SCREENING AND TALK: Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come To Me, Paradise) by Stephanie Comilang

Friday, January 11, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Please join us for a screening and talk with artist Stephanie Comilang

Artist name:  Stephanie Comilang

Title of film: Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come To Me, Paradise)

The year - 2016

Length - 25:46 min

Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso (Come to Me Paradise) is a science fiction documentary that uses the backdrop of Hong Kong and the various ways in which the Filipina migrant worker occupies Central on Sundays. The film is narrated from the perspective of Paraiso, a ghost played by a drone who speaks of the isolation from being uprooted and thrown into a newplace. Paraiso’s reprieve comes when she is finally able to interact with the women and feelher purpose, which is to transmit their vlogs, photos, and messages back home. During theweek she is forced back into isolation and is left in an existential rut.

On Sundays, Central becomes a pivotal place for Paraiso and the three protagonists asthousands congregate to create a space of female care-giving, away from their employers'homes where they live and work full time. From early morning to night, the women occupythese spaces normally used for finance and banking into spaces where they relax over food,drinks, manicures, prayer, and dance. Only when the women gather en masse is the signal strong enough to summon Paraiso to them for download.

Lumapit Sa Akin, Paraiso uses Hong Kong’s dystopian maze like structures that the Filipina migrants re-imagine and focuses on the beauty of care-giving but also explores how technology is used as a pivotal way for the women to connect - to each other but also to loved ones. Raising questions around modern isolation, economic migration and the role of public space in both urban and digital forms, the film transcends its various component parts to offer a startling commentary on the present, from the point of view of the future.

Venue & Address: 
Rm. 320 OCAD University 205 Richmond Street West

OCAD University mourns the death of Nancy Paterson

Nancy Paterson; from the interview Shifting Polarities
Friday, November 30, 2018 - 3:45pm

OCAD U is deeply saddened by the death of Associate Professor Nancy Paterson, who has taught at OCAD U in the Faculty of Art and more recently in Graduate Studies, for the past 28 years. Nancy also worked as Facilities Coordinator at Charles Street Video, and taught at Seneca@York. Nancy achieved her PhD in Communications & Culture from York University in 2009, researching internet infrastructure and visualization. She is considered an important contributor to the cyberfeminist movement, and to the discussion of the role of gender in electronically mediated experiences.

From her recent retrospective exhibition at InterAccess, The Future: Before, curated by Shauna Jean Doherty: “Paterson’s career has spanned 30 years and her influence has been felt both nationally and internationally in the field of new media art. Through the unique application of custom-made equipment, Paterson’s works are socially critical and technically complex, expressing a feminist perspective on the impacts of technology in society.

Paterson’s activities as an artist, writer, curator, and educator have developed in many ways in parallel with InterAccess and Toronto’s electronic art scene. Over several decades Paterson has been an active member of InterAccess in a variety of capacities: as a guest curator (with the online and offline group exhibition Disembodied in 1997), featured artist (in the exhibition Game Girls in 1999 and Meantime to Upgrade in 2014), panel discussant (in the NERVEgate Conference in 1997 and the Subtle Technologies Conference in 1999) and as a workshop participant.”

Nancy is fondly remembered by her peers as “an interactive artist pioneer and feminist icon,” and as “an inspiring and unique, brilliant and valued faculty member, who will be greatly missed.” An interview with Nancy called Shifting Polarities, conducted in 2006 by Interim Vice-President Academic & Provost, Caroline Langill, can be viewed via the Daniel Langlois Foundation Collection. 

Please join Nancy's family and friends for the viewing of her video, The Cash for Cancer Lottery, at the George Brown House, 186 Beverly St., Saturday, December 8 to 12 in the Morning Drawing Room. Wekened hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; weekday hours are 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. 


"CO-" CCP/ IAMD Group Show

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 2:00pm to Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 5:00pm

Opening Reception: November 14, 2018, 6-8 p.m.

Accessibility: The Graduate Gallery is wheelchair accessible

CO- is an exhibition showcasing works by 26 Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design MFA artists curated by 9 Criticism and Curatorial Practice curators from OCAD University. The exhibition will run from November 12-17, 2018, and we'll be celebrating the opening of the show with refreshments and home-made bites in the Graduate Gallery on November 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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CO- alludes to the processes and relationships that are inevitably constructed when we
produce and present this thing called art. Materials and artists co-conspire; curators
collaborate, cohabitate, co-depend. Looking at the processes that define each of these
artists, we were driven to ask how we define ourselves as cultural workers, as keen sets of
eyes, as transparent, empathetic co-dependents, as wellsprings of partial answers to hard
questions about what and who we are. By presenting a group of works organized around a
set of co-indications of process, we aim to show how for each artist the act of carving out
aesthetic space—whether it is conflictual or conciliatory—is always co-produced.
Featured artists: Aisha Ali, Andrew Kostjuk, Angus Tarnawsky, Arash Safavi, Atanas
Bozdarov, Cayden Nicole, Claudia Mandler McKnight, Craig Rodmore, Danny
Welsh, Deborah Barnett, Donica Willis, Elizabeth M. Lopez, Florence Yee, Gabi
Benitez, Dattu, Huda Salha, Inbal Newman, Jessie Holmes, Jonny Silver, Joshua Lue Chee
Kong, Laura Grier, Laurel McLeod, Samia Taqi, Shahrzad, Sheetal Prasad, and Vanessa

Curated by: Adrienne Huard, Cierra Frances, Courtney Miller, Emily Dickson, Iman
Bhatti, Irene Achterbergh, Mattia Zylak, Valérie Frappier, and Zoé Dion-Van Royen

For further press inquiries, please contact:
Valérie Frappier
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Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. W.

Graduate Programs Info Nights 2018

Meet with faculty and students from the program to help answer your questions about courses, the learning environment and degree outcomes.

"Smooshes, Slabs & Slices: Entanglements in Ceramic" by Pam Nelson

Monday, August 13, 2018 - 1:00pm to Monday, August 20, 2018 - 5:00pm

Smooshes, Slabs & Slices is a thesis exhibition of sculptural, ceramic-based assemblages that capture moments of transformation in progress. A raw material is made precious, a lump of solid clay is smooshed, a slab is in motion. Each object is fabricated in a bricolage manner of a collection of unlikely material actants, and transformed through digital and hand made processes. At a foundational level, these objects tell a story about physical forces exerted on materials, the results of which reference a range of geologically and culturally-entangled contexts around ideas of displacement, transformation, permanence and fragility. This practice-based research was created through a diffractive methodology which encourages method to emerge from meaning and vice versa.



Thursday, August 16, 6-9PM


Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W
pam nelson thesis exhibition

Thinking Through Making - Open Studio

Friday, July 20, 2018 - 10:30am to 2:00pm

Open Studio

Thinking Through Making Graduate Studies Summer Institute

OCADU Graduate Gallery and Experimental Media Space

205 Richmond Street, Toronto, ON

July 20, 2018 10:30 – 2:00 


OCAD University Graduate Students and Faculty are invited to the Open Studio for the inaugural Thinking Through Making graduate summer institute. Artists and designers of the Digital Futures, Criticism and Curatorial Practice and the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design programs will share their research/creation activities from the wood, metal, plastics, digital fabrication and textiles studios. Please drop by from 10:30 – 2:00 on Friday, July 20, 2018. 



Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery and Experimental Media Space, 1st floor of 205 Richmond St. W
Thinking Through Making

Drawing as a weapon of mass creation

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:00am

"El dibujo como arma de creacion masiva" translates to "Drawing as a weapon of mass creation" in english and will be presented by Coco Guzman at the University Miguel Hernandez, in the Fine Arts Department in Spain on June 12th.

Venue & Address: 
University Miguel Hernandez, Fine Arts Department, Altea (Spain)
Drawing poster

SMASH: We Are More

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 8:00pm

Congratulations to IAMD Alumni Eli Schwanz (MFA 2017) and soon-to-be IAMD Alumni Dasha Valakhanovitch (MDes 2018) in their participation in the upcoming exhibition SMASH: We Are More.


An explosion of Canadian creativity awaits—a rally of contemporary painters, sculptors, digital innovators, and botanical artists from Toronto and Montreal will transform the Gardiner into sensory overload.

SMASH: We Are More tempts us out of our individual bubbles for a night of bold contemporary art, encounters with natural beauty, and mind-bending installations that reflect the power of connection in the digital age, capture our imagination, and create moments between strangers and friends.

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Omar Badrin (MFA '15) wins a 2017 Melissa Levin Emerging Artist Award

In My Skin, image courtesy of the artist
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Omar Badrin, alumnus from the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design and the 2015 IAMD GradEx Medal Winner was awarded one of three Melissa Levin Emerging Artist (MLEA) Award, administered by the Textile Museum of Canada. The MLEA Awards helps emerging artists conduct self-directed activities such as art production, apprenticeships, residencies or research. The award is in memory and honour of Melissa Levin (1958-2015), an artist, mentor and teacher whose career as a textile and costume designer was synonymous with exuberant love of colour and pattern.

Omar's first commercial solo-show, "Lul!", is on now at Birch Contemporary Gallery until April 21, 2018. For more details:

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