What the Futures? - Digital Futures Graduate Thesis Exhibition

Friday, April 12, 2019 - 6:00pm to Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 4:00pm

The Digital Futures (DF) graduate program at OCAD University invites you to "What the Futures?" - our annual graduate thesis exhibition. This exhibition features thesis projects (MA, MFA, and MDes) that explore a wide range of topics including audio alignment, augmented reality, colonialism, data visualization, ecosystems, experimental film, fashion, feminism, fetish, games, gaze, gender, horror, identity, immigration, internet of things, machine learning, neurodiversity, queer theory, sexual assault, speculative design, virtual reality, wayfinding, and more.

LOCATION:
TMAC (Toronto Media Arts Centre)
32 Lisgar Street, Toronto, ON M6J 0C7

OPENING NIGHT
Friday, April 12, 2019 - 6PM - 9PM

ADDITIONAL HOURS
Saturday, April 13, 2019,12PM - 5PM
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 12PM - 4PM

Exhibitors:
Chris Luginbuhl
David Foster
Dikla Revah Sinai
Emilia Mason
Emma Brito
Feng Yuan
Finlay Braithwaite
Jad Al Rabbaa
Kristy Boyce
Kylie Caraway
Max Lander
Orlando Bascuñán
Quinn Rockliff
Ramona Caprariu
Roxanne Henry
Sana Shepko
Savaya Shinkaruk
Sean Harkin
Tommy Ting
Yiyi Shao

"Our students don’t just make things with emerging technologies - they think creatively and critically about how, why, and when we should use and engage with these ideas and tools - and when we should not. The artworks, prototypes, demonstrations, and performances bring this research to life in a rich interactive format. We invite our colleagues from industry, fellow universities, art, design, and maker communities to come join us for this important and exciting exhibition."
- Kate Hartman, Graduate Program Director, Digital Futures

This event is presented by:
Graduate Studies at OCAD University and CFC Media Lab

Venue & Address: 
TMAC (Toronto Media Arts Centre) 32 Lisgar St. Toronto ON, m6j0c9
Website: 
www.dfthesis.com
Email: 
jpaglione@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
The Digital Futures (DF) graduate program at OCAD University invites you to "What the Futures?"

Meet the Digital Futures

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Please join the Digital Futures Undergraduate Program for the Second Annual Meet the Digital Futures event!

Meet the Digital Futures is an opportunity for students and faculty from the Digital Futures program and the greater OCAD community to engage with the thesis projects created by this year’s graduating undergraduate cohort. This informal exhibition includes the launch of the websites created by each of the students and the works created as part of their thesis.

This event is co-hosted by the Digital Futures Undergraduate Program and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers.

Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, 115 McCaul St., 3rd Floor.
Cost: 
FREE
"Meet the Digital Futures" written to look like neon lights

[CANCELLED] Human-Centered IoT: Designing for the Human-in-the-Loop: Research Wednesdays

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

This talk by Dr. Alexis Morris will introduce the need for a more human-centered focus in the development of smart, ubiquitous systems and highlights the opportunity to improve the bandwidth between system software and the people that it supports every day. 

 Designing for the Human-in-the-Loop

About Dr. Alexis Morris:

Dr. Alexis Morris is an assistant professor in the Digital Futures program at OCAD University, and the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in the Internet of Things. He is the director of the Adaptive Context Environments (ACE) Lab, where his team spearheads core research in adaptive interfaces and collaborative approaches to smart context-aware environments, for a host of domains, advancing the Internet of Things. He is a computer scientist, specializing in the overlapping research domain of software engineering for adaptive systems based on the incorporation of fuzzy human-factors in socio-technical systems, bridging a cross-section of approaches in artificial intelligence (i.e., soft-computing via neural networks and fuzzy logic), virtual and augmented reality, passive brain-computer interfaces, adaptive risk management, multi-agent systems modelling, organizational culture simulations, and pervasive technologies. 

What is the Internet of Things (IoT)? 

