Call for Submissions: NS (North-Sur Norte-South)

Image: PH15, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 2:15pm

In celebration of the TORONTO 2015 PanAm/Parapan American Games, Toronto-based artists are invited to participate in an online interactive exchange with artists in Buenos Aires.

North-Sur Norte-South is a collaborative cyber-photographic penpal project between Gallery 44 (Toronto) and pH15 (Buenos Aires) in which artists and youth from Canada and Argentina work together to create photographs on the theme of local culture/s. The project has three main components:

  • An interactive website showcasing the development of the work through the collaborations
  • Exhibitions at Gallery 44 in Toronto and at a cultural centre in Buenos Aires
  • Outdoor installations on billboards and storefronts in Toronto

Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2014. Apply online at

OCAD University will host artists visiting from Argentina, who will participate in related courses and workshops. Special student and faculty activities will take place throughout the school year as part of the exchange.

North-Sur Norte-South is part of PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC. North-Sur Norte-South was commissioned by the Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

Common Pulse Intersecting Abilities Art Festival and Symposium 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 4:00am to Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 4:00am

Call for Submissions - Co-sponsored by OCAD University

Cripping Cyberspace: A Contemporary Virtual Art Exhibition
Friday September 27 – Friday December 20, 2013

Curated by Amanda Cachia with the curatorial committee, which includes
Jay Dolmage, Editor, Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, and Geoffrey Shea, Artistic Co-Director, Common Pulse Intersecting Abilities Art Festival, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

DEADLINE for submissions: Sunday, August 04, 2013

Cripping Cyberspace: A Contemporary Virtual Art Exhibition
is an online exhibition that will offer a multi-modal, multi-sensorial platform for a crip phenomenology of cyberspace. The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, in collaboration with the COMMON PULSE Intersecting Abilities Art Festival and Symposium, will be hosting the exhibition at its website: The curatorial committee welcomes submissions of (new and recent) work for this online exhibition from contemporary artists, collectives, community builders and can be makers of all kinds in the Deaf and Disability Arts movement. Works should address the main themes of the exhibition and are intended to work in an online context. Documentation of work created for spaces other than the web will not be considered. This unique online exhibition, to debut in The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies in a new experimental format, will offer and therefore encourages submissions like audio description and verbal imaging, language and text such as captions, subtitles and audio transcripts, still and moving image, and sound-based work especially designed and created for virtual display, by artists who explore the exhibition’s challenging questions and ideas in order to crip cyberspace. Artists are encouraged to collaborate as a means to build virtual community and the space will feature a blog to enhance participation from diverse audiences. Artist fees will be paid. The copyright for artworks used in the exhibition remains with the artists.

What does a crip intervention in cyberspace look like and how might it inhabit it? How might the representation of disability differ or be expanded online, in the space of a computer screen? Evolving technologies have enhanced access and assistance for disabled people to a new, dynamic level, where they are able to now communicate through computerized voice, text and image. Can cyberspace then, be considered a type of brain, or prosthesis, that provides emotional, intellectual and sensorial support for disabled people? Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have also enabled disabled people to participate in an online community that might offer alternative possibilities for both their physical and metaphorical mobility. Crip movement in cyberspace is likely to look, feel and sound different to the everyday social realities of their movement in real time that is often littered with barriers in an urban environment designed for the so-called average person. What are the alternative constraints for disabled people in cyberspace, and what kinds of crip artistic interpretations can fill out these spaces in order to make new meaning? The pulse of technology is one that continues to migrate our now posthuman/machine bodies – all bodies – to realms where our embodiments and our senses develop new relationships with space. What might the virtual realm offer disability aesthetics? The body’s exteriority and interiority becomes usefully abstracted or ‘common’ in its difference, through the filter of technological apparatuses. This effectively moves us away from binaries, such as disability/ability, and instead focuses on a phenomenology of cyberspace, which in turn provides a new language and code for complex embodiment.
Modes of conventional sensorial access that are occasionally found in a museum setting, such as audio description, audio transcripts or captions, will be offered in this online exhibition, where they will not only continue to function as dynamic modes of interpretation and communication, but they also become independent works of art in themselves, which carry their own weight and space in this virtual crip architecture.

