Judith Doyle: Insistent Trajectories  

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 10:00am to Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

Insistent Trajectories Judith Doyle                                           
May 24 - July 14, 2018 / Opening, Thursday May 24 7-9 pm
In our ongoing commitment to displaying lens-based artwork, Akasha Art Projects is proud to inaugurate our new space in Cabbagetown with the artwork of Judith Doyle. Insistent Trajectories explores Doyle’s interest in networked life and gesture in relation to artists’ teleculture, where offline and online identities blur and merge. From pre-internet to the contemporary, Doyle incorporates teleculture to produce moving images and installations, often with collaborators, valuing theory, experimentation, and critique. 
The images in Insistent Trajectories were obtained using modified depth cameras of ordinary subjects including pedestrians, pigeons in flight, and trees in a wilderness park adjacent to the Lac La Croix First Nation. The vector graphic prints in this survey includes works from 2009 to 2018. 
Judith Doyle is an artist and educator, whose research-creation includes both art and scientific communities. She co-directs the Social Media and Collaboration Lab with Dr. David McIntosh, and Research Assistants from OCAD University and globally. In 2012, she received the OCAD University Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity. She currently teaches in the Integrated Media and Digital Futures programs, while supervising Master’s Thesis students. 

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10AM - 7 pm

Saturday 10 pm - 6 pm

Mondays by appointment.

Akasha Art Projects inc provides creative solutions to all things art. To learn more, contact us at 647-348-0104 or info@akashaart.com. Visit our website at www.akashaart.com. 

Venue & Address: 
Akasha Art Projects 204 D Carlton Street (at Ontario) Toronto, ON
abstract artwork, red trajectory lines on white background

Book Launch for Slow Twisting

Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 4:00pm

Book Launch for Slow Twisting with the anonymous author present who will be interviewed by Judith Doyle

APPEARING Sat.Nov.18 at 4pm
Christoper Cutts Gallery 21 Morrow Ave Toronto

Venue & Address: 
Christoper Cutts Gallery 21 Morrow Ave Toronto
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Eye of the Mask: Theatre Nicaragua by Judith Doyle, featured in the Images Festival Online

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 12:00pm


For the 30th Anniversary, the Images Festival is launching a new online initiative to highlight Canadian and International works. The project is being inaugurated by shining a light on one of the most unique Canadian experimental documentaries of the past decades made by Judith Doyle.

Eye of the Mask: Theatre Nicaragua offers a unique roving window into the life of post-revolutionary Nicaragua, orchestrated by a group of young and energized revolutionaries, poets, and artists who fervently believed in art and theatre’s power to bring about social transformation.Shot while the country was under lockdown as a consequence of Reagan’s invasion of Grenada in 1983, Eye of the Mask follows Nixtayolero (Dawn Star) theatre group as they travel to perform in remote and rural area


Images Festival - Online Programming




International Research: Focus on Asia

Monday, November 10, 2008 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

The Office of Research would like to
invite you to come out and learn more about the fascinating research projects
of some of our faculty. Speaking at the November 10th event will be: _

Judith Doyle

In January 2008 Doyle was a Visiting Lecturer at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA - Digital Media Program) in Beijing, and at Tongji University's College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Shanghai. Doyle delivered a Memorandum of Understanding co-signed by the presidents of OCAD and CAFA, opening doors for future academic cooperation. She will show pictures and share information about these schools._

Lynne Milgram

Milgram's presentation will explore the work of Filipina entrepreneurs in Baguio City, Philippines who have developed a branch of the global trade in secondhand clothing between Hong Kong and the Philippines. Building on kinship networks of women working in Hong Kong, these entrepreneurs navigate formal government and informal economic and cultural channels to operationalize a transnational trade that straddles legal-illegal practice in both locales. Milgram argues that Filipina entrepreneurs’ transnational activism in the Hong-Kong-Philippine used clothing trade reconfigures the market to unsettle essentialist categories of economy, class, value and legality. By crafting global, feminized circuits of commodities and using multiply migrant communities these traders situate local initiatives within wider negotiations of meaning and agency to challenge the common exclusion of actions on the edge from analyses of destabilizing political and global forces.-_


Soyang Park

Park’s research deals with contemporary South Korean society, culture and art viewed through a postcolonial perspective. This builds on her previous research on anti-authoritarian democratization movement and art of 1980s and early 90s but moves the focus on changes in Korean society since the transformation of an authoritarian regime to a civilian, democratic one after 1993. Her research identifies ways in which artists, cultural activists and the public themselves led and represented this societal transformation through their political, creative and discursive activities. In this talk, Park will introduce two interconnected research projects that have been undertaken in this context, entitled, 1.Postcolonial Aesthetics 2. Enacting Memory and Performing Community: Politics, Culture and Art in Post-Minjung South Korea (1993- 2006).

Venue & Address: 
Room 544 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

OCAD Abroad: Sharing Insights from International Experiences

beijing gallery district
Tuesday, April 29, 2008 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

In January, Judith Doyle was a Visiting Lecturer at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA - Digital Media Program) in Beijing, and at Tongji University’s College of Architecture and Urban Planning in Shanghai. Doyle delivered a Memorandum of Understanding co-signed by the presidents of OCAD and CAFA, opening doors for future academic cooperation. She will show pictures and share information about these schools.

In April, Jules Goss went to Japan and participated in discussions regarding institutional transition to university status, promoting research to faculty and how to facilitate design research at an undergraduate level. He will present photos and share insights emerging from his discussions.

Venue & Address: 
Rm 187, Lambert Lounge 100 McCaul St., 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

Research Rendezvous: Lynne Heller, Judith Doyle, and research team

Research Rendezvous Logo. Abstract line drawing of two faces coming together to form a lightbulb.
Monday, January 18, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

The team of Lynne Heller, Judith Doyle, Nina Czegledy, Robin Len, Anna Lew, Martin Shook, Lynn Hughes, and Gina Haraszti will be presenting Dobble Debate- a research project which creatively uses humor and imagination to look at people’s differing abilities.

Venue & Address: 
Room 701K, 205 Richmond St. W
Research Rendezvous poster with event info

After Dubai: Electronic Arts in the 21st Century Roundtable

Image of a desert
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

After Dubai: Electronic Arts in the 21st Century
A Roundtable Discussion

Moderated by Caroline Langill and featuring presentations by Judith Doyle, Lynne Heller, Martha Ladly, Nina Leo and Dot Tuer.

In November 2014, the 20th International Symposium on Electronic Art was hosted by Zayed University in Dubai. One of the most important events for new media art, the symposium included over 200 interdisciplinary discussions and presentations of creative practices applying new technologies in electronic media.
Please join us on January 30 for special presentations by OCAD University faculty and ISEA 2014 participants Judith Doyle, Lynne Heller, Martha Ladly, Nina Leo and Dot Tuer. The presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion moderated by Caroline Langill on the future of electronic arts at OCAD U and beyond.

For more information, contact Farrah Aslam, faslam@ocadu.ca

Image caption: Lynne Heller and Jackie Calderwood, Engines of Difference, 2014

Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge, OCAD University Room 187, 100 McCaul Street


Judith Doyle at the opening of Pathfinding. Photo: Asma Khanani Caporaletti.
The Pathfinding installation

A new media art installation portraying the perceptual experience of memory loss by two artists with amnesia is now on view at Baycrest Health Sciences Centre. Called Pathfinding, the project was developed at OCAD U’s Social Media and Collaboration Lab (SMAClab) by Judith Doyle, chair of OCAD U’s Integrated Media program, and her assistant Emad Dabiri, an OCAD U student and VJ, who worked together with Robin Len and Kang Il-Kim.

Len and Il-Kim both have anterograde amnesia, which inhibits the ability to create new memories, even though their long-term memories remain intact. Doyle and Dabiri spent a year working with Len and Il-Kim to develop the installation, which features video animations created from composited layers of images from nature together with those of neural pathways. The images Il-Kim took of flowers, snow, trees and buddhas were layered together with images of the brain, such as that of dendrites, into montage video loops, which are displayed on 10 crowd-sourced old TV sets. 

“The old fashioned TVs are appealing to people, and each one has its own character and personality, whether its wood-grain or white and futuristic,” says Doyle. “The installation creates a living room-like environment, and the beautiful soundtrack created by high school student Paul Geldart brings it all together.”

The project came about after Len, a former colleague of Doyle’s was in a bike accident. Prior to the accident he was a highly regarded animator and compositing designer who worked on commercials and opening sequences for films, but the accident, which put him in a month-long coma, was severely disabling. Len, like Il-Kim, whose brain injury is a result of the multiple surgeries he had for a brain tumour, remembers things from the past, but because he has difficulty making new memories, he forgets what he’s doing in mid-task and will sometimes even black out. As Doyle describes, it becomes difficult for people like Len and Il-Kim to move through space, because they forget where they are.

Doyle began working as an artist in residence at Baycrest in 2011, where she became involved in the Memory Link Program, which trains individuals like Len and Il-Kim to enlist their procedural memory to form alternate neural pathways in order to accomplish things. The program also looks to find new ways to use mobile technologies to help with day-to-day tasks. Doyle initially began thePathfinding project in a small studio at Baycrest, and later moved it to the SMAClab once her residency was over. In the course of her research and project work, she was awarded OCAD U’s Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award (2012), and OCAD U also received Baycrest’s Proud Partners Award (2012).

The Pathfinding project itself received support from the Ontario Arts Council, Brain Injury Services of Hamilton and of course OCAD U’s Integrated Media Program.

What Doyle and her assistant Dabiri discovered by working with Len and Il-Kim is that they had knowledge in their hands. Len and Il-Kim could still use video software, and the more they did, the more they began to improve in other areas of their lives.

“The project re-invigorated and re-animated my interests and creative passions,” said Len. "I feel like I'm getting my hands wet again. I can smell the turpentine in the canvas of the video."

“It helped me to regain myself from my brain injury; it made me happier,” added Kang. He described the pleasure he felt taking photos of nature in a ravine near his home for the project. "The ravine path itself represents life. We all have a path that we're going through."

“The process was very productive, for both of them, and there were many unexpected outcomes of the project,” says Doyle, who plans to write a paper about their collaborative experience.

The installation is on view until March 1 at Baycrest Health Sciences Centre. It will also be part of the Inclusive Design Institute’s Disrupting Undoing: Constructs of Disability exhibition at OCAD U’s Open Gallery in April.

Perceptual experiences of memory loss focus of media installation at Baycrest Health Sciences

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 5:00am

(Toronto—February 11, 2013) What does it feel like to have amnesia? How does one relate to space and place when robbed of the ability to create new personal memories? Can today’s hyper-connected, technology-driven world help people with serious memory impairment re-engage in the community and regain their voices?

Pathfinding, a media art exhibit which opens at Baycrest Health Sciences this week, sets out to answer these reflective questions. Inspired by Judith Doyle, a senior filmmaker and new media artist who is chair of the Integrated Media Program at OCAD University, the installation was created by two participants of Baycrest’s Memory Link program, both of whom have a severe type of amnesia. They worked on the project with Doyle and her assistant Emad Dabiri, well-known for his VJ live video mixes produced with Videodrome.


Robin Len, 48, and, Kang Il-Kim, 23, have anterograde amnesia. This type of amnesia inhibits the ability to create new memories, although long-term memories prior to injury remain intact. Robin suffered his brain injury in a cycling accident; Kang from a brain tumor and subsequent surgeries. Both were participants in Baycrest’s innovative Memory Link program which uses specialized, cognitive training to help clients with severe amnesia learn to use smartphones, the iPod Touch and other handheld technologies as assistive memory aids.

With backgrounds in television and film study, Robin and Kang were interested in collaborating with Doyle on the Pathfinding project. The process involved shooting clips of imagery, editing and combining the clips, and devising an installation for exhibition of the video.  Pathfinding evokes aspects of the experience of memory and memory loss. Robin and Kang participated in all aspects of the project – videotaping, editing, planning, equipment sourcing, image composition, developing the installation setup, and contributing to printed matter. The collaboration has continued for over a year and combines real-world interaction as well as online and phone support.

“Baycrest embraces strategies for integrating creative expression into a client-centred approach to care,” says Bianca Stern, director of Culture, Arts and Innovation at Baycrest.  “Our ongoing partnerships with faculty and students from OCAD University, as well as collaborations with artists from across Canada, are providing Baycrest with new ways of exploring the impact of artful engagement on the wellbeing of adults with mental and physical impairments.” OCAD University received Baycrest’s Proud Partners Award in 2012. 

“The four of us worked closely in the digital studio of the Social Media and Collaboration Lab (SMAClab) which I direct. We filled it with vintage TVs for our experimentation, attracting many curious onlookers,” said Doyle, who received an OCAD University award in 2012 for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity. “For Pathfinding, we created a new form of media arts-based collaboration that tapped into preserved memory and embodied knowledge. Outcomes were positive for Robin and Kang. This is a central focus of my art practice.”

Pathfinding is on display at Baycrest Health Sciences
3560 Bathurst St., Toronto
from February 14 to March 1, 2013 
*Opening Night reception for media is Wednesday, February 13, 5 to 7 p.m.

The project received support from the Ontario Arts Council (Artists in the Community/Workplace), Brain Injury Services of Hamilton, and the Integrated Media Program and SMAClab at OCAD University.

About Baycrest
Headquartered on a 22-acre campus in Ontario and fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest is a global leader in innovations in aging and brain health.

About OCAD University
OCAD University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines.

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