Call for Applications: Holiday Artist Alley

Apply Now: Holiday Artist Alley
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 11:45pm

We would like to showcase talent from current OCAD U students and alumni across all programs so every art form is welcome! Deadline to apply is Saturday, November 3, 2018 (11:59 PM)

This event will be held in the Great Hall in 100 McCaul Street (2 to 8 PM), on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

More details to apply on our Page OCAD Artist Alley
If you have questions, please contact: ocadartistalley@gmail.com

VOLUNTEER:
Please consider volunteering with us! Volunteers will be guaranteed space to sell their work.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall (Level 2), 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
www.facebook.com/OCAD-Artist-Alley-507513873031048/
Email: 
ocadartistalley@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free to apply and participate

OCAD U Designers Join General Motors at Canadian Technical Centre in Oshawa

Four students standing in front of a red GM car
Thursday, October 11, 2018

Building upon a growing partnership between OCAD University and General Motors of Canada, two recent graduates and one student have recently been recruited through the University’s Digital Futures program to work at GM’s Canadian Technical Centre (CTC) in Oshawa. Joining the GM team are Ryan Mason (BDes 2018) in the role of Visual Media Specialist – 3D Digital, Samaa Ahmed (MDes 2018) in the role of Design Thinking Facilitator/Trainer, and Digital Futures Master’s student Jad Rabbaa (MDes 2019) as Visual Media Specialist – Design.

These successful students are the latest in a growing relationship shared between GM and the university over the past two years. Working closely with the Faculty of Design, Research & Innovation and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, GM’s CTC has become a highly involved industry partner across several initiatives; engaging with a broad variety of OCAD U’s departments, students and alum.

"Early expectations were that the relationship between GM and OCAD U would evolve slowly. OCAD U has been thrilled with the accelerated pace of the partnership, as GM’s CTC group has become a “cool” employer for  design students. This is possible due to GM’s quick understanding of how design can help them be more innovative. An understanding cultivated through direct engagement with our talented students,"  said Dori Tunstall, Dean of the Faculty of Design.

In 2017, GM recruited Industrial Design students Nash Escalada (BDes 2019) and Simran Dadlani (BDes 2019) to contribute as Creative Specialists within their Innovation & Advanced Technical Work team to imagine the future of mobility.

"Apart from the excitement of being my first official design job, I found it extremely valuable to work alongside engineers as we navigated our differences to create an entirely new approach to projects that has carried on into my own practice. One of my favourite projects was designing the initial 'unboxing experience' for a product that will be launched in 2019! It was thrilling to be able to take a peep behind the curtain and learn about the incredible ideas GM has in the works for the future of mobility," said Simran Dadlani. "As a young design student, any opportunity to share your knowledge and way of thinking with people outside the design bubble is extremely exciting because it makes you realize, you are valuable!"

As participants in the 2018 OCAD U Design Career Fair, GM connected in depth with students and alumni; reviewing portfolios and sharing conversations with top creative talents. This past May, representatives from the CTC visited GradEx 103 for an exclusive tour of graduating student work. After meeting many students from several disciplines, GM followed up after GradEx, inviting two Industrial Design graduates, Curtis Dwyer (BDes 2018) and Dane Carlsen (BDes 2018), to present their thesis projects to staff. In August 2018, Digital Futures grads Nadine Lessio (MDes 2018) and Ryan Mason (BDes 2018) also travelled to Oshawa to showcase their major projects in an exhibition hosted at the CTC.

As GM Canada continues to advance their work in directing the future of mobility, OCAD U and GM will continue to build upon this growing partnership providing students and alum with opportunities to apply their education, creative and technical skills within Canada’s premiere automotive company.

“The 5W’s (Who, What, Where, When, Why) and How are often considered fundamental questions in problem solving. As engineers, we are very good at figuring out WHAT scientific principles apply and HOW to develop practical solutions. But we can sometimes lose track of who we are trying to help, or what problem we are truly supposed to fix. That’s where our meeting with Sara Diamond, from OCAD U helped us change our way of thinking," said Terry Ostan, Senior Manager GM Canada CTC Innovation and Advanced Technology. "Art and Design professionals are very good at asking WHY are we fixing this, and WHO is going to use this. Diversifying our team with artists and designers has given us a new perspective! They are showing us that users should be in the middle of the design process. Collaborations with OCAD U during GRAD-Ex, career day, and the project exhibitions at our tech centre in Oshawa, have enabled us to add talented members to our innovation team. This is an exciting time for GM as we redefine mobility with electric, autonomous, connected and ride-sharing vehicles to create a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion; we are glad to have OCAD U as a partner on this journey.”

 

Isabel Meirelles Co-Organizes Second Annual Information+ Conference

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 11:30am

Professor Isabel Meirelles is responsible for co-organizing the second anual Information+ Conference, held in Potsdam, Germany, from October 19th-22nd. The biennial conference brings together researchers and practitioners in information design and visualization to discuss common questions and challenges in these rapidly changing fields. Information+ includes a variety of workshops, four keynotes, a two-day conference and an exhibition of historic information design, organized by the German Museum of Books and Writing. The event is hosted by the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. 

Learn more at http://informationplusconference.com/

The Communicative Value of Data Visualizations

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 11:45am

Professor Isabel Meireilles has been invited to speak at the Fields Institute workshop "Statistical Inference, Learning and Models in Data Science", held from September 24-27, 2018 at The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences.

Data visualizations are ubiquitous and critically important to generating new knowledge in several fields today. They often play a central role in different stages of the research process, from exploring data with visual analytical methods to communicating findings with visual displays aimed at both experts and general audiences. In this talk Meirelles will focus on the latter, visualizations used to communicate complex information. In this communicative role, visualizations are visual (re)presentations of results, requiring presentation skills originated in well-established practices, such as graphic design and journalism. Through case studies, Meirelles will examine cognitive and perceptual constraints, visual strategies and tradeoffs, and critically reflect on common challenges of the medium.

Interested participants may watch this event through the Fields Institute Video Streaming service, FieldsLive, found here: https://www.fields.utoronto.ca/live

 

Venue & Address: 
Rm. 230, The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences. 222 College Street, Second Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 3J1.
Website: 
http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/activities/18-19/statistical_inference
Cost: 
No cost

Ignite Gallery Student Monitor

Ignite Gallery
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 12:30pm

Ignite Gallery represents the current creative voice of OCAD University students and recent graduates through exhibitions, events and community programs. 

Ignite Gallery (formerly the OCAD U Student Gallery) continues its 40+ year history of support for the exciting work of emerging artists, designers and curators from OCAD University.  

Located in Kensington Market, Ignite Gallery is currently recruiting IWSP-eligible Student Monitors for the Fall/Winter term to serve as front-line staff welcoming and informing visitors about exhibitions and public events, to supervise the gallery, and help with install and de-install of shows.  

Reporting to the Community Coordinator, Ignite Gallery, the Ignite Gallery Student Monitor will:  

  • Greet visitors as they enter the gallery and provide information on present and upcoming exhibitions, public events and general gallery and OCAD U information.  

  • Assist with installation and de-installation of exhibitions, as needed, which may include: light lifting and moving of objects, installing hanging material, moving plinths, patch/repair and paint walls and hanging wall labels.  

  • Track daily attendance 

  • Perform opening and closing duties including: turning on and off the works in the exhibition, keeping the gallery tidy and locking all doors.  

  • Provide staffing assistance for all public programs and events, such as the opening reception, where duties may include: setup and takedown of chairs and tables, serving food, selling drinks and taking photographs.  

  • Ensure all exhibition elements are in proper working order and all gallery areas are clean/tidy. Examine the exhibitions daily to identify if maintenance is needed on artworks, perform corrective action (as appropriate) and notify other staff as needed.  

  • Perform administrative tasks including, basic graphic design, writing reports related to gallery attendance and audience response. Replenishes gallery material, such as exhibition brochures, at the front desk and other areas as needed.  

  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the Community Coordinator and Gallery System management.  

Requirements:  

  • Eligible for the Institutional Work Study Plan (IWSP)* 

  • Currently enrolled as an OCAD University student  

  • Interest in contemporary art and design  

  • Able to work with power tools and on ladders 

  • Comfortable in a public speaking role  

  • Strong verbal communication skills  

  • Ability to work under general direction and in a team environment  

  • Strong interpersonal skills; enjoy working with the public  

  • Must be able to work flexible hours for public event shifts  

Assets:  

  • Ability to operate audio/visual and office equipment  

  • Knowledge and comfort using social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) to assist with Onsite Gallery's digital presence and promotion  

  • Smart Serve certified  

  • Graphic design skills or competence in creative suite 

Duration: early September 2018 to end of the school year 2019, with possibility of renewing for the following exhibition period  

Rate of pay: $15.68 per hour (which includes pay in lieu of vacation and benefits) 

Schedule: 1-2 regular weekly shifts to be determined, resulting in between 5-10 hours/week, depending on availability  

Vacancies: 2-3 

Please submit the following to Morgan Mavis, Community Coordinator, mmavis@ocadu.ca 

  • a cover letter 

  • resume 

  • your IWSP eligibility confirmation for the Fall/Winter 

*Institutional Work Study consists of part-time employment for students on or near campus while they are enrolled in a program of instruction, to supplement OSAP assistance received by students, or to assist other students with demonstrated financial need. 

Students must meet the following criteria in order to apply for the IWSP: 

  • Be a Undergraduate or Graduate student at OCAD U during the 2018 Fall/Winter 

  • Be a Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident or Protected Person 

  • Be Ontario resident or out-of-province student and have submitted an error-free loan application  

  • Be registered in full-time studies (as defined by OSAP) during the 2018/19 fall/winter semester; for the summer session students must be registered in at least 0.5 credits 

  • Demonstrate financial need (priority is given to OSAP students; out-of province students will only be considered if funds are available)   

  • Note: if you are an out-of-province student, you must attach a copy of your loan/student aid assessment document showing federal/provincial funding. 

  • Note: if you are restricted from OSAP or out-of-province loans, please visit the Financial Aid & Awards Office in person to meet with an advisor to discuss your restriction. 

For more information on the IWSP program, please visit the Student Employment webpage here

  

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., August 29, 2018. 

As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions 

O-DAYS! OCAD Artist Alley

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 11:00am to 5:00pm

Need new paintings or sculptures to decorate your room? Maybe a one-of-a-kind jacket, or a custom ring? Some prints, zines, or stickers?

This event is open to the public so come by and support local artists!
**Remember to BRING CASH as most artists do not have card readers**

We'll be revealing Artist Profiles leading up to the event... Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/ocadartistalley/

The OCAD Artist Alley is a student initiative, in collaboration with OCAD U Campus Life and O-Days! 2018, to give students and alumni across all programs the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work.

Poster art by Becky Wu.

Eventbrite link: (coming soon)*: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ocad-artist-alley-2018-tickets-49075457013 
*Tickets NOT needed for entrance.

VOLUNTEER! Or ask Questions:
Please contact: ocadartistalley@gmail.com

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U's Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
www.instagram.com/ocadartistalley/
www.facebook.com/events/386542508542749/
www.facebook.com/OCAD-Artist-Alley-507513873031048/
Email: 
ocadartistalley@gmail.com
Artist Alley poster

Call for Applications: OCAD U Artist Alley

Friday, July 6, 2018 - 1:30pm to Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 11:45pm

This student-run event will be held in Butterfield Park on the first day of classes (Wednesday, September 5, 11 AM to 5 PM), as part of O-DAYS! 2018.

We would like to showcase talent from current OCAD U students and alumni across all programs so every art form is welcome!

Free to both apply and table! Deadline to apply is July 31.

If you want to volunteer or have questions about this student-run initiative, please email ocadartistalley@gmail.com

Artist Applications: https://goo.gl/forms/v7eZSr5ZnfP1HYFX2 ✦

✦ FAQs ✦

Q: Who can apply? 
A: Any current OCAD U student or alumni. Please note we are not accepting applications from incoming first years. 

Q: How many artists are you accepting?
A: We currently have space for around 20 artists in Butterfield park. If there is a high volume of applicants, we will look to increasing the venue space. 

Q: What are we allowed to sell? 
A: Anything that you have made! This includes: prints, posters, stickers, paintings, merchandise, sculptures, jewelry, fashion, zines, and more! Fanart and original art both allowed. 

Q: I'm a Sculpture major, but I also make stamps and prints! Can I sell those? 
A: Yes! Please don't feel restricted by what your major is at all; we only ask for your program out of interest. 

Q: What if we have class or other commitments in the middle of the event?
A: Please try to find a friend to watch your table for you while you are away. If you are selected and need help finding someone, get in touch with us right away. Please note that you should be here prior to 11 for set-up and clean-up will start at 5. 

Q: How big are the tables?
They are 29 by 30 by 72 inches (H x W x L).

Q: Will there be food or refreshments?
A: We will have small snacks and water available but it would be a good idea to pack a lunch beforehand, or arrange to have lunch delivered. 

Q: Is this event happening rain or shine? 
A: The short answer is yes, but the event time may be shortened. While this is an outdoors event, the majority of the space is sheltered by the Sharp Center for Design. 

Q: Who is running this event?
A: This event is organized and run by students at OCAD, sponsored by OCAD U Campus Life, as part of O-DAYS! 2018. 

Please note you will be responsible for handling your own cash and transactions. OCAD U is not responsible for any lost or damaged property.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Butterfield Park (Wednesday, September 5 / 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/474600512983035/
www.ocadu.ca/orientation
Email: 
ocadartistalley@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free
OCAD Artist Alley

Dean Dori Tunstall profiled in Communication Arts magazine

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

In a column titled Respectful Design, Dr. Dori Tunstall, OCAD University’s Dean of the Faculty of Design, discusses her work in decolonizing the design curriculum at OCAD U. Dean Tunstall describes the positive reactions she receives at international presentations where she explains how the university is using Respectful Design. The full profile is available online.

 

 

 

Diagrams of Power showcases the politics of data visualization

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Opening July 11, Onsite Gallery’s newest exhibition, Diagrams of Power,features art and design works that use data, diagrams, maps and visualizations to challenge dominant narratives and support the resilience of marginalized communities. 

The expansive exhibition features the work of eighteen prominent artists, designers, researchers, cartographers, activists and collectives: Joshua Akers, The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Josh Begley, Joseph Beuys, Vincent Brown, Bureau d'études, Department of Unusual Certainties, W. E. B. Du Bois, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, Forensic Architecture, Iconoclasistas, Julie Mehretu, Lize Mogel, Ogimaa Mikana, Margaret Pearce, Laura Poitras, Philippe Rekacewicz and Visualizing Impact.

Curated by Patricio Dávila, Associate Professor in OCAD University’s Faculty of Design, the exhibition makes visible both ‘what’ gets represented, and ‘who’ is doing the representing. “Maps, diagrams and visualizations are both artifacts and processes — they are tools that tell a story,” said Dávila. “They create ways to bring people and objects together in the telling of that story, with the outcomes made available to be viewed and inspected, and also performed so they can be heard and felt. Each creator uses this mode to tell inconvenient stories that upset and resist the status quo.”

Diagrams of Power opens with a free, public reception on Wednesday, July 11 from 6 to 9 p.m., and continues through to the early morning of September 30, 2018, including the evening of Nuit Blanche Toronto (Saturday, September 29, 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. on Sunday, September 30). 

A complete list of participating creator biographies is available at https://www2.ocadu.ca/event/diagrams-of-power.

About Onsite Gallery
Onsite Gallery (www.ocadu.ca/onsite) is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD University, and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8pm; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7pm; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 pm.

Support
Diagrams of Power is produced with the support of OCAD University's Faculty of Design Office, Public Visualization Lab, Multi Touch Digital, Microsoft and Nexus Investments.

Diagram of Power's public workshops and research engagement events are supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Onsite Gallery gratefully acknowledges that the new gallery construction was funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes. Gallery furniture was supplied by Nienkämper. The Onsite Gallery logo was created by Dean Martin Design.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s university of the imagination. Founded in 1876, the university is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research, and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. 

Media inquiries:

Sarah Mulholland
OCAD U Communications
416-977-6000 x1327
smulholland@ocadu.ca

Resilient

In this ongoing research, we aim to enhance training of surgical residents and support ongoing performance development of surgical teams through the development of practical training tools using a serious games approach. This work will complement the Surgical Performance team at St Michael’s hospital, Toronto and OR BlackBox. We will refine translations of theoretical models of resiliency to develop high fidelity serious games.  Enhancing and testing a three level serious game for developing resiliency behaviors among surgical teams.  We will continue to refine existing prototypes for offline physical games and integrate these with existing OR BlackBox and SST software tools for surgical performance.

Creator: 
Photograph of hand with blue marker sketching design.
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 2:30pm
Lab Member: 
Kate Sellen

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