Proposals must be received by SUNDAY AUGUST 4, 2013.

Notification of acceptance will be distributed by MONDAY AUGUST 12, 2013.

Final successful artworks must be delivered as digital files by MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2, 2013.

The exhibition will be launched on The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies website on the same date as the launch of the Common Pulse Intersecting Abilities Art Festival on FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2013. The exhibition will be presented for a three month period (until FRIDAY DECEMBER 20, 2013), documented, and subsequently archived online by the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies and the Common Pulse Art Festival.

Amanda Cachia
is an independent curator from Sydney, Australia and is currently completing her PhD in Art History, Theory & Criticism at the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation will focus on the intersection of disability and contemporary art. She held the position Director/Curator of the Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada from 2007-2010, and has curated approximately 30 exhibitions over the last ten years in various cities across the USA, England, Australia and Canada. Cripping Cyberspace: A Contemporary Virtual Art Exhibition will be her first online curatorial project.

Call for Submissions - Relating Systems Thinking & Design 2013

Call for Submissions - Relating Systems Thinking & Design 2013
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 8:30pm

With presentations by former Strategic Forseight and Innovation students Josina and Jonathan Veale as well as David Ing

Theme: Emerging Contexts for Systemic Design

The second RSD symposium will take place at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) 9-11 October, 2013. The symposium is a meeting of roughly 50 researchers and scholars committed to developing discourses and methods in this emerging field, with a schedule of presentations and workshops being held at AHO.

We also invite up to 100 non-presenting participants who may wish to attend and participate in discussions and dialogue as part of this developing international community of practice and scholars. The symposium is free of charge, but is hosted as a working conference without the typical amenities of a revenue-based and sponsored event.

Interested applicants are invited to view details and register at the symposium website:

The schedule includes up to 50 presenters in 5 thematic tracks. The schedule consists of a day of workshops and two days of presenter discussions based on reviewed and accepted abstracts.

October 9: Workshops
October 10 - 11: Symposium

Overview of Symposium:
The emerging renaissance of systems thinking in design responds to the increasing complexity in all challenges faced by designers and transdisciplinary innovators. Our worlds have become too complex for linear and goal-driven management, resulting in hopelessly complicated social, economic, and political systems. The global demand for sustainability, democratic economies, and the emerging social arrangements for better education, employment, and development have become too complex for conventional thinking.

In re-examining the relationship of systems thinking to design we believe it possible for systems thinking and design praxis to develop the foundations for new, interrelated practices. This synergistic relationship will launch a new generation of systems-oriented thinkers empowered with the creativity and perspectives of design thinking. As educators and researchers, we also seek better theoretical foundations and rigor in design thinking.

Organizing Committee
Birger Sevaldson, AHO, Institute of Design http://
Harold Nelson, University of Montana http://
Peter Jones, OCAD University, Toronto
Alex Ryan, Ph.D.
Linda Blaasvaer, AHO



Venue & Address: 
Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) Maridalsveien 29 Oslo, Norway

SPECTRUM: A Vision for Mental Health

 SPECTRUM: A Vision for Mental Health
Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 4:00am to Monday, November 25, 2013 - 5:00am

Artists, Designers, Curators & Creative Thinkers Wanted!

What does mental health mean to you? What does a thriving community look like? How do you or your loved ones overcome challenges? How is mental wellness supported in the OCADU community?

Date of Exhibition: January 27 – 31, 2014
Show Location: Open Gallery, Inclusive Design Institute, 49 McCaul Street

To apply to be a part of the Curatorial team or submit work for this show, please contact:
Andrea Yip (

Curatorial Application Due: November 25th, 2013 11:00 pm EST
Please include:
• Curatorial C.V.
• 1 page statement describing your interests and previous experience.

Work may be submitted between December 1st, 2013 - January 8th, 2014
• Maximum 2 submissions per person
• Maximum 5 images per submission
• Artist statements are optional and encouraged
• Though we expect most people will submit using their full name, some may only feel comfortable submitting anonymously. If need be feel free to submit in the way that is most comfortable for you.

All materials submitted may be used in documentation and information gathering

Venue & Address: 
Inclusive Design Institute 49 McCaul St Toronto, ON

Feminist Art Collective

Feminist Art Collective
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 5:00am to Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 5:00am

Submission Deadline: January 8, 2014
Conference: March 8, 2014 in partnership with the OCAD U Student Union

Call for Submissions: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Feminist Art

Feminist Art Conference (FAC) is a Toronto-based organization that brings together artists, academics and activists to consider feminist issues through art. Founded in 2013
by artist Ilene Sova, FAC began initially as an event to link feminist artists with each other, as well as to provide a forum in which to discuss our content. A call for organizing help was included in the first call for submissions and a large committee
was formed to organize FAC 2013 on March 9th for International Women's Day. The first Feminist Art Conference caught the interest of over 70 participating artists and 175 attendees from Canada and the US. With astounding interest both nationally and internationally, the FAC Committee made an on-going commitment to facilitating interdisciplinary and inclusive arenas for feminist art.

The mission for the Feminist Art Conference (FAC) was inspired by the recent spate of attacks on women’s and transgender rights in Canada, the US and abroad. Issues such as rape culture, trans phobia, racism, violence, media representation, cultural appropriation, reproductive rights, environmental degradation, impact on Aboriginal lands, missing and murdered Indigenous women, and Islamophobic policies are areas of deep concern. These infringements on our right to agency and independence have been occurring in alarming numbers in our governments, in the media and in our communities. This conference provides an opportunity for these issues to be explored and communicated artistically in a unique and inclusive space that encourages sharing, creating and discussing. In the centuries old tradition of people organizing, we believe that by coming together and communicating about these issues through our artistic practice, that we can initiate progressive change.

We aim to showcase like-minded, multi-disciplinary art including: visual art, film, theatre arts, music, dance, design, spoken word and literature. We will create a space that is celebratory, positive, intellectually engaging and provocative. We are committed to this space being trans inclusive, antiracist, and intersectional. Furthermore, by providing an opportunity for feminist artists to meet and share their work, we believe we can provide opportunities for networking and future artistic collaboration that can inspire social change and empowerment. We have the vision that the ripple effect from this type of artistic sharing and learning can provoke positive transformations in both our communities and our minds.

Submission Deadline: January 8
Review Submission Guidelines

Interested in volunteering to organize FAC? We need help with:
event organizing, fundraising, wordpress, funding and sponsorship outreach, video editing, graphic design, film and photography.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Occam’s Razor: Art, Science, & Aesthetics

Monday, October 21, 2013 - 4:00am to Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 5:00am

Call for works of art inspired by science. Co-curated by Dr. Robin Kingsburgh, Associate Professor

Art is the elimination of the unnecessary. - Pablo Picasso

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. - Albert Einstein

These entwined ideas – which underlie Occam’s Razor – form a thread that links the realms of science and art. Scientists rely on Occam’s Razor, which holds that simpler explanations, all things being equal, are better than more complex ones, to refine their theories and experiments. Artists also may use the precepts of Occam’s Razor in their choices of what to include, and what not to include, in their work.

As an artist, how do you respond to the ideas, methodologies and imagery of science? As a scientist, how do you appreciate the artistic value of your work? How does simplicity inspire your aesthetic choices? Do you wield Occam’s Razor, peeling away the unnecessary to arrive at beauty and simplicity? Does simplicity equate with beauty?

Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts (PCVA) and the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre are calling for works of art inspired by science, for a group exhibition that examines similarities in practice amongst scientists and artists. With reference to Occam’s Razor, the exhibition will seek to narrow the cultural divide between Art and Science.

Work selected will be shown at Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts from April 2-20, 2014, as well as at the !dea Gallery, Ontario Science Centre, May 3-June 1, 2014. (!dea Gallery showing may be modified based on space requirements.)

Submissions will be accepted online at
Submission deadline: January 14, 2014.

Submissions* to include:
• One (1) image in JPEG, TIFF, PNG, PDF- 1200 pixels (max.) on the longest edge. Max file size 1MB.
• Your first and last name, address, phone number, and e-mail.
• Details including: Title | Year | Medium | Size | Value.
• A 75-word statement (to be used as a label) describing how the artwork relates to science.
• Note of any special requirements for exhibiting.
• Optional: Links to additional images, installation shots, video or CV.
• Non-refundable entry fee payable to Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts; $50 per piece, $25 per piece for students with student ID (undergraduate, graduate), HST included.* All submissions are subject to a fee that covers PCVA exhibition costs.

* All submissions are subject to a fee that covers PCVA exhibition costs.

Kathe Merilovich
, Artist, Initiator of Occam's Razor Project
Ana Klasnja, M.A., Idea Gallery, Ontario Science Centre, Invited Curator
Robin Kingsburgh, B.Sc., Ph.D., Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences/ School of Interdisciplinary Studies, OCAD University and Division of Natural Science, York University
Stephen Morris, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Department of Physics, University of Toronto
Michelle Letarte, Ph.D., Department of Immunology, University of Toronto, and Senior Scientist, Hospital for Sick Children

If submissions are not made online, they may be mailed to or dropped off at PCVA on a USB Key by January 14, 2014 and must include the non-refundable entry fee (cheque, money order) payable to Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts. Please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish USB Key to be returned. We do not accept submissions via email.

Mail to:
‘Occam’s Razor’ c/o Kathe Merilovich
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts 984 Queen Street West,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6J 1H1

Contact us: E: | | 416-504-7142

Venue & Address: 
Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts 984 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6J 1H1

IT'S A START Call for Submissions

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 4:00am to Friday, January 17, 2014 - 5:00am

A pitch competition for digital entrepreneurs

Supported by the Digital Media Research and Innovation Institute and the undergraduate and graduate Digital Futures Program of OCAD University.

Digifest is proud to announce a unique opportunity for individuals to participate in the IT’S A START pitch competition.

What is IT’S A START?
IT’S A START is a pitch competition for digital entrepreneurs.

This competition is open to creative professionals, budding entrepreneurs, start-ups, students and recent graduates looking to pitch their ideas in a competitive format. Finalists will have an opportunity on stage during the festival to show the jury why their project deserves to win one of the prizes, which includes financing and incubation space in the George Brown College Digital Media & Gaming Incubator and OCAD University’s Imagination Catalyst Incubator. We are looking for the most innovative ideas from individuals, start-ups or digital companies who have special projects that they want to take to the next level. There is no fee to apply for this competition.

How does the contest work?
The contest will be developed in the following phases.

Phase 1 – The competition officially launches in October 2013. Contestants have two months to submit their application.

Phase 2 – Applications will be accepted until Friday January 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. All entries will be reviewed by the IT’S A START Committee and the first round of finalists will be announced on Monday January 27, 2014.

Phase 3 - First round finalists will have an opportunity to attend a Creative CampSaturday February 8 & Sunday February 9, 2014) where
entrepreneurs in residence will provide mentorship support and help the finalists evolve their projects.

Phase 4 – In order to be considered for the pitch contest finale, finalists must re-submit their updated project proposals by Friday March 14, 2014 at 5 p.m. All entries will be reviewed by the IT’S A START Committee and the second round of finalists will be announced on Monday March 24, 2014.

Phase 5 – All of the second round finalists will have an opportunity to present to their mentors from the Creative Camp on Saturday April 5 or Sunday April 6, 2014 and receive coaching and feedback for the pitch contest finale.

Phase 6 – The Pitch Contest Finale Part 1 will take place during Digifest on Friday May 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Corus Quay building located at Toronto’s Waterfront. Twenty semi-finalists will have 60 seconds on stage before a live audience to convince the jury why their project deserves to win. The jury will then select 10 finalists to present in the Pitch Contest Finale Part 2 the next day.

Phase 7 – The Pitch Contest Finale Part 2 will take place during Digifest on Saturday May 10, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Ten contestants will have 3 minutes on stage to present to the jury and a public audience (please note that this is not a Digifest ticketed event).

Final Presentation Pitch Contest Rules for Part 1, Friday May 9th
• Only one individual from the team can deliver the 60 second pitch at Digifest on
Friday May 9, 2014.
• Each contestant will have two minutes to respond to judges’ Q & A, directly
following their pitch.
• Audio-visual equipment, PowerPoint presentation slides, prototypes etc. are NOT
permitted during the pitch competition. However, finalists have an opportunity to
showcase presentations/prototypes for their projects in the festival exhibit area.

Final Presentation Pitch Contest Rules for Part 2, Saturday May 10th
• Only one individual from the team can deliver the final 3-minute pitch at Digifest
on Saturday May 10, 2014.
• Each contestant will have two minutes to respond to judges’ Q & A, directly
following their pitch.
• PowerPoint presentations are mandatory for this part of the presentation
• May 10, 2014 at Corus Quay building Main Stage area where the winners will be
• NB: For technical purposes, all finalists are required to attend a dry run
of their pitch presentation before Digifest on Tuesday May 6, 2014 at The
Corus Quay building located at Toronto’s Waterfront.

What are the prizes?
We will be announcing the It’s A Start 2014 prizes soon.

It’s a Start prizes for 2012 included more than $8,000 in cash prizes, mentorship and
incubation space at George Brown College Digital Media & Gaming Incubator and OCAD
University’s Imagination Catalyst Incubator.

What Projects are eligible?
Project Criteria

The focus for Digifest 2014 is “future cities” and digital urbanism. For the IT’S A START competition, we are looking for creative, cutting-edge projects driven by conscientious and dedicated individuals that will help us solve some of today’s pressing urban challenges. Do you have an original idea that can improve the way we live, work and play? Have you developed an application or technology that will allow us to manage
complexities and build more resilient cities? Does your project connect people and
networks, ultimately enabling us to live better lives? If your project or idea fits the above-mentioned criteria then please keep reading.

Project Eligibility
• Project entries or ideas must be the original work of the applicant(s).
• Applicant(s) who have submitted to IT’S A START competition in the past and
have not qualified as a finalist can re-submit a proposal, however, you must be able to demonstrate how the project or idea has changed.

What projects are NOT eligible?
• Submissions that have won in previous IT’S A START competitions.
Who can enter?
• Start-up companies
• Entrepreneurs
• Students or recent graduates
• NB: George Brown College and OCAD University students/graduates/faculty are eligible to participate in the competition,
however, you must disclose this information in your application.

How do I enter?
There is no fee to apply for this competition. Fill out the APPLICATION FORM. You will be contacted within 3 to 5 business days upon receipt of your
application. If you do not receive this email then we have not received your application.
If you have been selected as a finalist you will be contacted with additional details
regarding the event.

Who is on the IT’S A START committee?
The committee is made up of experts from industry, academia and finance.

What are the selection criteria?
The committee will use the following criteria to determine the finalists for the
• Originality (Has this idea been presented this way before? How does your idea
compare to existing projects/ideas that address similar issues)
• Marketability (Is there a demand for your idea? Why would someone buy it?)
• Market Readiness (How much more development is needed?)
• User friendly (How easy is it to use?)
• Creativity & Design (How is the project executed? Is the overall design clear and
• Feasibility (How realistic is your plan to execute this project? Does your budget
take into consideration the logistics, production, technical requirements and
other expenditures?)
• Probability of Success (With the right investment and support, could this idea
become a successful business?)

The first IT’S A START competition was held in Monza, Italy organized by Regione Lombardia, Provincia Monza Brianza and Camera di Commercio di Monza in June 2012. The next competition “IT’S A START Canada” premiered at Digifest Saturday, October 20, 2012.

Contact Us
For more information and general inquiries about the competition, contact Miriam
Brookman at or at (416) 415-5000 ext. 3556.

For sponsorship inquiries about the competition, contact Lucia Piccinni at or at (416) 415-5000 ext. 3152.

Venue & Address: