Absolutely Free

Matthew Williamson, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 11:00pm to Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 11:00am

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at OCAD University includes works from six international contemporary artists using immersive light, sound, film, video, .gif and sculptural installations. The works are linked through the use of light and moving image, developing unique and interactive environments that will accumulate matter or deteriorate over the duration of the night.

Grégoire Blunt & Emmy Skensved
Aryen Hoekstra
Lili Huston-Heterich
Lorna Mills
Matthew Williamson
Curated by Stefan Hancherow

"Discorporate" means to leave your body. The term was coined by Frank Zappa in 1968 in the song “Absolutely Free” and is the basis for OCAD University’s 2014 Scotiabank Nuit Blanche exhibition. Currently there exists an epoch where one can discorporate via digital bodies. This phenomenon is apparent when Googling oneself, sharing A Look Back movie on Facebook, or posting a selfie. Viewers are invited to unbind their minds and contemplate the present, where reflections no longer exist in a mirror, but in the glow from technological devices.

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at OCAD University includes works from six international contemporary artists using immersive light, sound, film, video, .gif and sculptural installations. The works are linked through the use of light and moving image, developing unique and interactive environments that will accumulate matter or deteriorate over the duration of the night.

Emmy Skensved and Grégoire Blunt strive to shape the future to look more like DS9. They produce animated CGI, synthesized sounds, meditation fountains, black-lit psychedelia and 3D poetry. They are networked, operating as a post-gender collective in order to enhance performance. S/he absorbs new members, and expands to fill available spaces. The world they document can be understood as one mediated by a synthesis of biological and technological entities; nature amplified. They inhabit a sphere that extends outwards from Berlin toward distant URLs. He favours nudity and high-tempo Nightcore rhythms; she, sportswear and drama. Did I meet you last year at a party or something? Exhibitions in 2014 include: a pool of black milk at Ve.sch (Vienna); a blue piña colada fountain at Altes Finanzamt (Berlin); a frozen tonic-water bar performance at Other Projects (Berlin); a black-lit booze-luge exhibited at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin); a series of 2D psychedelic works at d3signbur3au (London), Duve (Berlin) and ESP (Toronto). Emmy is a graduate from OCAD University.

Aryen Hoekstra received his MFA from the University of Guelph and BFA from the University of Alberta. Recent and upcoming exhibition venues include, Mercer Union (Toronto); Art Gallery of Alberta (Edmonton); Forest City Gallery (London, ON); Modern Fuel (Kingston, ON); Blackwood Gallery (Mississauga); Xpace Cultural Centre (Toronto); Olga Korper Gallery (Toronto). His writing on contemporary art has appeared in C Magazine, Border Crossings and Towards Magazine. Since spring 2014, Hoekstra has served as the Director of G Gallery in Toronto.

Lili Huston-Herterich is an artist and curator living in Toronto. She established Butcher Gallery, an independent project space, in 2009 with Brad Tinmouth and the two continue to direct the space. Huston-Herterich held the position as co-director at O’Born Contemporary from 2010 to early 2013. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Mercer Union Centre for Contemporary Art, and was recently recognized on Blouin ArtInfo’s Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 for her independent success with Butcher Gallery. She has previously exhibited at Paul Petro Special Projects (Toronto), Cooper Cole (Toronto), XPACE (Toronto), and at the Sullivan Galleries of The Art Institute of Chicago.

Lorna Mills has actively exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions since the early 1990s, both in Canada and Internationally. Her practice has included obsessive Ilfochrome printing, obsessive painting, obsessive Super 8 film & video, and obsessive on-line animated GIFs incorporated into restrained off-line installation work. She has also co-curated monthly group animated GIF projections for the “Sheroes” performance series in Toronto, a group GIF projection event “When Analog Was Periodical” in Berlin co-curated with Anthony Antonellis, and a four-person GIF installation, “:::Zip The Bright:::” at Trinity Square Video in Toronto, with artists Sara Ludy, Nicolas Sassoon and Rick Silva. Mills's most recent project, “The Axis of Something” a solo installation of animated GIFs and large-scale digital prints, was exhibited at Transfer Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. Loran has been a guest artist and speaker at OCAD University.

