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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

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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in(Living)between: Performing the Hyphen

Keiko Hart Exhibition
Monday, March 18, 2019 - 9:00am to Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 9:00am

The multiracial individual occupies the space of the in(-)between—a frontier of perennial opportunities for progressive resistance. It is neither here nor there, not the occident or the other, but both: the hyphen. Expectations exist that if a visible indicator of someone's identity is not immediately present, it should manifest conspicuously. When the hyphen performs, it does so from an in(-)between space that is observable when written out, yet invisible when spoken aloud. But that does not mean it does not exist. in(Living)between is a stream-of-consciousness writing-on-the-walls performance live-streamed from a contained room that seeks to enact hyphenated identity through lived experiences of (mis)interpretations, (mis)pronunciations and (mis)identifications.


While the Graduate Gallery where the show is taking place will be closed off during the performance, the adjacent media room will project a live-stream of what is taking place inside that may be viewed there or accessed from anywhere in the world. The performance room will be revealed at the catered reception on March 21 in collaboration with Common Room where refreshments and snacks will be provided. The room will be left open for display with a recorded projection of the performance in the media room over the following weekend.




INSTAGRAM: @inlivingbetween



Keiko Hart is a graduate candidate in criticism and curation at OCAD University where they were awarded the President’s Scholarship. They work in artistic direction and program management at various non-profits that promote collaborative practices between dynamic arts innovators.

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery

Resisting Extractivism, Performing Opposition

9 greyscale photos of protests and activists
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 5:00pm to Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 6:00pm

Resisting Extractivism, Performing Opposition
1-2 March 2019

OCAD University
100 McCaul St.
Toronto, ON
M5T 1W1

*OCAD University is an accessible space.

Please note: all events are FREE and open to the public, but require an RSVP for refreshments; please RSVP at by Friday 15 February.

The Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas, York University’s Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies and Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, and OCAD University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences & School of Interdisciplinary Studies, with the support of the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories and Criticism and Curatorial Practice graduate programs and Art and Social Change student volunteers, welcome you to the Resisting Extractivism, Performing Opposition symposium, taking place at OCAD University, 1-2 March 2019.

This interdisciplinary symposium invites activists, scholars, artists, community organizers, and cultural workers to explore collective strategies of embodied and performed resistance to extractivism. While extractivism commonly refers the logic of reducing nature to commodities, and the resultant hyper-exploitation of the mining, oil, and gas industries, we can also think of extractivism as an ideology fundamental to colonialism and capitalism at their most endemic. Resisting Extractivism, Performing Opposition asks: How is (anti)extractivism performed? How have mining-impacted communities and solidarity groups alike mobilized their dissent through creative interventions? How can we, as scholars and artists, perform research that does not similarly extract community/Indigenous knowledge for our own cultural capital? How can we ethically and productively engage communities as co-researchers and collaborators without succumbing to an exploitative model of knowledge and labour extraction?

Resisting Extractivism, Performing Opposition explores extractivism as a vital issue that concerns all Canadians: resource extraction informs Canadian domestic and foreign policy, mandatory investments, and is inherent in how we conceptualize Canadian identities, mythologies, and exceptionalism. Canada’s place in the Americas is inherently tied to extractivism, and we will explore this through creative and innovative research methods, mobilized in conversations across disciplines that reach publics outside of the academy, convening artistic, activist, and scholarly communities.

The symposium begins on Friday evening 1 March 2019 from 5-7 pm with the opening of the exhibition Educate, Advocate, Agitate: The Mining Injustice Solidarity Network’s Creative Interventions. The exhibition documents the Toronto-based grassroots mining justice group’s performative actions and creative interventions, and a recent collaboration with JODVID (Jóvenes Organizados en Defensa de la Vida/Youth Organized in Defense of Life), a youth group based in Mataquescuintla, Guatemala that uses performance and creative tactics to resist Canadian-owned Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver mine on their territory. The exhibition is realized through the curatorial support of Valerie Frappier, an MFA student in the Criticism and Curatorial Practice graduate program at OCAD University.

Following the gallery opening, at 7:30 pm, we will present Beyond the Extractive Zone, a film screening and discussion co-programmed with the re:assemblage collective and presented with the support of OCAD’s Culture Shifts, that explore anti-extractivism from Indigenous perspectives.

Kiruna – Rymdvägen (Liselotte Wajstedt, Sweden, 2013, 52 minutes, documentary)
The town Kiruna is to be moved. The mining activities underground threaten its foundation. Houses will be moved, or torn down, and new quarters will be built on another site. The director grew up on the Company Site and is in a hurry to catch up with her past, for soon its physical reminders will be gone.

Screening with:
The Case of Gran Colombia Gold - Crude Gold
(Monica Gutierrez, Colombia/Canada, 2014, 10 minutes, documentary)
To Stop Being a Threat and To Become a Promise (Carolina Caycedo, Colombia/UK, 2017, 8 minutes, two channel documentary)

On Saturday 2 March 2019 we open the symposium at 9:30 am with the Indigenous Environmental Justice project. Based at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, IEJ works to works to develop a distinctive environmental justice framework that is informed by Indigenous knowledge systems, laws, concepts of justice and the lived experiences of Indigenous peoples.

At 10am we welcome Macarena Gómez-Barris, author of The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives (Duke University Press, 2017) and the founder and Director of the Global South Center at Pratt Institute. Gómez-Barris will present a keynote address, “Living and Dying in Extractive Zones,” considering the spaces of ruin in the aftermath of extractive capitalism through discussion of three sites within the Americas, and asking: How does mining, hydroelectricity, oil extraction, tourism, and monoculture disproportionately impact Indigenous territories in the Americas? How do social ecologies find alternative sources of living within the space of catastrophic death? What forms of refusal and social and decolonial praxis find solutions?

The keynote is followed by lunch at 11:30am catered by NishDish (RSVP required) and two panel sessions from 12:30-4:30 pm.

The first panel (12:30-2pm), “Animating Objects, Performing Justice,” features Toronto-based Argentine visual artist Dana Prieto, artist and organizer Maggie Flynn, and Winnipeg-based writer, filmmaker, photographer and professor Warren Cariou, who will share their respective visual art and performance practices. It is moderated by MISN member Merle Davis (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Minnesota).

The second panel (2:30-4pm), “Legal Discourse as Performative Resistance,” features Anishinaabe actor and playwright Shandra Spears BombayMarion de Vries, playwright of The Last Walk of Adolfo Ich, and Isabel Davila of JCAP (the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project). It is moderated by Sydney Lang, MISN member and law student at McGill University.

The symposium concludes with a keynote address at 4:30 pm by Kirsty Robertson, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Museum Studies at Western University (London, ON) and author of the forthcoming Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Culture, Museums (McGill-Queen's University Press, Spring 2019).

For more information, please contact:
Zoë Heyn-Jones, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St.
Free, RSVP Required
Sponsor logos for OCAD U, York U, SSHRC/CRSH, AMPD, Sensorium, Mining Injustice Solidarity Network

CCP & CADN Speaker’s Series Event – Jenn Goodwin, February 26th

Jenn Goodwin: Tender SkeletonsBrandy Leary inEphemeral Artifacts.Part ofall our days are full of breath: a record of momentum,cu
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Jenn Goodwin: Tender SkeletonsBrandy Leary inEphemeral Artifacts.Part ofall our days are full of breath: a record of momentum,curated by Jenn Goodwin at The Art Museum, 2017.Photo: Henry Chan

Jenn Goodwin is a curator, producer, dance artist, and filmmaker.She has worked with Toronto’sNuit Blanchesince its inception in 2006 as a producer and programmer, and has curated performances and exhibitions for the Art Bank, Summerworks Festival, The Drake Hotel, and Harbourfront Centre. Over the past 20 years her dance work and short films have been shown across Canada and internationally from St. John’s Newfoundland, The Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa, Tangente and Studio 303 in Montreal, The Next Wave in Melbourne, Australia, Brussels, Amsterdam, New York City, Vancouver and extensively in Toronto. Goodwin is onehalf of the art bandMORTIFIEDwith Camilla Singh, a band that uses choreography, drum kits, tap dancing, and cheerleading as its instruments. She has written for theCanadian Theatre Review,Journal for Curatorial StudiesandThe Dance Current.She is a graduate of the Master of Visual Studies-Curatorial Studies program at the University of Toronto.

This talk is part of Amish’s Morrell’s CCP graduate Seminar, CRCP6009: Inside Curatorial Practice.

Venue & Address: 
Room 514, 205 Richmond St. West

2019 CADN Graduate Student Conference – Networks of Experience: Art and (Dis)Embodiment

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 6:00pm

Conference concept:

Any encounter between an audience and a work of art is experiential. Beyond this universal dimension, much of contemporary art asks more of its viewers than just viewing.
This conference invites investigations of experience in contemporary art, across its various embodied practices: artists’ lived/personal experience as embodied in their art; the experiences of spectators and audiences; and experience as cultural legacy/history, including experiences of colonialism and decolonization.


March 15
Dr. Erin Manning, Nestingpatching 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Auditorium 190, 100 McCaul Street

Erin Manning is a professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She is also the founder of SenseLab (, a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement.
In this talk I bring into relation two practices – Helio Oiticica’s Nests and SenseLab’s schizoanalytic work on the material practice of thresholding. Thinking-with Laura Harris’s work on an aesthetic sociality of blackness, I explore the aesthetic yield in practices that foreground emergent collectivity. With the specter of a pragmatics of the useless always in the offing, I explore the artful potential of processes that orient toward an approxima-tion of proximity and compose with the minor socialities that come alive at this interstice.


March 16
9:15 am – 5:15 pm
Auditorium 190, 100 McCaul Street Refreshments and lunch provided

Closing reception & art exhibition:

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Open Space Gallery, 49 McCaul Street





Eventbrite sign up page:

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St.
     OCADU BLXCK ASSOCIATION presents, Black Richness the Untapped Potential of Our Ancestry •     CCP & CADN Speaker’s Series E

IAMD MFA Thesis Exhibition: Coco Guzman, Las cosas que se quedan / The things that remain

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 5:00pm to Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 5:00pm

Opening Reception
20 February 2019 from 5-7pm

Artist Talk
28 February 2019 from 7-7:30pm
Featured speaker at SAVAC 2019 Annual General Meeting

Closing discussion with writer/researcher Nehal El-Hadi
9 March 2019 from 4-5pm

Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday from 10am – 5pm.

Las cosas que se quedan / The things that remain investigates the relationship between the experiences of political haunting, embodied memory and mass tourism on the shores of the Mediterranean in the south of Spain. Through drawing and installation, Coco Guzman takes us on a walk along the beach, where the things that remain tell us stories of bombed civilians, disappeared migrants, concentration camps, persecuted queers, and exploited undocumented workers–but also of never-ending parties, cheap beer, an everlasting sun and, curiously, the invention of the bikini. Conjuring the remnants of Francoist National-Catholic fantasmas, the ghosts of migrants drowned at sea and the exploited living-dead working in zombie resorts, Las cosas que se quedan /The things that remain invites the viewer to consider the shore and its unexpected cohabitants. Living in the midst of gore capitalism and mass tourism in the south of Spain, ghosts and tourists traverse one of the deadliest borderscapes in the world.

Coco Guzman is a Spanish queer artist who uses drawing to tell stories of haunting in the context of political violence. With a degree in Literature and Art obtained in France, Coco has developed their art career in Canada. Coco’work has been shown across the Americas and Europe and has received the support of Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council. Coco is the cofounder of Colectivo Pez Luna which explores the intersectionalities between drawing, theatre and queerness. Currently pursuing their MFA at OCAD University, Coco was awarded a SSHRC scholarship for their current research.

Venue & Address: 
Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space (4th Floor) 401 Richmond Street W. Toronto, ON
     OCADU BLXCK ASSOCIATION presents, Black Richness the Untapped Potential of Our Ancestry •     CCP & CADN Speaker’s Series E

The Stories Were Not Told: Canada’s First World War Internment Camps

The Stories Were Not Told
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Through memory work and photography, Semchuk creates a space for the internees and their descendants to tell their stories.


From 1914 to 1920, thousands of men who had immigrated to Canada from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Germany, and the Ottoman Empire were unjustly imprisoned as “enemy aliens,” some with their families. Many communities in Canada where internees originated do not know these stories of Ukrainians, Germans, Bulgarians, Croatians, Czechs, Hungarians, Italians, Jews, Alevi Kurds, Armenians, Ottoman Turks, Poles, Romanians, Russians, Serbians, Slovaks, and Slovenes, amongst others. While most internees were Ukrainians, almost all were civilians.
The Stories Were Not Told presents this largely unrecognized event through photography, cultural theory, and personal testimony, including stories told at last by internees and their descendants. Semchuk describes how lives
and society have been shaped by acts of legislated discrimination and how
to move toward greater reconciliation, remembrance, and healing. This
is necessary reading for anyone seeking to understand the cross-cultural and intergenerational consequences of Canada’s first national internment operations.

Sandra Semchuk is a photographic, text, and video artist, and the winner of a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (2018). She taught at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Presentation, book sales & signing
Free event | Everybody welcome!

Cathie Crooks
Associate Director
The University of Alberta Press
1 780 492 5820

Venue & Address: 
Grad Gallery 205 Richmond St. W. Level G

Research Ethics Board Info Session for Graduate Students

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Are you an OCAD U graduate student who will be writing a thesis or MRP? Ask yourself:

  • Does my proposed research involve humans as research participants?
  • Does my proposed research involve animals?

If the answer is yes, you need to attend this session!

This session will provide an introduction to the Research Ethics Board (REB) and ROMEO for graduate students at various stages of their thesis/MRP research. Learn about what the REB does, whether your research will need REB approval, and how to prepare your research ethics application through the ROMEO portal.

For further details regarding the REB, please see their website:

If you would like to attend this session remotely, please email

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

Digital Futures Open Show 2019

DF Open Show
Friday, February 1, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Opening Night: February 1st, 5-8PM (RSVP here:
Additional Open Hours: Saturday, February 2nd, 1-5PM

The collection of work presented is intended to represent a survey of current ideas, concepts, themes, theories, tools, techniques, and trends being explored by the Digital Futures community. We're excited to continue with the exhibition.

OPEN comes from the fact that this call is open to our whole community. The show will include works from current Digital Futures undergraduate students, graduate students AND faculty. Works include physical computing prototypes, data visualizations, digital entertainment, games, wearable technology, and interactive installations. For anyone who has asked the question “What IS Digital Futures anyway?” - we’re hoping this exhibition will continue to provide some answers.

This event is free and open to the public, We look forward to seeing you there!

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, Ground floor, 205 Richmond St W, Toronto, M5V 1V3
Free! RSVP at Eventbrite link below