Asia-Global-Cultural-Studies-Forum (AGCSF)  Inaugural Event

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm

The inaugural event

Date: Friday, May 17, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Venue: 205 Richmond St. West, Room 115

Facilitated by professor Soyang Park (Liberal Studies)

3 tiers of presenters: Students, professors, and professionals

Participatory forum: Presenters, discussants, and the audience

Ongoing forum: regularly from September 2019: open for public submission of ideas: email to: spark@faculty.ocadu.ca.

 

List of Presentations

Dr. Soyang Park (OCAD U), A Cosmopolitan Remapping of East Asia and the Asia-Global: Notes Towards Asia-Global-Cultural Studies Forum(AGCSF)

Leon Hsu (OCAD U), Reinventing Tradition Beyond Cultural Paradigm: A Brief Discussion of Cai Guo-Qiang’s Pyrotechnic Ephemera Works

Christine Carriere (OCAD U), Returning the Gaze: Contemporary Asian Female Artists Responding to (Techno) Orientalism

Richard Luong (OCAD U), Directing Orientalism: The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)

Jessica Liu (OCAD U), Painting My Own Being in the World, Falling in and out of Past and Contemporary

Christine Li (OCAD U), Manuel Ocampo and Colonial Legacy: Trauma, Multidirectional Memory, and Redemption

Ema Dan (OCAD U),  Idol, Not Celebrity: K-Pop, K-Pop Fans, and their Symbiosis

Yilong Liu (OCADU), Confronting Ambiguity: The Intersection of Racial and Sexual Repression and Marginalisation in Rex vs Singh and Seeking Single White Male

Florence Yee (OCADU), Bad Forgeries Make for Good Originals: A Studio-Research Project into Cantonese-Canadian Issues of Authenticity, Belonging and Diaspora Subjectivities Working with Text-based Art

Yujia Shi (University of Toronto), From One-Child to Two-Child: Understanding Birth Planning Policies in China’s Population Governance

Hannia Cheng(TeaBase), Tea Base: Against the Displacement and Gentrification of Chinatowns

 

What is Culture

Culture is the shared value system and code of conducts that exist in interconnected and contingent differences across communities, cultures, and nations.

Culture in all its manifestations – conventional, popular, emergent, marginal, and resistant – are constantly shaped by and are (re-)shaping our status quo, ways of thinking, and visions.

Culture is not fixed but constantly shifts through the intersecting influences of politics, economy, populations, migrations, and even environment.

The study of culture is empirical as well as theoretical, and most importantly, it is an interdisciplinary endeavor. The set of questions, analyses, and evaluations it involves itself in interacts with other fields of study such as the study of economy and politics; social studies, ethnic studies; cultural anthropology and media studies; identity, gender, sexuality, class, and ideology studies.

     

What is a Forum

A gathering place for exchanges of ideas and views. It is also the agora (Greek), a proto-site of democracy.

The ethos of AGCSF:

  • A syncretic forum of all levels of researchers (students, professors, and professionals)
  • Merit- and contents-based (not rank or prestige).
  • No ethnocentric/regional chauvinism or hegemonic nationalism.
  • Cosmopolitanism and exploration of difference and alternative epistemologies.
  • Non-hierarchical organizational model for the promotion of a culture of open discussion.
  • Participatory forum: The participants will consist of the presenters, the discussants, and the audience whose participation is to be equally valued to bring about diverse and multidirectional discussions.
  • The Discussants are an important category of this forum. They are the generators of discussion as well as latent presenters. Those who are interested in presenting are recommended to participate as the discussants first. The discussants – along with the audience – who have previously participated in the forum and substantially contributed to the discussions will be considered with priority as the presenters for the following event.
  • Embodied participation is implied in its growth model based on merit and contribution (rather than on rank or prestige). AGCSF hopes to make this forum truly an intellectually viable place for lively exchange and discussion of ideas and visions, a lively intellectual fora filled with genuine curiosity and openness to different perspectives.
  • Embodied and experiential knowledge: AGCSF values embodied and experiential knowledge, research, and ideas rather than the overly academicized outcomes short of the conductive power to generate grounded and real conversations.
  • ESL students are the most welcome. You are the holders of up-to-date global knowledge. If you have any ideas to share but the only thing that makes you hesitate is your English, please bring a translator or discuss the ideas with us.

*Everyone is welcome to participate in this forum/become a presenter in future events.

*AGCSF does not support any form of ethnocentric or regional chauvinism or hegemonic nationalism unfit for our vision for the future. It solely focuses on promoting cosmopolitan learning and exploration of cultures and multi-directional decolonization.

