To Kill Alice Presented By Culture Shifts

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Friday, November 23, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

To Kill Alice
Directed by Sang-Kyu Kim
Discussion with director to follow

Friday November 23, 7pm-9pm
OCAD University
100 McCaul, Auditorium (Room 190)

To Kill Alice (2017) 78 mins
A Rabbit-hole of Clashing Ideologies

Growing up in South Korea, Eunmi Shin had been exposed to intense anti-communist education. Despite this, Shin uses her US passport to travel to North Korea. The trip transforms her ideas of the country and inspires her to write a book to support reunification efforts. Shin’s book tour in South Korea unexpectedly jettisons her into the centre of a violent political maelstrom. She is accused of spreading propaganda and being a communist agitator. To Kill Alice is an unflinching look at the polarization of debate stymying peace prospects between the two Koreas.

Sang-Kyu Kim is an independent activist filmmaker based in Seoul, South Korea. In 2002, two South Korean youths were killed by a U.S. military armoured vehicle. No one was held accountable. For Kim, this incident highlighted the unequal relationship between South Korea and the United States. He quit a university level robotics program of study and picked up a camera. Since then, Kim has recorded the vibrant social justice movement in South Korea as a way to broadcast resistance. As a member of DOCUCOW, he has mostly worked in short format videos. Previous credits include: 'The Truth Shall Not Sink' (2014), about the Sewol ferry accident. 'To Kill Alice' is his first feature documentary film.

Presented by OCAD U's Culture Shifts with the support of the OCAD U's Art & Social Change, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the York Centre for Asian Research.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul, Auditorium (Room 190) Toronto, ON

Canada’s Deadly Diplomacy and Mining Justice in Mexico

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Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 7:00pm

Mining Justice panel and exhibition tour 

Please join us on Thursday Feb 8th for a panel and touring exhibition:

Thursday February 8, 2018

7pm – Panel: Canada’s Deadly Diplomacy and Mining Justice in Mexico

113 McCaul, room 33

More than eight years since the murder of Mariano Abarca, an outspoken community leader in Chiapas Mexico, his son, and a group of Mexican human rights defenders are coming to Canada in search of justice. Mariano led his community's struggle against the social and environmental impacts of Canadian company Blackfire Exploration’s barite mine.

The delegation includes:
Luis Abarca – son of Mariano Abarca, the outspoken community leader murdered in the struggle against Blackfire Exploration’s mine in Chicomuselo, Chiapas.
Miguel Angel de los Santos – lawyer for the Abarca family from the Human Rights Centre - Autonomous University of Chiapas.
Libertad Díaz – representing human rights and environmental organization Otros Mundos Chiapas.
Miguel Mijangos – representing the Mexican Network of Mining Affected People, with experience working with mining-affected communities in Guerrero and Oaxaca.

Following the panel we will move to the lobby of 100 McCaul for a reception with food,  music, and the Toronto premiere of an exhibition of photo/text banners that describe the social and environmental impacts of the dramatic development of the Canadian mining industry in Canada and abroad. Traditional Mexican food will be provided by Santo Pecado Mexican Catering and there will be a chance for casual conversation with the delegation members and each other. 

• Find up-to-date details on the delegation and further information as it becomes available at
• For more information, contact Raul Burbano or Rachel Small

Supporting organizations: 
MiningWatch Canada, Steelworkers - Humanity Fund, Common Frontiers,MISN: Mining Injustice Solidarity NetworkKAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice InitiativesThe Council of Canadians, OCAD U Art & Social Change Minor, Inter Pares, Committee for Human Rights in Latin America (CDHAL), Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) Social Justice Fund, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group - CSILC, Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Carleton University, United for Mining Justice and Centre international de solidarité ouvrière (CISO).

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U 113 McCaul St, room 330 Toronto, ON
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Richard Fung

Richard Fung is an award-winning Trinidad-born, Toronto-based video artist and cultural critic. He joined the faculty of OCAD in 2003 and teaches in Integrated Media and Art and Social Change. Other teaching positions include Chancellor's Visiting Associate Professor at University of California- Irvine, Visiting Assistant Professor at State University of New York- Buffalo and Visiting Scholar at the Mass Communications Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi.

Colonization Road

ART CREATES CHANGE: The Kym Pruesse Speakers Series featuring BLACK LIVES MATTER TORONTO

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - 11:00pm

OCAD University's Faculty of Art Presents...
ART CREATES CHANGE: The Kym Pruesse Speakers Series


When: 26th October, Wednesday, 7:00pm
Where: OCAD University, 100 McCaul St, Auditorium (Room 190)

BlackLivesMatter - Toronto is a platform upon which black communities across Toronto can actively dismantle all forms of anti-black racism, liberate blackness, support black healing, affirm black existence, and create freedom to love and self- determine.


LeRoi Newbold - a community organizer, parent, educator and art curator for BlackLivesMatter - Toronto (BLMTO). LeRoi is the director of BLMTO Freedom School teaching children about Black Pride and resistance through art based programming.

Syrus Marcus Ware - visual artist, activist, curator and educator. Syrus' work explores social justice frameworks and black activist culture. He is the Coordinator of the Art Gallery of Ontario Youth Program, part of the PDA (Performance Disability Art) Collective and co-produces Blockorama at Pride.

This event is free to the public.

Thanks to our series sponsor: UNIFOR Ontario Regional Council


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St, Auditorium (Room 190)
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Project Lotherton: What do you see?

Lotherton youth
Thursday, August 7, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, August 9, 2008 - 4:00am

Fifteen youths from the Lotherton community break down social and cultural barriers in an exhibit of never-before-seen photographic work. Raw, powerful images put unforgettable faces to the Vietnamese, Chinese, Caribbean, Jamaican, Tamil and Filipino cultures thriving within the Lotherton Youth Community.


XPACE is a non-profit artist- and student-run centre committed to the exposure of multi-disciplinary emerging artists in a professional context that is recognized within the local and international contemporary art and design community. Their goal is to build a bridge between art and design students and their professional counterparts by offering a platform in which they may exhibit their works and be externally recognized, which in turn promotes relevant programming that instigates public discourse and propels the development of contemporary art and design.

All OCAD students are members of XPACE Cultural Centre, which is a membership driven organization governed by The OCAD Student Union

Venue & Address: 
Xspace 58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

CAASA/ACCAS at OCAD Group Meeting

Thursday, March 20, 2008 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Light refreshments will be served but we recommend you bring bring your lunch.

Don't forget pen and paper or laptop.

All interested OCAD students are welcome to attend this meeting.

RSVP is required for this event.


Affiliated with Canadian Artists Against Sexual Assault/Artistes Canadiens Contre L'Assaut Sexuel

It is our commitment to the community to act on the need for an increase in artistic education of the prevalence of sexual assault in Canada. Members communicate strategically on topics connected to our goals, and educate the masses about this common, but misunderstood act of violence.

Extending beyond CAASA/CACCAS is the opportunity for members of the community to participate with members at events and fundraising initiatives to support Victim Service Associations and Rape Crisis Centres in Canada.

A not-for-profit group, CAASA/CACCAS focuses on all media in the arts as a means of communication, with member works and external submitted works. Ultimately our goal is to negate stigmatization of victims, support survivors in a safe and open environment, and to use art as a tool for communicating our values and organization goal to eradicate sexual assault entirely.

Venue & Address: 
Room 187, Level 1 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario

Artist Talk: Julie Andreyev

Julie Andreyev
Wednesday, April 2, 2008 - 9:30pm

Julie Andreyev is a Vancouver-based artist whose practice explores the social and spatial character of the city using mobility and performance; and animal consciousness through interactive installation and video. Her work has been shown across Canada, in the US, Europe and Japan. Andreyev is Associate Professor in Digital Visual Arts at Emily Carr Institute, Vancouver and co-curator of Interactive Futures.

Andreyev will discuss her recent practice including her projects Four Wheel Drift and Animal Lover.

