BOOK LAUNCH - Janice Gurney: All the Spaces and Nur: Jamelie Hassan

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Presented on behalf of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, OCAD University is pleased to launch two books. The first is Janice Gurney: All the Spaces (McIntosh Gallery, 2016), an exhibition catalogue edited by Julian Jason Haladyn that documents the exhibition of works related to a Marcus Aurelius meditation by Toronto-based artist Janice Gurney. The second is Nur: Jamelie Hassan (Blue Medium Press, 2016), edited by Jamelie Hassan and Julian Jason Haladyn, which documents Hassan’s 2014 installation Nur in the library of the Great Mosque of Xi’an, situated within the Hui (Muslim) quarter of the old city in Xi’an, China. Accompanying the launch of this book is an introduction by Janice Gurney.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul, room 187

OCAD University at Pride Toronto 2015!

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OCAD University celebrates PRIDE
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 4:00am to Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 4:00am

On June 26, 27 and 28 OCAD U will be hosting The Swing Lounge at the 

Pride Street Fair in the Church-Wellesley Village!

Conceived and built by OCAD U students and recent alumni The Swing Lounge marks OCAD U’s presence at Toronto Pride this year. Unlike conventional booths in the Pride Street Fair, The Swing Lounge invites participants into a 10’x10’ installation space to engage with stories and experiences representing the diverse voices of members of LGBTQQI2SA communities at OCAD U.

 OCAD U community members can be a part of this project in two ways:


for OCAD U students,former students, faculty, and staff!

  1. Volunteer with us to help us represent OCAD U at the Street Fair June 26th, 27th and 28th.

Join our team to welcome Pride Street Fair guests into our space and share your experiences about Pride and OCAD U. Drop by for an hour or swing with us for a whole day! We’ll provide you with an OCAD U t-shirt, keep you hydrated and make sure you have a lot of fun. Email if you would like to join our team of OCAD U Pride 2015 volunteers.

  1. Submit a transcript and audio art work as part of The Swing Lounge

Have your voice heard at the OCAD U Pride installation!  We are inviting stories and audio clips from members of the OCAD U community. 

 What does “pride” mean for you, as an LGBTQQI2SA  person and/or ally? How has being LGBTQQI2SA  and/or an ally shaped your views about community and belonging? How has being LGBTQQI2SA  and/or an ally shaped how you see the world?  What inspires you and what sparks your creativity, as an LGBTQQI2SA  person and/or ally? Were there any LGBTQI2SA role models, while at OCADU or outside, who inspired you or affected how you think? If so, what would you like to say (or even sing) to them? How can LGBTQQI2SA  persons and/or allies create social change? How can we make a difference?


The Futurelab Concert

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Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 7:00pm

Futurelab: Arraymusic announces new support for its Young Composers' Workshop & Concert with OCAD University, RBC, and The McLean Foundation

Arraymusic celebrates five world premieres of electronic works written by emerging composers with original visuals for projection by OCAD University digital visual students as the culmination the 27th Annual YCWC

