OCAD U hosts Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans conference

Woman painting portraits
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 3:15pm

OCAD University is hosting the 2016 conference of the Canadian Association of Fine Arts Deans (CAFAD), Creative Leadership and Inclusion, October 20-22. .

CAFAD is a nationwide organization of post-secondary Fine Arts faculties, institutions and other academic units with a mission to be the national voice for post-secondary programs in the Fine Arts to the public at large, government and within the academic community. The CAFAD conferences are held annually and hosted by its member institutions.  Last year the conference was held at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan.

This year’s conference was designed to engage decanal academic leaders in reflection and dialogue on a number of important topics including: Indigenizing art curriculum, research creation and community engagement, creativity in academic planning, change management, as well as focused presentations on the role of Canadian Art magazine in the 21st century and LandMarks/Reperes 2017 – a national collaborative project developed in collaboration between Partners in Art, Parks Canada and CAFAD.

“I am delighted to welcome CAFAD members and host this important gathering at OCAD U that champions creativity and inclusion as pivotal to the ideas of leadership, social change and the democratization of education through the arts,” says Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean of FoA and Chair of CAFAD. The conference also features a keynote address by Stephanie Smith, Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Ontario and a talk by Gerald McMaster, OCAD U’s first Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Studies. The conference will also generate unique opportunities for networking and professional development for the deans.



Universities Art Association of Canada Annual Conference

Thursday, November 6, 2008 - 5:00am to Saturday, November 8, 2008 - 5:00am

The 2008 UAAC conference is hosted by York University's Department of Visual Arts. However, it will not be held at the York U campus. York has partnered with other educational and arts institutions and has moved the conference proceedings and special events to a variety of different venues in downtown Toronto.


Thurs. Nov. 6 | 6 - 8pm at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Hart House, University of Toronto
Evening reception sponsored by the Canadian Art Foundation

Fri. Nov. 7 | 9am - 5pm on and around the University of Toronto's St. George campus

Sat. Nov. 8 9am - 5pm at the Ontario College of Art & Design
50+ sessions and round table discussions on a vast range of topics spanning centuries and continents, addressing the practice, theory, history, and social, political and cultural contexts of the visual arts.

Fri. Nov. 7 | 5:30 - 7pm at the Gladstone Hotel
Admission is free and open to the public
Reception celebrating the launch of the digital Canadian Art Database in its new home in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University.

The flagship project of the Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art, the Canadian Art Database is unique visual culture resource. Through images, texts, video and audio clips and related archival materials, it is documenting the Canadian art scene since 1960, focusing on key Canadian art institutions, organizations, artist groups and professional artists, designers, art writers and curators who have helped shape it.

Fri. Nov. 7 | 7:30pm at the Ontario College of Art and Design
Design for the Other 90%: A Panel Discussion on issues of design and extreme affordability, presented in conjunction with the exhibition Design for the Other 90% organized by the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

UAAC Conference Program: www.yorku.ca/uaac

Conference sessions are open to non-members as well as members of UAAC. For information about fees and to register, click here to download the registration form (http://www.yorku.ca/uaac/2008%20Registration%20Form.pdf).

General information:
Rose LeCoche, Department of Visual Arts, York University
416.736.2100 ext. 33656 | rlecoche@yorku.ca

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

Ontario Universities Computing Conference

OUCC Conference
Sunday, May 25, 2008 - 4:00am to Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 4:00am

Our campuses are expanding physically and virtually and technology change is facilitating that growth. Student and faculty populations are larger, more diverse and geographically dispersed. At the same time, this population is becoming more open to and dependent on technology to facilitate their learning and busy lifestyles: listening to lectures on iPods, video-conferencing, emailing and accessing course notes. Expectations on IT departments are increasing to support new initiatives, including expanded support for new and existing backend systems, networks, servers, labs, laptops, printers, personal peripherals and mobile devices. How can we expand our campus in a sustainable and efficient way, with fewer resources, and provide an anytime, anywhere, high-quality experience for students, faculty and staff?

Keynote Speakers: Ian Jukes, Bill Buxton and Ray Kurzweil.

For complete program visit the OUCC website.

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

Benvenuti al nostro studio in Firenze!

Friday, April 4, 2008 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Please join us on Friday April 4th when the Florence off campus studies programme will hold a live video conference with students, friends and colleagues at OCAD, to launch our end of term show at the Florence studio. All 24 students, including 6 thesis students and our class assistant will be showing their work in a variety of media, prior to our opening on Friday evening. You will see the students showing and talking about their work, and we will tour the studio.

Venue & Address: 
Rm 287 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

CopyCamp 2008

Friday, March 14, 2008 - 5:15pm to 6:00pm

Ever wondered how you’ll make a living after art school? Or whether copyright helps or hinders artists? CopyCamp is one way for artists to find out.

What is CopyCamp?
CopyCamp is a day-long ‘unconference’ about making art and making a living on the Internet. A forum organized by artists (www.cra-adc.ca) for debate and exchange on the super hot copyright issues affecting creators in all disciplines. The first CopyCamp was held at Ryerson last year. The second will be coming to OISE in April.

Want to volunteer for CopyCamp 2008?
Come meet the CopyCamp Team* on Friday, March 14 at 1:15 pm and learn more.

(*Writers/artists Denise Bolduc, Susan Crean, Misha Glouberman and Patrick Dinnen)

Venue & Address: 
Rm 284 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Inter(PR)axis: Mapping a Practice of Media Art

Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 2:00pm to 10:00pm

Organized by Nina Czegledy
Presented by: InterAccess, York University Department of Film's Norman Jewison Series, the Ontario College of Art & Design and OCAD's mobile digital project, Portage: The Canadian Mobile Experience.

Inter(PR)Axis is a free one-day conference addressing the historical context, current practice and future directions of media art in Toronto and beyond, as a parallel event with the InterAccess exhibition IA25: Mapping a Practice of Media Art. Conference panelists from the Ontario College of Art & Design and York University ' many of whom have been integral to the development of InterAccess over the past 25 years ' will reflect on the historical and contemporary context of Canadian media art, as traced through these two important educational programs, the surrounding community, and the innovative activities of InterAccess, Canada's first and premier centre for electronic art. Keynote speaker Machiko Kusahara, whose research ranges from the history of Japanese automata to device art, will address these issues in terms of current international media art practices.

Keynote Speaker:
Machiko Kusahara, Ph.D Media Scholar/Curator, Waseda University, Tokyo.

Mike Darroch, Patricio Davila, Judith Doyle, Anna Friz, Paula Gardner, Simone Jones, Janine Marchessault, David McIntosh, Jim Ruxton, Geoffrey Shea, Nell Tenhaaf, Norman White.

Nina Czegledy, John Greyson, Michael Longford.

Conference Schedule:

9:00 am: Introductions
Sara Diamond, President, Ontario College of Art & Design
Nina Czegledy, Senior Fellow, KMDI, University of Toronto, Adjunct Associate Professor Concordia University

9:15 am: Media Theory and Practice: Historical reflections
Moderator John Greyson, artist/filmmaker, Assistant Professor, York University

Art and Architecture at the Onset of Canadian Media Theory
Janine Marchessault, Canada Research Chair, Director, Visible City Project + Archive (VCPA), York University and Michael Darroch, Postdoctoral Research Fellow (FQRSC), York University

Worldpool (1978) to Odyssey (2008): Toronto episodes in Art Exchange
Judith Doyle, Artist, Chair of Integrated Media, Ontario College of Art & Design

Mobile Media Workshop in a Suitcase: A case study of the transcultural intersection of art and new technologies
David McIntosh, Associate Professor, and Patricio Davila, MA (candidate), Ontario College of Art & Design

Digital Appearances
Simone Jones, Artist, Associate Dean, Faculty of Art, Ontario College of Art & Design

11:15 am: Coffee break

11:30 am: Keynote ' Device Art: A New Approach to Bridge Art, Design, Technology and Entertainment
Machiko Kusahara, Media Scholar/Media Art Curator, Professor, School of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan.

12:30 pm: Lunch

1:30 pm: Media Theory and Practice: Toronto Context
Moderator Nina Czegledy

Dynamics of Interactivity
Nell Tenhaaf, Artist, Associate Professor in Visual Arts, Associate Dean of Fine Arts, York University

Subtle Technologies, A Historical Perspective
Jim Ruxton, Artist, Director, Subtle Technologies Festival, Toronto

Why artists make robots?
Norman White, Artist, Instructor, School of Image Arts, Ryerson University

2:45 pm: Coffee break

3:00 pm: Media Art Current Trends and Future Directions
Moderator: Michael Longford, Associate Chair Department of Design, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University

Mobile Anarchy from Resistance to Microsurveillance: The Portage Project
Paula Gardner, Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Studies, Ontario College of Art & Design,

Anna Friz, Artist, Research Associate, PhD Candidate, Communication and Culture/York University PhD Candidate, York University

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Geoffrey Shea, Artist, Assistant Professor, Researcher, Ontario College of Art & Design

4:45 pm: Closing remarks
Dana Samuel, Director/Curator, InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre
Nina Czegledy

Inter(PR)Axis was developed and organized by Nina Czegledy, media artist, curator, Senior Fellow, KMDI, University of Toronto, Adjunct Associate Professor Concordia University, co-chair Leonardo Education Forum, in collaboration with the Ontario College of Art & Design, York University and InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre. Special thanks to the Gladstone Hotel for sponsoring accommodations for Machiko Kusahara.

Presented as a parallel event to the exhibition IA25: Mapping a Practice of Media Art
Curated by Nina Czegledy and Angella Mackey
with Simone Jones & Julian Oliver, Lorena Salom', Galen Scorer and Norman White
Exhibition opens January 25 with a reception at 8:00 pm and runs until March 8, 2008
InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre, 9 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 12-5 pm

Celebrating 25 years of expanding the cultural space of technology, InterAccess is a registered, charitable, artist-run centre dedicated to the research, production, exhibition and education of electronic and new media art.

Jennifer Cherniack, Assistant Curator/Education Coordinator
InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre
9 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

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

Francisco-Fernando Granados & Johanna Householder participate in "Running with Concepts"

Figures in arch pose
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 4:00am

Running with Concepts: The Choreographic Edition

SEPTEMBER 16-18, 2016


With Julia Bryan-Wilson, Mel Y. Chen, Emily Mast, Julie Pellegrin, Julien Prévieux, Sarah Sharma, and The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People

And presentations by:

Alvin Luong, Olive Mckeon, MORTIFIED (Camilla Singh & Jenn Goodwin), Angela Veronica Wong & Caroline Doherty, Francisco-Fernando Granados & Johanna Householder, Gabriel Levine, Amelia Ehrhardt & Fabien Maltais-Bayda, k.g. Guttman, and Stephanie Anderson, Kirsty Robertson & Shannon Stratton

Co-hosted by Christine Shaw and Ame Henderson

Running with Concepts: The Choreographic Edition is part-workshop, part-conference, part-crit session, part-master class, part-experiment, part-chance composition. It is also part of the Blackwood Gallery’s 2016–2017 exhibition program which animates questions of choreography and sets out to mobilize another set of terms: counterproductivity, co-immunity, choreopolitics, and care.

Performed across the UTM campus, Running with Concepts: The Choreographic Edition takes aim at the multiple connections between art and globalization and asks how we might think about the relation between choreography and politics today without repeating neoliberal demands and constraints. Running with Concepts: The Choreographic Edition will become a rehearsal space for possible ways of entering the social and of positioning oneself with others.


General Registration: $50 (full conference)
One-Day Registration: $15 (Friday), $25 (Saturday or Sunday)
Includes lunch and transport from downtown Toronto
*Free for presenters and current students (with ID)

Click here to register.

Questions? Email: blackwood.gallery@utoronto.ca

FOR MORE DETAILS, VISIT: http://blackwoodgallery.ca/events/2016/RWCChoreographicEdition.html

This event is part of the Blackwood Gallery’s 2016-2017 exhibition program:

Emily Mast, The Cage is a Stage, on view until September 18, 2016
I stood before the source, curated by Letters & Handshakes, October 16–December 4, 2016
Julien Prévieux, January 18–March 6, 2017

Running with Concepts: The Choreographic Edition is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Department of Visual Studies (UTM) through the Graduate Expansion Fund, the Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts, and the Consulate General of France in Toronto.

Funding for additional staff support made possible through the Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations program, Department of Canadian Heritage. The Canadian Museums Association administers the museum component of the YCW program on behalf of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Venue & Address: 
See below, Free for Students

ED Media 2015 - Ambient Experience Lab Paper Accepted

Monday, May 25, 2015 - 4:00am

The Program Committee of EdMedia 2015: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, after rigorous peer review, has decided to accept our submission for presentation as a full paper. EdMedia 2015 will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 22-24, 2015.

Unpacking the Concept of Design Thinking Through a Competency-based Curriculum

(from the abstract) The primary aim of this paper is to report an in-depth analysis of OCADU Industrial Design program’s competency based curriculum, which, in turn, will unpack the notion of design thinking. The research question is to understand how OCADU faculty members designed and implemented a competency-based curriculum that fosters students’ ability in design thinking. The results show three initial principles for defining design thinking within K 12 and higher education: (1) Design thinking as situated within design ‘doing’ and ‘feeling’, (2) Design thinking embedded within different ‘design modeling’ languages’; and (3) building creative confidence by increasingly being able to connect experiences. These three identified design thinking principles need to be taught, documented, measured and organized in order to affect K12 and higher education. 


Rouzbeh Akhbari presenting at Intersections|Cross Sections Graduate Conference

photo of a building
Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 7:15pm

Fourth year SCIN student Rouzbeh Akhbari will be presenting at this year's Intersections| Cross Sections Graduate Conference at Ryerson University.  Rouzbeh will be presenting from the paper "Spoliation: From Plinths to Capital" as part of the panel Critical Engagements with Space on March 12th at 2:15 pm. The paper directly references his SCIN thesis body of work that is on exhibit from the 2nd to 12th of March at Birch contemporary.



Venue & Address: 
Intersections| Cross Sections Graduate Conference at Ryerson University Ryerson IMA, 3rd Floor

Kathy Kiloh participates in the 4th annual Association for Adorno Studies conference.

Kathy Kiloh at the 4th annual Association for Adorno Studies conference.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 4:00am

This is the fourth annual meeting; previous meetings have been held at University Colleg, Dublin (2014); Temple University, Philadelphia (2013); and The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. Dr. Kiloh presented a paper at last year's meeting in Dublin, and is serving as a respondent to Lydia Goehr (Professor, department of philosophy, Columbia University) at this year's meeting.