Eco|Femin|Isms

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copper sequins sewn on fabric and red stitching on a white metal stand
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Please join us for Eco|Femin|Isms, a free panel discussion hosted at OCAD University on Wednesday October 24th at 7pm, at 49 McCaul Street. This will be an opportunity to discuss eco arts practices with special guests including J.P King, Eco|Femin|Isms artist Marjan Verstappen, and Alia Weston. The Panel is moderated by Vicki Clough.

 

Ecofeminism, with its inception during Second Wave Feminism of the 1960s and 70s, was quickly sidelined due to an apparent lack of coherent vocabulary that could serve to unify emerging environmental considerations equitably. Contemporary Feminism, while not specifically ecological in intent and practice, allows for the multiplicity of voices that inherently illustrates the intersectional ways in which environmental issues have an effect on us all. 

Eco|Femin|Isms creates space for a range of creative practices that explore our relationship to the environment. 

The Panel is hosted in conjunction with the Eco|Femin|Isms Exhibition held at the White House Studio Project. The exhibition is curated by Vicki Clough, and features artwork by Tsēmā Igharas, Elyse Portal , Dana Prieto and Marjan Verstappen. Eco|Femin|isms showcases contemporary ecological considerations as they relate to culture, politics, spirituality and materialism and provides multiple entry points for critical dialogues that are both urgent and salient in contemporary society. 

 

Facebook Page with further information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2164437710549188/

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Event Schedule: 
Panel Discussion 
Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 — 7pm-8.30pm 
49 McCaul Street, Toronto

Exhibition Opening Day
Saturday, October 27th, 2018 — 12pm-17.00pm
The White House Studio Project
277 Augusta Avenue, Toronto
*light refreshments will be provided.

Opening Times
Sunday, October 28th, 2018 — 12pm-17.00pm
Saturday & Sunday, November 3rd & 4th, 2018 — 13.00-16.00

By Appointment
Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 — 18.00-20.00pm
Wednesday, October 31st, 2018 — 18.00-20.00
Thursday, November 1st, 2018 — 18.00-20.00


This project is generously hosted by The White House Studio Project and supported by the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.  

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul Street, Toronto
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/2164437710549188/
Cost: 
FREE

2018 Ontario Climate Change Consortium symposium

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Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 8:30am to Friday, October 12, 2018 - 4:00pm

OCAD University is hosting the 2018 Ontario Climate Symposium on October 11 and 12. The symposium will explore how the development of positive, innovative, interdisciplinary visions can facilitate a transformative cultural shift toward low-carbon communities, sustainable adaptation and the adoption of green infrastructure and design in cities.

The two-day event is open to all, with students receiving a discounted rate. Come participate in a wide range of activities including a neighbourhood tour, short films, interactive presentations, a guided tour of the AGO’s Anthropocene exhibition, workshops and other activities. OCAD U Associate Professors Selmin Kara and Alia Weston are among faculty speaking or leading workshops.

Programming aims to foster a collective discussion on urban landscapes and highlight the interconnection of policy, public health, urban planning, climate change adaptation and mitigation and urban growth.

Register online for this exciting and informative event.

Established in 2011, the OCC works collaboratively with university researchers and partners from the public, private and NGO sectors on projects aimed at answering specific questions related to climate change and creating the intelligence necessary to address climate risk. Its formal mission: To arm decision makers with “regionally-specific climate data, intelligence and adaptation services that enable effective policy and investment responses to climate uncertainty in Ontario.”

Website: 
www.climateconnections.ca

Register now for Ontario Climate symposium

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Monday, September 17, 2018

OCAD University is hosting the 2018 Ontario Climate Change Consortium symposium on October 11 and 12. The symposium will explore how the development of positive, innovative, interdisciplinary visions can facilitate a transformative cultural shift toward low-carbon communities, sustainable adaptation and the adoption of green infrastructure and design in cities.

The two-day event is open to all, with students receiving a discounted rate. Come participate in a wide range of activities including a neighbourhood tour, short films, interactive presentations, a guided tour of the AGO’s Anthropocene exhibition, workshops and other activities. OCAD U Associate Professors Selmin Kara and Alia Weston are among faculty speaking or leading workshops.

Programming aims to foster a collective discussion on urban landscapes and highlight the interconnection of policy, public health, urban planning, climate change adaptation and mitigation and urban growth.

Register online for this exciting and informative event.

Established in 2011, the OCC works collaboratively with university researchers and partners from the public, private and NGO sectors on projects aimed at answering specific questions related to climate change and creating the intelligence necessary to address climate risk. Its formal mission: To arm decision makers with “regionally-specific climate data, intelligence and adaptation services that enable effective policy and investment responses to climate uncertainty in Ontario.”

 

Call for proposals: OCAD U hosts Ontario Climate Symposium

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Monday, April 9, 2018 - 2:30pm to Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:00pm

OCADU is pleased to announce that it will be hosting this year’s Ontario Climate Symposium: Adaptive Urban Habitats through Ecological Design. By exploring how ecology meets tactical urbanism, the Symposium will showcase real-life examples of how technology, policy, green infrastructure and strategic design can come together to transform cities. We are currently accepting innovative papers and multidisciplinary proposals and visions that highlight a transformative cultural shift toward low-carbon communities, sustainable adaptation and the adoption of green infrastructure and design in urban cities.

Non-traditional styles of research/concept presentations will be prioritized. These include, but are not limited to, exhibitions or installations, short films and documentary screenings, themed sessions/panels, art and digital media, workshops/interactive sessions, and posters. For more information email jenessa.doherty@trca.on.ca All proposals will be reviewed by the Symposium organizing committee with decisions made by May 11th, 2018..

For more information on submissions, visit Climate Connections website

 

 

 

 

Website: 
https://climateconnections.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Call-for-Proposal-FINAL.pdf
Email: 
jenessa.doherty@trca.on.ca

Reading the Bruce Trail / Tracing Decolonization

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 10:00am

READING THE BRUCE TRAIL

September 16th, 2017

Led by Amish Morrell

This seminar-in-the-forest will begin at the site of a 600 year-old Iroquois village that sits on the edge of the escarpment, where it overlooks the land of present-day Toronto. From there we will follow the shoreline of an ancient ocean and the ridges left behind by receding glaciers, passing by the barely discernible ruins of farms and industrial activity, travelling along streams and roads, and through schoolyards and backyards. As we walk, we will stop to read stories and songs from Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s book, This Accident of Being Lost, and share other readings, ideas and stories that help us to think about past, present and future occupations of this land.

There will be a bus leaving from OCAD University, at 100 McCaul St., at 10 am, returning by 5 pm. The walk will begin at Crawford Lake Conservation Area, at 3115 Conservation Road, in Milton. We will walk approximately 10 km, on well-trodden, relatively flat footpath through the forest and meadows, and along some quiet country roads. Bring water and snacks, pack a raincoat and be sure to wear appropriate footwear.

Leanne Betasamosake’s book, This Accident of Being Lost is available on the reserves shelf, in the OCAD U Library.

This walk is part of Tracing Decolonization: Mapping a Field of Radicality Across the Bruce Trail, a project by Public Studio (Elle Flanders & Tamira Sawatzky). During July and August of 2017 Flanders and Sawatzky are walking the 900 km-length of the Bruce Trail, from Tobermory to Niagara, with scientists, artists, activists, philosophers and others.

Space is limited, to reserve a spot send an email to: hibabdallah@gmail.com

 

Bruce Trail Poster

Living City Report Card

Using the proprietary Megamap© process and foresight methods we supported TRCA in prioritizing and visualizing its complex data for the updated Living City Report Card. We also synthesized all major components in an 8’ x 4’ Megamap©.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES:

  • Establish foresight-based criteria for prioritizing and selecting information for the Living City Report Card (LCRC)
  • Facilitating internal negotiations about priorities and messages among stakeholders
  • Identifying and profiling key target audiences for the LCRC communication
  • Facilitating articulation of cross-departmental strategic messages
  • Reviewing and processing selected data pre-visualization
  • Development of key visual concepts for LCRC
  • Deliver 15 one-page Infographics for the individual indicators of LCRC
  • Synthesize all Infographics in one Megamap©

FRAMING QUESTION

How might TRCA prioritize, select, and synthesize key information from the wealth of data they have to optimize the effectiveness of its updated LCRC?

A Joint team from TRCA and OCAD’s Resilience Design Lab implemented the Living City Report Card project. We introduced TRCA team members to concepts of strategic foresight and co-designed a workshop for TRCA key staff, in which a foresight exercise was used to form a common vision of the possible futures. This common vision was then used as a basis to resolve differences in prioritizing data.

We led our colleagues at TRCA through the Megamap© process that helped them to identify and profile the intended target audience of LCRC, and negotiate the 50+ different messages of the various departments to a group of less than 10 priority messages supported by all groups.

Building on this strong collective understanding and objectives we reviewed and screened data submitted to support the common messages, proposed visual concepts to span all visualizations and developed 15 one-page inforgraphics for the indicators presented in the LCRC.  

Finally we synthesized all indicator visualizations into one 8’ x 4’ Megamap©

Visit the Living City Report Card website for more information.

 

Creator: 
Living City Report Card Mega Map
Living City Report Card Agriculture
Living City Report Card Fish
Living City Report Card Flood Risk
Living City Report Card Green Buildings
Living City Report Card Greenspace
Living City Report Card Natural Cover
Living City Report Card Stormwater Management
Living City Report Card Urban Forest
Living City Report Card Terrestrial Biodiversity
Living City Report Card Water Quality
Megamap Unveiling for Living City Report Card
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:30pm
Lab Member: 
Nabil Harfoush

An illustrator’s take on energy harvesting

INSTUDIO asked 2016 grad j.s. godfrey to recognize World Environment Day with a feature illustration. World Environment Day occurs annually on June 5th, and is the United Nation's principal vehicle for encouraging global awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Writes godfrey of the work: “A Dinosaur runs into a forest of wind turbines to get away from a swarm of oil pump mosquitoes.”

 

Artwork by j.s. godfrey for World Environment Day

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Awenda Inspired!

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 4:00am

This year's Awenda Inspired trip brings together nearly 50 students, alumni and faculty from Drawing and Painting to Awenda Provincial Park.

For a full day students have the opportunity to explore, investigate, research and produce work in variety of mediums on the historic and scenic park grounds.

This event is sponsored and organized in partnership with the staff of the Awenda Provincial Park, Friends of Awenda Association, First Student Canada, and the Faculty of Art.  

A follow-up exhibition will take place next month in the Ada Slaight Student Gallery, October 24-28. Participating students come from all year levels which culminates into a diverse and extraordinary group exhibition.

Venue & Address: 
Awenda Provincial Park
Cost: 
Free, but participants must register as space is limited
Awenda Inspired 2016 poster, text on landscape photo background

Penance & Devotion

Penance & Devotion
Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, November 1, 2008 - 4:00am

How Do You Cope With Environmental Guilt?
Would You Crawl Along The Street With A Field On Your Back In Penance?

In November 2007, OCAD alumnus Gareth Bate crawled along Toronto's Queen Street West from Soho Street to Spadina Avenue with a field of grass on his back. It was painful and tiring. This bizarre act of self-punishment and humiliation for the guilt of environmental destruction has been captured in the performance video Penance. The exhibition also features Bate's large-scale paintings. His Lament series deals with a sense of personal sorrow, loss and hope in relation to the destruction of the natural world.

Curated by Faculty of Art Professor Colette Laliberté.

Biography:
Gareth Bate graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design in 2007. He is the winner of the 401 Richmond Career-Launcher Prize, a 500 square foot studio given to one OCAD BFA graduate every year. He has won several awards for painting and art writing, and received an Ontario Arts Council Grant. He has shown at a number of Toronto galleries including Loop, Bau-Xi, Gallery 44, Gladstone Hotel and exhibited in Nuit Blanche.

Acknowledgements:
The artist would like to thank guest curator Colette Laliberté for all guidance and support. Glendon Gallery would like to thank its media partners: L'Express & Le Métropolitain newspapers, Radio-Canada TV & radio CJBC 860 AM, Première Chaîne and Clic Toronto. Special thanks go out to the Advising Committee: Marc Audette, Nadine Bariteau, Omid Fekri, Anna Husdon and Colette Laliberté.

Venue & Address: 
Glendon Gallery, Glendon College, York University 2275 Bayview Ave., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Vaeltava Metsä / Nomadic Forest

Vaeltava Metsä / Nomadic Forest
Friday, March 28, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 21, 2008 - 4:00am

Vaeltava Metsä is an artistic and social reflection on the preservation of nature and a study of environmental problems. It brings together twenty professional members of the Atelier de l’Île of Val-David and nine Finnish printmakers. The show includes work by OCAD faculty member Claire Brunet.

In its fragility, this installation witnesses the precarious equilibrium of woodland resources, the haunts of stories and legends.

As the image of the living forest, the installation presents printed tree scrolls of suspended Japanese Baïka paper supporting plant boxes like fragile gondolas. Architectural wooden structures hold digital images nestled in paper boxes symbolizing buds of life, continuity and our connection with technology.

Vaeltava Metsä uses traditional and new techniques of printmaking including etching, collography, silkscreen, monotype, typography, xylography, digital and computer numerical control technologies.

The Atelier de l’Île is an artist run studio of sixty professional artists. Established in the Laurentians in 1975, the studio offers local as well as international artists, facilities for research, creation and production of contemporary prints while favouring the use of non toxic materials and techniques.

Venue & Address: 
Canada Science & Technology Museum 1867 St Laurent Blvd, Ottawa, Ontario