Call For Submissions: The OCAD U Journal of Visual and Critical Studies

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 to Friday, February 8, 2019

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 

THE OCAD U JOURNAL OF VISUAL AND CRITICAL STUDIES

The Journal of Visual & Critical Studies collects and celebrates some of the best undergraduate academic writing at OCAD University. Comprising of exhibition and performance reviews, critical essays, and thesis abstracts, this anthology challenges the boundaries of art history and visual studies in order to produce innovative relationships between art, design, and academia at OCAD U and beyond. Contributors will be invited to the Journal’s launch as a part of GradEx 2019.

We encourage students to submit work that they have written for courses and would feel proud to share with the OCAD U Community. The Editorial Committee is seeking submissions from all current OCAD U students in the following formats:

Exhibition and Performance Reviews [250 to 500 words]
Reviews of exhibitions, performances or art-related events that happened after April 2018. We welcome reviews that are local, national, or international in scope.

Critical Essays [1000 to 2000 words]
We publish academic essays about art, design, and visual studies. We are open to a wide range of methods and analyses, including experimental writing on aesthetic experiences and interdisciplinary research. We can accept excerpts from larger essays.

Abstracts of Thesis Projects [150 to 250 words]
Art or design students may submit up to 3 images of their works to contextualize their abstract. Images provided should be 300 DPI.

Submission Guidelines:
Submissions should be sent either as an email attachment, or as a link to a Google Drive file to visualcriticalstudies@gmail.com. Writing should be submitted as a Word Document (.doc or .docx) and Chicago style citations are encouraged.

In your submission email please provide a 1 to 2 sentence biography that includes your name, your program, the year of your program (for ex: 3rd year student), and a few details about your research interests and/or studio practice.

To learn more about the Journal of Visual & Critical Studies and to read past volumes, please visit visualcriticalstudies.tumblr.com.

DEADLINE: Friday, February 8th, 2019

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St.
Website: 
visualcriticalstudies.tumblr.com
Email: 
 visualcriticalstudies@gmail.com
Cost: 
FREE
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Call for Submissions - Career Launcher: /edition Art Book Fair 2018

/edition Art Book Fair and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the inaugural OCADU Emerging Artist & Publisher section at the /edition Art Book Fair 2018 from October 25 to 28, 2018.   

sBook: Futures of the Book

The goals of the sBook project are to develop a unifying information architectural framework for readers, writers and publishers that ties together emerging standards; and to invent new forms of functionality and interoperability to achieve our design vision. The name “sBook” refers to the qualities of the intended experience:

  • Simple: the pleasure and beauty of human readable pages
  • Social: developing context and community through social media tools
  • Searchable: the power and practicality of electronic text
  • Smart: intelligent recommendations both within and beyond the work
  • Sustainable: effective use of material and energy throughout the lifecycle
  • Synchronized: can be updated by author and publisher
  • Scalable: open platform supporting new products, services, experiences

sLab's vision goes beyond the limited model of most existing ebook systems (such as Amazon’s Kindle) by fully supporting annotating, quoting, comparing, searching, taking notes, and sharing, a process which may be described as “active reading” and which many commentators view as the threshold that must be met for the support of true knowledge work rather than simple leisure reading [Golovchinsky 2008, Sellen and Harper 2002]. sLab claims that emerging digital text infrastructures (search and retrieval systems, social media) are increasingly good at facilitating collective and institutional textual practices such as citing, referencing, curating, publishing, managing, etc. However, they are not very good at facilitating personal textual practices such as highlighting, commenting, annotating, etc. This bias stands in contrast to that of paper texts, which facilitate personal practices while making social and institutional ones more complex.

A number of competing systems, open and proprietary, exist for sorting, delivering and engaging with texts. The focus of this project will be to explore why, when and how these solutions need to inter-operate, and to develop new pathways, 'middleware', and interface technologies that assist in connecting the pieces and experiences together. The first design task is to create a framework that maps and relates emerging standards, systems, and devices, working together and with external partner organizations to create innovative bridging of digital and paper text solutions.

Following from this phase will be the development of prototype displays, applications, and devices that seek to make use of and extend this framework, calling attention to the advantages of an open, shared and accessible infrastructure. In addition to these human experiential benefits, the sBook framework seeks to foster significant advances in sustainability by developing expectations and business models for print-on-demand, reducing needless inventory. The development of the sBook framework starts from three specific attributes of reading we see as important and in need of critical attention and material support:

  • Reading occurs in a variety of spaces, places and at different times
  • Reading is social practice that involves other people, collectives, and institutions
  • Reading is an active process in the productive trajectory of intellectual work (that might include thinking, writing, making, linking, etc) rather than a passive process of consumption.

Given these precepts, the sBook framework is oriented towards conserving the valuable aspects of both digital and paper-based text. It is obvious that current text solutions foster and develop these aspects of reading to different degrees -- and for different reasons. Digital text solutions make personal rather than institutional distribution of texts more possible, but are currently limited in order to maintain traditional economic models of publishing. Ebook software standards and devices make markup and highlighting of text (important aspects of active reading) difficult, whereas paper copies encourage these practices. Key to our understanding of these issues is that they involve material and technical development as well as institutional change. The sBook framework does not discriminate between social, organizational, and technical development – it shall encompass all of these.

 

For more information, please visit http://slab.ocadu.ca/project/sbook-futures-of-the-book.

 

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Advisor: 
Sponsor(s): 
Friday, October 20, 2017 - 12:30pm
Lab Member: 
Greg Van Alstyne
Evi Hui
Garry Ing

George Walker

George Walker is a wood engraver, book artist, author and educator who has taught courses at the university since 1985. For over twenty years he has exhibited his wood engravings and limited edition books internationally. Among many book projects, George has illustrated two hand-printed editions written by Neil Gaiman.

The Queer Publishing Project: Consultation Sessions

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 - 7:00pm to Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 4:30pm

A student-led project, with support from academic staff, faculty and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives

Envisioned by OCAD U Student Vicky Avramopoulos, Vicky is bringing together people from across campus alongside some of OCAD U’s most talented print-making students and alumni, including Eli Howey (2015 printmaking medal winner) and Taikun Kambashi (Printmaking, 2014), to help create a handbook on how faculty and peers can best support LGBTQQI2S students in classrooms and beyond. 

The handbook is being created based on 4 to 6 open consultation sessions that will be held inviting students and alumni to share their experiences, recommendations and best practices. The guide will break down basic vocabulary and concepts, along with vignettes of student experience and tips and strategies for inclusive and critical pedagogy in and beyond the classroom, as well as resources.

Most importantly, this project is imagined and led by students, and will feature content centring the voices of students.

Consultation sessions open to OCAD U students and alumni:

May 27, 3 to 5 p.m.
June 2, 1 to 3 p.m.
June 10, 3 to 5 p.m.
June 18, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This project was made possible by the OCAD U $1,500 Big Ideas Fund. Special shout outs to Anthea Black (Instructor, Faculty of Art), Nick Shick (Technician, Print-Making) & Mary Tremonte (Class Assistant, Print-Making) for on-going guidance and collaboration. 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Room 187
Website: 
http://www.facebook.com/groups/324015924435696   

Big wins, international publishing debuts by Illustration students and grads

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 3:45pm

It’s been a very successful month for OCAD U’s Illustration program, with students and recent graduates being named as semi-finalists and winners north and south of the border, in some of North America’s most preeminent competitions and publications.

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards named its first round of 2014 Semifinalists. The Illustration category includes:

  • Rosena Fung for "Self Love" and "Make Up"
  • Jw Pang for "Metropolis," "Study" and "Restart"
  • Michael Pitropov for "Lucid Light Dream Erosion" and "Coma Shutdown"
  • Jason Stamatyades for "Life At The Periphery"
  • Avery Kua for "Sentinel"

The ADAA website also highlights works submitted by contestants, including "First Period" by Rosena Fung; "Circadian Rhythm Reset" and "They're Made Out of Meat" by Michael Pitropov; "Madarin Princess" by Kristy de Guzman and "Old Man Minotaur" by Michael Fazal.

The New York based journal of art and design Creative Quarterly 36 has named several OCAD U students as winners and runners up:

Winners:

  • Hudson Christie (this year’s Illustration medal winner)
  • Kayla Free
  • Yana Voronstov
  • Eileen Yoon

Runners Up:

  • Jungwon Yoo
  • Natalie V. Bochenska
  • Meghan Dearlove
  • Janet Park

At the National Magazine Awards Gala held earlier this month, OCAD U alumni received top accolades:

  • Gold Illustration: Selena Wong for “Old Wounds” published in Maisonneuve
  • Gold Spot and Silver Spot Illustration: Gracia Lam for “The Elite Yellow Peril” and “The Tar-Sands Trap,” respectively, published in Maisonneuve

Third-year student Caitlyn Murphy will be featured in CMYK’s Top 100 New Creatives 57 for her work "Dream Car." In addition to the usual print publication, this year’s edition will be released as an app, which will also feature work by 2013 graduate Stephanie Singleton. Both the publication and the app are scheduled for release in September.

2014 medal winner Hudson Christie’s work is featured in the New York Times Book Review. Another 2014 graduate, Cornelia Li, has work featured in the New York Times Travel section.