Permission is a Design Material

Allan Chochinov
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Allan Chochinov
Partner, Core77
Chair, SVA MFA Products of Design
Allan Chochinov is the Chair of the multi-disciplinary MFA in Products of Design program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and a partner of Core77, the design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts since 1995. Prior to this work, Allan’s practice in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, working on projects for clients from Johnson & Johnson to Federal Express. He has been named on numerous design and utility patents, and speaks, moderates, and teaches around the world at venues from the Aspen Design Conference to the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio.

Permission Is A Design Material.
Historically, the “materials of design” have been refracted through the narrow lenses of form, function, and, well, materiality. But what are the contemporary materials of design, or more urgently, what are contemporary ways of looking at those materials? From complexity and information as design materials, to permission, participation, and subversion as design materials, this talk will present a rich palette of new design paint—resonant with power and urgency—giving designers a fresh set of tools with which to see and address today’s complex design challenges.

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond Street West Room 510
Free - Space is Limited
Permission is a Design Material poster poster with event info

Research Wednesdays: Century of Ontario Photographs

Simple drawings of an open book and an open laptop. The images are surrounded by text from the event description.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

This presentation examines some of the highlights from the Archives of Ontario’s extensive photograph collections, and showcases the work of government, amateur and professional photographers. It reveals the importance of the Archives’ photograph collections to understanding Ontario’s past, and explains how these records are managed and preserved. 

Danielle Manning has worked at the Archives of Ontario for five years, first as an archivist and now as an Outreach Officer. She is currently responsible for the Archives' tour program, social media, and Speakers Bureau presentations. Danielle holds a Master of Information from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in art history from the University of Western Ontario.


Research Wednesdays is a 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 supportive environment. Take a break over lunch to learn about new opportunities for Toronto creative researchers!

Interested in presenting at Research Wednesdays? We are currently programming our winter schedule (Jan-April). Send an email to Daniel Payne ( and include:

  •   brief 250 word description of your talk,
  •   indication of which Wednesdays would be available for you,
  •   list of technological needs,
  •   ideal set up of the presentation seating arrangement,
  •   description of any participatory activities that may be used. (NOTE: any focus groups or survey-type activities may need Research Ethics Board approval, so be prepared to include this in your proposal.)
Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Library's Learning Zone, Level 1, 113 McCaul Street Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick St.
416-977-6000 ext. 217

First Person Narrative: Depictions of Mental Health in the Movies

first person narrative: film & discussion of mental health in the movies
Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Venue & Address: 
113 McCaul (MCC) rm 516

decentre redux: concerning artist-run culture now

Image of a match lighting another
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 10:30pm

How can we reinvent publicly funded art institutions to better serve their artists and communities? Artist-run-centres are a crucial lifeline for emerging artistic practices and conversations, so how do we keep them vital? YYZ Artists’ Outlet and Onsite Gallery at OCAD University co-present a FREE panel discussion and workshop to collectively discuss the work that’s been done and the work that’s needed for artist-run-centres to continually reinvent themselves.


Director, YYZ Artists’ Outlet

Director, XPACE Cultural Centre

Curator, Onsite Gallery, OCAD University

Artistic Director, Trinity Square Video

Director of Programming, Whippersnapper Gallery

Event is FREE, all are welcome
Refreshments will be provided
Space is wheelchair accessible

Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m.
OCAD University
100 McCaul St., Room 284

OCAD University's Student Gallery has an opening reception of their new exhibition, Escape to Camp CMYK, from 6 to 10 p.m. the same night - check out the show before or join the party after our event for a night of art at OCAD U. 

Image credit: Lee Henderson, The Known Effects of Lightning on the Body, 2014, video still.

Ana Barajas
Ana Barajas is a Toronto based independent curator. She holds a BFA from OCAD University in Sculpture/Installation. She received a MVA, Curatorial and a MA, Art History, Modern from the University of Toronto. As the Director of YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Barajas has managed more than one-hundred exhibitions to date and managed the production of six YYZBOOKS. She has participated in several juries and served on the Board of Directors at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) from 2003 to 2009.

Emily Gove
Emily Gove is a practicing artist, educator, programmer and Director of XPACE Cultural Centre. Her work is inspired by subculture, folk art, craft, horror and kitsch, and often includes collaboration and community engagement. Emily has worked extensively with various communities including post-secondary students, emerging artists, children and youth, adults and seniors. She has an MFA in Studio Art and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

cheyanne turions
cheyanne turions is an curator and writer currently based in Toronto. She has mounted curatorial projects with the Audain Gallery at Simon Fraser University, the Doris McCarthy Gallery, SBC Gallery, Gallery TPW, the Art Gallery of Windsor, Art Metropole, the Images Festival and others, and is widely published. She sits on the Board of Directors for Kunstverein Toronto, the Editorial Advisory Committee for C Magazine and the Education and Community Engagement Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is the director of No Reading After the Internet (Toronto) and Artistic Director at Trinity Square Video.