The Four Wheel Drift projects explore the city as mobile tableaux in order to link up and investigate public space. Video and audio representation of site, space and location in the city are interwoven with aspects of audiovisual representation that take their motivation from popular culture, specifically car culture and club culture. Serving as hybrid forms, a fleet of customized cars equipped with interactive, audio-video technologies cruise the city seeking engagement as urban performance. These projects contribute to experimental practices by artists, such as the Situationists International (1957-1972). The Situationists used the nautical metaphor “dérive” (drift) to imagine (as a psychogeographical sea) traffic flows and pedestrian routes that avoid the mechanistic functioning of the capitalist city. To learn more, visit

Animal Lover is a new category of practice for Andreyev, which explores animals as subjects. In these works interactive video and forms of musical expression are used to explore animal experience and human interpretation. Here, the intent is to create a space of tension between the human and animal as a momentary opportunity to question assumptions and expectations about animal intelligence and awareness, as well as our larger relationship to animals and our role in relation to them.

Art Creates Change is made possible through the generous support of the Musagetes Fund at the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Culture & Politics: Creating Change

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 9:00pm

To establish support for culture at a political level, the arts must first create a greater legitimacy with citizens, and find new ways to build democratic consensus about its importance. John Holden, author of 'Cultural Value and the Crisis of Legitimacy', asserts that establishing a different alignment between culture, politics and the public will require courage, confidence and radicalism. Drawing on his recent publications, John will show how different groups in society value culture in different ways, and he will examine how the changing role of the arts and culture in contemporary society can influence public policy.
You can read more about John Holden and his work at
Sponsored by The Laidlaw Foundation, Ontario College of Art & Design, The Department of Canadian Heritage, The Ontario Arts Council, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Metcalf Foundation , The Ontario Ministry of Culture, City of Toronto Culture, The Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Community Foundation and Business For the Arts.
RSVP by January 26, 2008 to

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Free (RSVP required)

OCAD University Presents: The Conversationalists III

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Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 11:00pm to Friday, April 22, 2016 - 1:00am

OCAD University Presents:  The Conversationalists III

Pamila Matharu: Artist / Educator / Cultural Producer
Emily Norry: Student
Tough Guy Mountain: Artist Collective

The Conversationalists is a series of talks, performances, presentations and chatter that hopes to explore the notions of ‘social change’ and ‘social innovation’ within the arts and education. A five-part series, The Conversationalists III will offer varying insights into supports, challenges, warnings and ambivalences when applying pedagogical frameworks towards social change. What is Social Change? How can Social Innovation exist in the arts? What is the artist’s role? This is where we start.

Pamila Matharu
Pamila is an artist, educator and cultural producer, based in Toronto. In her practice; she varies from installation, ephemera, analog media, artist-organizing/curating, to more recently; socially-engaged art in a teaching studio. Over the last 20 years, she has made contributions and gestures by contributing and collaborating on in artist-run culture projects such as the critically acclaimed Come Up To My Room: The Gladstone Hotel’s Alternative Design Event.

Emily Norry
Emily is an OCADU student studying Drawing and Painting with a Minor in Art and Social Change. Part of Emily's practice focuses on the queering and reframing of art history. By providing alternate images, presentations and lectures to the accepted academic canon of art history Emily is working to provide models of education and history that provides information that is inclusive of the diversity of artists practicing today. Emily is on of the 2016 winners of the Big Idea Fund micro grant and will be putting on more events to explore diversifying art history.

Tough Guy Mountain
Tough Guy Mountain is a post-capitalist, economic science-fiction about a company that exists in a separate dimension where it creates brands and then sells them to companies, causes and individuals. It has been operating as an artist collective in Toronto since 2012.

Space is limited: e-mail in order to reserve a seat! Or pick up tickets at the door.

For further information contact:

Coordinator, Impact Exchange
Centre For Emerging Artists and Designers

The Impact Collective is a social innovation project at OCAD University. Learn more at


Venue & Address: 
Scrap Metal Gallery, 11 Dublin St. Toronto, ON Lost?