OCAD U professor talks to CBC about AI and accessibility

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre, Jutta Treviranus, is featured on the latest edition of Spark, CBC Radio’s program on technology in our rapidly changing world. Titled “AI's problem with disability and diversity,” the episode looks at how machine learning doesn’t take into account people who don’t fit into the “norm.” Treviranus’s work focuses on creating more inclusive and accessible technology, and how we can improve artificial intelligence systems so they can better serve everyone, including people with disabilities.

You can listen to the episode on CBC Radio One on Sunday Sept. 10 at 1:05 p.m. and Wednesday Sept. 13 at 2:05 p.m., or listen online

CBC’s new digital series This Art Works! features OCAD U artists

Title slide of Video This Art Works!
Friday, July 7, 2017

A new digital CBC series, This Art Works! airing on the CBC Arts online platform, profiles many OCAD U students and recent alumni whose work deals with art and social change. The 10-episode series, described as “a gleeful mix of ‘90s nostalgia, comedy and contemporary art practice,” is co-produced by Madeleine Co., CBC Arts, and OCAD University. 

A launch event for This Art Works! will take place on July 13th at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto. Hosted by Amanda Parris (host of CBC Arts' Exhibitionists), the launch will feature an exclusive screening of two episodes and a chance to hear from the show's creators and producers.

You can also visit Works for Change, an exhibition that runs from July 4 to 13, 2017 at the Gardiner Museum featuring workshops by This Art Works! artists and an interactive installation on how to make art work for change. The exhibition recreates the film set of This Art Works! which will serve as the backdrop to a program of how-to workshops and performances led by the artists about their creative practices. Spanning one of the walls of the space, the audience can also join in the collective creation of a large-scale artwork.

 

 

OCAD U’s Dr. Gerald McMaster advisor on new CBC series 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

CBC’s new ten-part docu-drama series, CANADA: The STORY OF US, highlights extraordinary moments in Canada’s history and people that helped forge a nation, from early Indigenous history to the 20th century.  The series was produced under the guidance of historians and academic consultants, including OCAD University’s Indigenous Scholar, Dr. Gerald McMaster, who served as one of the primary consultants. Ground-breaking curator, author, artist and educator, Dr. McMaster is Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture & Curatorial Practice at OCAD U.

CANADA: THE STORY OF US takes viewers inside Canada’s history with dramatic re-enactments, ground-breaking CGI sequences and documentary-style virtual reality experiences. The series features the stories of Indigenous peoples, women, immigrants, pioneers, rule-breakers, scientists and entrepreneurs – many of them untold until now. The series highlights key moments spanning centuries of history beginning with Indigenous nations in the pre-contact era to 1608 with the arrival of explorer Samuel de Champlain in “Worlds Collide,” to the introduction of the sea otter trade by Mowachaht leader and statesman Chief Maquinna in “Hunting Treasure” (1778-1802), to “Boom Bust” (1911-1937) with populations exploding in urban centres, concluding with the creation of Nunavut in “Canadian Experiment” (1970-1999).

Each week, during the run of the series, in partnership with Ancestry.ca, the world’s largest online family history resource and an integrated sponsor of CANADA: THE STORY OF US, CBC will air a short vignette featuring a Canadian celebrity from the series, including Susan Aglukark, Wendy Crewson, Sarah Gadon, Mike Holmes, Missy Peregrym, Jennifer Podemski and Mary Walsh, who will discover something new and surprising about their own family histories.

CANADA: THE STORY OF US will also be brought to life online through a trio of immersive, 360-degree videos that will put viewers inside key moments in Canadian history. Through these interactive vignettes, viewers will be transported into the lives of Chief Maquinna; Laura Secord; and Richard Rettie and W.C. Wilkinson – two Canadian scientists who led a team to decode the Nazi Smart Bomb. Produced by Secret Location, all three 360 videos feature ambisonic sound to further immerse viewers in the scene. The videos will be available at cbc.ca/canadathestoryofus and on Facebook for viewing on desktop, mobile and tablet devices.

Series premieres Sunday, March 26 at 8 p.m. on CBC

CBC NEWSWORLD HOLODECK

Our aim is to pursue research in visualization and sonification of large portions of the CBC Newsworld corpus: the collected and digitized 24‐hour air‐check videos from the last 23 years (back to 1989), and, more generally, to enable spoken phrase and keyword search, information seeking, search and display and segment review within this corpus.

For the past 73 years, the CBC has given voice to our unique Canadian perspective on the world, producing a phenomenally rich, multimedia record of our social, political and cultural heritage. The CBC Newsworld archives consist of a very large and valuable collection of daily broadcast “air checks” (Newsworld content together with advertisements, etc.) recorded on VHS videotapes and DVDs.