For the first time ever Arraymusic’s FUTURELAB: Young Composers’ Workshop and Concert (YCWC) combines contemporary music with video art thanks to a new initiative launched with the Ontario College of Art and Design University.
The five composers and six OCAD U students selected to participate as part of Array’s annual Call for Applications will work intensively with Array Ensemble percussionist/Workshop Leader Rick Sacks throughout May to create new works for a concert on Saturday, May 30th (3PM at The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., Toronto, ON).
This year, Array’s workshop concentrates on works for the MalletKat, a 4-octave midi mallet keyboard instrument. The OCAD U students will collaborate with the composers to create digital videos to accompany their music’s world premieres. Array’s workshop is designed to give composers the chance to experiment and try new things and opportunity to hear their works in progress, as well as to make changes in consultation with the performers and workshop director as they freely develop their work. Weekly seminars enable the composers to share their previous works, hear guest mentors speak about their work, and discuss all aspects of composition. This year, Rick Sacks gives an intensive percussion workshop.
About The Video Artists
Nicole Del Medico is an Integrated Media Student studying at OCAD U, currently entering her 5th year of study. Her interests include animation and interactive media, such as video games and sonic arts. “While my work can sometimes be very light hearted in nature and family friendly, I also produce works of art that are politically charged with the hope of making viewers contemplate the messages delivered to perhaps change their outlooks, behavior, or views. I have created numerous artworks that aim to raise awareness of serious mental issues such as PTSD as well as ‘cyber-bullying’ that occur in virtual spaces and the presence of the military in entertainment products such as video games. Conceptually, my artworks focus on creating narrative experiences that have no spoken dialogue, thus placing the creative restraint where animated characters can only express themselves through action and where audio and sound design becomes even more crucial.”
Nicole’s interests range from audio, animation, scriptwriting, programming, and video game design, processing and editing audio in Max/MSP, Adobe Audition, as well as Cubase.
“I am very familiar with the Adobe Suite and excel particularly with Photoshop, where I create traditional 2D animations as well as digital puppets, and After Effects, where I construct my animated scenes or rig and animate my digital puppets. I am also very familiar with 3D Studio Max and have created 3D animations with my own characters that I have created and rigged. Recently, I learned how to use various 2D and 3D video game engines such as Stencyl and Unity and learned the appropriate scripting languages associated with such game engines such as C# and Javascript. I am currently investigating the integration of Max/Msp and Unity in order to create a dynamic interactive musical game where musical instrumental input (MIDI or otherwise) influences the environment or perhaps even gameplay or gameplay mechanics in a virtual world created with the Unity game engine.”
Nathan Piquette-Miller plays guitar and piano and is knowledgeable in electronic music software and sound design. He interested in anything, which contains the moving image, illustration and animation. “I am hoping we can create a harmonious audiovisual experience that is clean, strong, and captivating. I am very excited to be working together with this team on the Arraymusic project. I find that the synthesis of audio and visual artwork creates an immersive artistic experience, and hopefully we can accomplish that in our design.”
Colin Rosati is a Toronto based multimedia artist. Colin’s mediums are painting, 3D modeling, Max MSP, and audio/video installations. He has studied at Ottawa School of Art for portfolio development program and currently going into 3rd year Integrated Media at OCAD U. He is well versed in Cinema 4D and 3D modelling, animating, and After Effects. Colin often uses Max MSP to interface with the body to interact with installations, engaging the physical body coupled with virtual extensions. Examples of some Max MSP software he has built: Tracking users’ body and placing customized 3D objects onto them; tracking the body and imprinting the position of the body to manipulate a digital screen; and tracking two hands making a 6 VST instrument where the position of a performer’s hands plays this instrument. Other skills Colin is proficient at include interfacing Max MSP, with mobile devices, Kinect camera, Wiimote, projection mapping and some arduino, as well as processing experience.       
His work often revolves around the tension between virtuality and physicality. He explores the line between the two and exploring the, sincerity in a digital context and absurdity of the inevitable transcoding that happens. In part documenting the contradictions as well as drawing attention to the complexity in defining either. He often plays with physical and virtual signifiers embedding these into text where the original context has lost its meaning.
Bronwen is a third year student in the digital painting and expanded animation program at OCADU. Interested mostly in video game development, Bronwen spends a lot of time making 2D and 3D games. Proficient with a good chunk of the Adobe suite, as well as several 3D modelling/animation programs, learning how to program, and can navigate Max and Unity. “I dabble in music/sound production using Ableton, Adobe Audition, Vocaloid, and Musagi. Basically, I make a lot of interactive art. I really appreciate the exponential progression of technology, and the unexplored potential it brings to art as we know it. The less traveled territory is interests me most!”
Seamus Patterson has just completed his first-year of study. He works with Ableton, Max and Premiere/ae. “Lately I've been interested in photogrammetry and manipulating those 3d models with jitter. Also interested in finding ways (other than midi) to control patches such as motion sensors, facial recognition, etc. “
Sofy Mesa lives in Toronto and started at OCAD University this past year majoring in Integrated Media.
“I am interested in the connection between sound and visuals because it creates a dynamic experience and am very excited to work on this project. I have recently have learned to use max/msp/jitter but know to use Adobe Audition, Adobe Premiere. I enjoy music, films, collages, drawings and colours.”

Venue & Address: 
The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. 2nd floor, Toronto, ON M6J 3W3  

Neighbourhood Arts Network TELUS Social Club

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Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 11:00pm to Friday, November 28, 2014 - 1:00am

Are you a newcomer artist looking to expand your network? 

Join the TELUS Social Club, a new series of networking events for newcomer artists. These social clubs will connect newcomer artists with key leaders from Toronto’s arts community.

The evening will kick off with refreshments, a lively speed-ideating* networking session, facilitated by the Neighbourhood Arts Network, followed by round table discussions with arts leaders.

*Speed ideating is a fast-paced, creative and thought-provoking networking activity designed to spark new ideas and community connections.

Snacks and beverages will be provided 

Organized in part by OCAD U alumna Nadia Galati.

Venue & Address: 
TELUS House 25 York Street, 2nd Floor

Vector X Punk Arcade @ OCAD U

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Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:00am to Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 5:00am

Festival Opening Reception: February 20, 7 –11 p.m. – free admission!

