sLab Explorations Talk: Participatory Design in an Age of Mistrust

sLab Explorations Talk: Participatory Design in an Age of Mistrust
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Participatory Design in an Age of Mistrust

Patrick Feng  Faculty, OCAD U + University of Calgary

 

Design and foresight often employ participatory approaches that presume interaction with users is a good thing. Certainly, these approaches have done much to broaden more traditional expert-driven research methods. Yet, there are many examples where attempts to involve users becomes problematic and even counter-productive. For instance, inviting public input on how to “best design" an oil pipeline is bound to be contentious, especially when some people are staunchly opposed to any pipeline construction. Thus, even as participatory approaches gain favour with designers, policymakers, and others, there remains the thorny question of whether and how to engage various publics – particularly when some segments of the public are skeptical or downright hostile to the design objective.

This talk will explore when participatory methods work and when they are likely to fail. Drawing on insights from participatory design, science and technology studies, and related fields, I argue the effectiveness of participatory approaches is contingent on groups sharing a set of political and epistemological commitments – commitments that have been destabilized as mistrust of public institutions has grown. As a result, participatory research methods may backfire when used in certain contexts (e.g., controversies with low trust and high stakes). I will explore those contexts and consider how participatory approaches might be adapted in the face of untrusting publics.

Bio

Patrick Feng has been working in the field of science, technology, and society for over 15 years. His research examines the social, legal, and ethical dimensions of emerging technologies, with a focus on policy, governance, and public engagement. A two-time Fulbright award recipient, Patrick has led projects in number of areas including health, energy, and digital technologies. His areas of expertise include science and technology studies, innovation policy, foresight, and science communications. 

Patrick’s current SSHRC-funded project examines how notions of “sustainability” are being defined, measured, and communicated to the public. He is active in initiatives that promote public engagement with science and is especially interested in how citizens can participate and be better represented in decision-making on science and technology-related issues. He currently teaches in the SFI Program and is adjunct professor at the University of Calgary.

Venue & Address: 
sLab, suite 410, 205 Richmond West
Email: 
gallen@ocadu.ca

ARTIST TALK: JAAKKO PALLASVUO

Work by Jaako Pallasvuo Digital Painting Atelier artist
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am

ARTIST TALK:  JAAKKO PALLASVUO

Digital Painting Atelier artist

Friday February 17th

100 McCaul, Room 460

10:00am – 11:00 am

Finnish artist JAAKKO PALLASVUO

Jaako Pallasvuo uses the web as an integral part of his practice, as a source of material, a subject, and a platform for actualizing his work.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul, Room 460

Kent Monkman Public Talk

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 7:00pm

OCAD U Faculty of Art and OCAD U's Indigenous Visual Culture Present:

Art Creates Change: The Kym Pruesse Speaker Series
featuring Kent Monkman

Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who works with a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation. He has had solo exhibitions at numerous Canadian museums including the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. He has participated in various international group exhibitions including: The American West, at Compton Verney, in Warwickshire, England, Remember Humanity at Witte de With, Rotterdam, the 2010 Sydney BiennaleMy Winnipeg at Maison Rouge, Paris, and Oh Canada!, MASS MOCA. Monkman has created site specific performances at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, The Royal Ontario Museum, and at Compton Verney, he has also made Super 8 versions of these performances which he calls “Colonial Art Space Interventions.” His award-winning short film and video works have been screened at various national and international festivals, including the 2007 and 2008 Berlinale, and the 2007 and 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Denver Art Museum, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Museum London, the Glenbow Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, the Mackenzie Art Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Vancouver Art Gallery. He is represented by Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain in Montreal and Toronto, Trepanier Baer Gallery in Calgary and Peters Projects in Santa Fe.

Series Presenting Partner: UNIFOR Ontario Regional Council

 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St. Auditorium Room 190
Poster for ACC public talk by Kent Monkman

starving listening, hungry looking, a public talk by: Dylan Robinson

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Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 9:00pm

Dr. Dylan Robinson is a Stó:lō scholar who holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen’s University, located on the traditional lands of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. His recent publications include: Arts of Engagement: Taking Aesthetic Action in and beyond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2016) and Opera Indigene (Ashgate Press, 2011).

This event is sponsored by the Faculty of Art Innovation Fund

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street, Room 544
Cost: 
Free and Open to the Public
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Public Presentation: Tom Barker, Candidate, Dean, Faculty of Design

Friday, May 2, 2008 - 6:00pm

Tom Barker, Candidate, Dean, Faculty of Design will give a presentation to the OCAD community, followed by a student social in the Lambert Lounge (Room 187) from 3 to 4 pm.

Venue & Address: 
Room 240 (Level 2) 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Public Presentation: Ted Krueger, Candidate, Dean, Faculty of Design

Monday, April 28, 2008 - 6:00pm

Ted Krueger, Candidate, Dean, Faculty of Design will give a presentation to the OCAD community, followed by a student social in the Lambert Lounge (Room 187) from 3 to 4 pm.

Venue & Address: 
Room 230 (Level 2) 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Public Presentation: Stephanie Power,Tenure Track Candidate, Faculty of Design

Monday, May 12, 2008 - 3:00pm

Stephanie Power is currently teaching 3rd Year Illustration Core Studio at OCAD. Stephanie has been the creator for editorials, advertising and publishing clients such as The New York Daily News, Wall Street Journal, Toronto Life Fashion, Scholastic Books, Dunkin Donuts, Hasbro, Nickelodeon and many other clients.

Venue & Address: 
Room 627, Level 6 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Public Presentation: Richard Hunt, Candidate for Tenure Track position, Graphic Design

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 7:00pm

Richard Hunt has six years of teaching experience in the York/Sheridan Bachelor of Design program at both campuses & has been a Sheridan course director for Typography 2 over the last 4 years, which entailed coordinating with both the York faculty and other course directors at Sheridan. Richard is currently teaching Information Design & Graphic Design 3 at Humber College and Research Methodologies for Design 2 at OCAD. Richard has been practising as a typographical consultant for over 20 years in Toronto, during which time he has worked in collaboration with Bruce Mau, Hahn Smith Design, Viva Dolan Communications, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Getty Research Institute, Rhode Island School of Design, during which time his work has appeared on many award winning design projects.

Venue & Address: 
Room 669, Level 6 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Public Presentation: Paul Sych, Candidate for Tenure Track position, Graphic Design

Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 3:00pm

Paul Sych has been teaching at York University as a course Director in the Graphic Design program for the last 8 years and as a teacher at the OCAD for the last 3 years. His goal in teaching is for students to not only understand the various disciplines of Design, Typography, Book Design & Editorial Design but also assist them in finding themselves visually. His internationally renowned design firm “Faith” now turns 18.

Venue & Address: 
Room 669, Level 6 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Public Presentation: Patty Johnson,Tenure Track Candidate, Faculty of Design

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 3:00pm

Patty Johnson has 16 years of professional experience as a designer, curator, lecturer and teacher. Patty is currently working on two research projects that has relevance to OCAD. The first is a research initiative with the Rotman School of Management, the Designworks Centre and the North–South Project. The Second is the creation of a new design program for the interior space of the Ontario Centres of Excellence’s Office in Toronto that will be rolled out in all offices across Ontario. Since 1998, Patty has taught at a variety of institutions including Sheridan Institute, School of Animation, Art and Design, the Royal Ontario Museum, and OCAD.

Venue & Address: 
Room 669, Level 6 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

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