Common Pulse Symposium 2011

A partnership between OCAD University and the Durham Art Gallery, COMMON PULSE created a forum for presentations and discussion during a three-day symposium. Twelve artists and curators were invited to present their experience creating work in the context of university research. These presentations sparked a dialogue among all of the participants which examined current developments in digital media production and consumption within contemporary art practice and how they predict, reflect or refute parallel media phenomena within North American culture in general. We looked at societal shifts in authorship brought about by file-sharing, sampling and the open source movement, as well as collaborative initiatives sparked by mobile media such as citizen journalism, wiki culture and flash mobs. In each model of research-informed, digital media art practice, the flow back and forth between analysis and production is strongest and most focused in the artist-led research labs of the symposium contributors



Common Pulse Transcripts
Proceedings from the Symposium

The Common Pulse Symposium brought together twelve prominent media artists to discuss their approaches to four issues:

  • Social Authorship: Where do Ideas Come From?
  • Digital Identity: The Public Self
  • Users and Viewers: The Role of Participation
  • The Artist in the Research Lab

This book presents the contributors speaking about art, interactivity, media and the shifting landscape of Canadian culture: David Clark, Brooke Singer, Marcel O'Gorman, Jim Ruxton, Martha Ladly, Michelle Kasprzak, Jason Edward Lewis, Jean Bridge, Steve Daniels, David Jhave Johnston and Jessica Antonio Lomanowska. Edited by Geoffrey Shea.

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People sitting around a table at a conference
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 4:30pm
Lab Member: 
Geoffrey Shea
Ilse Gassinger
Martha Ladly
Rita Camacho
Justine Smith
Nell Chitty

Durham Art Gallery presents Chung-Im Kim...

Mutation VIII
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 4:00pm to Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 9:00pm

Material Art & Design Faculty Chung-Im Kim and Pam Lobb have a two person exhibition at the Durham Art Gallery in Durham, Ontario. The opening is on Saturday May 21st from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.


Venue & Address: 
Durham Art Gallery 251 George St. E. Durham, ON
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Environmental Design Professor Stuart Reid's BELIEFS exhibition & more...

Hacking Time
Saturday, April 2, 2016 - 11:00am to Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 11:00am

April 2 to 30 -- Gallery Gevik will be exhibiting a new body of work by Stuart Reid during the month of April. This series, entitled ‘Beliefs’ are ‘glass canvases,’ and can be viewed as front-lit paintings or as backlit-illuminated images. Last summer, Reid’s world-class art installation ‘zones of immersion’, debuted at Union Station. This installation consists of a 150-metre screen of glass panels with multi-layered mural images, poetic writings and rich primary colors with black and white drawings.

March 28 - May 15 -- Durham Art Gallery will be exhibiting a trio of work called "Hacking Time" Adam Magyar, Stuart Reid, David Rokeby

April 23 to October 2017 -- a group exhibition of International Contemporary glass at Le Centre du Vitrail in Chartres, France Lumieres du Monde  which features 3 of Stuart Reid's glass works


Venue & Address: 
Gallery Gevik 12 Hazelton Avenue Durham Art Gallery 251 George St. E. Durhan

Common Pulse

Common Pulse
Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 4:00am

Arts & Disability Festival Co-Sponsored by OCAD University

Looking at Art and Disability Differently Disability gives us unique voices and diverse perspectives, the very core of what we expect art to bring to our lives, challenging us, individually and collectively, to expand the way we think about the world and the people we share it with. Disability creates a range of often enriching experiences from which artists make work that is interesting, meaningful, and important and that leads to new insights for both the artist and the viewer. Hearing, seeing and understanding the viewpoint of others is how we grow as individuals and how we progress as a society.

Throughout September, artists working a variety of media will be visiting, performing and exhibiting in Durham as part of the Common Pulse Arts & Disability Festival. The festival is celebrating the intersection between art and ability and examines alternative approaches to understanding perception and cognition in the practice of artists, particularly artists who address diverse and different abilities and their related experiences.

Hosted by the Durham Art Gallery and organized in collaboration with OCAD University, Common Pulse brings together artists, community groups, researchers and activists to celebrate inclusiveness, accessibility, cultural diversity and artistic excellence.

This year's festival showcases art and promotes inclusion through exhibitions, artist residencies, multi-disciplinary performances, film presentations and a symposium. The month-long festival will engage visitors through creative workshops, mentorships, artists' talks and educational programs.

The Common Pulse Arts & Disability Festival seeks to engage artists and their practices on their own terms: to contextualize their work in ways that are meaningful to them and illuminating for the viewers, and which celebrates and deepens appreciation for different modes of seeing, thinking and being as an artist. It provides an opportunity to appreciate and celebrate the powerful contributions of individuals who have different experiences and different perspectives on society, life and art.

Artists and Researchers Discuss Art and Disability
The coupling of disability art with emerging research practices allows for a comparison of the values of embodied experience in academic and studio-based activities and a new formulation of their intersection. The hybrid work being done by practitioners, both artists and researchers, describes a further shift away from the centre towards inclusive and experiential processes and results. Methodologies are likewise being expanded that transform the functions of research in ways that makes it more responsive to the complexities of the subject: This fusion of research and creation is evident in the work being done in the fields of art production, Disability Studies and Disability Art and Culture by all of the participants invited to this symposium. Their contributions to the dialogue will address the applicability of a research/creation model in the ongoing effort to bring more light and understanding to our evolving conception of disability and the contributions that disability culture brings to society generally.

Amanda Cachia, Independent Curator

Emily Cook, OCAD University

Nancy Davis Halifax, Graduate Program in Critical Disability Studies, York University

Michele Decottignies, Stage Left Productions

Jay Dolmage, Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, University of Waterloo

Deborah Fels, Ryerson University

Ju Gosling, Together! Disability Arts and Human Rights Festival

Grahame Lynch, Ryerson University

Geoff McMurchy, Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture Festival, Founder

Geoffrey Shea, OCAD University

Judith Snow, Laser Eagles Art Guild, Founder

Janis Timm-Bottos, Creative Arts Therapies, Concordia University

Jutta Treviranus, Inclusive Design, OCAD University



Venue & Address: 
Durham Art Gallery 251 George Street East Durham, Ontario