Solid Waste: Jp King

Solid Waste poster with image of garbage
Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 12:30am to 2:00am

Free Public Screening:

Solid Waste
A Film by Jp King (IAMD '15)

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Doors at 7:30pm, Film starts at 8pm
Cinecycle - 129 Spadina Ave.

Solid Waste is a cinematic experience grounded in surrealist ethnographic techniques, which juxtapose the abject with the sublime in search of meaning in the waste-stream. This 28-Minute experimental documentary is the culmination of Jp King's graduate research in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design at OCAD University, and was produced with assistance from The City of Toronto, Solid Waste Management Services, Nuit Blanche, and Sean Martindale, an IAMD OCAD Alumni. Absent of a narrator and relying on sensuously-grounded observation, this film goes behind the scenes of industrial-scale waste management processing facilities to make visible the underworld of garbage. Despite sharing an aesthetic sensibility with the recent photographic trend of ruin porn, Solid Waste seeks to go beyond surface representation of urban decay in search of a lively dismantling of social constructed perceptions of waste-matter. Like a mirror held up to the audience, Solid Waste offers a mortality tale in which we learn about the second-lives of our everyday objects.

Jp King acknowledges the support of SSHRC, OCAD U, and The City of Toronto, and thanks both Paulette Phillips and Michael Prokopow for their guidance.

Venue & Address: 
Cinecycle - 129 Spadina Ave.

IAMD Colloquium

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 2:00pm to Friday, October 9, 2015 - 6:45pm

2nd-year MA, MFA, and MDes candidates in the Interdisciplinary Masters in Art, Media and Design (IAMD) program will be presenting their thesis proposals in a colloquium on October 8th and 9th, 2015. This is an important milestone for graduate students as it will give them the opportunity present their research and artistic production publically and hear feedback on their work from their advisors and peers. Each student will present for 15 minutes, followed by a 15-minute Q&A period. All are welcome.

10:00 – 10:30: Amy Meleca
10:40 – 11:10: Jennifer Wigmore
11:20 – 11:50: Jay Irizawa
11:50 – 1:30: Lunch
1:30 – 2:00: Tamara Skubovius
2:10 – 2:40: Yasemin Oncu
2:40 – 3:00: Break
3:00 – 3:30: Ryan Pechnick
3:40 – 4:10: Valerie Carew
4:20 – 4:50: Marina Fathalla
5:00 - 5:30: Robert Cram

8:50 – 9:20: Ashley Snook
9:30 – 10:00: Garnet Willis
10:10 – 10:40: Kimberley White
10:40 – 11:00: Break
11:00 – 11:30: Wensi Li
11:40 – 1:30: Lunch
1:30 – 2:00: Esmaa Mohamoud
2:10 – 2:40: Richard Williams

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, Level G, 205 Richmond Street West
416-977-6000 X4366

I am the Ghost

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 10:30pm to Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 9:30pm

An OCAD University Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design thesis exhibition by Carole Chaloupka

Opening reception: April 16, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Gallery hours: April 16 and 18, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


I am the Ghost – Making New Meaning through Body, Art and Metaphor is the thesis exhibition of IAMD MFA candidate Carole Chaloupka. Through her figurative and autobiographical art practice, Carole examines body-based meaning-making through movement, ritual and metaphor, culminating in works of sculpture, filmed performance and photography.

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I am the Ghost poster with event info and webcam still of Carole Chaloupka

Incoming IAMD graduate student wins First Capital Realty Public Art competition

Image sculpture by David C. Salazar titled One-and-All, squirrel with giant acorn
Image sculpture by David C. Salazar titled One-and-All, tower of acorns
Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 4:00am

David Constantino Salazar (BFA, 2007), a graduate of OCAD University’s Sculpture & Installation program, is the winner of the 2015 First Capital Realty Public Art Competition.

Salazar’s sculpture, One-and-All, is intended to be cast in bronze and will be installed in Georgetown, Ontario. Situated on the Credit River and part of the Niagara Escarpment, Georgetown has a thriving wildlife ecosystem. Salazar says he chose to represent the community conservation areas and diverse businesses by using symbols of local wildlife, a squirrel and dove alongside an enormous acorn (representing prosperity).

Twenty-one proposals were received from students in the Faculty of Art, the Faculty of Design, and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, as well as submissions from recent OCAD U graduates. All of the shortlisted submissions will be on display in the Transit space for the duration of OCAD U’s 100th Annual Graduate Exhibition (April 29 to May 3, 2015).

Members of the jury:

  • Anda Kubis, Associate Dean, Outreach & Innovation, Faculty of Art
  • Alex Correia, Corporate Administrator, First Capital Realty
  • Erica Segal, owner of the Julie M. Gallery
  • Colette Whiten, Sculpture & Installation faculty, OCAD U (retired)
  • David Pelletier, Sculpture & Installation faculty, OCAD U (retired)

Associate Professor Francis LeBouthillier was the faculty coordinator for the competition, while Professor Eldon Garnet integrated this initiative into the curriculum of the Sculpture & Installation Public Art course.

In September, Salazar will begin his studies towards a Master’s of Fine Art in the Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design (IAMD) program in September 2015.

First Capital Realty, Canada’s leading owner, developer and operator of supermarket- and drugstore-anchored neighbourhood and community shopping centres, has made a substantial commitment to sponsoring this public sculpture competition which is open to third- and fourth-year OCAD U students as well as recent graduates. As this year’s winner, Salazar will receive a $5000 prize and First Capital Realty will cover the cost of fabrication, site preparation, transportation and installation of his sculpture. In addition, each of the shortlisted finalists will be awarded $350 for the production of a model, plus assistance from an OCAD U digital technician to create a professional 3D rendering of their models in situ for presentation.


Takis Zourntos, auto-lysis

Image of a digital illustration
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 7:00pm to Monday, April 27, 2015 - 1:00am

Please join us for the thesis exhibition of IAMD MFA candidate Takis Zourntos. The exhibition runs from April 16 to 26 with gallery hours from 3 to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. A closing reception will take place on April 25 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
Djuna Day Studio, Rear (45 Chauncey Avenue

Ilias Toliadis, Travelling Talismans

Black and white poster with travelling objects
Monday, April 20, 2015 - 8:00pm to Monday, April 27, 2015 - 1:00am

Please join us for Travelling Talismans, the thesis exhibition for IAMD MFA candidate Ilias Toliadis. The exhibition runs from April 20 to 26 with gallery hours from 4 to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 11 to 7 p.m. on weekends.

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond Street West, Level G

There is No Map: Virtual Walks in a Vanishing Landscape

Image of a map
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 5:00pm to Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 11:00pm

Please join us for IAMD student Linda Elshami's MFA thesis exhibition, There is No Map: Virtual Walks in a Vanishing Landscape. The exhibition runs from April 15 to 22, 1 to 7 p.m. daily, with an opening reception on April 17 starting at 6 p.m.

There Is No Map is a body of work that contributes to an ongoing investigation of the Israeli occupation in the West Bank. The work is manifested in optic and haptic modes of representation; it embodies a geopolitical struggle using critical and methodological graphic design praxis and an interdisciplinary approach that integrates cartography and architecture.

The production of occupation hinges on the Israeli spatial practices that continuously shift, construct, deconstruct, segregate, and shuffle the landscape of the West Bank. These practices are present in the continuous building of settlements, gates, checkpoints, and separation barriers; pouring concrete becomes an act of casting political ideologies and a condition for the expansion of Israel. The exhibition examines these spatial practices close up and at a distance. As such, the work examines the geography/landscape of the West Bank as a (site) through performing virtual tours (sight) using Google Earth to render a landscape in transition.

Venue & Address: 
Goodfellas Gallery, 1266 Queen Street West

Carole Chaloupka: I am the Ghost

Carole Chaloupka: I am the Ghost poster
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 4:00pm to Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 9:00pm

I am the Ghost – Making New Meaning through Body, Art and Metaphor is the thesis exhibition of IAMD MFA candidate Carole Chaloupka. Through her figurative and autobiographical art practice Carole examines body-based meaning-making through movement, ritual and metaphor culminating in works of sculpture, filmed performance and photography.

Opening Reception April 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Gallery hours April 16 and 18, 12 to 5 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W., Level G

OCAD U graduate student honoured for research on disposability

Jp King
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 4:00am

One of the defining features of industrialized societies is their astounding production and accumulation of material things (watch an episode of the disturbing “reality” series Hoarders for shocking pop-culture evidence). The flip side of that issue is, however, rampant disposal. Landfill sites are bursting with all the stuff we drag to the curb.

“Why do we throw out so much, and what becomes of the things we get rid of?” That’s the question guiding research by OCAD University student Jp King who, on 1 April 2015, was named one of the 25 finalists in phase 1 of the annual Storytellers competition organized by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Navigating the mess

King is completing the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design program at OCAD U. A postdisciplinary artist, scholar and publisher (he operates the experimental publishing lab Paper Pusher), King admits, “I struggle with the tendency to hoard, and my practice-based research is akin to making a map to help me navigate the mess. I see contemporary culture as defined by excess and disorientation, and I have turned towards a type of archival thinking – informed by poetic logic – to understand the vast scale of global production, consumption and disposal.”

Part of King’s research took place during a “discursive” three-week road trip down the eastern seaboard of the United States to Washington, DC, and then back through the interior to Toronto. Along the way, King visited flea markets, recycling facilities, junk shops, museums and other material-culture repositories, documenting – through photos and videos – the “excess and decadence of contemporary America, the problem of garbage and the accumulated detritus that characterizes a society in decay.” In October 2014, King expanded his investigations to Shanghai, which enabled him to compare the problem of amassing and disposal in China and to collaborate with artists and scholars in that country.

For his MA thesis, supervised by Professor Michael Prokopow, King developed the Journal of Disposability and Ex-Possession. This biannual print publication – and its online supplement – is slated to launch in late summer and will be dedicated to interrogating the relationship between discarded matter and global/local culture. Meanwhile, he intends to exhibit a video (The Death of Everyday Objects) tied to his research and the journal in this year’s centennial Graduate Exhibition.

On to Ottawa

Having secured a spot in the Top 25, the next challenge for King will take place on 1 June, as part of the 2015 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Ottawa. That’s when he and 24 other finalists from across the country will make live presentations of their research; out of that group, a Final Five will be chosen. The entire OCAD U community will be rooting for our Storyteller King to triumph.

In good company

In addition to being a Top 25 Storyteller, King also recently received a SSHRC scholarship. Watch this video, in which King and three of his fellow scholarship recipients discuss their research and the importance of SSHRC funding to their investigations.

Marco Cibola: Play | Record | Repeat

Image with colourful shapes
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 5:00pm to Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 10:00pm

Play | Record | Repeat
Marco Cibola
IAMD Thesis Exhibition
March 31 - April 4, 1 to 6 p.m. daily
Opening Reception 7 t 10 p.m. March 31

The work on display is born out of an examination of my process of making visual art and my process of making music. Through reflection on the similarities between the two processes, I have developed a system that allows me to spontaneously create visual compositions, which can then act as sketches for further visual work and/or serve as catalysts for new sound work. The work in this exhibition is the outcome of the implementation of the system. Divided by disciplines, the work is displayed in two physical spaces — a sound room and a visual room.

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond Street West, Level G
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