Sponsored by OCAD University’s Digital Futures Initiative

Join us on Thursday, Feb 20, for the official opening reception of the 2014 Vector Game + Art Convergence Festival! This evening will feature introductions by Team Vector, the exhibition curators, and members of the local indie game and art communities as well as OCAD U. We invite you to meet our artists, chat with game makers and critics, and get to know the festival curators and workshop leaders. Play some games, have a drink and a snack, and learn more about the festival and its programming!

Vector’s first cross-border curatorial collaboration will see Team Vector and the curators of Punk Arcade (Sarah Brin and Lee Tusman) join forces to bring you the Vector X Punk Arcade at 49 McCaul Street. Sponsored by OCAD University’s Digital Futures Initiative, Team Vector and the Punk Arcade curators have selected works that fit with the edgy, fun, DIY ethos of previous Punk Arcade incarnations. We are very excited to bring Lee and Sarah to Toronto and share their curatorial vision of games and game art at this year’s Vector festival!

Vector X Punk Arcade features brand new works by local and international game makers and media artists:

Eat Yr Tears, by Jason Corace (Baltimore)
Pale Machine, by Ben Esposito/Arcane Kids (Los Angeles)
Martian Middle School Dance, by Benedict Fritz (Chicago)
Rob Ford Cracksmoking Mayor Pong, by Daniele Guevara (Toronto)
Hug Punx, by Merrit Kopas (Toronto)
Pan Man, by MajorBueno a.k.a. Benedikt Hummel and Marius Winter (Germany)
Distribution of Wealth, by Michael Wilde (Los Angeles)
Rasputin Consulting Agency, by Simon Wiscombe (Los Angeles)
Problems…, by Ilya Zarembsky (NYC)

Continuing Sarah and Lee’s previous curatorial work, the Vector X Punk Arcade presents independent, offbeat, gritty art games that have been constructed rapidly and outside the triple-A world of mainstream videogaming. Many of these game experiments are made by artists who game designer Anna Anthropy has called “video game zinesters,” who benefit from easy, open access to game-making software tools, and who are driving a radical paradigm shift for the independent, often collaborative creation and free distribution of games at the intersection of popular videogaming and contemporary art.

Punk Arcade began as an exhibition at Philadelphia’s Little Berlin Gallery, and has since reached on- and offline audiences of more than 100,000. Sarah Brin is an art historian and curator who has collaborated with SFMOMA, MOCA, The Armand Hammer Museum, and Vice Magazine’s The Creators Project, among others. Lee Tusman has curated dozens of exhibitions and public projects at sites including Riverside Art Museum, California State University, Northridge, University of California, Riverside, and Division 9 Gallery.

The Vector Game + Art Convergence Festival is a participative, not-for-profit, community-oriented initiative dedicated to showcasing contemporary game-based artworks. This year, the second annual festival will run at multiple venues throughout Toronto. It will feature three exhibitions, two screenings, as well as multiple live performances, workshops and panel discussions. All our events are designed to encourage a critical dialogue around the medium of games and its expressive potential as a contemporary art practice. The Vector Game + Art Convergence Festival acknowledges support from the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

49 McCaul St. Exhibition open daily (from Feb 20-23rd). 12pm-6pm.

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Food 4 Fines

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Monday, September 29, 2014 - 4:00am to Friday, October 10, 2014 - 4:00am

Donate non-perishable food items to the library: reduce your fines and support the Student Pantry!

Bring in non-perishable food items and use them to help pay off your fines for overdue items at the OCAD U Library, AV Loans and Tool Loans. Each item will be recognized by removing $2.00 from your total fines for up to $20.00 maximum (10 food items).

All donations will be contributed to the OCADU Student Union's Student Pantry, a food bank for any student in need of a good meal.

Participating Locations:
Dorothy H. Hoover Library, room 1215 @ 113 McCaul St.
AV Loans, room 341 @ 100 McCaul St. and room 7701 @ 205 Richmond St.
Tool Loans, room 131 @ 100 McCaul St.

Donations are always encouraged even if you don't have fines!

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., 113 McCaul St. & 205 Richmond St. Toronto, Ontario

OCAD University presents the first annual TOOLBOX event

Monday, October 18, 2010 - 4:00am

(Toronto — October 18, 2010) This October, the Studio Management Department at OCAD University (OCADU) presents its first annual TOOLBOX event, designed to promote and celebrate studio-based education, and highlight OCADU’s shops and studios. This year, TOOLBOX includes a lecture panel featuring prominent Canadian artists and designers: Marla Hlady, Andrew Jones, Reinhard Reitzenstein and Tim Whiten; and a tradeshow of vendors, suppliers and friends of the shops and studios promoting their products and services.