Lisa Deanne Smith
Lisa Deanne Smith is the curator of Onsite Gallery at OCAD University. Her practice includes curating, writing, community events and art that explore issues of voice, experience and power. Recent curatorial projects include Objects for Listening: Cheryl Pope; Ads for People: Selling Ethics in the Digital Age and I Wonder: Marian Bantjes. She has previously held positions at YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Gallery 44 and the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers. Selected exhibitions of her work include White Columns (NY), The New Museum (NY) and Mercer Union (Toronto). She earned an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1995 and an AOCA from OCAD University, 1993.

Joshua Vettivelu
Joshua Vettivelu is an artist working within sculpture, video, performance and installation. Their work seeks to explore how larger frameworks of power manifest within intimate relationships. Recently, their practice has been examining the tensions that emerge when personal experiences are mined for art production, and how this allows institutions to posture and position themselves as self-reflexive. Vettivelu currently teaches at the faculty of Continuing Education at OCAD University and is the Director of Programming for Whippersnapper Gallery.

Onsite Gallery
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University’s professional gallery and experimental curatorial platform for art, design and digital media, fosters social and cultural transformations. Onsite Gallery serves the OCAD University community and the general public. In preparation for the launch of Onsite Gallery’s new location in June 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.

YYZ Artists' Outlet
A site of contemporary cultural conversation, YYZ exists to give artists space and support to take risks and create freely. YYZ values collaboration in both our internal operations and our programming activities. Internally, we act on consensus and encourage dialogue. Externally, we engage with other institutions and work closely with artists. Our imprint, YYZBOOKS, is an alternative Canadian press dedicated to critical writing on art and culture. Our mandate is to encourage ideas and critical thinking and to foster appreciation of contemporary Canadian art and culture by producing challenging yet accessible publications that reach diverse audiences. Our objective is to provide a discursive forum for artists and writers and to facilitate new avenues of discourse within Canadian publishing.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., Room 284
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Event Poster

Mobile Experience Innovation Centre Forum

MEIC launch
Friday, December 5, 2008 - 8:00pm to Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 12:00am

Please join us on December 5, 2008, when the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre at OCAD host a half-day forum to discuss recent research findings into the current state of Ontario’s wireless and mobile industry. There will also be sessions discussing future strategies for the new and exciting changes in the Canadian Wireless Context. Join us for an afternoon of engaging discussion with industry leaders as we look towards creating a new wireless future.

The Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC) is a public-private consortium led by the Ontario College of Art & Design, and funded through the Entertainment and Creative Clusters Partnership Fund, Ontario Media Development Corporation.

Admission is free, however, please register at
3pm: Opening remarks, Karen Thorne-Stone, CEO and President of the OMDC
3:05pm: Opening Keynote by Gary Schwartz, President, Impact Mobile
3:50pm: MEIC Research Discussion: Michele Perras, MEIC Coordinator; MEIC Working Group Chairs Avi Pollock, Head, RBC Applied Innovation and Gabe Sawhney, Co-Founder, 33 Magnetic and Echo Mobile, with MEIC Research Consultant Ray Newal, Co-Founder, Jigsee, Inc.
4:30pm: Break
5pm: Panel Discussion: The AWS Spectrum Auction - New Strategies for the Canadian Context, with Dominique Sebastien Forest, Director of Digital Content and e-Commerce, Quebecor/, and Anthony Lacavera, CEO, Globalive. Moderated by Thomas Purves, Founder,
5:45pm: Strategy Round Table: Next Steps for a Wireless Canada, with President Sara Diamond, OCAD; Dr Mark Green, UOIT; Diane Williamson, VP Interactive, marblemedia; Karl Vrendenburg, Director of User Centred Design, IBM; and moderated by Sebastien Chorney, Chair, Interactive Ontario’s Mobile Committee and Founder, mypetbrainstorm.
6:15pm: Closing remarks, Networking reception
7pm: Reception Wraps

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

Photographing the Israel-Palestine Conflict

Brothers elmer
Tuesday, April 1, 2008 - 8:30pm to 10:30pm

Jon Elmer is a freelance photojournalist specializing in the Middle East. He has photographed and reported from the West Bank and Gaza Strip - based in Jenin and Gaza City - during the al-Aqsa intifada (2003), following Israel's "disengagement" from the Gaza Strip (2005), and during the sanctions regime and internal Palestinian conflict (2007).

Elmer has photographed in over a dozen countries, including Nepal (1998), the Basques region (2000), Morocco (2000), Israel (2003), Palestine (2003, 2005, 2007), Jordan (2005) and Lebanon (2006). He has also covered 'globalization' summits and accompanying protests throughout North America, including Washington DC, New York, and Quebec City.

Presented by the Slingshot Student Group at OCAD, which "exists to promote progressive anti-colonial politics and culture within the OCAD and Toronto communities."

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

Decamp: A Toronto Public Feelings Project!

Saturday, March 15, 2008 - 4:00am

Decamp is a group of scholars, artists and activists in the Toronto
area working on questions of public feelings, affects, and senses as
these bear upon social-political issues and events. Modeled after
"Feel Tanks" in N.Y., Chicago, and Austin, we invite all interested to
join us in an affective day of interactive performance, screenings,
and audience discussion to inaugurate Feel Tank Toronto, with a Queer
counterpublic twist. Decampers include Megan Boler, Elspeth Brown,
Michael Cobb, Ann Cvetkovitch, John Greyson, OCAD Professor Johanna Householder, Holly Karibo, Allyson Mitchell, Will Munro, John Ricco, Dana
Seitler, and anyone else who joins us on Saturday, March 15th.

Decamp: A Public Feelings Toronto Project Morning Session---Tears:
Saturday March 15, 10-12:30 pm
Theory-oke with Johanna Householder/Ann Coulter. Ann Coulter's
provocative speech will be followed by interventions and interactive
discussion with audience about affect in the political and public
sphere on topics from Hillary's Tears to The Daily Show. Location:
Munk Centre, 108N. University of Toronto, 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto.
Lunch provided, 12:30-2 pm.

Decamp Public Feelings Toronto Project Afternoon Session---Laughter:
Saturday March 15, 2-4 pm
Interactive Show and Tell: Queer Counterpublics in the GTA.
Featuring affective screenings, testimonies, interventions from
Decampers and attendees. Facilitated by Allyson Mitchell and John
Greyson. Location: Textile Museum of Canada, 55 Centre Avenue,
Toronto. This event in programmed in conjunction with the related
installation (on view at the Textile Museum) by artist Allyson
Mitchell, "Hungry Purse: the vagina dentata in late capitalism "
(2006-07). Transportation provided.

4-5 pm: Closing Wine and Cheese Reception, mezzanine of the Textile Museum.

Decamp: A Toronto Public Feelings Project has been supported by funds
from the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto with
institutional support from the Centre for the Study of the United
States, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto.
Prof. Ann Cvetkovich is the Johnson-Connaught Distinguished Visitor in American Studies for 2007-08 and Professor of English and Women's and
Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of
Mixed Feelings: Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism
(1992) and An Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian
Public Cultures (2003).

Related Programming:
Wednesday, March 12, 9 pm
Pre-Humptive Behaviour. Featuring The Gretchen Phillips experience,
and other guest performers. Location: The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen
Street West, Toronto. No cover charge.

Friday, March 14, 2-4 pm
Ann Cvetkovich: Depression: A Public Feelings Project.
Location: Munk Centre room 208, University of Toronto, 1 Devonshire
Place, Toronto.

Ann Cvetkovich is the Johnson-Connaught Distinguished Visitor in American Studies at the Centre for the Study of the United States for
2007-08 and Professor of English and Women?s and Gender Studies,
University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Mixed Feelings:
Feminism, Mass Culture, and Victorian Sensationalism (1992) and An
Archive of Feelings: Trauma, Sexuality, and Lesbian Public Cultures

Friday, March 14, 6-8 pm
Sex is so Abstract (14 March-4 April)
Opening Night Screening and Reception: 6-8
Public Conversation with artists and curator John Ricco: 7:00pm

Part Two of Queer Here, Queer Now: an exhibition of international
contemporary queer video, curated by John Paul Ricco. Featuring works
by Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Emelie Chhangur, and Jean-Gabriel Periot,
and the Canadian premiere of works by Fernando Arias, and SUPERM
(Slava Mogutin & Brian Kenny). Location: V-Tape, Suite 452, 401
Richmond Street (at Spadina), Toronto, ON

Venue & Address: 
Munk Centre, 108N, University of Toronto 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto, Ontario

Open Forum: Why is Digital Technology so Important

Tuesday, February 12, 2008 - 9:30pm

Seven international authorities on digital practice in art and design will discuss the future learning and research and related topics. Ample opportunity will be provided for the audience to engage in discussion with the consultants. All are welcome to attend.

Red Burns, Tish School of the Arts, NY
Lizbeth Goodman, Director, SMARTlab Digital Media Institute & MAGICGamelab, University of East London
Janis Jefferies, Goldsmiths
Ilpo Koskinen, University of Art & Design, Helsinki
Bo Reimer, Malmo University, Sweden
Victoria Vesna, University of California at Los Angeles
Ron Wakkary, Simon Fraser University

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

Interchange: Hungry Purse

hungry purse poster
Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 6:00pm

Come join Allyson Mitchell and Johanna Householder for a lively discussion of feminist installation art; moderated by Helena Reckitt, Senior Curator of Programmes at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.
Tickets may be purchased at the TMC's front desk.
Please arrive early, seating is limited.

Venue & Address: 
Textile Museum of Canada 55 Centre Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Students Pay-What-You-Can, Members $12, Non-members $15

Film Screening & Discussion

Battle of Algiers
Thursday, December 13, 2007 - 11:00pm

Slingshot invites all students to attend a film screening of BATTLE OF ALGIERS (1966, directed by Gino Pontecorvo). Discussion to follow.

Screening: 6 pm

Discussion: 8:30 pm

Slingshot is a student-run group which exists to promote progressive anti-colonial politics and culture within the OCAD and Toronto communities.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium Room 190100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario