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. 


OCAD University mourns the passing of Andrew Capra

Thursday, July 19, 2018

OCAD University is deeply saddened by the passing of 2015 Integrated Media alumnus Andrew Capra, who passed away last month while in Prague. Andrew is fondly remembered by his faculty members as a “lovely and lively person.” The OCAD University community extends condolences to all of Andrew’s friends and family. 

An event to commemorate Andrew’s life are being organized, and information will be shared when it becomes available.

Read faculty tributes, and contribute to a commemerative bursary in Andrew's memory. 

Colonization Road

BRIDGE, an interactive installation by Naomi Dodds

photo of a bridge structure
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 5:00am to Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 5:00am

InterAccess is pleased to present BRIDGE, an interactive installation by Naomi Dodds. Dodds is the recipient of the InterAccess Media Arts Prize. This prize, which InterAccess has sponsored for nearly twenty years, is awarded to a graduating Integrated Media student at OCAD University whose work exhibits innovation in new media practice. With its ambitious carbon-steel fabrication and kinetic components, Dodds is a deserving recipient of this award.

BRIDGE is an interactive installation that examines the construction and completion of a custom-built drawbridge.  

BRIDGE involves the integration of two formations: one is a solid material, the other a narrative. A bridge is a structure that allows us to pass from one place to another, spanning a physical obstruction. In this case, the work becomes the obstruction that is itself guided by a participant. 

BRIDGE recreates a new convention, in which the functionalities of technological engineering are reinforced through the act of being present. As a visitor approaches the structure, it will begin to operate through its cycle. Both meeting points of the structure will open and close depending on the position of a participant. As a participant interacts with the work, the act of it opening in fact prohibits them from physically crossing the bridge, however, as a space is created, the idea of passage is still present.

The installation offers a comprehensive exploration into the connections between mental and physical structures and examines how these structures contradict their functional conventions. BRIDGE transmits the notions of geographical and technological displacement, heavily embedded undertones that give way for a formal analysis of the changes in social structures associated with technological determination. However, the simple idea of the spectacle is apparent. Through it’s disarticulated state, BRIDGE aligns itself with the theatricality of an illusion, which in turn resonates with the personification of the performance of the machine.

About the Artist:  Toronto-based new media artist Naomi Dodds’s work explores visual language through the material and immaterial by questioning the role of machine and image. Her work consists of video projection and multimedia installations that attempt to break cinematic conventions by eliminating the constraints of the screen.

About the InterAccess Media Arts Prize:  The InterAccess Media Arts Prize is awarded to a graduating student of the Integrated Media program at OCAD University whose work complements InterAccess’s mission to expand the cultural space of technology. Students must show proficiency in creating mechanical, kinetic, electronic, interactive audio, video or new media work. In addition to a $500 cash award, the recipient receives a one-year studio membership, one year of complimentary workshops, a solo exhibition at the centre, and professional development and mentorship. The prize was first awarded in 1990.

Image: Naomi Dodds, BRIDGE, Carbon Steel, Aluminum, DC Motors, Hardened Steel Gear Sprockets, Roller Chain, Pillow Blocks, Shore Rock, Limit Switches, Parallax PING Ultrasonic Sensors, Custom-­Built Circuit, Arduino Uno, Sabertooth 2X25 V2, U1 12V 230A Battery. 
50’’ x 30’’ x 78’’ (when closed) 102’’ (when open) 



Venue & Address: 
InterAccess 9 Ossington Avenue Toronto ON M6J 2Y8 Canada

Before I Forget

Before I Forget Invite
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 4:00am

How do we consume our own memories?

Before I Forget... features the work of Integrated Media students Jo Alcampo, Liam Crockard, Dylin North, and Steve Shaddick as they survey the vagaries of memory via digital technology. Through web based archiving, live video environments, interactive sound sculpture, and video installation they probe a culture of mixed messages and malleable mediums. Curated by Matthew Williamson.

Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery 285 Dundas Street West, 1st Floor, Toronto, Ontario

A Pathless Land

Thursday, July 31, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 14, 2008 - 4:00am

Durham Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of video installations by OCAD Integrated Media professor Geoffrey Shea.
Over the years Geoffrey Shea, in his own relaxed manner, has been creating a body of art in video and new media. The five installations he has gathered for this exhibition employ video in rather idiosyncratic ways to question not only the tales we tell ourselves, but the very telling itself. A small monitor resembling an old cathode ray TV tube rests snugly in a display case. A radar antenna projected on a wall circles while closer inspection reveals a heart-wrenching drama played out on a monitor embedded in an electrical outlet. A keyboard beckons visitors to attempt writing their own narrative on a virtual typewriter. Shifting between monitors, a pair of siblings attempt to relate their separate interpretations of a unique shared experience. Against a flowing backdrop of municipal bylaws is a video of Shea himself delivering a political speech. With these installations, Shea does far more than question contemporary philosophical and literary theory. For while probing the ways in which we individually and collectively interpret the world, the artist cannot help but reveal the intensely personal struggles we all face.

Venue & Address: 
Durham Art Gallery 251 George St. E., Durham, Ontario

I Made This for Class

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 - 11:00pm

Come see 90 minutes of uncompromised video dynamite, handpicked from OCAD's award-winning Integrated Media thesis students. You'll get the hottest documentary, fiction, funnies, animation, and science experiments.

Dress to impress, and bring your best friends, family, and lovers; you might want to hold hands, and visit the bathroom, because there's no turning back.

Venue & Address: 
Bloor Cinema 506 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Ontario

Hybridlab Show

Hybridlab exhibition
Friday, April 18, 2008 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

OCAD Integrated Media students showcase projects combining online and electronic programming elements.
Students under the guidance of Professors Judith Doyle and Jim Ruxton and visiting Instructor Fei Jun from the Digital Media Lab at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing.

Join HYBRIDLAB w audiopost at the portal between online and local situations - at the OCAD Integrated Media wing, Level 3, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto and online at the Art Metropole studio, Second Life coordinates: Odyssey 194 - 178 - 22.

Venue & Address: 
Integrated Media Wing, Level 3 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Paulette Phillips: "History appears twice, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce."

phillips invite
Saturday, March 29, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 4:00am

Diaz Contemporary is pleased to announce artist Paulette Phillips' second solo-show with the gallery. Phillips has established an international reputation for her tense, humorous and uncanny explorations of the phenomena of conflicting energies. This highly anticipated installation, features new work in sculpture, photography and video that documents residual emotion and presence. The work continues Phillips_ interest in the contradictions that play out in our construction of stability.
_History appears twice, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce._ is inspired by the poetically tragic aura that surrounds E 1027, a villa on the Cote d_ Azur built by architect and designer Eileen Gray for her lover Jean Badovici in 1929. Having built the house as a romantic getaway, Gray eventually walked away from her labor of love. For a period of time it then became known as Le Corbusier_s house, while Gray languished in obscurity.
Shell, a thirty-two minute video shot on location by Phillips and Robert Lee, contains traces of Gray_s original vision. In tracing the evidence of abuse the house has endured since its sensuous beginning, the video captures an emotional topography that lies beneath the villa_s structure to renegotiate the enduring legacy of Gray_s modernist gem. This extensive footage captures the house before it underwent the contested renovation that restored Le Corbusier_s controversial murals.
The Egoist/Lover, is an elegant reworking of Gray_s original Satellite mirror that she designed for Badovici_s bedroom. Phillips_ motorized mirror shies away from the viewer_s gaze. Touché traps two magnetized books, Le Corbusier_s The Poetics of Metaphor with Gray_s monograph Eileen Gray within a cage. One book hovers over the other repelled by its negative energy field. Knock Knock is a series of three gyclee prints produced from collaged photographs that document the complexity of presence still evident in the villa. The Rubber House is a tactile and mutable model of the villa that sits on two dissonant colour fields.
The exhibition draws from the personalities, emotions and histories that surround both architects by heightening the covert and inherent tensions that defined their practices and mark this house as a haunted site. The works in the installation align to narrate the faded tenets that fueled this vision of modernism, capturing on video and through objects, the idea of the house as a ruin wrought by conflicting energies.
Paulette Phillips_ work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Danielle Arnaud contemporary art; The Oakville Galleries; Cambridge Galleries and The Ottawa Art Gallery. Recent group exhibitions include: Gallerie Chomette, Paris; The Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris; The Power Plant, Toronto; ZKM, Germany; Kunsthaus Graz, Austria; Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany, Ludwig Museum, Hungary and the Palazzo della Papesse, Italy. Phillips teaches film and installation at The Ontario College of Art and Design. Upcoming commissions include: The Walking Fern, solar powered robotic ferns to be installed at the Tatton Park Biennale, Britain, May _ September 2008; and Fashion and Crime that will premiere at a screening at The Tate Modern on May 10th 2008.
This work was made possible by the support of the Ontario Arts Council_s Chalmers Arts Fellowship, the Canada Council for the Arts and The Toronto Arts Council.

Venue & Address: 
Diaz Contemporary 100 Niagara Street, Toronto, Ontario
Gallery hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 to 6 or by appointment

Doug Back: Emergency #16: Festival of New Dance and Performance

Thursday, April 3, 2008 - 4:00am to Saturday, April 5, 2008 - 4:00am

Doug Back's piece features Bill James dancing with a Electromagnetic Radiation Reader unit/thing Doug built for him.

Venue & Address: 
Market Hall 336 George St. N., Peterborough, Ontario
Tickets: $10 or $16 for both programs, performances start at 8:00pm
$10 - $16