Matthew Williamson examines the cohesion between the Internet and so-called real life. While working in a broad range of formats from print to video, websites to electronics, his work is focused on the humourous relationships we forge with our machines. He is a graduate of OCAD University and received an MFA from Syracuse University. He has exhibited at Interaccess (Toronto), XPACE (Toronto), and has been featured on Rhizome.org

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Absolutely Free is a Major Cultural and Educational Institution Independent Project funded by OCAD University. The complete program for the evening is available on the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche website.

Image Credit: Matthew Williamson

Venue & Address: 
Enter Through Butterfield Park 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Early Campus Closure

Poster with american flags, french fries, painted nails and aliens
Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 9:00pm

OCAD University is proud to be participating once again in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.  Our official programming will take place in Butterfield Park and at the Main Building at 100 McCaul Street.

To facilitate Scotiabank Nuit Blanche activities, the entire OCAD U campus will close early at 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 4.  All buildings will reopen at their normally scheduled times on Sunday, October 5.

Visit Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at OCAD U:

Absolutely Free

Saturday, October 4 from 6:53 p.m. to Sunday, October 5 at 7 a.m.

Butterfield Park & 100 McCaul Street (enter through Butterfield Park)

Come unbind your mind and contemplate the present, where reflections no longer exist in a mirror, but in the glow from technological devices. 

Featuring artists Grégoire Blunt & Emmy Skensved, Aryen Hoekstra, Lili Huston-Herterich, Lorna Mills, Matthew Williamson and curated by Stefan Hancherow.

For the duration of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, there will be no swipe card access to any OCAD U buildings and facilities.  All spaces other than those used for Nuit Blanche activities will be closed, including all personal offices and access to lockers.

I would like to thank you in advance for your co-operation and if you have any questions, please let me know.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Toronto, ON M5T 1W1


digital rendering in a storefront window
Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 10:45pm to Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 11:00am

A Nuit Blanche Special Project sponsored by H&M by 3rd year Industrial Design student, Lizz Aston.

A free all-night contemporary art event.

Coalesce is a site-specific installation that explores themes of sustainability and the global exchange that is embedded within the garments we wear and the textiles we consume. Looking at lace as a metaphor for interconnectivity, this large-scale installation will transform recycled materials sourced from H&M’s Garment Collecting Initiative and turn them into a monumental cascade of lace.

In her work, Aston is inspired by the rich histories of textile production, lace-making and the decorative arts. Drawing from these themes, her work navigates the relationships and residual connections we feel to domestic textile practices and objects. Guided by a relationship to materials, processes and knowledge steeped in tradition, Aston’s work subverts familiar objects and takes them out of context in order to create new experiences and associations for the viewer. 

Through this installation, the artist re-imagines the value potential of common discarded materials by incorporating recycled garments from H&M's Garment Collecting Initiative. As a form,Coalesce challenges the viewer to explore the complex narratives of modern textile production, including sustainable and green initiatives for the future. 

Lizz Aston is a fibre artist living in Toronto. She is interested in bridging gaps between traditional textile practice, contemporary art and design. Aston holds a Diploma in Crafts & Design from Sheridan College (2009) and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. She has exhibited across Canada, the USA, Australia and South Korea.

Venue & Address: 
H&M 427 Queen Street West (H&M Store Front Windows, East of Spadina Avenue)

OCAD University presents Pitch_Patch_Pulse at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 4:00am

Firm to collaborate with institution to create new brand identity

(Toronto — September 15, 2010) OCAD University (OCADU) will celebrate the 5th anniversary of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on Saturday, October 2 with a sensual feast of light, sound and performance in Pitch_Patch_Pulse, cooked up by OCADU artists Bentley Jarvis, Reena Katz and Geoffrey Shea. Torontonians, prepare yourselves for an all-nighter of atmospheric fractals, portals and turbulence.

We take in the world through our senses; our eyes, ears, nose, fingers, mouth. Pitch_Patch_Pulse uses this theme to transform OCADU’s streetscape into an alluring, interactive playground. Bentley Jarvis showcases his narrative, electro-acoustical digital imagery, while Reena Katz engages visitors with an experiment in displaced global protest, called Empathic Maneuver (dimensions not to scale).Through an interactive installation inviting the audience to play “old-timey” music and animate projections using their mobile devices, Geoffrey Shea interrogates DIY culture, inspiring exploration, jam sessions and collaboration.

“The artists representing OCAD University this year for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche are innovative creators pushing the boundaries of performance, interactivity and technology,” said OCAD University President Dr. Sara Diamond, who is also Chair of the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Advisory Committee. “These are deep-running themes present each year in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, an event OCAD University is proud to have been a part of since its inception. Pitch_Patch_Pulse is our homage to contemporary art in Toronto — we wish all revellers a great night, and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche a very happy 5th birthday!”

Bentley Jarvis
OCADU Assistant Professor Bentley Jarvis is a multi-media artist who creates works that integrate visual, sonic and performative aspects. He has worked with choreographers, theatre designers and visual artists for more than thirty years, investigating the relationships between how objects look and sound. Jarvis’s process begins with the building of highly resonant structures, for which he then composes electro-acoustic music, which is intended to be played on the structures. His installations often feature multiple monitors that portray the visual aspects of the music, creating slowly evolving digital paintings, with sound. Jarvis’s performance videos often feature one or more live musicians interacting with the video. Jarvis has been teaching electro-acoustics at OCADU for the last 27 years.

Reena Katz
2010 OCADU Integrated Media medal winner Reena Katz is a multi-media artist guided by a deep love of collaboration. Her inventive compositions, installations and performances explore themes of gender, ethnicity, migration and anachronism, making constant reference to collectivity and oral archive. Using recorded sound, handmade electronics, wood and performance, her works often take the form of film, video, poetry and dance. Katz’s works have been exhibited at galleries, festivals and have played on international radio in Toronto, Montreal, New York and Berlin.

Empathic Maneuver (dimensions not to scale) renovates a standard parking booth into an improvised recording studio for telepresent rabble-rousing. Katz invites the public to join her via video conference and select from an array of protest chants from the US/Mexico border wall, and the Separation Wall in Palestine. Participants then rehearse and mimic their chosen chants, learning their inflections and emotions as if they were song lyrics. This displaced duet becomes a lament against architectures of power, and a moment of empathic democratization. Through cover and spectacle, Empathic Maneuver (dimensions not to scale) brings the passions, questions and concerns of civil societies across the planet to the parking corridor between OCAD and the AGO.

Geoffrey Shea
OCADU Assistant Professor Geoffrey Shea is a media artist, designer, musician and researcher focused on mobile and locative cultural content delivery and the creation of new wireless hardware and software platforms. His related research interests include sound, music, co-creation, network access and assistive communication technologies. He is a lead researcher in OCADU’s Mobile Experience Lab, where he recently completed Portage, a major research and development project with support from the Department of Canadian Heritage.

A pioneering media producer, Shea’s credits include Monster Home, the first interactive, feature-length movie for the Web. His artwork, principally in installation and video, has been presented internationally and is represented in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Museum of Modern Art. As well as producing, Shea curates and writes about art and new media, most recently as a regular programmer for the Fabulous Festival of Fringe Film. Shea has taught new and emerging media for artists and designers at OCADU since 1986.

Pitch_Patch_Pulse at OCAD University
Part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
Saturday, October 2, 6:57 p.m. to sunrise

OCAD University
McCaul Street, from Dundas to Grange Road, Toronto
416-977-6000 | www.ocad.ca

Pitch_Patch_Pulse Programmer: Caroline Seck Langill, Associate Dean, Faculty of Art
Event Manager: Jeff Zoeller, Manager, Outreach Events, Marketing & Communications

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The 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. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

OCAD University presents Future Forward at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

Monday, September 12, 2011 - 4:00am

Exhibition part of university’s 135th anniversary celebration(Toronto—September 12, 2011) OCAD University presents Future Forward as part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on Saturday, October 1, celebrating the university's 135th anniversary by looking backward into the future.

Poised to nurture creative thinkers with a forward-thinking outlook, OCAD U commemorates that visionary spirit by reflecting on what was and what could be. The installations in Future Forward reclaim an imaginative realm once reserved for fantasy as they negotiate technology's integration into the fabric of society. These sci-fi and cinematic propositions of an imagined future investigate the permeable boundaries between nature and technology, myth and tool, history and potential. What will tomorrow bring: techno lust or future shock? Future Forward provides a timely contemplation in keeping with OCAD University's 135th anniversary. What might the future be in the year 2146?

Future Forward features works by Philippe Blanchard (Canada), H2.0 Collective (OCAD U students Loretta Faveri, Christopher Holborn, Joanne Jin, and Michael Vaughn); Louise Noguchi (Canada); and Kelly Richardson (United Kingdom), on Saturday, October 1, 6:59 p.m. to sunrise. Future Forward is curated by OCAD U's 2011 Curatorial Practice medal winning graduate Farah Yusuf.

"For 135 years OCAD U students, alumni and faculty have helped to weave the fabric of Toronto's world class visual arts, galleries, media art, community arts, design, digital culture and cultural tourism, contributing to the annual $9 billion of cultural GDP in Toronto. Future Forward makes a playful contribution to our understanding of the future through the lens of art and design," said OCAD University President, Dr. Sara Diamond. "We're thrilled to once again be a partner in Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, an event that in its own right makes a tremendous contribution to the cultural and economic health of the city of Toronto."

About the work:

Philippe Blanchard, Cave Rave (2010)
Cave Rave creates a scene where lo-tech high-tech interface in a mythic time.  A mural features cavemen standing together in a circle to conjure a magical flame. Projected between them is the psychedelic glow of Apple's "Flurry" screensaver. Through this playful juxtaposition, Blanchard poses the question: Are technologies magic as it was envisioned in the past?

Louise Noguchi, Shanghai Dragon (2008)
Enter a space where pink Styrofoam towers act as set pieces to our collective memory of popular culture. Here, Noguchi explores the artifice of the heroic landscape in Hollywood films with forms suggestive of Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine or the stalagmites of Superman's Fortress of Solitude. Evoking an imaginary land somewhere between the metropolis and an alien frontier, Shanghai Dragon asks us to consider the need to manifest the reality of the film in life.

Kelly Richardson, The Erudition (2010)
Holographic trees malfunction and flicker in the desolate lunar landscape of The Erudition.  In this haunting speculative scene, Richardson asks us to consider the technological landscape and our increasingly mediated relationship with nature.

H2.0 Collective, Human 1.0 vs. Human 2.0 (2011)
Through wearable technology, H2.0 Collective explores how technologies have become extensions of the social creature. In Human 1.0 vs. Human 2.0 the collective anthropomorphosizes garments to embody distinct personalities: bashful, lustful, anti-social and joyful.  By encoding socio/biological cues into technologically enabled costumes, they propose an artificial evolution of the human toward its next generation model.

Future Forward is presented as part of a year-long celebration of 135 years of imagination at OCAD University. For more events and information, visit www.ocad.ca/135.

Artist biographies:

Philippe Blanchard
Philippe Blanchard is a Toronto-based artist, animator, teacher and curator.  His diverse academic background (film production, digital visual effects, studio arts) has culminated in recent years in an interdisciplinary art practice combining animation, installation, live performance, drawing, painting and printmaking.  He also works as a commercial animation director, principally for Toronto-based studio Head Gear Animation.  His recent curatorial projects include Shape Shifters, an animation screening on the theme of morph and morphing in contemporary culture, and Mass Hypnosis, a collaborative installation event combining printmaking and animation.

Philippe Blanchard's animation work has been shown at Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal), Pop Montreal Festival, Mattress Factory (Pittsburgh), The Kitchen (New York), RISD (Providence RI), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington DC), National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington DC), LACMA (Los Angeles), San Francisco Art Institute, Cal Arts (Valencia, CA), Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston), Impakt Festival (Utrecht NL), Center for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), the Ottawa Art Gallery, InterAccess and the AGYU.  Blanchard recently completed his MFA in Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design at OCAD University.

H2.0 Collective
H2.0 Collective is composed of OCAD University Industrial Design and Material Art & Design students Loretta Faveri, Christopher Holborn, Joanne Jin, and Michael Vaughn.  The collective was established in early 2011. They seek to inspire the viewer to think critically about technology and its affect on us as social human beings through wearable garments.

Louise Noguchi
Louise Noguchi challenges her audience with themes that pose psychological questions. Using photography, sculpture, video and other media, Noguchi's concepts confront the spectator's notions of identity, perception and reality.  Her work includes exhibitions at the Power Plant, Toronto, Neuer Berliner Kuntsverein, Berlin and the Deutsches Museum, Munich, as well as exhibitions across Canada, the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Born in Toronto, Canada, she received her MFA from the University of Windsor, Canada and AOCA from OCAD University in Toronto.  She is a professor in Art and Art History, a collaborative program jointly offered by Sheridan Institute and the University of Toronto Mississauga, where she also teaches photography and performance-based art. Louise Noguchi is represented by Birch Libralato Gallery in Toronto, Canada.

Kelly Richardson
Canadian artist Kelly Richardson studied fine art at OCAD University (AOCAD with honours), media studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (MFA studies) and Newcastle University (MFA with distinction).

She represented Canada at the first Beijing 798 Biennale (2009), Busan Biennale (2008), Gwangju Biennale (2004) and her work was included in the Sundance Film Festival (2009 and again in 2011 as her work was selected to represent 5 years of New Frontiers at a special event opening the year's festival) and Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal (2008). She has exhibited internationally at various important museums and public institutions, including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in an exhibition entitled The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality and the Moving Image, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Centre Georges Pompidou.

Her work is represented in the public collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo, USA), Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal (Montréal, Canada), Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington DC, USA).

Richardson had the honour of being the featured artist at the Americans for the Arts National Arts Awards 2009. The fall 2009 issue of Canadian Art magazine included Kelly Richardson as one of "10 artists setting the pace of contemporary art" and Elle Canada listed Richardson in their Hot 100 for 2011. During its 16-year history, Richardson was the first (and only) Canadian artist invited to participate in the International Artist-in-Residence program at Artpace San Antonio 11.1 (January-March, 2011).

Richardson lives and works in the United Kingdom.



OCAD University (OCAD U): 135 Years of Imagination
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The 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. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

Satisfy your appetite for art at OCAD U’s Night Kitchen Under the Tabletop

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 4:00am

A Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Independent Project

(Toronto—September 4, 2012) Hungry for great art? OCAD University invites you to pull up to the tabletop for Night Kitchen, part of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche starting at 7:03 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2012, and continuing until sunrise.

Curated by OCAD U alumna Lisa Myers, Night Kitchen is inspired by the children's story written by the late Maurice Sendak, where a boy dreams of surreal, late-night experiences inside a bakery kitchen.

Night Kitchen welcomes the audience into OCAD University after dark, where artists Cheryl L'Hirondelle, Christina Zeidler and Sean Procyk create works that playfully feed the audience through the systems of the institution and its architecture. Using cooking and digestion as metaphors, Night Kitchen invites a reflection on institutional processes, hierarchy and identities.

"We're looking forward to challenging our visitors this year with these incredibly provocative and engaging works by our graduates and faculty," said Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University and Chair of the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche Advisory Committee. "OCAD University has been a proud independent project partner since Scotiabank Nuit Blanche's inception. We invite Torontonians to come to Night Kitchen to broaden their palate for contemporary art."

L'Hirondelle presents her treatycard.ca net.art project, a work that explores treaty relations by re-examining the intent of the Canadian government's Certificate of Indian Status. With bureaucratic flare, L'Hirondelle's participatory work invites visitors to question classification and colonialism as they are processed and issued their own treatycard.

Zeidler reverses the roles of audience and performer by taking over OCAD U's auditorium seating with her video and live performance as American feminist writer Valerie Solanas. Filling the auditorium balcony, the Turd Choir joins in with lyrics inspired by Solanas' infamous SCUM Manifesto, suggesting we all create a little world of our own and question the status quo.

Responding to the unintentional soundscape of OCAD U's heating, ventilation and air conditioning infrastructure, Procyk creates an immersive installation with light, water and vibration, amplifying and making visible the ubiquitous hums often ignored in our built environment.

Plan your night:

Onsite at OCAD U will remain open until 11 p.m. with its current exhibition, Letter Rip! Art, Words and Toronto, featuring work by Andy Callahan, Hyang Cho, Michelle Gay, and Gary Taxali with an anchoring contribution from Monkey's Paw proprietor Stephen Fowler (230 Richmond Street West, ground floor).

OCAD U's Student Gallery will remain open until 2 a.m. with its exhibition Astral Plane, a collaborative installation project by Nicholas Robins and Christopher Benjamin Speck.

Visitors are also encouraged to check out Museum for the End of the World at Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall, commissioned by the City of Toronto and curated by Janine Marchessault and OCAD U Liberal Arts & Sciences Associate Professor Michael Prokopow.

For more Scotiabank Nuit Blanche events featuring OCAD U students, alumni and faculty, visit OCAD U's online events calendar.


An award-winning singer/songwriter, interdisciplinary artist and curator, Cheryl L'Hirondelle devotes her creative practice to investigating a Cree worldview (nêhiyawin) in contemporary time and space. She is also an active arts advisor, programmer, director/producer, cultural strategist and activist. Her performance works have been documented in Caught in the Act: An Anthology of Performance Art by Canadian Women (2001, YYZ Books) and Making a Noise: Aboriginal Perspectives on Art, Art History, Critical Writing and Community (2006, Banff Centre Press). In 2004, L'Hirondelle was one of the first Canadian Aboriginal artists to be invited to present at the Dakar Biennale for Contemporary African Art (Senegal). L'Hirondelle has been recognized with awards such as the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards (2006, 2007), the imagineNATIVE New Media Award (2005, 2006) and as a Webby Awards Official Honoree (2009). L'Hirondelle has contributed as an advisor to the Banff New Media Institute and the Canada Council. She is a past Smartlab Researcher, KIDS FROM KANATA On-line Aboriginal Liaison, and was a member of the Drum Beats to Drum Bytes Thinktank. She is a member of OCAD University's Aboriginal Education Council, and teaches in OCAD U's Integrated Media program.

In addition to being an independent curator, Lisa Myers is an artist, musician and chef. These disciplines inform her various practices. Myers cooked for many years satisfying hungry stomachs at Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Centre. Her community work included co-ordinating and editing This Food is Good for You, the Enaahtig community cookbook, and designing and facilitating an art and food program for youth at the Georgian Bay Native Friendship Centre. Musical projects include bands Chicken Milk, Venus Cures All and Adaptor 45. Myers' recent research interests include Indigenous North American art practice, geography and food studies related to colonialism. Her MFA research in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University investigated cultural agency and the encoding of food from diverse Indigenous perspectives, and resulted in the exhibition entitled Best Before. Myers has curated exhibitions at the MacLaren Art Centre, York Quay Centre and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Her writing has been published in C Magazine, Fuse, and Senses and Society. She lives and works between Toronto and Port Severn, Ontario.

Sean Procyk holds a degree in Fine Arts from McMaster University, a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University and a Master's of Fine Arts from OCAD University.  He is currently employed as the Sculpture Facilitator for The Banff Centre's Visual Arts Department, where he advises artists about fabrication processes, project planning and installation design.  Drawing inspiration from construction processes, audiovisual light shows, interactive electronics and computer intelligence, he creates immersive artworks that evoke a multisensory experience.

OCAD U alumna Christina Zeidler (Integrated Media, 1997) is a Toronto-based artist who creates short films, gallery installations and collaborative film projects. She is also President and Developer of The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto, where her community-based approach to the redevelopment of the building and business, and the integration of artist-designed rooms has earned her a respected reputation within Toronto's cultural community. Zeidler is also a member of the euro-electronica-pop-diva sensation ina unt ina, and part of the newly formed band Mintz. She has been recognized as one of Toronto's 10 best filmmakers by Toronto International Film Festival Co-Director Cameron Bailey, and was awarded the Best Canadian Media Award at the 2004 Images Film Festival.


About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University is Canada's "university of imagination." The 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. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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416-977-6000 x327 (mobile x1327)

Free John and Tarek

Free John and Tarek
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 10:30pm to Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 11:00am

In conjunction with Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

An installation with projected images of John Greyson and Tarek Loubani superimposed on work by OCAD U Associate Professor, Wendy Coburn.

Coordinated by Associate Professors, Paula Gardner and Wendy Coburn.




Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 51 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Howl, 2013

Howl, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 10:30pm to Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 11:00am

A Scotiabank Nuit Blanche commissioned work by OCAD U alumnus Robert Hengeveld

In Howl, a back alley is transformed into the site of a hunt which is both theatrical and comedic. Central to the installation is a coyote-on-rabbit chase that loops continuously along the rails of a steel roller coaster. Mechanical birds and decoy deer form a flamboyant chorus, dancing along to an operatic soundtrack. A curious blend of clumsy choreography and sights commonly found in the world of the amusement park, Howl offers an absurdist take on how we represent the natural world.

Robert Hengeveld is an installation artist who is engaged in an exploration of objects which are manufactured to represent and replace what is real. Often elaborate and immersive by nature, his installations function as fantasy tableaux, filled with mass-produced decoys and artificial flora. The purpose of a decoy is multi-faceted: it is both a lure and a distraction. Though the artificial world of the decoys falls well short of achieving a convincing substitute for the living world, Howl proposes a campy vision for wildness in the city.

Robert Hengeveld completed his MFA at the University of Victoria (2005) and studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design. He is currently Artist-in-Residence at the University of Guelph in the School of Environmental Science. His work has been exhibited across Canada and internationally with past and upcoming exhibitions at The Power Plant (Toronto), Hallwalls Contemporary (Buffalo), and Mercer Union (Toronto).

Howl, 2013






Venue & Address: 
Bay and Richmond Bay Street & Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario

Fight or fight, 2013

Fight or fight, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 10:30pm to Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 11:00am

A Scotiabank Nuit Blanche commissioned project by alumnus Peter Flemming

Can machines fight for what they want? Are water and electricity really such a bad mix? Fight or fight is a kinetic artwork that responds to these questions. The mechanical performers of Fight or fight are imbued with a desire to compete. Above all, they desire the prize.

In an automated tug of war played out in the arena of the artificial pond outside of Roy Thomson Hall, animated fishing rods battle over their quarry. The ‘fish' is a driver-less full size canoe, pulled helplessly to and fro by its pursuers. The hunters are patient, moving slowly, almost leisurely, biding their time... for the right moment... until their prey, exhausted, submits.

The rules of this game are indeterminate, yet these mechanized competitors stubbornly insist on playing simply because they know no other way. It is not altogether clear who wins, how or when, or whether there can even be a victor.

Peter Flemming is a folk machinery artist who creates electronics handcrafted ‘by ear.’ Recent works are situational kinetic sound installations about resonance, with electromagnetically activated materials, mechanical performers and makeshift amplification devices. Past work has included solar powered lazy machines and hypnotically repetitive automata. He has exhibited extensively internationally and been the recipient of numerous grants, awards and residencies. Currently he lives and works in Montréal.

Fight or fight, 2013






Venue & Address: 
Roy Thomson Hall pond 219 King Street West Toronto, Ontario

Human Sweat Generator, 2013

Human Sweat Generator (artist rendering), 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 10:30pm to Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 11:00am

A Scotiabank Nuit Blanche commissioned project by alumus Warren Quigley

Warren Quigley - Ridgeway, Canada

Imagine, a time when the source of cheap energy is exhausted, an end of the great machine age. On the bed of a (tractor) trailer this float contains machines of the future, fundamental and modest in their construction and scope. These machines are dependent on human muscle to produce electricity.

The human- generated electricity will power a multitude of devices, lighting systems, sound systems and projection systems. There will be lit signage, broadcast sound, and projected film. The content of the narrative will be comprised of collected quotes, emergency sirens, original compositions for trumpet, and remembered conversations.

Borrowing from the Theatre of the Absurd, a sensible/nonsensical, but mainly truthful, narrative to disrupt the flow of spectacle will be presented.

Warren Quigley has exhibited across Canada, USA, China, and in France, Brazil, and Japan. His current projects include Office for Future Modification with Millie Chen at Where Where in Beijing, and Wanna be my Survival Buddy at the Tree Museum in Ontario, the Artists Survival Guide & kit for exhibitions at Wharf, Centre d'art contemporain de Basse-Normandie, France, Beyond/In Buffalo, Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, and Convenience Gallery, Toronto, and is being commissioned for new works at Artfarms in Buffalo for 2013.

Human Sweat Generator (artist rendering), 2013






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