Simply put, the “things” in Internet of Things are the everyday objects in your house, only hooked up to the internet. It’s really that simple. So think a thermostat that can be controlled from an app on your smartphone (handy on those cold winter mornings) or a coffee maker that switches itself on when it can tell you’ve gotten out of bed (Source: Cloudwards.net).

Research Wednesdays

Human-Centered IoT: Designing for the Human-in-the-Loop is a part of Research Wednesdays speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad, or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a casual, supportive environment about research activities, collections and more. We apply a broad definition of research which includes a variety of activities within the domains of art, design, libraries and archives. This event is open to all members of the OCAD U community as well as the general public.

Do you have a research experience that you would love to share with us? Contact Daniel Payne at (dpayne@ocadu.ca)

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free

Digital Futures Open Show 2019

DF Open Show
Friday, February 1, 2019 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Opening Night: February 1st, 5-8PM (RSVP here: https://dfopenshow2019.eventbrite.ca)
Additional Open Hours: Saturday, February 2nd, 1-5PM

The collection of work presented is intended to represent a survey of current ideas, concepts, themes, theories, tools, techniques, and trends being explored by the Digital Futures community. We're excited to continue with the exhibition.

OPEN comes from the fact that this call is open to our whole community. The show will include works from current Digital Futures undergraduate students, graduate students AND faculty. Works include physical computing prototypes, data visualizations, digital entertainment, games, wearable technology, and interactive installations. For anyone who has asked the question “What IS Digital Futures anyway?” - we’re hoping this exhibition will continue to provide some answers.

This event is free and open to the public, We look forward to seeing you there!

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, Ground floor, 205 Richmond St W, Toronto, M5V 1V3
Website: 
https://dfopenshow2019.eventbrite.ca
Cost: 
Free! RSVP at Eventbrite link below

current & flow: a Digital Futures exhibition

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 5:00pm

Featuring work from multidisciplinary creators exploring connectivity, communication, emotion, and art in the networked world.

Works exhibited by students in the Creation & Computation, Experiences & Interfaces, and Possible Futures courses.

Friday, December 7, 2018

5:00 - 8:00pm

OCADU Graduate Gallery

205 Richmond St. W

Free

Venue & Address: 
OCADU Graduate Gallery 205 Richmond St. W
Website: 
www.dfthesis.com
Email: 
3173694@student.ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
 current & flow: a Digital Futures exhibition

Graduate Programs Info Nights 2018

Meet with faculty and students from the program to help answer your questions about courses, the learning environment and degree outcomes.

Professor Emma Westecott Published in "Feminism In Play"

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 1:00pm

Associate Professor Emma Westecott has written a chapter entitled “Feminism and Gameplay Performance" which has been published in the edited collection Feminism In Play by Palgrave Games in Context.

About the Book:

"Feminism in Play focuses on women as they are depicted in video games, as participants in games culture, and as contributors to the games industry. This volume showcases women’s resistance to the norms of games culture, as well as women’s play and creative practices both in and around the games industry. Contributors analyze the interconnections between games and the broader societal and structural issues impeding the successful inclusion of women in games and games culture. In offering this framework, this volume provides a platform to the silenced and marginalized, offering counter-narratives to the post-racial and post-gendered fantasies that so often obscure the violent context of production and consumption of games culture."

Retrieved from: https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319905389

Westecott, Emma. "Feminism and Gameplay Performance." Feminism in Play. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, 2018. 251-266.

Digital Futures MDes student Afrooz Samaei competes at the Ontario Provincial 3MT

Afrooz Samaei, the winner of the OCAD U 3MT competition|who represented OCAD U at the 2018 Provincial Finals 3MT Competition at
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 2:30pm

Congratulations to Afrooz Samaei, the winner of the OCAD U 3MT competition, who represented OCAD U at the 2018 Provincial Finals 3MT Competition at York University on Thursday, April 19th, 2018. 20 PhD and Master's students from across Ontario had 3 minutes to present their innovative research ideas.

Afrooz's presented her project entitled, "Parabolas and the Town: Learning Abstract Symbolic Mathematics through Digital Games" in 3 minutes or less to a large audience and panel of judges consisting of:

Rob Baker

Rob Baker is best known as the guitarist for the rock band The Tragically Hip.

Christopher Hilkene

Christopher Hilkene is an environment and sustainable development professional who has provided public policy and communications advice to public, private and not-for-profit sector clients over 20 years.

Karen Kraft Sloan

With forty years in government and the private sector, Karen Kraft Sloan served Canada as the Canadian Ambassador for the Environment and as a federal member of parliament.

Natasha Ramsahai

Natasha Ramsahai is a Meteorologist at 680 All News Radio, CityNews and Breakfast Television. Prior to 680/CityNews/Breakfast Television, Natasha was a Senior Meteorologist at the CBC and key to the creation of the CBC National Weather Centre.

Afrooz holds a B.Sc. degree in Geomatics Engineering and will graduate this June from the Master of Design, Digital Futures program. Afrooz has professional experience in data and visual analytics and tutoring mathematics. Her passion for empowering younger generations with STEM skills motivated her to develop a series of math education video games for her master’s thesis, which focuses on learning abstract symbolic mathematics through video games.

Parabolas and the Town is a math educational video game that targets high school students. The goal is to help players better understand an abstract mathematical concept by connecting it to a concrete situation. The problems embedded in the game illustrate how certain abstract concepts gain meaning within a game world and provide a scenario where students are required to dig into their knowledge of algebra and put it into practice in order to be able to solve the game’s challenges.

For more information about this year's Provincial 3MT competition, visit:

http://3mt-ontario.gradstudies.yorku.ca/presenters/

 

Level Up 2018: Digital Futures student Ryan Mason wins Best Artistic Achievement!

bearded young man, Ryan Mason, holding a trophy
Friday, April 13, 2018

On Wednesday April 4th 2018, the 8th annual Level Up Showcase took place at the Design Exchange in Toronto. More than 75 games from over 14 schools were showcased to the public for free! This popular annual event brings together the best games made by post-secondary students each yea,r to be judged by top industry experts from AMD, Ubisoft, Uken Games, Unity, ID@Xbox and Zynga.

This year’s winners are:

Best Technical Innovation

  • 1st Place - Prime Ops from UOIT
  • 2nd Place - That Night from OCADU
  • 3rd Place - M.E.C.C. from Humber

Best Artistic Achievement

  • 1st Place - That Night from OCADU
  • 2nd Place - Zephyr from OCADU/UofT
  • 3rd Place - Super Random Heroes from Sheridan

People’s Choice

  • 1st Place - Stop Running from Brock
  • 2nd Place - Zephyr from OCADU/UofT
  • 3rd Place - Super Random Heroes from Sheridan

Best Overall Game

  • 1st Place - Super Random Heroes from Sheridan
  • 2nd Place - Radio Violence from George Brown
  • 3rd Place - Zephyr from OCADU/UofT

Digital Futures faculty are thrilled that our very own fourth-year undergrad stuent Ryan Mason won best Artistic Achievement for his game “That Night”. Ryan’s thesis game is a narrative-driven puzzle adventure set in a forgotten home on the outskirts of a small, unremarkable town. Enter into a place left untouched for over thirty five years, whose story has been left untold and secrets remain to be discovered. Play as Evelyn Young, a high school sophomore who just moved to yet another painfully mundane town in middle America. At least... that’s what she thought.

We are very proud of our ongoing collaboration with Computer Science at the University of Toronto that brings our students together to make 12 games, including the multi-nominated student game Zephyr this term.

From Fall 2018 OCAD University will be offering a Games and Play Minor offered across all faculties for students interested in game design and development, email ewestecott@faculty.ocadu.ca for more information.

Watch a video of they event by Andrew McAllister an see more photos on instagram at DFundergrad.

 

 

Poster: 
people gathered around a game controller
Group photo of about 25 people
a man and a woman playing a video game

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