Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 6:00pm

Engaged in an ongoing process of development, the metropolis constitutes a defining aspect of contemporary society and artistic production. Since the rise of industrialization, conceptualizations of the city have been accompanied by notions of anxiety, progress, consumption, isolation, communication and dislocation. Within/out Space will engage with these varying conceptions and examine the metropolis through the lens of artistic engagement. Conditions and theories associated with urban space remain fertile ground for discussion among artists, critics, curators and theorists. This panel will engage with members of the Toronto artistic community whose work addresses issues raised by the metropolis.

The theme unifying all three presenters is that of the constantly evolving urban landscape and the psycho-geographical boundaries that shape our human psychology and identity.  He will seek to address the question of how is it that we negotiate the realistic conditions of urban life with media representations and popular culture.

"The face of the city changes more quickly, alas! Than the mortal heart."

- Charles Baudelaire



Evan Tyler

“Psycho-Geography and Urban Spaces”

Evan Tyler is a multi-media artist working in photography, video, drawing, text and performance. After providing an overview of his Having grown up in a small urban center, his ideals of the metropolis have become seminal to his current explorations. In this presentation, he will explore the theme of our discussion – Within/out Space – through three separate but related fascinating projects he has embarked on.


Flavio Trevisan

“The Game of Urban Renewal”

Flavio Trevisan is a visual artist and designer. He will discuss the Regent Park neighbourhood in Toronto and specifically how it was developed in the late 1940s to replace a notorious slum, only for it in turn to become a place associated primarily with crime and poverty. Flavio will present his work The Game of Urban Renewal as an in-depth study about how socio-political concerns continue to impact this particular community.


Keith Bresnahan

“The Metropolis and Its History”

Keith Bresnahan is Associate Professor at OCAD U, and a historian and theorist of modern architecture and graphic design. His writing and teaching explore the political, social and philosophical contexts of design. For our panel tonight, Keith will discuss the mapping (in) the city, particularly strategies for visualizing urban structures and flows, and the relation between such representations and lived urban experience. Keith will approach this talk from a historical and theoretical point of view, and the manner in which history has impacted today’s conceptions regarding the metropolis and urban spaces. He will emphasize problems concerning experience and representation, immediacy and mediation.




Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 190

Kate Kolberg (MA, 2018)

Friday, November 9, 2012 - 4:00pm

Kate Kolberg is a writer and curator based in Toronto. Her writing in poetry and prose has been published with Peripheral Review (forthcoming), Phile: The International Journal of Desire and Curiosity (2018), Xpace Cultural Centre (2018), Studio Beat (2016), and featured in Towards (2017), The Table (2017), and Art Metropole x The Table (2018). Kate is the co-owner and programmer of a project space, Sibling (formerly Little Sister), where she has co-curated numerous exhibitions including: Mike Goldby, Silver 35 (2018), Mary Manning, Blueprints (2018), and Dana Slijboom, Immoral Support (2017). The gallery has been featured in C Magazine (2017), Editorial Magazine (2018), Ravelin (2018), Vie des Arts (forthcoming), and Peripheral Review (forthcoming). Currently, Kate is completing an Editorial Internship at C Magazine, where she serves on the editorial advisory committee, and will be the event manager for the C Magazine Annual Contemporary Art Auction 2019. In June 2019, Kate will present material from her MA project Enduring Naïveté: Art and Hellenism in a Global-Turn at the first ‘Symposium on the Greeks’ in Paros, Greece, organized by Laurentian University.



Vanessa Bateman (MA, 2013)

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 3:30pm

Vanessa Bateman is a PhD candidate in the Art History, Theory, and Criticism program at the University of California San Diego, funded by a 4-year SSHRC Doctoral fellowship. In addition to her doctoral work in Art History, Theory, and Criticism, Bateman is also pursuing a Specialization Track in the study of human origins through the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny at UC San Diego and the Salk Institute of Biomedical Studies. Her dissertation research focuses on the history of animals in visual art and material culture, with a particular emphasis on visual representations of hunting in the early twentieth century. This project connects hunting practices and practices of display to technological developments in visual media concurrent with the rise of the conservationist movement in the United States, ca. 1890-1920. In 2018, Bateman was awarded the student essay prize from the Universities Art Association of Canada for her paper “Ursus horribilis,” which was subsequently published in the Spring 2018 issue of the peer-reviewed journal RACAR.



Nathan Heuvingh (MA, 2014)

Installation views from Are We There Yet? (2015), curated by Nathan Heuvingh, featuring the work of Omar Badrin, Adrienne Crossm
Installation views from Are We There Yet? (2015), curated by Nathan Heuvingh, featuring the work of Omar Badrin, Adrienne Crossm
Installation views from Are We There Yet? (2015), curated by Nathan Heuvingh, featuring the work of Omar Badrin, Adrienne Crossm
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 2:45pm

After graduating from the CADN program, Nathan Heuvingh became the Director of Propeller Gallery, an artist-run-centre in Toronto’s Queen West district. In 2015, he curated an exhibition titled LookListen that examined the contributions of artists to the material culture of Toronto’s music scene; this exhibition was an outgrowth of the research into popular music, contemporary art, and sound that Heuvingh developed during his graduate studies. He was also invited by Propeller Gallery to curate a show of emerging artists in July of 2015, titled Are We There Yet?, which featured the work of Omar Badrin, Adrienne Crossman, Michael DiRisio, and Julie Gemuend. In addition to his professional and curatorial interests, Heuvingh has published reviews in several academic peer-reviewed publications, including Senses and Society.

Tara Akitt (MA 2014)

Tara in front of Gyroid: A Precedent Assembly by Janine Yeung for In Flux: a one night only experience by DX + RSID presented
Guests at PlastiScene presented by Fujifilm, artwork by Charziie from Milk Glass Gallery. Courtesy of Design Exchange.
Guests at PlastiScene presented by Fujifilm, artwork by Charziie from Milk Glass Gallery. Courtesy of Design Exchange.
Nina Boccia, Jordan Soderberg Mills, and Tara Akitt in front of Jordan Soderberg Mills' work Anaglyph Mirrors presented by DX at
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 1:45pm

Following graduation from the CADN program, Tara Akitt worked at the Design Exchange, Canada's Design Museum: first as an Exhibition Coordinator, and subsequently as Permanent Collection and Programs Supervisor and Assistant Curator. She conducted research on the museum's collection of Canadian industrial design objects post-World War II, and curated exhibitions including DXUncrated: Classic Plastics. She co-curated and worked with local talent on a series of one-night-only pop-up exhibits at the Design Exchange, engaging Toronto designers and collectives with the public. At the Design Exchange, Akitt also oversaw design competitions, including those for student projects to increase accessibility of public parks and trails for people with disabilities, as well the competition “Grand Cru/Ation,” for new commuter seating at Toronto’s Union station, and managed the prominent design event EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology. Since 2018, Akitt has been a graphic designer with the Library Street Collective in Detroit, Michigan.


Call for Proposals: un-histories: art and the unconcluded

Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 3:15pm to Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 11:45pm


un-histories: art and the unconcluded

Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Graduate Student Conference

Proposal/Abstract Deadline: December 7, 2017

Announcement of Acceptance: December 15, 2017

Please submit proposals to: ocadugraduateconference@gmail.com

Conference Date: March 9-10, 2018

Location: OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Canada

Within the term “history” lies a conceptual confinement—the presumption that the topics being written about remain consigned to the past. This conference seeks to counter history’s containment and to foreground its continuing relevance in the present. Through the notion of “un-histories,” conventional limits can be unsettled by prompting critical inquiries into how history functions: by re-organizing the composition of the past, by re-constructing methods of transmitting narratives, and by destabilizing the seeming linearity of events. Un-histories reimagine history as a practice for addressing the “unconcluded”— subjectivities and narratives previously considered spectral, disparaged, marginalized, erased, shamed, abashed, or localized. This call for papers seeks engagements in the writing of un-histories to rectify social and political injustices, to unpack the complexities of ontology, and to envision more inclusive, multifaceted futures.

The 2018 Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Conference invites proposals for academic papers/practices from MA, PhD students, independent scholars, and artists.

Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:

  • How can the contradiction of ‘contemporary history’ be resolved?
  • How are artists poised to engage the post-disciplinary? Can artworks incite un-history?
  • When does the contemporary start—does a rupture exist?
  • What does ‘contemporary’ suppress or finalize?
  • How are histories internalized or embodied?
  • What methods of transmission (epistemologies) can be engaged for the maintenance of existing knowledge? How does this compare to history as written?
  • How can histories and the archive be reconceived in the digital age?
  • How does nostalgia shape contemporary visual culture?
  • How do the private and public intersect with the local and global?
  • The presence of haunting, lingering or spectral histories
  • Problematizing the pedagogy of art histories and visual cultural histories
  • How can history be decolonized?
  • Archivable vs. unarchivable histories

What to submit: 250 word abstract about your paper/practice and a short biography.

Please submit texts as .doc or .pdf files.

Papers due: February 15, 2018

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Canada

Toronto Arts Council Grant Writing Workshop

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Are you curious about or planning to apply for a grant from the Toronto Arts Council? In this workshop, Peter Kingstone (Visual/Media Arts Officer, Toronto Arts Council), will review what grants are available, discuss the application process, provide tips on how to write a successful grant, and answer any questions you may have.

For more information about Toronto Arts Council Grant Programs, please see their website here.

Peter Kingstone is a Toronto-based visual artist and curator, working primarily in video and photography. As an independent artist, Peter’s installation pieces have been shown across Canada and internationally, and he was awarded the Untitled Artist Award in 2005 for his installation The Strange Case of peter K. (1974-2004). Peter holds a degree in Philosophy/Cultural Studies from Trent University in Peterborough and a Masters of Fine Art focussing on video and new media from York University in Toronto. Peter has presented at many conferences on the ideas around storytelling and social engagement. 

Venue & Address: 
Room 115, G Floor, 205 Richmond St. W.

ARTIST TALK: Siwa Mgoboza: "Once Upon A Time In Africadia" Nov. 9

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 6:30pm

Multidisciplinary artist Siwa Mgoboza, known for his signature bold textile and photographic works, joins us from South Africa to talk about his solo exhibition at the Matter Gallery, "Once Upon A Time In Africadia," which runs November 8- January 7th at Matter Gallery 344 Westmoreland Ave N, Toronto.

More about the exhibition: https://www.facebook.com/events/873863476123808/

OCAD U Talk: Thursday, November 9th 6:30PM @ Room 2301 100 McCaul St.

Mgoboza was a finalist in Sasol New Signatures (2015), Barclay’s L’Atelier top 100 (2016), and SA Taxi Awards top 30 finalist at Lizamore & Associates Gallery. He was featured at the PGH Photo Fair at the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh, USA and his work was included in the !Kauru Contemporary African Art Project: Being and Becoming, at the UNISA Art Gallery in Pretoria, South Africa.

Siwa Mgoboza holds a BA Fine Art from Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, where he graduated with a distinction and dean’s list in 2015. He was awarded the Eduard Louis Laden Art Bursary at The Michaelis School of Fine Art and the Cecil Skotnes Award for most promising artist from the school (both 2015). He was named the 2015 Young + African Visual Artist of the Year by Creative Nestlings.

Mgoboza exhibited his first solo project at WHATIFTHWORLD Gallery (Cape Town) in June 2016 and first international solo at Semaphore Gallery in Switzerland. He has exhibited in Istanbul with NoLab Gallery, Lagos Photo Festival in Lagos, Nigeria; the first edition of AKAA (Also Known As Africa) in Paris, France; Nanjing International Arts Festival in Nanking, China in the 2016, the Iziko National Gallery in Cape Town and the first edition of Art Africa Fair 2017.


Venue & Address: 
Room 230 @ 100 McCaul St.
Siwa Mgoboza Talk

Dr. M. Prokopow talks Canadian design history @ the V.A.G.: Marking Place Speakers Series

Michael Prokopow VAG talk
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

On Oct 24th, the Interim Dean of Graduate Studies; Dr. Michael Prokopow, was invited to speak at the Vancouver Art Gallery about the design history of Canada as it relates to the cultural and material effects of immigration. As part of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s ongoing 2017 Marking Place Speaker Series, Dr. Prokopow discussed how design—a category of human made objects under the umbrella of material culture—has long been seen as an effective mechanism in the construction of national identity. He considered how contemporary design practice in Canada presents an opportunity to consider and question the values of nationhood and nationality. Dr. Prokopow co-curated the exhibition, #TrueNordic, opening October 28 at the Gallery. He has written widely about material life and domesticity and is currently a faculty member @ocaduniversity in Toronto, Ontario.- From:https://www.instagram.com/p/BanK2tWjU6N/

Scholarly Writing Panel

Scholarly Writing Panel Banner
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Moderated by Dr. Michael Prokopow, the Interim Dean of Graduate Studies, a panel of Graduate Faculty Members will discuss scholarly writing at the graduate level. The panel will address questions such as:

  • What is "graduate-level" work?
  • How can we define scholarly work and scholarly writing?
  • What are the differences between scholarly writing in the context of coursework assignments and the thesis/MRP?
  • What does scholarly writing look like in the art and design context?
Venue & Address: 
Room 510, 205 Richmond St. W.