STANCE: The Possible role of design and designers

Stance: The Possible role of design and designers
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

About the Speakers

LUIGI FERRARA OAA, MRAIC, Hon. ACIDO, ICSID Senator, Dean, Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology, George Brown College, Toronto. Luigi Ferrara is an architect, designer, educator and storyteller. He is the Dean of the Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada and Director of the internationally acclaimed Institute without Boundaries (IwB). He has served as President and Senator of ICSID (now called the World Design Organization) and lectures around the world on topics as diverse as design and sustainability, design management, urban planning, information technology, digital media, telecommunications and the Wisdom Economy.

DORI TUNSTALL ELIZABETH (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. As Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, she is the first black female dean of a faculty of design. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative focused on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit communities.

With a global career, Dori served as Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean at Swinburne University in Australia. She wrote the biweekly column Un-Design for The Conversation Australia. In the U.S., she taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She organized the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and served as a director of Design for Democracy. Industry positions included UX strategists for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. Dori holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.

About the Curator

RODRIGO BARREDA is a Toronto-based designer, and curator with over 25 years experience primarily working in the not-for-profit sector. He is a graduate of Advertising Art Direction from the Ontario College of Art & Design. His work has focused on the study and implementation of projects that address design for social services and social change. Rodrigo Barreda will pursue a Masters in Design, Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University in the fall of 2018. Barreda is currently Manager of Graphic Design at United Way Greater Toronto and Education Programming Director at Sur Gallery.

About Sur Gallery

Sur Gallery is Toronto's first gallery space dedicated to the exhibition and critical engagement of contemporary Latin American art. Sur Gallery is a project of LACAP-Latin American Canadian Art Projects.

Sur Gallery acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and The City of Toronto through section 37. Sur Gallery acknowledges its co-presenter Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts as well as our partner OCAD University. Sur Gallery also acknowledges the generous contributions of Mario Navarro, Roberto Cortez, Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Archivo Patrimonial de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile and Colectivo Diseñadores Gráficos de la Universidad Técnica del Estado Chile for their contribution towards STANCE: Design Against Fascism exhibition.

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Alexia Bréard-Anderson
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Sur Gallery
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Toronto, ON M5E 0A5
Phone: 416.654.7787


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 100 McCaul Street, Room 190 (Auditorium)
Digital Screen: 

The Future Show

Saturday, June 9, 2018 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Event Overview


Humanoid robots work at Singapore Pizza Huts. Cyborgs walk the streets. There’s an AI assistant in every pocket. Cars drive themselves.

These are not visions of the future. This is now.


Machine learning, robotics, and AI are transforming the world. FutureWorld 2018 will feature presentations and demos on the future of robotics and AI from creators, researchers, industrialists, and visionaries, offering an inside view of what’s possible, what’s on the horizon, and how you can help design our future.


“Ready or not, the robots are coming. There will be cars driving themselves, with no steering wheel for us to grab. Delivery drones will maneuver around patio furniture and vegetable gardens to drop packages in backyards. Delivery carts on sidewalks will hum along, bringing pizza boxes to our front doors.”

– Matt McFarland, The Washington Post, Dec 18, 2015


Design thinking for robots and AI.


Collaboration between designers and engineers will shape the robot revolution. FutureWorld will help forge those connections, bringing roboticists out of their workshops to give attendees a glimpse of our future. Designers, engineers, inventors, technologists, researchers, entrepreneurs, and fans of the future should attend to get an inside view on what’s currently possible, what’s on the horizon, and how to help shape our future.


Join us for this inspiring day that will include 7 presentations, a panel conversation, and hands on demos.


“The best conversation I had was over forty million years ago… and that was with a coffee machine.” – Marvin the Paranoid Android, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams, 1982



Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 190
Attendee - Save 25% off the early bird price of $99 - now $75! Students - Save 25% off the student price $69 - now $52!
Future World
Digital Screen: