Otino Corsano's video installation "ROSSO" featured at Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Still 1 from ROSSO
Still 2 from ROSSO
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Otino Corsano’s Ocean Course Films presents “Rosso” at Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto
496 Huron Street, Toronto from September 4 to October 2, 2019.
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 am - 1:00 pm; 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm.
Contact Adalgisa Rosmini, Events & Communications, adalgisa.rosmini@esteri.it, for more information.


“Rosso” is an exhibition comprising an HD video installation attempting to evidence a contemporary passion still lingering from the 1982 FIFA World Cup on an international, local and personal level. It could be argued this signature sporting event initiated the notion of Toronto as a world-class city. The project was directed by New Genres artist and OCAD U Continuing Studies instructor Otino Corsano for Ocean Course Films, a collaborative entity he established, comprised of a specialized core production team.

The imagery focusses on a tapestry of Southern Ontario environments in order to present a narrative delineating the influence of a specifically Italian natured globalism on Canadian soil. A new contemporary aesthetic is presented, reflecting the earlier eighties fusion of Italian and Canadian cultures and how this melding has activated poignant perspectives and discourses on immigration, diaspora and multiculturalism.

Composer John Mark Sherlock orchestrated the musical soundtracks for each of the three chapters featured in “Rosso”. The video also features an Italian narrator, played by voice actor Alex Martinelli, reflecting poetically on various stages of his life in three cyclical chapters. The first chapter traces his first memories as a youth hearing the voice of his father as if in a waking dream. The second chapter weaves a romantic narrative from seemingly unrelated location imagery - vineyard, autobody shop, factory and sports fields. The final third chapter concludes with an optimistic view of national unity paradoxically built from both a highly personal vision and a global mosaic of perspectives.

Otino Corsano is an international New Genres artist who established Ocean Course Films as an umbrella entity for the artwork he produces in collaboration with a selected core team. He has taught at the University of Toronto and continues to teach at OCAD University in Canada.

Composer John Mark Sherlock has built the moving soundtrack for “Rosso”. Sherlock’s works have been played by many of Canada’s finest performers and ensembles including Arraymusic, the Burdocks, Critical Band, The Ergo Ensemble, Eve Egoyan, Linda Catlin Smith, Stephen Clarke, and Ensemble KORE.

Special thanks to Alessandro Ruggera, editor Jeff Hamill, Alexandra Landon Richardson, Manuel De Luca, R. Ferri Automotive, European Auto Body, J.R. Martino, Budds’ Group of Companies, and The York School. “Rosso” is lovingly dedicated to Otino Corsano Sr.





ROSSO Poster

Judith Doyle

I am interested in networked life and gesture. My background is in filmmaking, as well as writing and publication. I have worked in artists' teleculture from its earliest pre-Internet forms to the contemporary situation, where offline and online identities blur and merge. In my art practice, I make moving images and installations, often with collaborators. The context includes theory, experimentation and critique. This is also my approach as an educator. In recent years I have shifted the focus of my research-creation to include both art and scientific communities.

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Speakers: Darren O’Donnell / Lesley Loksi Chan / Robert Lendrum

Moderator: OCAD Professor Richard Fung

Curator: Serena Lee

Go ahead and measure your truth in pixels.

Ask yourself, in this age of handycams, Photoshop, and reality TV, what counts as a document? Why do we bother documenting? This panel discussion redefines and examines documentary practices, our need to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and how creatively we are doing it. Join experimental artists working in film, video installation and theatre for a discussion on the benefits of lying creatively. All we want are the facts, just the facts, ma’am.

Venue & Address: 
XPACE Cultural Centre 58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Art Creates Change Public talk: Elle Flanders and Tamira Sawatzky

Thursday, January 28, 2016

OCAD University's Faculty of Art in Partnership with
UNIFOR, Ontario Regional Council Present:
The Kym Pruesse Speaker Series

Antagonisms in Disappearing Public Spaces
Public Studio is the collaborative art practice of filmmaker Elle Flanders and architect Tamira Sawatzky, whose works range from large-scale public art works and immersive installations to socially engaged projects. Exploring antagonisms in and around public space and its disappearance, war and landscape, post-colonialism and political dissent. Public Studio’s work has been shown internationally, including their recent intervention Migrant Choice at the Venice Biernale.

Venue & Address: 
OCADU Auditorium Room 190, 100 McCaul Street
Art Creates Change Poster

A Collective Nightmare

Simulated Projection, 1929/2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 10:30pm to Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 11:00am

A Scotiabank Nuit Blanche independent project with alumna JoAnn Purcell

JoAnn Purcell - Toronto, Canada
Seneca College - School of Creative Arts and Animation - Toronto, Canada

Public viewers are invited to participate in the remaking of a segment from the short film by director Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí, “Un Chien Andalou” (1929). Students will provide the basic structure by redrawing the frame in B+W as it is projected onto large format paper. The public will be invited to participate using colour markers to draw and write their own reactions to the sequence and nightmares in general, perhaps to cathartic effect! These redrawn composites will be photographed and each put into a sequential timeline. As the night progresses, the growing timeline will be viewed on a large TV. As the remade film segment is played back, the collective nightmares blur together over the re-drawn sequence! A second TV will show the original film (17 min) in its entirety, looped.

JoAnn Purcell, Program Coordinator of Illustration at Seneca College and partner at ACME Pictures will be working with students on this project.

Every 18 minutes one second of the film frame will be projected onto large format paper. The public is invited to draw and write for as many frames as they would like. All marks made are acceptable and become part of the final work. Played back at real time, the marks will all blur in a mass of colour. After the event, the film will be viewable on it's website.

Simulated Projection, 1929/2013






Venue & Address: 
Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario