CCC Pop-Up Discussion: Fabrication & DRPT Renovations

CCC Pop Up
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Drop by one of our informal pop-up discussions with the Campus Planning & Projects Team and learn about the next phase of the Creative City Campus (CCC) project: renovations of the Fabrication and Drawing & Painting (Ada Slaight) studios over the summer and fall terms. Find out what’s happening, how the university is supporting the community while studios are closed, and get your questions answered. 

Learning Zone (122 St. Patrick St.)

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2:30 to 4 p.m. 

Main Lobby (100 McCaul St.)

  • Tuesday, March 5, 12 to 2 p.m. in the Main Lobby, 100 McCaul St.
  • Wednesday, March 6, 12 to 2 p.m. in the Lobby, 100 McCaul St.

Additionally, the team is hosting two information sessions for the OCAD U community 
in MCA 258, George Reid House:

  • Wednesday, February 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 26, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Can’t make any of these times? Read up on the latest by visiting www.ocadu.ca/ccc. Want Campus Planning & Projects to come speak with your group about this project? Got questions? Contact us at creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca.  

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul St.
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/ccc
Email: 
creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca

CCC Pop-Up Discussion: Fabrication & DRPT Renovations

CCC Pop Up
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Drop by one of our informal pop-up discussions with the Campus Planning & Projects Team and learn about the next phase of the Creative City Campus (CCC) project: renovations of the Fabrication and Drawing & Painting (Ada Slaight) studios over the summer and fall terms. Find out what’s happening, how the university is supporting the community while studios are closed, and get your questions answered. 

Learning Zone (122 St. Patrick St.)

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2:30 to 4 p.m. 

Main Lobby (100 McCaul St.)

  • Tuesday, March 5, 12 to 2 p.m. in the Main Lobby, 100 McCaul St.
  • Wednesday, March 6, 12 to 2 p.m. in the Lobby, 100 McCaul St.

Additionally, the team is hosting two information sessions for the OCAD U community 
in MCA 258, George Reid House:

  • Wednesday, February 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 26, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Can’t make any of these times? Read up on the latest by visiting www.ocadu.ca/ccc. Want Campus Planning & Projects to come speak with your group about this project? Got questions? Contact us at creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca.  

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, 100 McCaul St.
Email: 
creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca

CCC Pop-Up Discussion: Fabrication & DRPT Renovations

CCC Pop-Up Discussions
Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 2:30pm

Drop by one of our informal pop-up discussions with the Campus Planning & Projects Team and learn about the next phase of the Creative City Campus (CCC) project: renovations of the Fabrication and Drawing & Painting (Ada Slaight) studios over the summer and fall terms. Find out what’s happening, how the university is supporting the community while studios are closed, and get your questions answered. 

Learning Zone (122 St. Patrick St.)

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2:30 to 4 p.m. 

Main Lobby (100 McCaul St.)

  • Tuesday, March 5, 12 to 2 p.m. in the Main Lobby, 100 McCaul St.
  • Wednesday, March 6, 12 to 2 p.m. in the Lobby, 100 McCaul St.

Additionally, the team is hosting two information sessions for the OCAD U community 
in MCA 258, George Reid House:

  • Wednesday, February 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 26, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Can’t make any of these times? Read up on the latest by visiting www.ocadu.ca/ccc. Want Campus Planning & Projects to come speak with your group about this project? Got questions? Contact us at creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca.  

 

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 122 St. Patrick St.
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/ccc
Email: 
creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca

Info Session: CCC Fabrication, Drawing & Painting Studio Renovations

CCC Info Session
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Join the Campus Planning & Projects Team to learn about the next phase of the Creative City Campus project, renovations of the Fabrication and Drawing & Painting (Ada Slaight) studios over the summer and fall terms. Find out what’s happening, how the university is supporting the community while studios are closed, and get your questions answered. 

Information Sessions (MCA 258, George Reid House)

  • Wednesday, February 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 26, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Additionally, Campus Planning & Projects will be available to speak with at several pop-up discussion opportunities:

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2:30 to 4 p.m. -- Learning Zone, 122 St. Patrick
  • Tuesday, March 5, 12 to 2 p.m. -- Lobby, 100 McCaul St.
  • Wednesday, March 6, 12 to 2 p.m. -- Lobby, 100 McCaul St.

Can’t make any of these times? Read up on the latest by visiting the Creative City Campus website.
Want Campus Planning & Projects to come speak with your group about this project? Got questions? Contact us at creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca.  

Venue & Address: 
MCA 258 George Reid House
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/ccc
Email: 
creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca

Info Session: CCC Fabrication, Drawing & Painting Studio Renovations

CCC Info Session
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Join the Campus Planning & Projects Team to learn about the next phase of the Creative City Campus project, renovations of the Fabrication and Drawing & Painting (Ada Slaight) studios over the summer and fall terms. Find out what’s happening, how the university is supporting the community while studios are closed, and get your questions answered. 

Information Sessions (MCA 258, George Reid House)

  • Wednesday, February 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 26, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Additionally, Campus Planning & Projects will be available to speak with at several pop-up discussion opportunities:

  • Wednesday, February 27, 2:30 to 4 p.m. -- Learning Zone, 122 St. Patrick
  • Tuesday, March 5, 12 to 2 p.m. -- Lobby, 100 McCaul St.
  • Wednesday, March 6, 12 to 2 p.m. -- Lobby, 100 McCaul St.

Can’t make any of these times? Read up on the latest by visiting the Creative City Campus website.
Want Campus Planning & Projects to come speak with your group about this project? Got questions? Contact us at creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca.  

Venue & Address: 
MCA 258, George Reid Wing
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/ccc
Email: 
creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca

CCC Update: Summer/Fall 2019 renovations in Fabrication and Drawing & Painting Studios

Three students working at a lathe
Friday, February 1, 2019

The next phase of the Creative City Campus (CCC) project construction will soon begin: the renovations of more than 30,000 square feet of Fabrication and Drawing & Painting studios at 100 McCaul St. This is a significant step in the project to transform OCAD U’s studio-based learning environment.

The CCC consulting team, led by Teeple and Morphosis Architects in collaboration with Two Row Architects, has worked over the last year in tandem with OCAD U’s Campus Planning and Projects team, our technicians, faculty, staff and students to plan for this project.

To enable efficient, cost- and time-effective work, some parts of the studios will be temporarily closed during the renovations.

Required, core course offerings that are dependent on these studios will be prioritized for relocation elsewhere on campus during the summer and fall academic terms. The Campus Planning & Projects team, with the help of our technicians and staff, have also organized external partnerships and alternative arrangements to accommodate our community’s needs. More information on these alternatives will be available by spring.  

All members of the team are aware of the impact that these closures and renovations will inevitably have on the community over their duration en route to creating a better learning experience. The team’s objectives are both to minimize disruption and to complete the renovations as quickly as possible.

Here’s what you need to know about the renovations:

What?

Fabrication Studios
100 McCaul St., Level 1 (approx. 20,000 square feet)

  • Expanded Wood, Metal, Plastics and Rapid Prototyping fabrication shops
  • A new, centralized sales and services depot for materials and tool loans
  • Upgraded equipment, lighting, controls and heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC)
  • Enhanced space navigation, accessibility, transparency, flexibility and sustainability

Select Drawing & Painting Studios
100 McCaul St., Level 4 south (approx. 8,000 square feet)

  • Improved student and faculty experience of the drawing and painting studios with new lighting, controls, finishes, furniture, storage and AV
  • A new student hub that enables gathering, display, critique and day-to-day work
  • Upgraded build shop with new lighting, controls, storage and equipment

In addition, the roof of the original building at 100 McCaul St. will have end-of-life mechanical units replaced with new energy-efficient units integrated with the Building Automation System.

 When?

  • April 23: Formal assessment period ends (last day for access to Fabrication Studios and Drawing & Painting studios)
  • April 24 to May 12: Final cleaning/moving of Drawing & Painting and Fabrication Studio equipment
  • May 13: Construction begins
  • August 15: Level 4 Drawing & Painting studio renovation complete; studios re-open
  • December 31: Level 1 Fabrication Studio renovation complete; studios re-open

Temporary Core Function Relocations
Core functions of the Fabrications studios and related activities will be re-located throughout the construction period beginning early summer.

  • Wood studio: MCA 515 and 517
  • Metal studio: MCA 152
  • Plastics studio: MCA 316
  • Rapid Prototyping: MCA 314
  • Assembly space: Remaining MCA 161
  • Functions from MCA 166 will be distributed to other classrooms, including MCG 104 (49 McCaul St.)
  • Functions from MCA 140 and 141 will be distributed elsewhere (exact locations will be posted soon)
  • Tool Loans is being located within 100 McCaul St. The proposed location is the Anniversary Gallery space in MCA 265 (to be confirmed soon)
  • Studio Management offices will be relocated to MCF, 51 McCaul Street, Level 2

Heating, Air Conditioning and Ventilation Impacts
Certain areas of the main building at 100 McCaul St. will be affected while the heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) units are upgraded. Temporary measures will be in place for affected stakeholders. Complete details will be provided in the near future.

Faculty and Staff Offices
A number of options are being considered; the team will consult with those impacted to finalize these plans.

Technician Contracts
Our technicians are key community members with important roles supporting students’ use of equipment, procurement and distribution of materials and training in processes in OCAD U’s studios. They will continue to work as normal throughout the temporary closures of the Fabrication studios and will be deployed to the alternative studio areas where they will continue to provide their support (e.g. the studios with wood and plastics on Level 5, and in the Foundry for metal processes, etc.).

GradEx 104
Rooms MCA 161, 166, 140 and 141 will continue to be available as exhibition space for GradEx; they will be closed and their functions relocated following the show on May 11. As per the dates listed above, the core Fabrication studios will be closed as of April 23 to enable faculty and staff to pack and prepare equipment for moving, and clean out the studios to start construction. Tool Loans will be moved to a temporary location in time to support GradEx setup.

Learn More
Students, faculty and staff are invited to join the Campus Planning & Projects and Studios Team for information sessions and/or pop-ups:

  • Information Sessions (MCA 258, George Reid House)
    • Wednesday, February 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    • Tuesday, February 26, 3 to 4:30 p.m.
       
  • Pop-up discussion opportunities:
    • Wednesday, February 27, 2:30 to 4 p.m. -- Learning Zone, 122 St. Patrick
    • Tuesday, March 5, 12 to 2 p.m. -- Lobby, 100 McCaul St.
    • Wednesday, March 6, 12 to 2 p.m. -- Lobby, 100 McCaul St.

Questions and comments can be directed to creativecitycampus@ocadu.ca. See you at one of our info sessions or pop-ups!   

Thinking Through Craft and the Digital Turn

Thinking Through Craft and the Digital Turn is an ongoing research project.

Notions of craft and working by hand are inextricably linked in the popular imagination. Yet today's craft studios feature technological innovations such as 3D printing, laser cutting and computerized textile machinery. Students, faculty and technicians, in university studio departments, develop and explore the relationship of handwork to digital technologies daily. This study focuses on questions of how digital technologies intersect and combine with traditional, mechanical and hand fabrication processes, particularly the possible affordances of digital technology through embodied learning, a pedagogy of the whole body not just the intellect. The discourse is complex, however, autonomy and agency---the control of creative methods and output through materiality, tools and process---are central concerns in craft methodology. We interrogate the concepts of re- and deskilling as they pertain to craft and the digital turn.

In 2016, a study titled Craft, Pedagogy and the Digital Challenge sought to consider the place of teaching and learning digital craft at OCAD University from the perspectives of faculty, staff, and technicians. It identified the challenges of merging traditional techniques with the digital tools within an institution and finding ways of improving the gap between students, faculty, staff, technicians, and their work. OCAD Faculty, staff, and technicians who teach and facilitate traditional and digital craft methods provided insight and their perspectives through interviews.

Project Team:

     Dr. Lynne Heller (Material Art & Design) - Principal Investigator
     Dorie Millerson (Chair, Material Art & Design) - Principal Investigator
     Claire Bartleman - Graduate Research Assistant
     Ellie Manning - Undergraduate Research Assistant and Videographer
     Enna Kim - Undergraduate Research Assistant
     Keiko Hart - Research Assistant

Summary of study:

This research was inspired by the teaching environment of the Material Art and Design program, which includes the study of ceramics, jewellery and textiles practices. Research questions included, "What is the relationship between craft making traditions and the advent of advanced digital tools, and what are the pedagogical implications of that confluence"?

A number of faculty, staff and technicians who teach or facilitate digital craft methods were asked to participate in an interview for the Thinking Through Craft and The Digital Turn project. After consenting to participate in an interview and video, participants were given a list of questions in advance. Questions asked participants to discuss experiences in learning and teaching digital craft methods with reference to how they set goals or evaluate digital processes and what they see as the future of digital craft teaching. During the interviews PIs Heller and Millerson encouraged participants to answer or expand the questions in their own ways, which led to a variety of findings.

During the interviews RA Ellie Manning documented audio and visual material to create a video that was used in part to frame the presentation at the Canadian Craft Biennal (CCB) Conference on September 15th, 2017. In addition to the video, RA Claire Bartleman and PI Lynne Heller created a Research Wall in the host lab, the Data Materialization Studio. The Research Wall facilitated a visual and research-creation approach to the data collected and the theoretical stances being explored.

After the interviews, the research team chose a quote from each interview that best represented its participant. Quotes were then incorporated into posters designed by PI Lynne Heller. The posters were hung in the entrance to OCAD U during CCB conference proceedings. The intention in documenting and attributing quotes was to give a voice to the participants and draw attention to the findings of the project. The posters utilized a suffrage banner format as a framing device (based on the poster Standing Together ... by the National Women's Party, 1913-1920, as photographed in the exhibition Agitprop! at the Brooklyn Museum in 2016 by Alex Kittle).

The CCB Conference was well-attended and Hands on the Tech: Craft, Pedagogy and the Digital Challenge was scheduled for the session "Making Education: The Changing Nature of Teaching Craft", which was facilitated by PI Dorie Millerson and included papers from across the world. Heller and Millerson summarized their findings through the video, which was followed by a PowerPoint presentation. Afterwards, in a lively Q&A session, members of the audience asked questions about approaches to intersectional feminism within this context. The CPDC team described teaching practices that encourage students to investigate their own identities through their work and commented that there is an unequal gender representation in Material Art & Design that should be better understood and discussed. 

Moving forward, the Thinking Through Craft and The Digital Turn team is engaging student voices and collecting the findings, along with theoretical analysis, into an edited anthology focused on the relationship between teaching and learning digital craft. In order to expand the research across Canada the team has also applied for an Insight Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The research team realizes the world of digital craft is a complicated topic that requires more time to theorize than simply referring to the binaries of digital and analogue. The team believes in providing a voice to OCAD U faculty, staff and technicians and is looking forward to extending this opportunity to students. The Principal Investigators are developing more research with the Faculty and Curriculum Development Centre along with pursuing more funding to augment this initial pilot project.

Click here to view the Craft, Pedagogy and the Digital Challenge video recorded and edited by Ellie Manning, Undergraduate Research Assistant.

A note on the Posters: The quotes that appear on the posters below were developed from each of the inverviews undertaken and include two quotes from the Principal Investigators. The posters were an amalgam of both digital and analogue techniques. The banner image is based on the sufragette banner Standing Together ..., by the National Women's Party, 1913-1920 (as photographed by Alex Kittle in the exhibition Agitprop! at the Brooklyn Museum, 2016). The quotes were 'typeset' in Photoshop and then the posters were printed in black and white. Researchers then hand-coloured the posters using pastels.

The posters are currently being exhibited in OCAD U's Office of Research and Innovation and Faculty and Curriculum Development Centre.

Photograph of CPDC posters exhibited on a wall at OCAD U.
Photograph of PIs Dr. Lynne Heller and Dorie Millerson and Head of Instructional Services Daniel Payne in front of a poster.
Poster reading "Beautiful expensive machines are pretty useless if people do not know how to use them" - Nick Hooper
Poster reading "I like working with the malfunctioning of a computer as the focus of investigation" - Stan Krzyzanovski
Poster reading "It is rare that you just push a button and the hand is not further involved in the making" - Marie O'Mahony
Poster reading "Materiality is the message" - Lynne Heller
Poster reading "Machines do not run themselves" - Laurie Wassink
Poster reading "Whether it is digital or analogue the subjectivity of the maker is paramount" - Kathleen Morris
Poster reading "The digital privileges the design process over making" - Dorie Millerson
Poster reading "The digital calls into question the whole meaning of craft" - Greg Sims
Poster reading "The term rapid prototyping is somewhat of a misnomer" - Darrell Currington
Poster reading "How can we use this technology but make it human" - Chung-Im Kim
Photograph of Lynne Heller and Dorie Millerson speaking about their research to faculty and students at OCAD U
Photograph of viewers examining the hung posters
Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:30am
Lab Member: 
Lynne Heller
Dorie Millerson

Contours

Angular Stool by Julia Lorimer
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 1:00pm to Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 9:00pm

Contours is a group exhibition featuring works by artists who have completed the Chair Design and Fabrication course in Continuing Studies at OCAD University. 

March 17 - April 21, 2016

Join us for the closing reception on Thursday, April 21, 5-7 pm.

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery at OCAD U 285 Dundas Street West Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/continuingstudies
Email: 
continuingstudies@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x2321
Contours Poster

OCAD x Castor CU Design Hack

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 5:00am

Please join us at the OCAD x Castor CU Design Hack event taking place this Saturday, February 6th at 1161 Dundas St. West. Feel free to drop by during the day (12-8pm) to see work in progress, or for the after party (8-10pm), complete with judging and exhibition of the final furniture, products and lighting objects. Please see the invitation attached.

 

Venue & Address: 
1161 Dundas Street West
Cost: 
free
CU OCAD X Castor Design Hack Event poster with event info

Robert Murray in Conversation with Jonathan Lippincott

 Robert Murray in Conversation with Jonathan Lippincott
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 5:00pm

Public lecture: Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s

Large Scale: Fabricating Sculpture in the 1960s and 1970s presents the history of the sculptures made at Lippincott, Inc., in North Haven, CT. Founded in 1966 by Donald Lippincott and Roxanne Everett, this was the first fabricator dedicated exclusively to making large scale sculpture. Artists including Claes Oldenburg, Louise Nevelson, Barnett Newman, Robert Murray, Ellsworth Kelly, Clement Meadmore, and many others all came to Lippincott. These artists produced an incredible range of sculpture during what many have called the golden age of public art, and Large Scale is the first time this work has been presented as a whole.

Robert Murray was born in Vancouver, grew up in Saskatoon, went to Art School in Regina, lived for a time in Mexico and moved to New York in 1960. He lives at present near Unionville, PA and has a studio and summer place on Lookout Is., near Pointe au Baril, ON. Murray has dual US and Canadian citizenship. Since 1959 all of Murray's larger sculptures have been built under his supervision at metal fabricating plants, beginning with John East Iron Works in Saskatoon but in particular at Lippincott Inc. in North Haven CT, which specialized in sculpture fabrication, Murray has taught or has been a visiting artist at a great many art schools and universities and continues to work with fourth year students at the School of Visual Arts in New York. His work can be found in a great many private and museum collections as well at the more public sited works. In 1990 he was given a retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada and is represented in Toronto by the Barbara Edwards Contemporary Gallery,

Jonathan Lippincott, author of Large Scale, was born the year after the first sculptures were made at Lippincott, and grew up watching the work that took place there. He studied studio art and art history at Swarthmore College, graduating in 1989. During the next few years, he worked at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts as a cook and handyman, at the Yale University Art Gallery as an art handler, and as a dessert baker in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1993 he moved to New York City to begin work in publishing, and a year later he joined Farrar, Straus and Giroux, where he is currently the design manager. Since 2000 he has also worked independently as art director and designer for a range of illustrated books about architecture, landscape, and fine art.

This talk is sponsored by the Faculty of Art Innovation Fund

 

Free

 

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall, Room 230 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario