Tara Akitt (MA 2014)

Tara in front of Gyroid: A Precedent Assembly by Janine Yeung for In Flux: a one night only experience by DX + RSID presented
Guests at PlastiScene presented by Fujifilm, artwork by Charziie from Milk Glass Gallery. Courtesy of Design Exchange.
Guests at PlastiScene presented by Fujifilm, artwork by Charziie from Milk Glass Gallery. Courtesy of Design Exchange.
Nina Boccia, Jordan Soderberg Mills, and Tara Akitt in front of Jordan Soderberg Mills' work Anaglyph Mirrors presented by DX at
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 1:45pm

Following graduation from the CADN program, Tara Akitt worked at the Design Exchange, Canada's Design Museum: first as an Exhibition Coordinator, and subsequently as Permanent Collection and Programs Supervisor and Assistant Curator. She conducted research on the museum's collection of Canadian industrial design objects post-World War II, and curated exhibitions including DXUncrated: Classic Plastics. She co-curated and worked with local talent on a series of one-night-only pop-up exhibits at the Design Exchange, engaging Toronto designers and collectives with the public. At the Design Exchange, Akitt also oversaw design competitions, including those for student projects to increase accessibility of public parks and trails for people with disabilities, as well the competition “Grand Cru/Ation,” for new commuter seating at Toronto’s Union station, and managed the prominent design event EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology. Since 2018, Akitt has been a graphic designer with the Library Street Collective in Detroit, Michigan.

 

Call for Proposals: un-histories: art and the unconcluded

2018 OCAD U CADN GRADUATE STUDENT CONFRENCE
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 3:15pm to Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 11:45pm

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

un-histories: art and the unconcluded

Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Graduate Student Conference

Proposal/Abstract Deadline: December 7, 2017

Announcement of Acceptance: December 15, 2017

Please submit proposals to: ocadugraduateconference@gmail.com

Conference Date: March 9-10, 2018

Location: OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Canada

Within the term “history” lies a conceptual confinement—the presumption that the topics being written about remain consigned to the past. This conference seeks to counter history’s containment and to foreground its continuing relevance in the present. Through the notion of “un-histories,” conventional limits can be unsettled by prompting critical inquiries into how history functions: by re-organizing the composition of the past, by re-constructing methods of transmitting narratives, and by destabilizing the seeming linearity of events. Un-histories reimagine history as a practice for addressing the “unconcluded”— subjectivities and narratives previously considered spectral, disparaged, marginalized, erased, shamed, abashed, or localized. This call for papers seeks engagements in the writing of un-histories to rectify social and political injustices, to unpack the complexities of ontology, and to envision more inclusive, multifaceted futures.

The 2018 Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Conference invites proposals for academic papers/practices from MA, PhD students, independent scholars, and artists.

Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:

  • How can the contradiction of ‘contemporary history’ be resolved?
  • How are artists poised to engage the post-disciplinary? Can artworks incite un-history?
  • When does the contemporary start—does a rupture exist?
  • What does ‘contemporary’ suppress or finalize?
  • How are histories internalized or embodied?
  • What methods of transmission (epistemologies) can be engaged for the maintenance of existing knowledge? How does this compare to history as written?
  • How can histories and the archive be reconceived in the digital age?
  • How does nostalgia shape contemporary visual culture?
  • How do the private and public intersect with the local and global?
  • The presence of haunting, lingering or spectral histories
  • Problematizing the pedagogy of art histories and visual cultural histories
  • How can history be decolonized?
  • Archivable vs. unarchivable histories

What to submit: 250 word abstract about your paper/practice and a short biography.

Please submit texts as .doc or .pdf files.

Papers due: February 15, 2018

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Canada
Email: 
ocadugraduateconference@gmail.com

CADN Alumni Talks

OCAD U Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Monday, October 23, 2017

CADN students heard talks from three returning alumni who presented on their experiences in art publishing, gallery administration and working in museums. Caoimhe Morgan-Feir, Nathan Heuvingh and Amanda Roy surveyed their post-graduate projects and career trajectories. The alumni provided tips to the students about finishing their final year and MRPs, as well as how to start one's career when entering into the art world after graduation. For all three speakers, the CADN program provided valuable writing and research skills that were translatable to a range of employment opportunities.

Caoimhe Morgan-Feir graduated from the CADN program at OCAD in 2012. Since then, she has written for publications including The WalrusMomusesse arts + opinionsJournal of Curatorial StudiesMagenta and PUBLIC, and written catalogue essays for institutions including the Southern Alberta Art Gallery, Gallery 44 and more. She is currently the managing editor of Canadian Art. Her review of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller's "Inside the Memory Palace" was awarded the 2013 international Frieze Writer's Prize.

Nathan Heuvingh graduated from the CADN program at OCAD in 2014. He is the Director of Propeller Gallery, an artist-run-centre in Toronto’s Queen West district. He has published in peer reviewed journals such as The Senses & Society, and has curated exhibition such as LookListen and Are We There Yet?

Amanda Roy graduated from the CADN program at OCAD in 2014. She works at Axiell, the number one provider of collections management technology in the world. She is a Collections Technology Specialist in the Archives, Libraries, and Museums division. She has worked with some of the largest institutions in the world -- Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History, National Museum of the American Indian, and National Museum of American History -- as well as Canadian institutions such as TIFF, Ryerson Image Center, and the Canadian Museum of History. 

Graduate Programs Info Nights and Online Webinars

Join a Graduate Program Info Night and/or online webinar this November. They are your opportunity to meet instructors, students and alumni from the program to help you learn more about courses, the learning environment and degree outcomes.

Chto Delat Artist's Talk & Workshop

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 4:00pm to 8:30pm

Sponsored by OCAD University's graduate program in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories.

205 Richmond St. W. Room 115, 1st floor

4:00 pm -- Presentation by the Artists

5:30-8:30 pm -- Workshop with the Artists

Please join us for a wide-ranging talk about art and politics by the members of the St. Petersburg-based collective Chto Delat. After the talk, the audience is invited to participate in a workshop to create posters that will be included in Chto Delat's installation in Toronto's Nuit Blanche (September 30-October 1, 2017, sunset to sunrise). Their project, 1968 through continents (Paris, Oakland, and elsewhere) (2017), is featured in curator Nato Thompson's exhibition "Monument to the Century of Revolutions."

The collective Chto Delat (What is to be done?) was founded in 2003 by artists, critics, philosophers and writers from Russia with the goal of merging political theory, art and activism. The name of the group derives from a novel by the Russian 19th century writer Nikolai Chernyshevsky, and brings to mind the first socialist worker’s self-organizations in Russia, which Lenin actualized in his own publication, What Is to be Done? (1902). Chto Delat is an artistic cell and a community organizer for a variety of cultural activities intent on politicizing knowledge production.

Chto Delat's activity utilizes a range of media – from education practices to film, theater and radio programs, from publishing newspapers to creating murals, from seminars to public campaigns. Their works are characterized by the use of alienation effect, surreal scenery, typicality and analyses of concrete social and political struggles. The collective has been featured in recent exhibitions at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid), Tate Liverpool, Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), New Museum (New York), Moderna Galerija (Ljubljana), and Institute of Contemporary Art (London), as well as biennials in San Paulo and Gwangju.

Venue & Address: 
Room 115, 1st floor 205 Richmond St. West (at the corner of Duncan) Room 318, 3rd Floor 205 Richmond St. West (at the corner of Duncan) Graduate Studies Building OCAD University
Email: 
For more information, contact Jim Drobnick, Director of CADN: jdrobnick@faculty.ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free & open to the public
Chto Delat Artist's Talk and Workshop Poster
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Congratulations to our Masters Graduands!

Graduate students at convocation 2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:30am

The Office of Graduate Studies congratulates our 2017 Graduands!

We are delighted to celebrate your incredible achievements and the culmination of years of hard work, determination, creation and discoveries. As well, we’d like to thank the friends and family of our students/alumni for their support.

Now that you are representing OCAD U, we hope you keep in touch by joining the Alumni Association. We invite you to visit and participate in future OCAD U events!

Sincerely,

The Office of Graduate Studies

OCAD University

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This year, the Graduate Studies community at OCAD University is once again fortunate to be able to acknowledge & recognize particular individuals who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in their studies through their research and creative practice.

Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories

Cydney Langill Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Award for Outstanding Writing

Criticism & Curatorial Practice

Justine Hartlieb-Power Criticism and Curatorial Practice Award for Outstanding Thesis ExhibitionValentynaOniskoCriticism and Curatorial Practice Award for Outstanding Exhibition

Digital Futures

Egill Vidarsson Digital Futures Award for Best Thesis Defence Presentation

Fusun Uzun Digital Futures Futures Award for Best Thesis Document and Award for Best Social Innovation

Jordan Shaw Digital Futures Award for Best Exhibited Thesis Work

Ling Ding Digital Futures Award for Best Thesis Defence Presentation

Marcelo Muller Luft Digital Futures Award for Best Social Innovation

Inclusive Design

Chad Lesch Inclusive Design Award of Excellence

Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design

Eli Schwanz Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design Award for Media Experimentation and Excellent Execution

Iveta Karpathyova Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design Award for Interdisciplinary Excellence

Mariam Magsi Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design Award for Achievement in Local and International Artistic Recognition

Thomas Haskell Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design Award for Rigor in Material Investigation

Strategic Foresight and Innovation

AdriennePacini Strategic Foresight and Innovation Award for Best Major Research Paper
 

Santiago Sierra: In conversation with Paco Barragan

Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Sponsored by the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories graduate program

Friday, September 30, 2016
10:00 am to 12 noon
205 Richmond Street, Room 701K, Digital Salon

Please join us for a wide-ranging discussion between artist Santiago Sierra and curator Paco Barragan.

Known for antagonistic actions with controversial ethical complications, Sierra strategically intervenes into the everyday operations of power. His unnerving spectacles expose systems of marginalization and exploitation that are, for the most part, implicit and underacknowledged. Many of his works deliberately test the tolerance of institutional authority, to the point that adversity – including shut-downs and refusals – is integral to their critique and effectiveness.

 

Biographies:

Santiago Sierra's performances, installations and interventions have been featured internationally at venues such as Ikon Gallery, P.S.1/MoMA, Museo Rufino Tamayo, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, the ICA (London), and the Sharjah and Moscow biennials. At the 2003 Venice Biennale, he exhibited at the Spanish pavilion. Sierra's installation, "100 Plastic Containers for Human Corpses" (2016), will be featured in this year's Nuit Blanche.

Paco Barragan is a curator at Matucana 100, Santiago de Chile and Contributing Editor for ARTPULSE magazine. His recent exhibitions include "Intimate Strangers: Politics as Celebrity, Celebrity as Politics" (Matucana 100), "Guided Tour: Artist, Museum, Spectator" (MUSAC Leon), and "Erwin Olaf: The Empire of Illusion" (Museo Castagnino-MACRO Rosario). Barragan is the author of The Art to Come (2002), and The Art Fair Age (2008), and is curating "Militant Nostalgia" for Nuit Blanche.

Seating for this event is limited.

Contact Jim Drobnick, Graduate Program Director of the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories for more information: jdrobnick@faculty.ocadu.ca

Venue & Address: 
Room 701K, Digital Salon 205 Richmond Street
Email: 
jdrobnick@faculty.ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
Santiango Sierra

OCAD U graduate student makes it to Three Minute Thesis provincial finals

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 8:00pm

Mary Baumstark (MA 2016), graduate student in the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories (CADN) program will join 20 doctoral and master’s degree students from across Ontario to present their research at the provincial finals of the Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT Ontario) on April 14 in Waterloo. 

Baumstark’s thesis “Craftivist Clay: Activism and Resistance in Contemporary Ceramics” was written under the supervision of Dorie Millerson, Chair, Material Art & Design. Mary competed with nine other graduate students at the OCAD U 3MT Competition on April 6. The judging panel included OCAD U professors Anda Kubis, Jana Macalik and Sarah McLean-Knapp.

The 3MT is a communications competition for graduate students. Developed in Australia by the University of Queensland in 2008, it challenges students to explain their research in plain language in just three minutes.

The 20 competitors on the provincial level are all winners of local competitions hosted by every university in Ontario.

Evoking images of “American Idol,” the 3MT Ontario judges will score the quality of the presentations and the presenters’ ability to engage the audience. The judges for the 3MT Ontario are:

  • Rob Baker, guitarist for the Tragically Hip
  • David Meyers, chief executive officer of Iceberg Vodka
  • Susan Anzolin, chief financial officer for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)
  • Ken Steele, chief futurist at Eduvation
  • Gohar Ashoughian, university librarian, Wilfrid Laurier University

The judges will select winners of the 3MT Ontario, who will receive $2,000 in total prize money. As well, the top five presenters will move onto the national level, an online competition coordinated by the Canadian Association of Graduate Schools.

The 3MT is hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University and is open to the public.

The event will be livestreamed starting at 10 a.m., on Thursday, April 14.

 

Mary Baumstark - OCAD U's 3MT Winner

Mary Baumstark
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 4:00am

Mary Baumstark, graduate student in the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories program will join twenty doctoral and master’s degree students from across Ontario to present his/her research at the provincial finals of the Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT Ontario) on April 14 in Waterloo. 

The 3MT is a communications competition for graduate students. Developed in Australia by the University of Queensland in 2008, the 3MT challenges students to explain their research in plain language in just three minutes. This is not an easy task considering a full graduate thesis can be 80,000 words in length.

The 20 competitors in the provincial competition are all winners of local competitions hosted by every university in Ontario.

Sitting across from the competitors will be a panel of judges with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. Invoking images of “American Idol,” the 3MT Ontario judges will score the quality of the presentations and the presenters’ ability to engage the audience. The judges for the 3MT Ontario are:

  • Rob Baker, guitarist for the Tragically Hip
  • David Meyers, chief executive officer of Iceberg Vodka
  • Susan Anzolin, chief financial officer for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)
  • Ken Steele, chief futurist at Eduvation
  • Gohar Ashoughian, university librarian, Wilfrid Laurier University

The judges will select winners of the 3MT Ontario, who will receive $2,000 in total prize money. As well, the top five presenters will move onto the national level, an online competition coordinated by the Canadian Association of Graduate Schools.

The 3MT is hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University and is open to the public. More information can be found at wlu.ca/3MT.

The event will be livestreamed, starting at 10:00 AM, on Thursday, April 14 - https://livestream.com/cigionline/events/5142325

 

More about the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/contemporary-art-design-a...

 

#trending: Mobilizing Art and Culture

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 1:00pm to Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 3:00am

OCADU Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories Conference 2016

Conference Date: Saturday, March 12, 2016

The influence of trends is undeniable in contemporary culture, but rarely are its implications fully fleshed out. How can a trend mobilize or call others to action? As scholarship in contemporary art, design and new media becomes increasingly focused on networked lives, the digital platforms through which we communicate, interact, and share information demand academic and social inquiry.

Our keynote speaker for #trending: mobilizing art and culture, is Janaya Khan. Janaya is a black, queer, gender-nonconforming activist, staunch Afrofuturist, social-justice educator and boxer based in Toronto. http://janayakhan.com/black-lives-matter/

Please visit http://cadnconferenceocadu.blogspot.ca/ for further information, or https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/trending-mobilizing-art-and-culture-tickets-20946120410 to register.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street
Website: 
http://cadnconferenceocadu.blogspot.ca/
Email: 
cadnconference@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000
Cost: 
Free
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