Séance with Extinct Species of Birds

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

Séance with Extinct Species of Birds
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
7 p.m.

Free

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Led by exhibiting artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

Limited availability; registration required
Tickets available on Onsite Gallery’s Facebook page as of Wednesday, January 23 at noon

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa is an exhibiting artist in Onsite Gallery's Winter exhibition, How to Breathe Forever. Since 2012, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa has conducted intimate spiritist sessions. He describes them as follows, “I (and participants) try to contact the spirit world, specifically contact extinct species of birds. The project is a sort of imagination exercise.”  With no images or videos taken, Ramírez-Figueroa documents the experience through audio recordings, visual sound scores and drawings. Séances With Extinct Species of Birds is an ongoing project that prioritizes the supernatural, history, voice and the effect of human activity and climate change on birds, and asks— if we find a new way to listen can we hear birds, even extinct ones?

As a participant you will:

  • Participate in a séance
  • Consent to have the event’s audio recorded, which may include your voice as a participant, which will be exhibited in Onsite Gallery’s exhibition, How to Breathe Forever

 

How to Breathe Forever underlines the importance and interconnectedness of air, animals, coral, humans, insects, land, plants and water. The belief that everything in the universe has a place and deserves equal respect is the core of this exhibition and positions our relations with others — including the natural world — as active and reciprocal. The artwork invites you to consider a personhood that attentively collaborates and exchanges with all living things.

 

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa was born in Guatemala City in 1978. He received a BFA in Media Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver in 2006, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. He was also a postgraduate researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands in 2013. Working in drawing, performance, sculpture, and video, Ramírez-Figueroa explores the entanglement of history and form through the lens of his own displacement during and following Guatemala’s civil war of 1960–96. He has had solo exhibitions at Casa de América, Madrid (2011); Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2011); Gasworks, London (2015); and CAPC musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux (2017), and The New Museum, New York (2018). He has participated in the following group exhibitions: A History of Interventions, Tate Modern, London; Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (both in 2014); Lyon Biennial; The School of Nature and Principle, EFA Project Space, New York (both in 2015); São Paulo Biennial; and the Venice Biennale (2017). Ramírez-Figueroa lives and works in Berlin and Guatemala City.

 

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Image: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Séances With Extinct Species of Birds (ongoing project, documentation of this project can take on various forms, pictured is score for extinct bird sounds from séance presented at the group exhibition “Animality”, 2016, Marian Goodman Gallery, London), 2012-2019. Courtesy of the artist.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. West)
Website: 
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/seance-with-extinct-species-of-birds-tickets-53554718605
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Image: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Séances With Extinct Species of Birds (ongoing project, documentation of this project can take o

COOKING CLUB - Baking Edition! Facilitated by the Health & Wellness Centre

Poster
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Registration is encouraged but drop-ins are just as welcome. This event is open to all OCAD U students.

We encourage students to bring their own reusable bottles/cups as well as reusable containers to bring goodies home. 

Advise our nurse Sarah of any dietary restrictions at scree@ocadu.ca, and feel free to contact her with any questions or to sign up in advance.

A special thanks to Nora Bahgat for designing our poster, and for sharing her baking talents with the OCAD U community!

 

Upcoming Cooking Club dates:  December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1 (Fridays 1-4pm)

 

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul, room 187 (Lambert Lounge)
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/885775868478098/
Email: 
scree@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
$0
poster baking day dec 2018

Scarborough Mycological Foray

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Led by Diane Borsato, Amish Morrell, and the Mycological Society of Toronto's Alan Gan, this informal, family-friendly foray in the Highland Creek Ravine at the University of Toronto Scarborough will provide opportunity for participants to collect and study wild mushrooms, and enjoy nature.

The walk will begin from the Doris McCarthy Gallery promptly at 11 am and will go forward rain or shine. At 1 pm, the group will gather with Borsato, Morrell, and Gan to identify and share information on the mushrooms collected.

Please dress for the weather, wearing good walking shoes and pants you can tuck socks into (for avoiding scratches/insect bites if going off path). Please bring a basket in which to collect the mushrooms, and a folding pocket knife to cut them. Additional recommendations can be found on the website of the Mycological Society of Toronto: https://www.myctor.org/forays/foray-etiquette

This program is free and all are welcome, no registration required. Please note that while not difficult, the path to the ravine from U of T Scarborough is uneven terrain and quite steep in parts.

TAKE THE BUS! Free shuttle bus departs OCAD U (100 McCaul St) at 10 am, returning at 2 pm, first come, first served.

Venue & Address: 
Doris McCarthy Gallery, 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough
Cost: 
FREE

O-DAYS! WORKSHOP: Time-Management at OCAD U

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 10:45am

A re-organization of your time, energy and resources is an important part of the transition to OCAD University.

In this free workshop, as part of O-DAYS! 2018, we will discuss strategies and tips on how to organize your time, set realistic goals and gain insight into your personal work style. We will engage in hands-on activities that will assist you in setting priorities, developing a schedule and managing your stress for the years ahead. Participants should bring their course schedules and any day-timers or calendars they currently use.

Facilitated by OCAD U Writing & Learning Centre.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP AND ATTEND THIS ACTIVITY:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-workshop-time-management-at-ocad-u-tickets-47865866094

ABOUT O-DAYS!
www.ocadu.ca/orientation

ABOUT OCAD U WRITING & LEARNING CENTRE:
www.ocadu.ca/services/writing-and-learning-centre.htm

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall (Room 230), Level 2, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/orientation/o-days-schedule.htm
Email: 
ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext. 4021
Cost: 
FREE
O-DAYS! 2018 workshop info session

O-DAYS! WORKSHOP: Academic Essentials for First-year

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

As part of O-DAYS! 2018, this free workshop offers hands-on exercises that will give you the opportunity to build essential tools for success in both your liberal studies and studio courses. We will look at critical reading, taking lecture notes and introduction to critique.

Facilitated by OCAD U Writing & Learning Centre.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP AND ATTEND THIS ACTIVITY:
www.eventbrite.com/e/academic-essentials-for-first-year-tickets-47772148783

ABOUT O-DAYS!
www.ocadu.ca/orientation

ABOUT OCAD U WRITING & LEARNING CENTRE:
www.ocadu.ca/services/writing-and-learning-centre.htm

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall (Room 230), Level 2, 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/orientation/o-days-schedule.htm
Email: 
ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext. 4021
Cost: 
FREE
O-DAYS! 2018 workshop info session

Cooking Club - Grain Bowl Edition (facilitated by Health & Wellness)

Grain bowl
Friday, June 29, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

All current OCAD U students are invited to join us for another FREE session of COOKING CLUB on Friday June 29 from 1-4pm! We will be making grain bowls with purple rice and seasonal vegetables. 

Why make one meal when you can have several? Students are encouraged to bring containers to take home any extra prepared food. 

Please contact Sarah at scree@ocadu.ca with any questions or to sign up in advance. Registration is encouraged but drop-ins are just as welcome!

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge (100 McCaul, room 187)
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/267477690657455/
Email: 
scree@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
Poster June 29

You've Got Mail: a wellness fair

Need a little encouragement at this busy and stressful time of the semester? Join the Peer Wellness Educators and staff from the HWC for “You’ve Got Mail”, our Wellness Fair on Wednesday October 25th from 11-3 in the lobby at 100 McCaul. We’ll be making and distributing letters of encouragement to fellow students, while enjoying tasty beverages and snacks!

Supporting Students in Distress workshop for staff, faculty and interested students

Introduction to the university protocol, and brief workshop on noticing and engaging with students in distress. Facilitated by the Health & Wellness Centre. 

HWC Cooking Club!

Come out to learn a new recipe and share some snacks with the Health & Wellness Centre's Cooking Club! Free and all supplies included! 

Look Inside: OCAD University’s Open House

OCAD U Sharp Building
Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

Look Inside Canada’s largest university of art and design. Bring your friends, family and supporters and take a studio tour, watch students as they work, or talk with faculty and staff. OCAD University will provide a glimpse of emerging trends, and where art and design practice is making new connections. Imagine yourself here. 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, Main Building - 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1W1
Website: 
https://join.ocadu.ca/Datatel.ERecruiting.Web.External/pages/EventDetails.aspx?id=4f40f971-2776-e711-803b-0050569735d6
Email: 
admissions@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free

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