*AGCSF supports the emergence of other cosmopolitan research groups and fora at OCAD U - based a non-hierarchical and non-exclusionary notion of regional, national, ethnic, and cultural identities.

*For further information: find the “Asia-Global Cultural Studies Forum” (AGCSF) event page  on Facebook.

Or visit our website: https://asiaglobalculturalstudiesforum.wordpress.com

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 205 Richmond St. W., Room 115
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/170324180578290/
Email: 
lliu@faculty.ocadu.ca
Cost: 
FREE
"AGCSF" in black text on a flat pink background

/nest/ Writing Workshops

nest writing workshops
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:00am to Monday, March 25, 2019 - 5:00pm

/nest/ Writing Workshops

Are you interested in publishing your creative, studio or critical writing? nest, an undergraduate platform by and for students, is hosting two submission workshops (with food!) to get you started. Developing the theme of texture, the workshop facilitator will bring you through prompts and offer opportunites for group writing and sharing. The workshops are open to students in any program, at any level. A light meal will be provided.  
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What Is /nest/?

nest is a journal of student writing showcasing the diversity of writing in the creative disciplines. Our mandate as a publication is to publish diverse forms of critical and creative writing and to encourage works which express linguistic diversity, inclusive of a range of student abilities, years levels and disciplines. In doing so, our aim is to give students a safe place to incubate and nurture their ideas. nest was formed as a representation of OCAD University which provides us with space to develop and expand our creative endeavours.

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Morning Workshop
10 - 11:30am
Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul Street, Level 1

Afternoon Workshop
3-5pm
Learning Zone, 122 St. Patrick Street, Level 1

Both workshops are accessible at street level. There are accessible, single-stall washrooms available at both spaces. 

Venue & Address: 
Morning Workshop: Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul Street, Level 1 Afternoon Workshop: Learning Zone, 122 St. Patrick Street (accessed via the Grange)
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/809478786078266/
Email: 
tmaas@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416.977.6000 x2662
Cost: 
free!
nest workshops poster

Plastic Bag Monument

a person with a bag on their head
Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 6:00pm to Monday, February 25, 2019 - 6:00pm

Plastic Bag Monument is a group exhibit exploring plastic bags as a creative medium. Photographer Wynne Neilly and florist Bethany Rose Puttkemery have utilized plastic material within their series of queer portraiture. The installation component has been completely sourced from the consumption of the artists over the past three months.

The average life span of a plastic bag is a thousand years. The immensity of this installation - the sheer mass of this bag collection - encourages viewers to consider the implications of plastic consumption by viewing the amount of space in which three months of plastic bag consumption takes up. Artists Bethany Rose Puttkemery and Lee D’Angelo raise environmental questions through the construction of this plastic installation while also seeking to find beauty and new possibility from a material that this entirely problematic.

There will be an opening night tattoo performance by RAT666TAT. All of the funds collected will be donated to Unist’ot’en camp and tattoos will be by donation only.

Venue & Address: 
165 Augusta Ave
Email: 
Ignitegallery@ocadu.ca
a couple kissing
Keywords: 

OCAD Artist Alley 2018: Holiday Edition

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 2:00pm to 8:00pm

Looking for unique gifts for friends and family this holiday season? Come to OCAD's student-run Holiday Artist Alley: Holiday Edition, where you will find a wide variety of beautiful posters, prints, zines, stickers, greeting cards, ceramics, fashion, jewellery items and more from local creators. This event is open to the public.

Remember to BRING CASH as most artists do not have card readers. There are ATMs in the building.
We are a wheelchair accessible space. Please take the main lobby rear elevators to Level 2, Great Hall.

Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/ocadartistalley to view Artist Profiles leading up to the event!

If you want to volunteer or have questions, please email ocadartistalley@gmail.com

ABOUT ARTIST ALLEY:
The OCAD Artist Alley is a student initiative, created with support from OCAD Student Union, giving students and alumni across all programs the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work.
Poster art by Becky Wu.

RSVP:
Please register your intent to attend through our Eventbrite link (tickets NOT needed for entrance): https://bit.ly/2P6y7sr

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall (Level 2), 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
www.facebook.com/ocadartistalley/
Email: 
ocadartistalley@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free Admission
Holiday OCAD Artist Alley

House Guests: The Most Important Unimportant Things

Opening reception October 25th, 6pm-9pm. October 25th - November 11th.
Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Opening reception October 25th, 6pm-9pm.
October 25th - November 11th.

 “The Most Important Unimportant Things” reflects on the sentimental value of knick-knacks and personal objects; the ways in which they mark and transcend time, store our memories on our behalf, and collect narratives that build both individual and community identities.

As artists living in a city we did not grow up in, we monumentalize the objects that move with us, fragile extensions of a distant home. Our individual practices frequently interact with ideas regarding memory, objects and materiality. Our past spontaneous collaborations have revealed interesting overlaps in the way we approach these subjects. We are interested in the intersection between importance and unimportance in relation to objects and artworks. As illustrators, our work often exists in transient forms and isn’t afforded extensive consideration, in the same way that trinkets appear to an impersonal viewer. How can intimacy be fostered through artistic collaboration? What role can collected objects play in the sharing of stories? As key holders to our memories, does our “stuff” serve as an extension of ourselves? And, is the act of collecting objects a manifestation of hope, similarly to the act of creating art? Approached with an affection and lightness, “The Most Important Unimportant Things” aims to foster a cozy, cluttered environment that gives the viewer unusual insight as a passerby to private collections, inviting them to reflect on their own material memories.

A show of painting, sculpture, and installation, with work by:
Kristi Chen - https://chen-kristi.format.com
Eryn Lougheed - https://www.erynlou.com
Lily Snowden-Fine - https://www.lilysnowdenfine.com
Adam de Souza - https://www.kumerish.com
Mary Kirkpatrick - https://www.mary-kirkpatrick.com
And in loving memory, Sarah Mason - https://sarahmason.format.com

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery 165 Augusta Ave
Email: 
ignitegallery@ocadu.ca
Ignite Gallery exhibition Poster

Call for Applications: Holiday Artist Alley

Apply Now: Holiday Artist Alley
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 11:45pm

We would like to showcase talent from current OCAD U students and alumni across all programs so every art form is welcome! Deadline to apply is Saturday, November 3, 2018 (11:59 PM)

This event will be held in the Great Hall in 100 McCaul Street (2 to 8 PM), on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

More details to apply on our Page OCAD Artist Alley
If you have questions, please contact: ocadartistalley@gmail.com

VOLUNTEER:
Please consider volunteering with us! Volunteers will be guaranteed space to sell their work.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall (Level 2), 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
www.facebook.com/OCAD-Artist-Alley-507513873031048/
Email: 
ocadartistalley@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free to apply and participate

A House That Gleams With A Yellow Light

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 6:00pm to Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 6:00pm

A burning light floods the curtains in the morning and falls into the evening sun which streaks across another's floor. 

As day turns to dusk, the house across the street still glows with a dim light.

The telephone wires buzz while the neighbour’s headlights flash in their driveway. 

Here, the tender warmth of a home and the unfamiliar touch of a stranger.

A House that Gleams With a Yellow Light (PDF)

Opening Reception

September 20th 6-9

165 Augusta Ave

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery 165 Augusta Ave
Website: 
https://www2.ocadu.ca/event/a-house-that-gleams-with-a-yellow-light?_ga=2.243100866.1382946052.1535556615-359441138.1528312296
Email: 
ignitegallery@ocadu.ca
An exhibition by  Brandon Fujimagari, Cleo Halfpenny, Sangmin Lee

Ignite Gallery Student Monitor

Ignite Gallery
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:30pm

Ignite Gallery represents the current creative voice of OCAD University students and recent graduates through exhibitions, events and community programs. 

Ignite Gallery (formerly the OCAD U Student Gallery) continues its 40+ year history of support for the exciting work of emerging artists, designers and curators from OCAD University.  

Located in Kensington Market, Ignite Gallery is currently recruiting IWSP-eligible Student Monitors for the Fall/Winter term to serve as front-line staff welcoming and informing visitors about exhibitions and public events, to supervise the gallery, and help with install and de-install of shows.  

Reporting to the Community Coordinator, Ignite Gallery, the Ignite Gallery Student Monitor will:  

  • Greet visitors as they enter the gallery and provide information on present and upcoming exhibitions, public events and general gallery and OCAD U information.  

  • Assist with installation and de-installation of exhibitions, as needed, which may include: light lifting and moving of objects, installing hanging material, moving plinths, patch/repair and paint walls and hanging wall labels.  

  • Track daily attendance 

  • Perform opening and closing duties including: turning on and off the works in the exhibition, keeping the gallery tidy and locking all doors.  

  • Provide staffing assistance for all public programs and events, such as the opening reception, where duties may include: setup and takedown of chairs and tables, serving food, selling drinks and taking photographs.  

  • Ensure all exhibition elements are in proper working order and all gallery areas are clean/tidy. Examine the exhibitions daily to identify if maintenance is needed on artworks, perform corrective action (as appropriate) and notify other staff as needed.  

  • Perform administrative tasks including, basic graphic design, writing reports related to gallery attendance and audience response. Replenishes gallery material, such as exhibition brochures, at the front desk and other areas as needed.  

  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Community Coordinator and Gallery System management.  

Requirements:  

  • Eligible for the Institutional Work Study Plan (IWSP)* 

  • Currently enrolled as an OCAD University student  

  • Interest in contemporary art and design  

  • Able to work with power tools and on ladders 

  • Comfortable in a public speaking role  

  • Strong verbal communication skills  

  • Ability to work under general direction and in a team environment  

  • Strong interpersonal skills; enjoy working with the public  

  • Must be able to work flexible hours for public event shifts  

Assets:  

  • Ability to operate audio/visual and office equipment  

  • Knowledge and comfort using social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to assist with Onsite Gallery's digital presence and promotion  

  • Smart Serve certified  

  • Graphic design skills or competence in creative suite 

Duration: early September 2018 to end of the school year 2019, with possibility of renewing for the following exhibition period  

Rate of pay: $15.68 per hour (which includes pay in lieu of vacation and benefits) 

Schedule: 1-2 regular weekly shifts to be determined, resulting in between 5-10 hours/week, depending on availability  

Vacancies: 2-3 

Please submit the following to Morgan Mavis, Community Coordinator, mmavis@ocadu.ca 

  • a cover letter 

  • resume 

  • your IWSP eligibility confirmation for the Fall/Winter 

*Institutional Work Study consists of part-time employment for students on or near campus while they are enrolled in a program of instruction, to supplement OSAP assistance received by students, or to assist other students with demonstrated financial need. 

Students must meet the following criteria in order to apply for the IWSP: 

  • Be a Undergraduate or Graduate student at OCAD U during the 2018 Fall/Winter 

  • Be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person 

  • Be Ontario resident or out-of-province student and have submitted an error-free loan application  

  • Be registered in full-time studies (as defined by OSAP) during the 2018/19 fall/winter semester; for the summer session students must be registered in at least 0.5 credits 

  • Demonstrate financial need (priority is given to OSAP students; out-of province students will only be considered if funds are available)   

  • Note: if you are an out-of-province student, you must attach a copy of your loan/student aid assessment document showing federal/provincial funding. 

  • Note: if you are restricted from OSAP or out-of-province loans, please visit the Financial Aid & Awards Office in person to meet with an advisor to discuss your restriction. 

For more information on the IWSP program, please visit the Student Employment webpage here

  

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., August 29, 2018. 

As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions 

O-DAYS! OCAD Artist Alley

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 11:00am to 5:00pm

Need new paintings or sculptures to decorate your room? Maybe a one-of-a-kind jacket, or a custom ring? Some prints, zines, or stickers?

This event is open to the public so come by and support local artists!
**Remember to BRING CASH as most artists do not have card readers**

We'll be revealing Artist Profiles leading up to the event... Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/ocadartistalley/

The OCAD Artist Alley is a student initiative, in collaboration with OCAD U Campus Life and O-Days! 2018, to give students and alumni across all programs the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work.

Poster art by Becky Wu.

Eventbrite link: (coming soon)*: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ocad-artist-alley-2018-tickets-49075457013 
*Tickets NOT needed for entrance.

VOLUNTEER! Or ask Questions:
Please contact: ocadartistalley@gmail.com

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U's Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
www.instagram.com/ocadartistalley/
www.facebook.com/events/386542508542749/
www.facebook.com/OCAD-Artist-Alley-507513873031048/
Email: 
ocadartistalley@gmail.com
Artist Alley poster

Message in a Bottle

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 4:00pm to Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 6:00pm

In Message in a Bottle, artists create hybrid arrangements out of materials that have been thoughtfully scavenged, collected and culled. These materials carry information and transmit messages as they traverse space, criss-cross time and shift context. Industrial, natural and domestic ephemera take on new forms, which reveal each artist’s considered regeneration of the material world.

Featuring artists: Erika Defreitas, Qendrim Hoti (OCAD U MFA alum), Ginette Legaré (OCAD U Professor), Laura Moore, Jennifer Murphy and Jacob Whibley (OCAD U alum).

Curated by Kristiina Lahde

July 21 – August 18, 2018

Opening reception: Saturday, July 21, 4 to 6 p.m.

Zalucky Contemporary, 3044 Dundas Street West, Toronto.

Venue & Address: 
Zalucky Contemporary, 3044 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Website: 
http://www.zaluckycontemporary.com/exhibitions/exhibitions-upcoming.html
Qendrim Hoti, Cafe Burri, 2018, Balkan style coffee pot, Canadian made screw driver handles, 7 x 17.8 x 5.7 cm

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