Tool-things : The Making of an Apprentice

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 1:00pm to Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

Tool-things represents the beginning of an apprentice’s toolkit, one that can be read as evolving in parallel to the knowledge gained through its making. This work taps into the human connection to tools by focusing on some of the most familiar ones: the hammer, screwdriver, clamp, and handsaw. Most of these Tool-things have been meticulously crafted to be almost indistinguishable from the everyday objects they sit alongside, and both are seen in an unexpected light. Paused during a process of metamorphosis, somewhere between the familiar and alien, they encourage us to question what comes first: the knowledge, or the tool? Potentially sparking frustration in their apparent uselessness, Tool-things ask us to look a little longer–it could just be that we don't yet recognize their use.

“We shape our tools thereafter our tools shape us.” John M. Culkin

Venue & Address: 
Ignite Gallery, 165 Augusta Ave, Toronto
Website: 
http://www.michaelmsimon.com/
Tool-things

IAMD MFA Alumna Mariam Magsi's work; "Where is Home?" published in Vogue Italia

"Where is Home" Mariam Magsi
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 3:00pm

Vogue Italia, Photo Vogue is a curated Photography platform, juried by Vogue Italia editors, photographers and creative directors. The platform provides opportunities to connect with prestigious international exhibitions, competitions and festivals. All submitted artworks are juried by the Vogue Italia team and only those works that align with the aesthetics of the publication are published and shared with Vogue Italia subscribers across the world.

The platform was open for submissions recently, and without giving it a second thought, I sent in work from a recent series investigating themes of displacement, immigration and diaspora. The title of the work is “Where is home?” In this image a person in a yellow burqa is standing with feet firmly rooted in the water, while the body is in motion. The person is looking for a place or a semblance of home. There is an opening in the landscape, as if inviting the person toward hope, or even an escape, but the water only gets deeper and deeper if the person wades further away from the shore. The yellow burqa, in this particular image, signifies a representation of the ultimate Other. I collaborated on this project with a longtime friend, musician/actor, Jenica Hammett.

“Where is home?” has not only been published on the Vogue Italia, Photo Vogue platform, but the work is also featured as “Best of Photo Vogue” by Vogue Italia editors. There is nothing scarier than putting our work and ourselves out there as artists, especially when working with sensitive and personal themes. It is daunting to say the very least, and doubt is natural. With the rapidly evolving collaboration between art and technology, it is important, as artists, to utilize the various resources we have available to us, to connect our works with larger audiences, be it through social media and/or other online platforms. These resources and tools have given me opportunities that I will forever be grateful for. In 2017 I was invited for a portfolio review by Vogue Italia editors and photographers in Milan. In 2015, I was invited to Amsterdam by Pride Photo Award (advised by World Press Photo) and had the opportunity to present my photography at Old Church, Amsterdam. In 2016, I was invited to New York University by Of Note Magazine editor and founder, Grace Aneiza Ali, to discuss the role art is playing in the world of activism and social justice. Throughout my MFA years at OCAD University, I have used social media as a tool to engage with audiences across the world, learning from new insights and making deep connections in my practice based research.  Regular engagement with digital platforms has made a huge impact on my career, culminating into global exhibition opportunities, fostering exposure, constructive criticism, feedback and growth.

Buildings I Feel Like

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 11:30am

Investigating the correlation of sobriety and artistic output, Dawe’s current practice illustrates parallels between recovery and the act of re-covering. What if we could step into ourself like we do our front door or favourite sweater? Or read oneself like we do a book? Buildings, dresses, and other vessels figuratively stand-in for the self, alluding to how slow transformations can be reflected in layers of mistinted paint, swatches of mended fabric, or patches of drywall. These manifestations of repair are poetic indicators of effort: the more layers, the further the journey. 

Buildings I Feel Like depicts something in-progress without the implication that it is somehow incomplete or undone. Some people are sturdy Victorian homes or cozy basement apartments. Others are new condos, perpetually under construction. The house presents various rich metaphors of; interior and exterior, covered and exposed, private and public. The weightless compositions of Dawe’s ‘dress portraits’ — both intimate and surreal — offer a place for poetic speculation. Culled from her experiences, the drawings — revealing, bold and approached with an unresting vigour — stake an unashamed tone. Devoid of wearer, the clothing becomes animate, declaring itself a subject free for interpretation. 

Dawe’s paintings, drawings, and installations celebrate the adaptive, sometimes messy, and meandering paths taken in search of self-actualization. By presenting a journey at its midpoint, her installations reveal that these finite markers — that of beginnings and ends — are fictitious when talking about self-betterment. Reminders that the pursuit of balance and happiness is inherently, and perpetually underway — valuing progression rather than perfection.

Venue & Address: 
Division Gallery, 45 Ernest Ave

Hunter's Moon

Ossa: White Skull
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 3:00pm

Through photography, installation, and video, Hunter's Moon explores the complex ethics of getting close to nature as a post-industrial person. The artists engage with hunting culture while raising ethical questions about interspecies relationships.

Carlson and McCallum are graduate students in the IAMD program at OCAD University. Their practices interrogate the conceptual systems through which humans embrace or seperate themselves from "nature".

Venue & Address: 
Experimental Media Space, 1st floor, 205 Richmond St. W
Ossa: White Skull

The I in Optics

The I in Optics
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 12:00pm

The I in Optics is an opportunity to come in and try your filmmaking skills out by producing easy-to-create 1-minute shorts using a library of randomly assembled footage and film segments. These completed works will also be screened via projector in the graduate gallery as they are created. Join us from 12-5PM on Thursday March 1st and Friday March 2nd as we explore and discover our inner filmmakers!

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St W
The I in Optics

Artist Talk: Priam Givord

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Priam GIVORD is a senior digital artist, designer & technologist. He was born in France and now lives in Toronto, Canada. Priam is an artist and interactive designer with a career focused to date on the digitally­-mediated spatial experience of things. This encompasses three intersecting, mutually­ reinforcing streams: Commercial, R&D and Academic. Since he graduated from the Applied Arts in Paris and obtained his DEA from Paris VIII University, he has designed and built large high-­end interactive installations, through his own company, for clients ranging from the “Daily Planet” TV show, Remington real­-estate developments, to the NFB in Canada. His works encompass interactive technologies ranging from large multi­touch surfaces, hardware, Google Glass, to VR and video-­game engine-­based applications. His work has been exhibited internationally, at venues such as the New York Museum of Moving image (see www.nyxtny.com) and the prestigious SIGGRAPH conference in California. Priam also teaches & writes curriculum for universities like NYU and OCADU. He currently works free-lance.

His current work includes the VR installation Small Wonders, which can be viewed on YouTube at, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mc4MA8srQDM

This VR exhibit extension went on display internationally at the AGO ,the NYC MET Cloisters, Korea's National Museum of Contemporary Art and many other venues and has been awarded at the 2017 The American Alliance of Museums award.

Workshop Summary:

Priam Givord has been working and experimenting with videogame engine technology and real-time 3D graphics for over 15 years. In this talk he will first introduce 3D scanning and the integration of large scan data in real-time 3D Virtual Reality environments (here Unity 3D and Touch Designer), more precisely from a high-resolution micro CT scan and also from photogrammetry. Second, he will talk about the graphic treatment of these 3D objects inside the VR space and will showcase examples from a his artistic research on materiality in the VR space.

He is using and will share Touch Designer as a prototyping and exploratory platform which allows unrivalled flexibility and depth of control over the 3D data sets he is creating using various 3D scanning resources.

Priam is also going to demonstrate the award-winning VR installation "Small Wonders" to the audience during the workshop so the material discussed is available to experience first-hand.

Short workshop items list in dis-order:

- photogrammetry (scanning a 3D object or space using photographs) - maybe do a quick hand-on application

- 3D data structure of different scan sources and show how they are getting converted into VR assets

- manage massive 3D scan datasets and have them run at 90fps in VR, that will be the VR integration into two specific VR software platforms, namely Unity 3D and Touch Designer.

- artistic choices: how to shade (style) these dataset 3D objects in real-time environments (such as VR) using rendering techniques that are specific to real-time 3D graphics.

- why game engines VS Touch Designer-like have pros and cons, and why I prototype in Touch Designer and deliver in game engines mostly.

Venue & Address: 
Visual Analytics Lab 7th Floor of 205 Richmond St. W.
Email: 
RSVP gradstudies@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
Priam Givord Talk

Ryan Pechnick, MFA 2016: Artist to look for at Toronto Artist Project

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Congratulations Ryan (IAMD MFA 2016), on being one of the 30 artists to look for at the Toronto Artist Project, as selected by BlogTo.

Toronto Artist Project: Contemporary Art Fair, Feb 22-25
http://www.theartistproject.com

Ryan Pechnick, MFA 2016
http://www.ryanpechnick.com

 

 

 

Supercoffee Mural Project

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Congratulations to our Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design Alumni Nick Sweetman (MFA 2014) who was the participating street artist who created the amazing bee pollination mural on the exterior of Supercoffee, located on the south-west corner of Weston Road and Eglinton Avenue West. Please see the following video (provided by Crosstown TO) for more information and to see the work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SJt_3M53l_o

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IAMD Alumna Iveta Karpathyova introducing her Thesis, “Phases of Dance,” via CBCArts

 IAMD Alumna Iveta Karpathyova introducing MDes Thesis, “Phases of Dance,” via @CBCArts
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 3:30pm

‘Phases of Dance’ reveals what’s going through a dancer’s mind, highlighting the motions audiences overlook

Leah Collins · CBC Arts · December 6

“This isn’t the typical way to watch dance, and it’s not the typical way of animating it either.

Iveta Karpathyova is the Toronto artist behind the two short films we’ll be airing on this week’s episode of CBC Arts: Exhbitionists, “Phases of Dance” (2017) and “Bachata Dance: Te Vas” (2016).

She’s an animator, and she’s also a dancer. That’s actually her in “Phases of Dance” — swaying with dance partner Pavlo Farmakidis — and she brings her perspective on both art forms to the videos you’re about to watch.”

For full article, visit: http://www.cbc.ca/arts/this-animated-film-will-give-you-a-new-appreciation-for-dance-1.4436080

For more information about the artist, visit: http://www.ivetaka.com/

"Phases of Dance" is a 2D-animated film composed of approximately 2,100 individual drawings.

Produced in four months, the film documents embodied technique of bachata through rotoscoping. Using real-life footage as a base for animation, the four-month production began with a dance choreography by Pavlo Farmakidis and filming of a bachata sequence performed by Farmakidis and Karpathyova.

Hand-drawn in two months at approx. 100 drawings per day, the 3min 40sec animation is also a documentation of Iveta's technique in traditional animation as she drew sequentially on a daily basis and the chronological order (date timeline on bottom left) of each frame (frame count on bottom right) represents her progress in drawing, painting, and understanding of motion.

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Critical Theory Colloquium

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 9:15am to Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

Please join us for the Graduate Critical Theory Colloquium, taken place on December 5th and 6th, 2017. Students will present research papers that address their own research interests, viewed through the lens of one or more texts taken up during the course of the semester in their Critical Theory class.

The presentation schedule is as follows:

 

DECEMBER 5th - Room 510 @ 205 Richmond St. W

10:30 – 11:50 Biopower, Sexuality, Michel Foucault

Lingxiang Wu,  Afaq Ahmed Karadia, Dori Vanderheyden

chair: Erica Cristobal

11:50 – 12:30 lunch

12:30 – 1:30 Jacques Derrida’s Différance

Philip Sparks, Keiko Hart

chair: Roxanne Henry

1:30-2:50 Stuart Hall, Cultural Identity and Diaspora

Kristy Boyce, Karo Castro-Wunsch, Liz Ikiriko

chair: Keiko Hart

2:50 – 3:20 – break

3:20 – 5:00  Re-Orienting Sarah Ahmed

Samantha Robbie-Higgins, Coco Guzman, Vanessa Jackson, Panya Clark-Espinal

chair: Katie Mihak

 

DECEMBER 5th - Room 318 @ 205 Richmond St. W

3:00- 4:20  Psychoanalytical (and anti-psychoanalytical) Theories

Katie Mihak, Juan Escobar-Lamanna Tal Sophia Braniss

chair: Dave Foster

4:30 – 5:50 Karen Barad’s Agential Realism

Sarah Carlson, Rana Zandi, Kirstie McCallum

chair: Karo Castro-Wunsch

 

DECEMBER 6th - Room 510 @ 205 Richmond St. W

10:30 – 11:50 Biopower, Sexuality, Michel Foucault

Lingxiang Wu,  Afaq Ahmed Karadia, Dori Vanderheyden

chair: Erica Cristobal

11:50 – 12:30 lunch

12:30 – 1:30 Jacques Derrida’s Différance

Philip Sparks, Keiko Hart

chair: Roxanne Henry

1:30-2:50 Stuart Hall, Cultural Identity and Diaspora

Kristy Boyce, Karo Castro-Wunsch, Liz Ikiriko

chair: Keiko Hart

2:50 – 3:20 – break

3:20 – 5:00  Re-Orienting Sarah Ahmed

Samantha Robbie-Higgins, Coco Guzman, Vanessa Jackson, Panya Clark-Espinal

chair: Katie Mihak

 

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. W
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