Sabbatical Talks by Dr. Keith Bresnahan and Dr. Dot Tuer

Monday, November 19, 2018 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Working with Emotions in Architectural History
Dr. Keith Bresnahan

November 19, 2018
205 Richmond St. West Room 420

This talk describes a body of work developed during my sabbatical in 2016-17, including fellowships in Berlin and southern France. 

It explores my engagement with new research in the history of emotions, and my attempt to bring this into conversation with architectural history.


Traces and Talismans: Reflections on Witnessing and the Performing of Memory
Dr. Dot Tuer

November 19, 2018
205 Richmond St. West Room 420

This talk addresses site specific research that I undertook for my half sabbatical in the winter/spring of 2016. During this time, I visited the Guaraní community of Loreto in Corrientes, Argentina, to witness the procession of their personal saints; traveled to Rosario, Argentina with my partner to witness his return to a clandestine torture and extermination centre, now a Space of Memory; and accompanied a collective of artists to the Atacama Desert in Chile to witness a performance about the disappeared of Pinochet’s regime of terror. How witnessing as a form of research illuminates the intersections of history and haunting, materiality and mourning will be the focus on my reflections.

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. West Room 420
"Sabbatial Talks" in black text on white background; photo of gentlemen in suits and top hats; photo of concrete corner pillars

Lyla Rye: The Home Show

lyla rye invite
Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, April 6, 2008 - 4:00am

Video Appart is an exhibition where 52 artists show videos in 15 different apartments over 3 different weekends in Paris. Lyla Rye's piece, The Home Show, will be exhibited April 3-6 in
case you're flying in for a quick meal.



photo with multi coloured stripe overlay
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm



Professor Sarah Nind’s sabbatical year focused around three main areas of work. Her own studio production resulted in a solo show in Montreal and Calgary. She was included in group shows in Montreal and Miami and is currently part of a touring show scheduled in eight museums across North America. Professor Nind was an OCADU Massey Visiting Scholar for the 2014-2015 academic year. She also continued to work in Beijing for Laurel Films, and worked on English subtitles and writing for three feature films. One of these films, The Continent, has become the 5th highest grossing film of all time in China.

Professor Nind was awarded two separate residencies with the Ville de Paris. She spent a total of four months of her sabbatical year working in a studio in Paris.


Sarah Nind, Film Scores, Galerie Youn, Montreal, 2015

Venue & Address: 
OCADU 100 McCaul St Room 667

What's The Meaning of A Goldfish

contemporary artwork
Sunday, November 15, 2015 - 5:00am to Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 5:00am

A group exhibition of new and recent works by artists from Belgium, Canada, France and Great Britain
Artists: Audrey Cottin, Clive Hodgson, Marie Jacotey, Dieter Ravyts, Derek Sullivan, Philippe Van Snick
Galerie Tatjana Pieters

Opening: Sunday November 15

Venue & Address: 
Ghent, Belgium

How to get a dream graphic design job like Tom Briggs, designer of Tour de France bikes

The MTN-Qhubeka team and bike at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in front of the Nights Watch by Rembrandt. Photo by Gruber Images.
Photo of Cervelo Bike at  Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam in front of the Nights Watch by Rembrandt. Photo by Gruber Images.
Image of Tom Briggs with camera, shooting bike race
Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 4:00am

Tom Briggs has a dream job.  The OCAD U graphic design grad is a senior designer for Cervélo, a Toronto-based bicycle manufacturer. This year he designed the new paint job for team MTN-Qhubeka, the first African team in the Tour de France.  On top of that, he spent this past July travelling on the Tour shooting promotional videos.

Unbelievable, it's honestly a dream come true,” says Tom. “I was able to design one bike for last year’s Tour that was ridden by Sebastian Langeveld (the Dutch national champion at the time) but to do a whole team's fleet of bikes is something entirely different. Also with MTN Qhubeka being the first African team to ever participate in the Tour's 102-year history, I feel like it's an honour to be involved in something so historic.”

Tom’s top three tips to landing your dream graphic design job:

1. Content is invaluable. If you're passionate about the content you're creating work for you'll produce the best work of your life. Pushing pixels in Illustrator or Photoshop will hold your interest for a while but the content really is what wins out at the end of the day so try and put yourself in the best position you can to work on something you love.

2. The people around you will influence your path as much as you will. Surround yourself with people you admire and who produce work you engage with. These connections will go a long way in helping you find what you want to do.

3. Work hard. I know everyone says this but at the end of the day it's up to you to make the choice to work until midnight or watch TV. Believe me, I spend my fair share of time being lazy just like everyone else but if there is a project that is important to you make sure you take full advantage of those opportunities and don't stop until you are completely happy with the results.


OCAD University alumnus designs look of Tour de France bikes

Image of Cervelo bicycle
Image of Cervelo bicycle
Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 4:00am

Tom Briggs (BDes, Graphic Design, 2011) is watching his latest design project speed through the twists and turns of the Tour de France. The senior designer for Cervélo, a Toronto-based bicycle manufacturer, Briggs has designed the new paint job for team MTN-Qhubeka – the first African-registered team in the Tour’s history.

The bicycles’ paint job is an eye-catching chrome and yellow, with accent colours of the South African flag: blue, green, yellow, red and black. Briggs says one of the challenges of designing the look was working with the organic shape and design of the Cervélo bikes. “To find a completely flat surface is near impossible, so working with that and understanding the physical limitation of both paint and decal production and application was a tough balancing act.”

Across the top tube of each model are words that translate the Ngoni word Qhubeka: “Move Forward,” “Carry On” and “Progress.” Qhubeka is the World Bicycle Relief’s program in South Africa, which is dedicated to advancing education, health and economic opportunities by providing specially designed, locally assembled bikes to people in need.

Ordinarily, Briggs works out of Cervélo’s head office in Toronto, but he also journeys all over the world filming and art directing. He is currently travelling with the MTN-Qhubeka team on the Tour shooting promotional videos.  

Briggs says at OCAD U he learned to become adaptable and take risks. “I thought I wanted to make magazines and I've done that professionally, but I also feel I can take on things like working with 3D objects in the form of a bike and be successful there. My education gave me the mindset that you can take risks and, as long as you work as hard as you can, you can make whatever you want to make.”