Sessional Instructor Francisco-Fernando Granados participating in Standard Forms at CSS BARD

Sunday, April 3, 2016 - 4:00am to Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 4:00am

April 3 – 24, 2016

Artists: VALIE EXPORT, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Julio César Morales, Robert Morris, Ulrike Müller, and Martha Rosler

The non-citizen (or one who finds their citizenship called into question) exists in the shadow of the contemporary nation-state. Constituting both the figure against which the citizen may be produced, and that which resists standard forms of governance, the non-citizen is the preemptive target of mechanisms of surveillance, coercion, and control. By deploying advanced biopolitical technologies—such as biometric databases and facial recognition software—the nation-state is increasingly adept at capturing, and thus disarming, unknown bodies. In order to avoid violence, the non-citizen must elude apprehension at the very moment they are most insistently called to appear.

The works shown in Standard Forms prioritize the abstract, the non-figurative, and the indexical over mimetic representation of the human body. In utilizing these formal strategies, the works mask, obscure, or leave the body out. While only a selection considers the non-citizen directly, each offers vital modes of seeing or thinking the figure as it is edged by predominant norms, systems, and standards. In presenting these works together, the exhibition offers a phenomenology of embodiment that rejects the violence of the scopic.

Shape and line figure largely in the works of Standard Forms, repurposing legacies of abstraction, minimalism, and conceptualism. Within the exhibition, such forms often come to stand in for, or point to the body. In place of a figure, we find a blank, a trace, an outline. Form emerges as a politics which inhibits the standardization and ontological capture of the non-citizen by the nation-state. And yet, the body can be glimpsed between the lines and from the edges, though remaining inapprehensible and just out of frame. If the non-citizen is signified beyond the fingerprint or the face, what agency, what forms and shapes might emerge?

Curated by Christian Camacho-Light

Venue & Address: 
CSS BARD, Center for Curatorial Studies, Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College
repetative linear forms in red and blue

Sessional Instructor Surendra Lawoti to program 7th Annual Toronto Nepali Film Festival

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 4:00am to Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 4:00am

7th Annual Toronto Nepali Film Festival
March 19 & 20, 2016
Programmed by Surendra Lawoti

Surendra Lawoti

Venue & Address: 
Saturday, March 19: Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto. Sunday, March 20: Noel Ryan Auditorium, Mississauga Central Library, 301 Burnamthorpe Rd. W.
Poster for Toronto Nepali Film Festival, inverted pink triangle with wireframe Toronto skyline background

Professor Alex Manu - presents his most recent book

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Professor Alexander Manu presents his book Value Creation & The Internet of Things.

How the Behaviour economy will shape the 4th industrial revolution!

Venue & Address: 
Room 530 100 McCaul St.
Value Creation & The Internet of Things by Alexander Manu book cover

Faculty Member Mark Dickinson Publishes Co-Edited book on Robert Bringhurst

The Arts of Robert Bringhurst
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 5:00am

"Robert Bringhurst is often referred to as a Renaissance man. He has done intimate readings of many Native American texts that were written down phonemically early in the twentieth century but barely studied since. Bringhurst is also a unique poet who takes plain English and bends and shapes it like a musician, creating an original verse that cannot be classified but reads splendidly and is not aiming at pleasing anybody. He is a solitary artist and thinker who's in touch with almost everything. These fifteen elegant papers almost do him justice. It's a very good start." Gary Snyder, author of This Present Moment

Contributors include Margaret Atwood, Nicholas Bradley (University of Victoria), Crispin Elsted (Barbarian Press), Clare Goulet (Mount St. Vincent University), Iain Higgins (University of Victoria), Ishmael Hope, Peter Koch (Peter Koch Printers), Dennis Lee, Scott McIntyre, Katherine McLeod (Concordia University), Kevin McNeilly (University of British Columbia), Káawan Sangáa, and Erica Wagner.

Sarah Nind: Pistes et Points (Stripes and Dots)

Photo of a palm tree with polka dots superimposed
Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 5:00am to Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 4:00am

Sarah Nind: Pistes et Points (Stripes and Dots)


Sarah Nind’s work addresses the chaotic, even illogical, dimensions of today’s visual language, in which images and ideas often collide in the digital-analogue world.  Pattern and excerpts from popular culture are superimposed onto oil painting and photographic imagery.  What appears to be the image on the surface and what lies below this surface often exist in tension and absurd juxtaposition.  The seeming abstraction and beauty of these images veil or mask layers below the painted surface, much in the way we ‘gloss over’ or ‘make light’ of issues or memories.

Venue & Address: 
Newzones 730 11th Ave SW Calgary, AB

Society of Illustrators honours Design professor

Courtney Barnett (by Jody Hewgill)
Monday, January 25, 2016 - 3:00pm

Jody Hewgill’s portrait of Courtney Barnett was recently honoured with an Award of Merit by the Society of Illustrators. The picture appeared in Rolling Stone (March 26, 2015) alongside a review of the Australian singer’s album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Hewgill’s work is currently on display as part of the Illustrators 58 exhibition in New York City.

“I wanted this portrait to reflect Courtney’s gift for turning seemingly mundane subject matter into humorous and clever lyrics,” says Hewgill, an assistant professor in OCAD University’s Faculty of Design. “I chose to illustrate the background scene upside down to reflect her clever observations and unique perspective on the world around her. It’s also a nod to her hometown, Melbourne, which is on the opposite side of the planet from us.” The painting – acrylic on wood panel – measures 10” x 16”.

This is far from Hewgill’s first pop-culture commission. She has been working with Rolling Stone for 15 years and, in 2015, Hewgill received a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators for her painting – Before Midnight – commissioned for Entertainment Weekly.

Propeller Gallery Exhibition

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 5:00pm to Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 10:00pm

Jan 20-24, 12-6 W-Sat, 12-5 Sunday

Opening reception, January 24, 3-5pm

‘In Series’ is an exhibition that explores the material consequences of repetition. Looking beyond traditional notions of what is unique and mass-produced, it aims to show a range of scales, sizes, mediums, and techniques; the possibilities of repetition affecting change (e.g. transformation, variations, new results); and the subtlety of repetition that can produce something that appears to be the same. It asks what can result from a repeated action, pattern, or process.

‘In Series’ features the work of Victoria Chin, Nina Cho, Dear Human, Zero-Craft Corp. (Mark Dineen and Michael Neville) and Ebitenyefa Baralaye, COUPLE D’IDÉES (Diane Parenteau),Meghan Price (OCADU Fiber faculty member), Watson Soule, Martha Sparrow, James Swain, Cathy Terepocki, Tara Lee Towers (OCADU Fibre graduate), and Jill Usher.

Venue & Address: 
Propeller Gallery, 30 Abell Street

Scotiabank Contact Photography Exhibit

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 1:00pm to Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 4:00pm

The annual Contact exhibition (part of the Scotiabank Contact photography festival in Toronto during May), from May 9 to 31st will slow in the Great Hall. it will feature the work of photography students from the Design department as well as the work of some photo/fine art students and faculty.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street The Great Hall
free to everyone

Stamps that skate and slither

Canadians’ love of hockey is a defining national trait. Our passion for blades, ice, sticks and pucks stretches even as far as the postage we use to mail our letters.

Legends of the rink

In 2012, OCAD University Faculty of Design professors Avi Dunkelman and Joe Gault — co-founders and partners of Mix Design Group — were commissioned by Canada Post to design a series of hockey-themed stamps leading up to the 100th anniversary of the National Hockey League® (NHL). Over the course of five years, that commission will total nearly 70 different stamps, including commemoratives, souvenir sheets (about the size of a hockey card) and coils.

Canada Post issued the duo’s first NHL stamps on Sept. 3, 2013. They illustrate jerseys worn by seven Canadian teams, including the Montréal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs. Year 2 — 2014 — saw stamps featuring legendary defencemen from the Original SixTM era — stars such as Bobby Orr and Tim Horton. In fall 2015, Dunkelman and Gault’s work highlighted great Canadian goalies. Among the heroes are Tony Esposito, Martin Brodeur and Gump Worsley. Themes for the final two years have been chosen, but the designers are keeping the lid on their work until the stamps launch publicly.




Serpentine luxury

Dunkelman and Gault’s first foray into the world of stamp designing actually began a year before they skated their way into hockey-themed design history.

In 2011, they won a Canada Post competition to create stamps honouring the Asian lunar zodiac’s Year of the Snake, which began on February 10, 2013. Through extensive research into Chinese cultural symbolism, Dunkelman and Gault created — with the help of calligrapher Tan Chao Chang — stunning Year of the Snake stamps. “Not every project gives you an opportunity to design using seven colours, two foils and embossing,” Gault notes. “In Chinese astrology, snakes love luxury, and that’s an element we sought to slither in to our water-snake design.”

In a short video, Dunkleman and Gault talk about their careers and collaboration, and share details about their NHL and Year of the Snake projects.

The Year of the Snake stamps have met with international acclaim. They nabbed second place in a competition organized by the Chinese Shengxiao (Zodiac) Philatelic Society (China took first prize); a Certificate of Merit from the Premier Print Awards; and second place at the 2015 Vienna International Stamp Exhibition.


Video produced by Martin Iskander
Morgan Holmes

SFI Faculty Member outlines the potential of Experiential Futures practice in The Economist

Strategic Foresign and Innovation
Friday, December 18, 2015 - 5:00am

Professor Stuart Candy's article in The Economist's annual print/app/online look at the year ahead, "The World in 2016", outlines the potential of Experiential Futures practice for enabling public imagination and foresight in organisations, as well as in the wider culture.