Call for submissions - #trending: mobilizing art and culture

Childish drawing of OCAD's Table Top
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 5:00am

The 2016 Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Conference welcomes submissions of academic papers, proposed workshops and panels, curatorial proposals, and artistic works, performances, and interventions from MA and PhD students and independent scholars.

Please submit proposals by Friday, November 20, 2015 to Accepted candidates will be notified by email.

Proposal/Abstract Deadline: Midnight on Friday, Nov 20, 2015
Final paper due: Midnight on Monday, Feb 1, 2015
Announcement of Acceptance: Thursday, December 10, 2015

What to submit: a 250 word abstract or proposal, a short biography, and, if needed, an url for up to five (5) images and/or five (5) minutes of video. Please submit texts as .doc or .pdf files.

#trending: mobilizing art and culture
OCAD U Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Conference 2016
Exhibition Opening: Friday March 11, 2016
Conference Date: Saturday March 12, 2016

The influence of trends is undeniable in contemporary culture, but rarely are its implications fully fleshed out. How can a trend mobilize or call others to action? As scholarship in contemporary art, design and new media becomes increasingly focused on networked lives, the digital platforms through which we communicate, interact, and share information demand academic and social inquiry. This interdisciplinary conference looks to the topic of #trending in its myriad meanings as it produces and affects subjects and citizenship, social and political change, visual and material culture. We must consider the longevity, impact, and relevancy of cultural work and research as the implications of cultural trends, their makers, and media are nuanced and complex. Are trends disposable or lasting? How should scholarship respond to trends -- by defining them or following them? What can trends tell us in their sequencing, forecasting, and analysis?

Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:
-alternate, sharing and DIY economies
-inclusive and locative mobilizations of populations, movements, and narratives
-trending as a form of political mediation
-artists as activists as artists
-viral visual culture & digital storytelling
-speculation in the art market
-the gentrification of social and artistic spaces
-grants and arts awards as trend indicators
-curating as trend-setting
-the affect and aesthetics of trends
-trends, history and the acceleration of culture, theory, criticism
-authorship, art practice and online multiplicity
-transmedia: podcasts, web series, etc.
-the platforms of trend-making: Instagram, twitter, Tumblr, etc.
-celebrities as artists/artists as celebrities

Submit proposals:

Aimia | AGO Photography Prize: Call for Submissions

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Monday, February 2, 2015 - 5:00am to Monday, March 2, 2015 - 5:00am

We are pleased to announce that OCAD U has been invited to participate in The 2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program.  This scholarship program invites 16 schools across Canada to propose one representative be considered for a $7000 scholarship.  To be eligible, you must be a full-time student  going into your final year of study.   Submissions are accepted from February 2nd and will close on March 2nd, 2015. 

2014 Winners include:

Marvin Luvualu Antonio (OCAD U)

Kristiane Church (University of Manitoba)

Paige Lindsay ( Ryerson University)



UAAC Conference 2014 Call for Submissions

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 5:00am to Friday, March 14, 2014 - 4:00am

Universities Art Association of Canada Conference hosted by OCAD University

OCAD University will host the annual conference of the Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC-AAUC) this October 23 to 26, and is inviting the submission of session proposals.

Sessions are encouraged that explore — within any geographical and temporal context — issues from the full range of scholarship in the visual arts including art history, visual and material culture, creative practices and research in studio art, design practices and research, theory and criticism, pedagogy, and museum and gallery practices.

The Program Committee welcomes proposals for chaired (or co-chaired) sessions, roundtables and workshops. Please note that only one proposal will be accepted per member, whether that proposal is for a single or jointly chaired session, roundtable or workshop.

Proposals (which can be in English or French) should include a title; a 150 word description of the panel; and full contact information for the session chair(s).

Only members of UAAC-AAUC may chair or co-chair or present papers in conference sessions. Non-members who propose sessions will be required to become members in the event that their proposals are accepted.

Proposals are welcome from full-time faculty, independent scholars/artists, and graduate students: however, members are reminded that only graduate students in terminal degree programs may propose sessions and that a limited number of these will be accepted. Sessions that include a mixture of graduate students and faculty/independent researchers are also encouraged.

Proposals must be submitted by March 14, 2014. Visit the UAAC-AAUC submissions info page for complete details.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 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


Avery Kua's poster for the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP). The poster includes the text "buildings kill birds."
Posters up in the store
Patagonia store manager Andrea Reeks with OCAD U President Sara Diamond.

First-year design student Avery Kua, and the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) are the winners of the Patagonia poster competition, Colours for Conservation. FLAP receives a $1000 grant, and Kua takes home a new winter coat from Patagonia.

As part of the competition, 70 first-year students from OCAD U Design instructor Linda Montgomery’s Colours in Context course chose a community environmental organization to feature and created a colourful poster for it. After launching with an exhibition opening on December 5, the posters were on display at the Patagonia Toronto store on King Street West throughout the busy holiday shopping season. Exhibition attendees and customers voted on their favourite posters, and Kua’s poster was selected on December 31 as the people’s choice.

The poster competition was developed by Montgomery together with Andrea Reekes, store manager, and Blaine Van Bruggen, media relations, at Patagonia Toronto as a partnership project. Reekes and Van Bruggen got in touch with Montgomery after talking to contacts at Stop the Mega Quarry, who worked with Montgomery on a design competition last year. The Patagonia team wanted to draw attention to the local environmental causes it supports and suggested organizations the students could work with. Montgomery developed the Colours for Conservation concept, which other Patagonia stores are now talking about incorporating into their community environmental activities.

The overall goal of the competition was to inspire young designers and illustrators to use their talents to communicate urgent environmental issues. “The students have been fantastic,” says Reekes. “We got to go into their classes and talk to them about the organizations and they were so interested in community conservation and sustainability.”

Of course a significant part of the competition was applying the colour theory the students were learning into practice. “Ecological colour research played a key role in this project,” says Montgomery. “It was a natural extension of what the students were learning in class, and at the same time it was an excellent way to connect them to organizations in the community as ecological ambassadors.” Montgomery, who brings more than 20 years of experience as an illustrator to her role, also walked the students through the process of contacting an organization, learning about it and working on a design concept step-by-step.

In addition to FLAP, the student work represented a wide range of groups, including Friends of the Rouge Watershed, Not Far From the Tree, The Waterfront Regeneration Trust, Project Canoe, Fresh City Farms, and Lake Ontario Waterkeepers.

The posters will be on view again at the Green Living Show in April, as well as the Brickworks in May.