McLuhan and mathematician Donald Coxeter. Visitors downloaded an augmented reality app that allowed them to move within the mural.

 

 

Garnet Willis exhibits at Gladstone for Nuit Blanche

Gaia's Banjo installation, wooden platform with child walking on it
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 4:00am

The Gladstone Hotel has chosen an installation by OCAD U alumnus Garnet Willis (MFA, IAMD, 2016) as its “signature installation” in the Fly By Night show on Nuit Blanche.

Willis explains Gaia’s Banjo in the Gladstone’s blog:

“In the second floor lobby is a large circular platform. Attached to this via tensioned cables are clusters of sound-producing objects, strung together on springs tensioned in space. The public can interact with the installation at any time, by standing on the platform, which tips it under the distribution of weight and changes the diverse plucking sounds that it produces. This vibrant cascade of sound is intended to sonically map the internal architecture and bodies within the space.”

Other artists in the exhibition include Valerie Carew (MFA, IAMD, 2016), Naomi Dodds, Julie Gemuend, Anna Kovler, Sean Lewis & Galen Milne-Hines, Dainesha Nugent-Palache, Apollonia Vanova.

OCAD University hosts film and video marathon and interactive mural for Nuit Blanche!

Image of video still from Treasure Hill Camouflage (2014) by soJin Chun
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 4:00am

Wander through the darkened classrooms and corridors of OCAD University and lose yourself in moving images, interactive art and augmented reality. OCAD U is the site of two large-scale installations for Nuit Blanche starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 through 7 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 2

Multiplex, curated by The Modest Eyes collective, is an all-night video and essay-film marathon of work by local and international artists and designers.

Sit in a theatre, join an on-site slumber party or use your mobile device to plunge into the streams of image, sound and text to experience the marathon in your own way. A list of programming, artists and artworks can be seen at The Modest Eyes website.

OCAD U is also the site of The Merging. Artist Nicola Verlato’s interactive mural on the front of the main campus building at 100 McCaul St. depicts two of Toronto’s most prominent historic figures: communications theorist Marshall McLuhan and mathematician Donald Coxeter. Using an app on their mobile devices, viewers can see elements of the mural float in space like 3D objects.

A second version of the mural inside OCAD U’s Great Hall lets people enter the painting using the app. The Merging is one of 10 projects in the city-produced exhibition Militant Nostalgia, curated by Paco Barragán.  

Location: OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Toronto. Wheelchair accessible at front doors.

A few blocks away from OCAD U at Toronto’s City Hall, Michael Prokopow, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies, is co-curating an exhibition with Jeanine Marchessault. Oblivion presents the works of three artists: OCAD U alumna Floria Sigismondi, architect Philip Beesley, and Director X. Their interconnected works encourage reflection on “the immensities, vulnerabilities and breathtakingly terrifying realities of the universe.”

r u part of the art?

R U Part of the Art
Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 10:45pm to Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 11:00am

A Conceptual intervention during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche by OCAD student Farah Yusuf and Alex Stephan.

Text 'yes' to 647-989-7707 The public is invited to subscribe to mobile text alerts that are sent to their cell phones at regular intervals over the course of the night. The text messages are instructions that they are asked to perform -- some will require acts that are social or demonstrative in nature, while other instructions are vague and introspective. By allowing the collaborative unpredictability of the user experience, the interpretation of the work is entirely in their domain. It is at once both public spectacle and private contemplation. "r u part of the art” investigates the social dimension of participation in this highly networked culture. The use of the cell phone and text messaging as the delivery medium provides an immediacy of execution that transcends spatial boundaries. Participation is a key element to the piece. Whether that participation is physical or symbolic, the goal is to blur the line between performer and audience. No premium mobile fees apply to use this service. Regular carrier charges apply as per your individual service contract. Limited Enrolment.

Venue & Address: 
40 King Street West 40 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario

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