OCAD Renaming Project: Brainstorming Discussion

Monday, September 10, 2007 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Members of the OCAD community are invited to a participate in a group discussion on the new name.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

What Makes Art Collectable

What makes art collectible?
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 11:30pm

Join Stephen Ranger, Vice President of Waddington’s, for a discussion on “What Makes Art Collectable.” Focusing on the artwork from OCAD University’s upcoming signature art auction Project 31, Stephen will discuss aesthetic and thematic contemporary art practices and offer his insights into building a personal and meaningful art collection.

Stephen Ranger has held a senior positions in leading auction houses since 1995 and is Vice President of Waddington’s, Canada’s largest fine art auctioneers. In 2011, Stephen founded Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects dedicated to building a secondary market for contemporary Canadian art. Stephen pioneered the sale of Fine Wine at auction in Canada and continues to conduct over 25 charitable and fundraising auctions each year. Stephen has been at the podium for OCAD University’s Project 31 since its inception. This is a complimentary event with limited capacity.

Venue & Address: 
The Spoke Club 600 King St. W, M5V1M3
This is a complimentary event with limited capacity. Please visit the website to RSVP.

Loose Associations: Public Talk by 2016 Nomadic Resident Ryan Gander

Poster for Ryan Gander Public Talk
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Nomadic Resident Ryan Gander
Public Talk: Loose Associations
February 23, 7:00 Pm

The talk sits on the brink between lecture, performance and presentation. Its format and consistency are reminiscent of an informal conversation amongst friends in a pub, it’s subjects roam aimlessly, linked only by seemingly trivial facts. Incorporating a vast array of linked everyday phenomena, associated with hidden languages and abbreviations. The work attempts to question the use, interpretation and regurgitation of knowledge and information within common educational models.

The Nomadic Residents Program will run from February 22-26, 2016

About Nomadic Residents – International Residencies at OCAD University
The Nomadic Residents program was launched in 2006. Residents include Rirkrit Tiravanija (2006) Ann Hamilton (2007), ORLAN (2008), Hal Foster (2009), Adel Abdessemed (2010), Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh (2012), Candice Breitz (2013) and Pedro Reyes (2014). The series continues with the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

Nomadic Residents aims to inspire and influence the OCAD University community and the public by featuring artists and thinkers from around the world whose work questions issues such as travel, mobility, displacement, dislocation, and homelessness, as well as the speed or instability of modern life. In bringing these innovative and diverse individuals to take up temporary residence at OCAD U, Nomadic Residents joins here to there, the local to the global and the provisional and the permanent.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., Room 190 (auditorium)
Poster for Ryan Gander Public Talk

Design With Dialogue

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 11:00pm to Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 2:00am

Improvising Difficult Conversations

How can we engage in difficult conversations in a way that is productive, satisfying, and even FUN?

How can we open ourselves to learn something new about the other person's perspective?

What is the difference between a response and a reaction?

Lauren Stein will facilitate an interactive, experiential session that explores difficult conversations and fun ways to approach them. Using the tools of improvisational theatre, we will slow down the conversation to separate our reaction from our response, and use that information, both intellectual and emotional, to allow ourselves to make a more respectful response rather than a knee-jerk reaction. We will use the philosophy of "yes, and" to stay on the same side of the other person, even if we disagree about this particular issue. And we will stay open and curious, reminding ourselves that sometimes, the highest we can achieve from a difficult conversation is to understand the other person's point of view and remain respectful.

About the Host

Lauren Stein is director of Laurentina's Improv Club, where she performs and facilitates improvisational theatre experiences. She has taught and performed all over the world, including Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Ireland, and Switzerland. With her Master's in Expressive Arts Therapy, she helps people awaken their creativity and overcome life's hurdles through play.


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street, Room 187

NS Photo Exchange Roundtable @ OCAD U

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:00pm

In partnership with OCAD University, we are hosting a roundtable discussion on collaborative art practices with select participants from the NS project, as well as key members in the Toronto community. 

Luján Agusti (Mexico/Argentina) - The Photographic Museum of Humanity, an online platform for contemporary photography.

Sandra Brewster (Canada) - OPEN HOUSE, an exhibition organized in the artist's home in Toronto.

Cecilia Estalles (Argentina) - M.A.F.I.A a photography collective in Buenos Aires.

Jorge Lozano (Colombia/Canada) - CONVERsalon, a series of artist talks that happen in the artist's home in Toronto.

Members of the public are invited to participate in this open dialogue.

NS is an online photographic exchange project between artists in Toronto, Canada and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

NS Photo Exchange Project/ Intercambio Fotográfico is commissioned by the TORONTO 2015 arts and culture festival PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC and a proud IGNITE community partner. NS was produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

Image: Pueblos Originarios, Melania Liendo, 2015

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Annex Building 113 McCaul Street 5th floor, Room 525