TOOLBOX: Materials, Methods, Making
October 27, 7 to 9 p.m.
TOOLBOX: Materials, Methods, Making, moderated by Julian Goss, Chair, Industrial Design, and Simone Jones, Chair, Integrated Media, initiates a dialogue on the intellectual aspect of making with Canadian artists and designers Marla Hlady, Andrew Jones, Reinhard Reitzenstein and Tim Whiten. The discussion emphasizes fabrication and engagement with materials as primary to art and design practice.

All are welcome. Admission is free.
Generously sponsored by Henry's Photo Video Digital.

OCAD University
Auditorium, 100 McCaul St., Toronto


TOOLBOX: Tradeshow
October 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TOOLBOX: Tradeshow is a day-long event organized in the style of an industry tradeshow. It will take place in the Lobby and Great Hall at OCAD University, and admission is free! The Studio Management Department at OCADU has invited vendors, suppliers, and friends of the shops and studios to participate by setting up booths to promote their products and services. In addition to the booths, there will be on-going demonstrations throughout the day in the Auditorium by software companies such as Adobe, Rhino, Apple, and Autodesk. This is a valuable opportunity to check out new products and technologies, exchange information and pick-up some free stuff!

All are welcome to attend all events, and admission is free.

OCAD University
Great Hall and Lobby, 100 McCaul St., Toronto

For more information about TOOLBOX, visit

TOOLBOX: Materials, Methods, Making: About the Speakers:

Marla Hlady draws, makes sculpture, works with sites and sounds and sometimes makes video. Hlady's kinetic sculptures and sound pieces often consist of common objects (such as teapots, cocktail mixers, jars) that are expanded and animated to reveal unexpected sonic and poetic properties often using a system-based approach to composition. She has shown widely in solo and group shows. Hlady is represented by Jessica Bradley ART + PROJECTS.

Andrew Jones designs furniture and lighting products and residential and commercial interiors. His clients include manufacturers, architects, and government agencies in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Jones received a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Toronto in 1991, and a Master of Arts (Furniture) degree at the Royal College of Art, London, in 1997. He teaches at the University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, and has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, OCAD University, and Sheridan Institute College of Crafts and Design. His company, Andrew Jones Design, engages in a wide variety of design for production and architectural design projects, for which he has won numerous national and international awards and inclusion in major exhibitions and public collections. Jones sees his work as part of a design tradition, beginning every project by studying precedents to see where improvements can be made and how a design can be more pleasurable for the user. He looks for direct solutions that achieve more with an economy of material and process, while fulfilling the expressive potential of design. Scale, position, lighting, ease of movement, and elegance of fabrication are fundamental to his approach.

Reinhard Reitzenstein studied at OCAD University, Toronto, 1968-71. From 1971 to 1991, he was represented by the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto. Since 1993, he has been represented by the Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, and since 2000 also by Lutz Teutloff Media Projects in Germany. Reitzenstein’s work has consistently taken him into processes exploring ways to interconnect nature, culture, science and technology. His work crosses several disciplines: indoor installation and sculpture using cast, spun and welded metals, wood, glass, photography, digitally processed images; large scale drawings; outdoor tree-based installations and sound art. Reitzenstein has held over one hundred solo exhibitions and participated in some 300 group exhibitions in North America and abroad. He has completed more than a dozen public art commissions along with numerous private commissions. His work is represented in over 40 public and corporate collections internationally, among those are, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto, Teutloff Collection, Bielefeldt, Germany, CONAC, Caracas, Venezuela, City of Pirkkala, Finland, Fidelity investments, Boston, Mass., Trilogy, Austin, Texas, Tridel Corp.Toronto. Reitzenstein has been an instructor in sculpture and interdisciplinary studies at the University of Guelph, from 1980-1998, Brock University 1991-94, Queens University 1997, Toronto School of Art 1998-2000 and Sheridan College 2000. Since fall of 2000, the Director of the Sculpture Program, SUNY Buffalo.

Tim Whiten is a highly prolific senior-career Canadian artist who has been active in the visual arts community for over 40 years. At present, he divides his time between his home base in Toronto, Canada and his new source of inspiration, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tim is highly respected by his peers and he has been instrumental in influencing generations of aspiring artists, as Professor of Fine Art at York University since 1968. In addition, Tim actively participates in solo, group and/or ritual-based exhibitions on an annual basis, and his work has been featured in numerous International venues of merit, including exhibitions in Mexico, Brazil, Germany, United States of America, and the Republic of China. His artistic pursuits have long been rooted in the exploration of the transcendental- spiritually, physically and mentally, often incorporating a variety of non-traditional materials from his daily experience, including glass, gum, hair, mud, blood, coffee grinds, juice containers, mirror, etc., in his quest to ‘conceal’ and/or ‘reveal’ our place in the physical world.

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University ( is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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