Research Description:

These types of broadcast media were not designed for long‐term preservation or for reuse, so such material is difficult to access and subject to deterioration, as evidenced by major European initiatives for digital preservation of broadcast media and other cultural heritage materials, e.g., The Presto Project and The Digital Preservation Coalition. The need to develop effective tools to interact with and use such large multimedia collections is both an important research problem and a practical concern, as speech applications become ubiquitous, and the stores of recorded audio and associated video content grow exponentially. After thousands of years in which written

texts have been the primary means of transmitting stories and knowledge across cultures and generations, we are now at the point where spoken language can be recorded and passed on just as easily, by anyone with a computer, a cellphone or a digital recorder. Systems that can process, manage and retrieve spoken language content will be essential in the very near future (Goldman, et al, 2005).

This project has two inter‐connected goals. The first is practical: to digitize, visualize, and make available this collection of 20 years of Canadian news broadcasts through a state‐of‐ the‐art multimedia search and browsing system. This will ensure the preservation and use of this valuable material as well as opening it up as a source of data for researchers in fields as diverse as linguistics, journalism, communication, political science, art, and culture. The second goal is to use this real‐world project as an arena in which to conduct exploratory research and develop and test new technologies for visualization and spoken document and video retrieval. This project will leverage the collaborative and multi‐disciplinary approach of GRAND to draw upon knowledge from archival and information science, computational linguistics, journalism and computer science to develop innovative, open and user‐centred approaches to providing access to digital audio and video content.

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 3:45pm
Lab Member: 
Dr. Martha Ladly
Gerald Penn
Cathy (Pin-Chun) Chen
Bryn A. Ludlow
Dr. Ana Jofre
Siavash Kazemian

ONSITE/incite: Art for Social Change

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 10:30pm to Friday, April 1, 2016 - 12:00am

Join host Amanda Parris for a live taping of CBC’s Exhibitionists:

ART FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
Thursday, March 31, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
OCAD University, Great Hall
100 McCaul St. 

Come celebrate art for social change at OCAD University! Join us for this exhibition/performance/conversation to experience how OCAD U students and Toronto’s creative thinkers use the arts to spur positive change in our communities. 

CBC TV’s weekly program, Exhibitionists, features Canadian artists, both emerging and established, as they reshape our country's artistic landscape. The show explores the most exciting cultural happenings across Canada through a passionate lens. 

Event is FREE, all are welcome.
Light refreshments will be served.

Performers and artists:

Joel Zola
https://www.instagram.com/thejoelzola/

Lido Pimienta
https://soundcloud.com/lido-pimienta

Quentin Babatundé VerCetty
http://www.vercetty.com/

Dana Prieto
http://www.danaprieto.com/

House of Monroe
https://www.facebook.com/House-of-Monroe-18774751348/

Skratch Won
https://skratchwon.wordpress.com/

Presented by the Reelworld Film Festival, Onsite Gallery, OCAD University’s Art & Social Change program and CBC Inclusion & Diversity.

Reelworld Film Festival
www.reelworld.ca
Reelworld Film Festival celebrates films from around the world that explore pressing issues and stories with social impact. The festival features a convergence of film, art, music, technology and conversation - bringing together an inclusive community of storytellers, educators, non-profits, social entrepreneurs, artists and philanthropists, to catalyze social impact through film and storytelling.

Onsite Gallery
www.ocadu.ca/onsite
Onsite Gallery exhibits professional artists, designers and digital media makers, serving the OCAD University community and the general public. In preparation for the launch of Onsite Gallery’s new location in May 2017, our 2016 ONSITE/ programming imagines and creates what a public gallery can be.

Onsite Gallery’s education program is generously supported by Nexus Investment Management.

OCAD University's Art & Social Change Program
www.ocadu.ca/academics/minors/art-social-change.htm
A minor in Art & Social Change offers students the opportunity to explore some of the most pressing social, political and ethical issues of our time. With the tenets of equality, diversity and social and environmental justice at the heart of this minor, and an investigation of the role that art and artists have and can play as catalysts of change, students pursuing this minor stand to expand the liberating powers of dialogue, dissent and collaboration as cultural practitioners engaged in local, national and global contexts.

CBC Inclusion & Diversity
www.cbc.ca
We are committed to reflecting Canada’s diversity through our people, our programming content and our community relationships.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University’s Great Hall, 100 McCaul St., Second Floor
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Cost: 
FREE
The Art for Social Change poster

OCAD U speaks out about new PC Logo

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 6:45pm

Graphic Design Faculty member David Thorne can be seen on CBC TV commenting on the new PC Logo. http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2684935725 (20min 20sec).

Also commenting, on the new PC Logo is Sheila Sampath; Derwyn Goodall at TheStar.com

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2016/03/06/graphic-designers-voice-skepticism-of-new-pc-logo.html

Alumnus Alex McLeod featured on CBC TV’s new arts program

By the Sea, by Alex McLeod
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 4:00am

CBC’s new weekly series Exhibitionists launched this fall, examining creative and cultural events across the country. In the third episode, themed “Landscapes,” the work of OCAD U alumnus Alex McLeod (BFA, Drawing & Painting, 2007) is featured. Artists Kent Monkman and JR are also profiled in the 30-minute episode. An interview with McLeod alongside some of his images of fantastical landscapes can be found on the new CBC.ca/Arts website.