"title:______________" (to be defined by you)

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 5:00pm


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Graduate Gallery 205 Richmond St. W.

Sha Hwang, in conversation

Sha Hwang
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Sha is the COO and a co-founder of Nava, a public benefit corporation formed during efforts to help fix HealthCare.gov. Nava partners with government agencies to improve critical public services, and now works across several projects in the US on programs including Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Affairs, and SNAP. Pairing a strong service design and user research centered approach with rigorous experience in building scalable and resilient public infrastructure, Nava has helped tens of millions of people enroll in and manage their benefits, streamlined processes to save decades of labour years, and saved government agencies hundreds of millions of dollars.

An architect by training and an entrepreneur by accident, previous to co-founding Nava Sha worked for clients including the New York Times, Harvard's Library Lab, CNN, Flickr, and Adobe. A frequent speaker, Sha has spoken at events and institutions around the world including the Eyeo Festival, Webstock, The Conference, Visualized, and the White House Datapalooza.

The event is co-presented by the Digital Futures Graduate Program at OCADU and Civic Hall Toronto

Please contact Josh Paglione (jpaglione@ocadu.ca) if you require any accomodations.

Thanks to our community partners:



Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St. Room 190

someoneEditions-launch-The Birth of Venus

the birth of venus poster
Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Through a masterful subversion of the sources, David R. Carlson recreates the birth of Venus. He does this by referring himself to the original depiction by Hesiod of Venus as born from the dismembered male gods. Carlson takes the original Greek spelling of the Venus’ name, “penis loving” and in the process restores her power. Centuries of misspelling, or misreading of the original spelling as “laughter-loving” gave Venus a "kinder" sort of beauty, obfuscating her power as creator and created. Carlson also brings into the narration of Venus’ birth, elements of the story as told by Ovid and his close contemporaries.

For his part Rei Misiri brings the renewed goddess to life through his own expert marrying of traditional calligraphic techniques, dance movement and street art. His mastery of calligraphic expression at different scales has proven instrumental in the shape and form of the chapbook.

Designed by Deborah Barnett, this exquisitely produced imprint, puts to use traditional letterpress techniques, alongside the latest iterations of digital technology. The type, Mason Sans, designed by Jonathan Barnbrook, is employed for the titling. The text is set in the Absara family of fonts, designed by Xavier Dupré in 2005. The paper is Canaletto Bianco felt for the pages, and vintage Fabriano for the cover. The chapbook is hand sewn in an edition of 52 signed and numbered copies. 

The Birth of Venus, Cock-Swallower comprises the entirety of someone:elements, the defining umbrella for the four elements that make up Someone Editions’ adventure in print making, celebrating water, air, earth, and fire.
The series Editor is Beatriz Hausner.

David R. Carlson is the author of many outstanding publications, including English Humanist Books 1475-1525, Chaucer’s Jobs, scholarly books on John Gower and Thomas Elyot, and a vast and astonishingly diverse body of work in the areas of Book-History and Renaissance printing, including Wyatt, Skelton Barclay, Erasmus and More. Important also in Carlson’s bibliography are his works on Middle English romance and historiography, Anglo-Saxon literature and Late Antique poetry. 

Rei Misiri is a Toronto-based interdisciplinary artist. Originally from Tirana, Albania he finds in urban art and dance an outlet to embrace his identity. He combines visual art, dance, and film to bridge the gap between street culture and high art. Misiri’s dynamic juxtapositions of traditional calligraphy and contemporary street art have been exhibited at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, the Scope Art Show and the Versace Mansion during Art Basel Miami (2018), and many other institutions. 

Deborah Barnett brings to limited edition chapbook publishing her roots in visual art, her background in professional graphic design and deep expertise in limited edition publishing, where her focus is the exploration of innovative connections: traditional letterpress meets new media. As one of the founders of Dreadnaught, the legendary Canadian letterpress printing collective, Barnett is ideally positioned to make Someone Editions a leader in the field.  Deborah Barnet is a Master’s candidate at OCAD University and College Printer at the John M. Kelly Library.


I hope to see you at the launch! It's free of course, but let us know you're coming!



Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery

Congratulations to the GradEx 104 Medal Winners!

GradEx MEda Winners
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 2:15pm

The creative works of over 800 emerging artists were showcased at the 104th annual GradEx. During opening night festivities, OCAD U Medal Winners were honoured by all attendees, including their families and friends. Congratulations goes out to all exhibitors on a successful show and to the winners of the OCAD U Medal and President's Awards:


Graduate Medal Winners: 

Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design – Philip Sparks

Digital Futures – Kylie Caraway

Strategic Foresight and Innovation – Rachelle Bugeaud

Inclusive Design – Uttara Ghodke

Criticism & Curatorial Practice – Panya Clark Espinal

Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories – Katherine Walker

Design for Health – Molly McGovern

Artist Talk: Anouk Wipprecht, FASHIONTECH: Rethinking Fashion in the Age of Digitalisation

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:00pm

Dutch FashionTech designer Anouk Wipprecht creates designs ahead of her time; combining the latest in science and technology to make fashion an experience that transcends mere appearances. She wants her garments to facilitate and augment the interactions we have with ourselves and our surroundings. Her Spider Dress is a perfect example of this aesthetic, where sensors and moveable arms on the dress help to create a more defined boundary of personal space while employing a fierce style. Partnering up with companies such as Intel, AutoDesk, Google, Arduino, Microsoft, Samsung, Adobe, Adidas, Cirque Du Soleil, Audi, Disney, Swarovski, and 3D printing company Shapeways she researches how our future would look as we continue to embed technology into what we wear, and more importantly – how this will change our perspective on how we will interface with technology.

Lecture will be followed by a short Question and Answer.




Presented by the Digital Futures Graduate Program and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Venue & Address: 
Room 322 (3rd Floor) at 230 Richmond St. W. Toronto, M5V 1V3
The 3D printed Spider Dress by Anouk Wipprecht [Source: Anouk Wipprecht]

Hidden Order

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HO Heather
Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The participating artworks respond to, tackle, or pursue the structural approaches and components of Artificial Nature: a form of computational generative art creating artificial life ecosystems as immersive environments. The exhibition serves as a journal of how each artist brings their own stories in a new journey where they confront, tame, or react to their understanding of computation, natural systems, or immersive finesse.

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery
HO Poster

Inviting the Outside In: Kirstie McCallum, Graduate Exhibition, April 23-30, 2019

Digital poster KM
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 9:00am to Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 9:00am

The opening reception for  "Inviting the Outside In" takes place on April 25 at the OCAD Graduate Gallery, from 6-9pm. The exhibition itself runs from April 23-30, 2019. 


Kirstie McCallum is an interdisciplinary artist. Her work is process-based, exploring the behavior and expressive qualities of materials that she works with over long periods of time. "Inviting the Outside In" is an installation composed of precarious structures and ephemeral sculptures made from plant-based pigments, wood, plaster, and found objects. By conceptually dislocating elements from "the outdoors" and framing them in the human-centric space the gallery, the exhibition explores the the boundaries of our thinking about the power of human and non-human actions.

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery
KM poster

Winner of the OCAD U 3MT Three Minute Thesis competion announced !

Uttara Ghodke
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 5:00pm

On April 2nd 2019, four OCAD U Graduate students presented their research in three minutes or less, competing for the top prize in this year’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. After long and thoughtful deliberation, our panel of guest judges declared the winners:

1st Place $750 Winner: Uttara Ghodke
Inclusive Design

The Cross-Sensory Globe: Co-designing a 3D Audio-Tactile Globe Prototype for Blind and Low-Vision Users to Learn Geography

2nd Place $300 Winner: Alana Boltwood
Strategic Foresight and Innovation

Making and using large models of complex systems: The Poverty Reduction Model

People’s Choice: $100 Winer: Uttara Ghodke

Uttara Ghodke will go on to represent OCAD U at the 2019 Provincial Finals 3MT Competition at McMaster University on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019. Uttara will receive $850 and travel support to attend the provincial finals.

Honourable mentions to all of the OCAD U 3MT competitors:

Jad Rabbaa
Digital Futures

MRsive: Enhancing Navigation and Engagement in Museums

Yiyi Shao
Digital Futures

RABBOT - Exploring Shared Awareness in Virtual Reality

Many thanks to our panel of judges:

Richard Fung
David McIntosh
Suzanne Morrissette

And many thanks to Dean Ashok Mathur and David Bateman

What the Futures? - Digital Futures Graduate Thesis Exhibition

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 4:00pm

The Digital Futures (DF) graduate program at OCAD University invites you to "What the Futures?" - our annual graduate thesis exhibition. This exhibition features thesis projects (MA, MFA, and MDes) that explore a wide range of topics including audio alignment, augmented reality, colonialism, data visualization, ecosystems, experimental film, fashion, feminism, fetish, games, gaze, gender, horror, identity, immigration, internet of things, machine learning, neurodiversity, queer theory, sexual assault, speculative design, virtual reality, wayfinding, and more.

TMAC (Toronto Media Arts Centre)
32 Lisgar Street, Toronto, ON M6J 0C7

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 6PM - 9PM

Saturday, April 13, 2019,12PM - 5PM
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 12PM - 4PM

Chris Luginbuhl
David Foster
Dikla Revah Sinai
Emilia Mason
Emma Brito
Feng Yuan
Finlay Braithwaite
Jad Al Rabbaa
Kristy Boyce
Kylie Caraway
Max Lander
Orlando Bascuñán
Quinn Rockliff
Ramona Caprariu
Roxanne Henry
Sana Shepko
Savaya Shinkaruk
Sean Harkin
Tommy Ting
Yiyi Shao

"Our students don’t just make things with emerging technologies - they think creatively and critically about how, why, and when we should use and engage with these ideas and tools - and when we should not. The artworks, prototypes, demonstrations, and performances bring this research to life in a rich interactive format. We invite our colleagues from industry, fellow universities, art, design, and maker communities to come join us for this important and exciting exhibition."
- Kate Hartman, Graduate Program Director, Digital Futures

This event is presented by:
Graduate Studies at OCAD University and CFC Media Lab

Venue & Address: 
TMAC (Toronto Media Arts Centre) 32 Lisgar St. Toronto ON, m6j0c9
The Digital Futures (DF) graduate program at OCAD University invites you to "What the Futures?"

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition @ OCAD U - APPLY NOW!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 1:00pm

Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition which challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis (or major research project) and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 3MT is an exercise in consolidating and clarifying research discoveries in a clear and compact manner.

OCAD University’s 3MT competition is an excellent opportunity for the OCAD U community to hear about the dynamic work of graduate students at OCAD U. Students will present concise summations of the research they are conducting for their thesis or MRP and how they are pushing the limits of traditional art, design and academia.

The competition will start at 1PM on Tuesday, April 2nd 2019 in Room 322 at 230 Richmond St. W. The top presenter will also represent OCAD University at the third annual, province-wide 3MT™ competition on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. We hope to see you then!

1st Place: $750

2nd Place: $500

People’s Choice: $100

 APPLY NOW ---> Download application form here

For competition rules, eligibility, judging criteria & prizing ---> Download pamphlet here

Want to watch ? Join us as an audience member and cheer on your colleagues !

Venue & Address: 
Room 322 at 230 Richmond St. W.
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