On or about the body: Kate Hartman

On or about the body: Kate Hartman
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 10:00pm to 11:30pm

The Graduate Gallery is pleased to host Associate Professor Kate Hartman’s faculty sabbatical talk and exhibition: 

Kate Hartman creates objects that play with the relationship between humans and technology. During her sabbatical she explored how our bodies can be connected, extended, captured, and transformed using both analog and digital tools. In this presentation she will address the nitty gritty of her prototyping processes as well as the learnings and outcomes of her physical and social experiments. Subjects include pinky fingers, porcupines, and human-machine romance. This presentation will be casual and conversational. The work discussed will be on view and she might make you do something fun with the person sitting next to you.



Thursday, October 13th 6:00-7:30PM


Work on view: 

Thursday, October 13th 5:00-8:00PM

Friday, October 14th, 2:00-5:00PM

or by special request

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Graduate Gallery 205 Richmond St West Ground Floor
On or about the body: Kate Hartman


This SSHRC Partnership Development Grant examines novel forms of cross-disciplinary and cross-sector partnerships necessary for creating world class academic research on digital media. It also intends to provide novel insight for private industry and for commercialization, as well as new venues for the innovative work of artistic and cultural organizations. This research partnership develops a digital economy trading zone that connects the diverse interests, knowledge and values from a diverse set of partners. Its focus is on a developing aspect of digital media, namely, the increasing materialization of digital media and the related interweaving of physical and virtual modes of engagement. The project therefore brings together working groups in order to develop concrete projects that provide value to each of these groups. The three groups include members from academic institutions, cultural organizations, and private SMEs, and are organized around the following inter-related themes; Space, Play, and the Self.

The grant includes as co-applicants, Professor Sara Grimes from the Faculty of Information, Professor Megan Boler from OISE, and Professor Mary-Lou Lobsinger from the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, as well as Professors Kate Hartmanand Professor Emma Westecott from OCAD University, and Professor Jason Nolan from Ryerson University. The project runs for three years and primarily provides salaries and stipends for masters and PhD students.


IOT Theme # 2 - Play

In this working group, we will explore how digital games and other play technologies enable multi- modal practices that traverse and integrate the virtual and the material in a variety of ways. Examples of this include the production of tangible “ludic artifacts” (Tolino, 2009), the interplay of situated and digital practices within mobile gaming, the phenomenon of alternate reality games (ARG), and the incorporation of physical motion within kinetic game systems (such as Wii Sports). With the rise and spread of pervasive gaming and portable devices, digital play becomes resituated as a transitory, in- between and oftentimes liminal activity, as play is reintroduced into a broader range of the spaces and activities of everyday life. Our academic team includes Sara Grimes, an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information who has published extensively on the political economy of games and game play, Associate Professor Jason Nolan who runs the EDGE gaming lab at Ryerson University, and collaborator Emma Westcott, an assistant professor at OCAD. Game developers Play Dynamics Inc. and HugeMonster are our private partners.

Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 7:15pm

Research Seed Grants and industry partnership news

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 - 8:30pm

OCAD University Office of Research is pleased to announce the following grant and award recipients: 

SSHRC Institutional Grants, Fall 2014

  • Robert Diaz, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Unsettling the Canadian Global City: Queer Filipino/as and Diasporic Imaginaries
  • Lynne Milgram, Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, From Market to Market: Filipino-Toronto Entrepreneurs Refashion a Transnational Business Landscape
  • Gabrielle Moser, Lecturer, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Developing Historical Negatives: Picturing Race and Citizenship in the Canadian Photographic Archive

OCAD U Research Seed Grants, Fall 2014

  • Greg Sims, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design, Products Design for Sustainable 3D Printed Matter
  • Alia Weston, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Activate Enterprise: Business Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Development in a Post-Crisis Economy

CORUS Seed Grants, Fall 2014

  • Kate Hartman, Associate Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Concentration-Activated Wearables
  • Barbara Rauch, Associate Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Making Process: A Temporal Aesthetics Surface Investigation

The above grants have a value of $2500.


Prof. Judith Doyle’s installation PointCloud is being hosted by Telus Corporation. Prof. Doyle’s project will be installed in the Telus Innovation Centre.

CineFocus, a resident of the Imagination Catalyst (ICAT), was awarded a $10,000 investment by the Imagination Fund.

Twenty One Toys, another ICAT participant, was included in the roundup of Best Kid’s Design of 2014 by FastCoDesign.

What Matters Now Thunder Bay

Image of Kate Hartman
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 11:30pm to Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 2:00am

Featuring Digital Futures program assistant professor Kate Hartman as a guest speaker

This free event is part of a province-wide discussion series featuring researchers from Ontario universities. This event will be webcast live. Remote viewers can have their say and ask questions via Twitter, using the hashtag #whatmattersnow

Featured Speakers:

Kate Hartman
OCAD University
What kind of microprocessor are you wearing

Maria DeRosa
Carleton University
Can nanotechnology help feed the world?

Margaret A. (Peggy) Smith
Lakehead University
What is the way forward for Aboriginal peoples and natural resources?

April James
Nipissing University
Has Ontario reached a watershed moment?

Ross McKitrick
University of Guelph
Can economic growth and environmental protection go hand in hand?

Research Matters is a joint project among Ontario’s 21 publicly assisted universities to build new bridges between university researchers and the broader public. It is a multi-platform endeavour that involves a website and blog, social media, and public events – all designed to give Ontarians unprecedented access to the wealth of ideas and innovations happening at Ontario universities.

Venue & Address: 
Fort William Historical Park 1350 King Rd. Thunder Bay, Ontario

Kate Hartman publishes Make: Wearable Electronics book

Book cover
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 4:00am

Associate Professor Kate Hartman is celebrating the launch of her book Make: Wearable Electronics (2014, Maker Media Inc.) this month, on how to design, prototype and wear interactive garments.

From the publisher:
What if your clothing could change color to complement your skin tone, respond to your racing heartbeat, or connect you with a loved one from afar?

Welcome to the world of shoes that can dynamically shift your height, jackets that display when the next bus is coming, and neckties that can nudge your business partner from across the room. Whether it be for fashion, function, or human connectedness, wearable electronics can be used to design interactive systems that are intimate and engaging.

Make: Wearable Electronics is intended for those with an interest in physical computing who are looking to create interfaces or systems that live on the body. Perfect for makers new to wearable tech, this book introduces you to the tools, materials, and techniques for creating interactive electronic circuits and embedding them in clothing and other things you can wear.

Each chapter features experiments to get you comfortable with the technology and then invites you to build upon that knowledge with your own projects. Fully illustrated with step-by-step instructions and images of amazing creations made by artists and professional designers, this book offers a concrete understanding of electronic circuits and how you can use them to bring your wearable projects from concept to prototype.

Join Kate for her book launch events:

Friday, September 26, 5 to 8 p.m.
OCAD University Graduate Gallery
205 Richmond Street W, Ground Floor

This event features projects and demonstrations by a variety of Toronto wearable artists and designers, possibly including you! Please come wearing your favorite wearable electronics or let us know if there's a project that you'd like to add to the display. Food and drink will be served and prototypes will be tested as we celebrate the Toronto wearables community and chat about what's next for wearables!

Friday, October 3, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Type Books
883 Queen Street West

Author Kate Hartman’s new book, Make: Wearable Electronics, is intended for those with an interest in physical computing who are looking to create interfaces or systems that live on the body. Perfect for makers new to wearable tech, this book introduces you to the tools, materials, and techniques for creating interactive electronic circuits and embedding them in clothing and other things you can wear.

Research Rendezvous

Research Rendezvous
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 4:00pm to Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 4:00pm

A monthly lunchtime series for faculty and students to share and learn about research at OCAD U.

This month’s Research Rendezvous will showcase three extraordinary research projects funded through FedDev Ontario's Applied Research and Commercialization (ARC) Initiative:

Bright Riders Bike Lights
(PI: Kate Hartman, Assistant Professor and Director, Social Body Lab)

The Nudgeables Accessory Kit
(PI: Kate Hartman, Assistant Professor and Director, Social Body Lab)

Hot Wood
(PI: Paul Epp, Chair, Industrial Design)

Come share your ideas, connect with potential collaborators and find out how you can get involved in research!






Venue & Address: 
Room 187 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario