The Steam Canoe receives Materialica award in Munich, Germany

 Environmental Design Students Amy Jungyun Lee, Aruvi Rajasingham and  Assistant Professor Mark Tholen
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 7:15pm

On Tuesday, October 18th, the Steam Canoe, an OCAD U project originally designed for the Beaches Winter Stations installation, received the Materialica Award in the Student Category at the Materialica Expo in Munich, Germany.


Pictured: Environmental Design Students Amy Jungyun Lee, Aruvi Rajasingham and  Assistant Professor Mark Tholen.

Material Innovation Centre presents: Talk with Laird McMurray. "Re-imagining Materials for Special Effects"

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Laird McMurray is the president of Laird FX, a specialty prototype design company that engineers and manufactures devices and special effects for film, (Pacific Rim, Total Recall, The Incredible Hulk) television commercial theater and live events.

Laird's entertaining and informative talk will demonstrate and delight you in some of the ways that the industry innovatively reimagines materials.

Venue & Address: 
Material Innovation Centre Room MCA 530, 100 McCaul
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OCADU Illustration Podcast, Season 2

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Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 6:45pm

For the second season of the series, OCAD U Assistant Professor Greg Mably graciously invited us over to his home studio in Toronto's Design District. He is an illustrator with great experience in client-based work and digital illustration. 

Click here to listen to this episode!

Check out more pictures of the studio and links to Greg's work on the blog.

Lynne Milgram Invited Plenary Session for the Textile Society of America Conference

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Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 4:00am

Congratulations to Lynne Milgram for being invited to a plenary session at the Textile Society of America biannual conference: Crosscurrents: Land, Labor and the Port, taking place at the Savannah College of Art & Design. The abstract of the presentation is included below.


Materializing Entrepreneurship and Transnationalism from Below:
A Refashioned Craft Commodity Flow in the Central Philippines

While studies of large-scale global commodity flows are extensive, analyses of globalization’s relation to the smaller scale south-north or south-south movement of goods are more limited. In Aklan province, central Philippines, for example, artisans and entrepreneurs, primarily women, use indigenous nito reed materials to fashion innovative local-to-global businesses manufacturing handmade, high-end home décor products such as place mats, baskets, and trays. These goods, produced individually by women artisans working in their homes are destined for distribution to upscale design stores throughout the Philippines, Northern Europe and North America. While the transnational trade in Aklan’s nito reed products enables local livelihoods and connects sections of societies not previously linked, the design of these new products simultaneously challenges us to rethink questions of modernity, tradition and authenticity, nationalism and ethnicity, gender, class and identity.

To understand the current reshaping of Aklan’s nito reed industry, I analyze the relations of labor flexibility, networks of trust, and ongoing product innovation at each commodity chain node among global clients, entrepreneurs, and artisans. I argue that we must see such smaller-scale material culture networks, not in isolation, but as cross-cut by other commodity flows and by socioeconomic and power relations. One cannot ignore, for example, how the viability of nito reed commodity chains are affected by overlapping articulations with global fashion trends in clothing and furniture, local supplies of raw materials, and power relations between producers and entrepreneurs. On the one hand, entrepreneurs must work with transnational buyers to continually develop new goods that can fulfill northern consumers’ changing tastes while maintaining the integrity and terroir of local Philippine production — the character that gives nito reed its indigenous caché. In this regard, entrepreneurs need to continually negotiate trade-offs with artisan producers to ensure they receive the quantity of high quality products they order. This push-pull situation provides local artisans some leverage in their requests for the volume and type of work that best facilitates their livelihoods. Such commodity chain relations illustrate the variable meanings and value nito reed goods hold for producers, entrepreneurs, and consumers. Aklan’s growing nito reed trade and the particular relations of production thus materialize a transnationism from below that challenges the common exclusion of such a localized material culture industry on the edge from analyses of destabilizing political, aesthetic, and global market forces.

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

Art & Health

As Artist in Residence at Baycrest (2012) Judith Doyle worked with neuropsychologists Dr. Brian Richards and Dr. Eva Svaboda and the clients of Memory Link, a program developing assistive technologies and training for people experiencing memory loss as a result of Acquired Brain Injury.

FUNDING: Artists in the Community and Workplace, Ontario Arts Council

As Artist in Residence at Baycrest (2012) Judith Doyle worked with neuropsychologists Dr. Brian Richards and Dr. Eva Svaboda and the clients of Memory Link, a program developing assistive technologies and training for people experiencing memory loss as a result of Acquired Brain Injury. During the residency, Doyle conducted interviews and worked collaboratively with clients on media montage representing their experiences. The collaboration continued for more than a year and culminated in an exhibition entitled Pathfinding which portrayed the perceptual experiences of memory loss in images combining natural branching phenomenon and scans of neuro-pathways. Pathfinding was installed at Baycrest Health Sciences in a high-traffic, publicly accessible space near the elevators to the Apotex seniors' residence, next to a cafeteria, at the base of a busy elevator and hallway. Composited imagery played on an array of vintage TVs, each with its own soundtrack or "voice". 

The artist collaborators included Doyle and Robin Len, Emad Dabiri and Kang-Il Kim, with sound by Paul Geldart. Robin and Kang have difficulty storing and retrieving new memories (anterograde amnesia) resulting from Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). All of the team are experienced media artists and compositors and drew from this experience, enlisting embodied memory through artistic collaboration. In September 2012, the project relocated from Baycrest to the Social Media and Collaboration Lab (SMAClab) at 230 Richmond West at OCADU. After the exhibition at Baycrest, the work was subsequently presented at the Inclusive Design Institute at OCAD University and at the artist-run centre HAVN (Hamilton Audio-Visual Node) with support from Brain Injury Services of Hamilton (BISH).


Worldviews Conference presentation on Memory Link collaboration  at TIFF Bell Lightbox by Judith Doyle 2013

Feature: Aging in the 21st Century: Judith Doyle & Baycrest

Pathfinding Exhibition Opening at Baycrest 2013

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 2:00pm
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Judith Doyle
Emad Dabiri

Gesture Cloud

In this series of research-creation projects, 3D depth cameras are adapted for motion capture and gesture representation. We ask, how can these technologies be best leveraged for use in the art studio, and for collecting documentary gestures on location? In our research, we consider human and animal gesture as a hub or meeting point of discourses and embodied experiences where meaning can be identified and generated.


GestureCloud began with a micro-collaborative formation of artists working in Canada and China. Founded by Judith Doyle (Toronto) and Fei Jun (Beijing), the team investigates art, gesture and the politics of labour exchange. In these projects, 3D depth cameras are adapted for motion capture and gesture representation. We ask, how can these technologies be best leveraged for use in the art studio, and for collecting documentary gestures on location? We consider human and animal gesture as a meeting point of discourses and embodied experiences where meaning can be identified and generated.

We are interested in the syntactic structures of gesture, and consider culturally-situated, historically-informed theoretical models grounded in gesture studies and other interdisciplinary fields (performativity, art history, neuroscience). Key research themes include technological mediation, post-internet conditions, and the changing definition of physical versus immaterial labour. GestureCloud addresses how our ubiquitously networked present impacts conceptions of embodiment, subjectivity, and agency. GestureCloud projects probe changing modes of artistic production and issues of labour.

Over six years and four China-Canada artist exchanges, GestureCloud began with traditional motion capture and subsequently built Kinect-based skeleton tracking to make artworks. The software we have generated can be used to control avatars, mobile devices, and robotic systems. GestureCloud has exhibited artworks in major international contexts and has presented broadly, notably at the International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA2013 Sydney), at Art Beijing International Art Fair (2013), at the National Insititute of Design (NID) in Bangalore, India (2014) and at ISEA2014 in Dubai.


ISEA2013 Conference Paper: GestureCloud: Gesture, Surplus Value and Collaborative Art Exchange

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Gesture Research at National Institute of Design (NID) Bangalore 2014:

Project 31 art auction (OCAD University, Toronto 2014): digital print, Flow Blue (Judith Doyle)

Art Beijing 2013 GestureCloud Interactive Installation:

AV@AR2 2.0 AT C.MoDA (China Millenium Monument Museum of Digital Arts), 2013.4.14 - 2013.4.28

For the AV@AR 2.0 exhibition at CMODA, GestureCloud attempted to respond to the following question: How can labor be transposed via gesture across networked conditions to have material effects elsewhere in the world?' The team converted a zone of CMoDa into a factory floor where labor - stacking, pulling, stomping, and lifting - was performed by visitors. These actions were then collected with an onsite motion capture system and harnessed to power lightbulbs in various nighttime locations in Toronto, spanning a twelve-hour time difference. The process was displayed on an array of flat screen televisions with live projections.

Credits: FEI Jun, Judith Doyle: art direction [] / Mike Goldby: printing and fabrication / Nick Beirne and Ken Leung: programming / Zacahary Martineau: 3D modeling and virtual architecture / Emad Dabiri: live video in toronto


Judith Doyle and Fei Jun collaborating as GestureCloud were included in a groundbreaking exhibition curated by Yan Wu at the Gendai Gallery. The exhibition took place from December 4 2010 - January 29 2011.

Yan Wu writes on the project, "Manifesting inside Gendai space at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and the on-line virtual world Second Life simultaneously, Residency in RMB City is a virtual residency programme intertwining with an actual exhibition, staged to experience, reflect, and agitate the contingencies and resistances around the thresholds of the virtual and the actual in response to the augmented reality our everyday inhabits. Three proposals originally developed for Chinese artist Cao Fei's RMB City in Second Life are put forward by Toronto-based artist/architect, Adrian Blackwell; artist, Yam Lau; and the collaborative team GestureCloud: Judith Doyle and Fei Jun..."

For more, visit the Gendai Gallery website:

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Saturday, December 4, 2010 - 2:00pm
Lab Member: 
Judith Doyle
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The State of MarTech: Artifical Intelligence VS. The Human Touch

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 8:30pm to 11:30pm

Digital marketing is evolving quickly and changing the way brands and agencies work. One of the biggest evolutions in the industry is the integration of new and innovative marketing technologies (MarTech) and the speed at which they are changing the digital landscape. The question now is, how far can MarTech go? Will it eventually be able to completely take over ALL functions of traditional, human marketers? Will Artificial Intelligence (AI) be able to make all the decisions, and effectively run a marketing campaign without human intervention?
OCAD University's Imagination Catalyst in partnership with Qoints is thrilled to invite you to a panel discussion (or debate, depending on points of view) by some of the most prominent and intelligent minds in the Canadian marketing game. They will share their thoughts on what the future of marketing looks like, and what role MarTech will play.
For more information and to register for this free event go to:


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, Sharp Centre for Design, The Great Hall 100 McCaul Street, Toronto ON
416-977-6000 ext. 4364
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Saskia Van Kampen featured on Novella Magazine

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Monday, October 17, 2016 - 6:00pm

Graphic Design Assistant Professor Saskia Van Kampen was recently interviewed by Novelle Magazine to talk about what prompted her to study design, the differences about doing her own creative work and working for clients, her work and creative process. 

You can read the interview here


Illustration: "Normal Waistline" by Saskia Van Kampen