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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 5:00pm to Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 2:00am

Graduate Studies Open House Event

In an effort to make known the remarkable range of graduate programs at OCAD University and the rich and rigorous work being done by artists and scholars across disciplines, the Office of Graduate Studies at OCAD University extends an invitation to the artistic and design communities of Toronto and to all interested in knowing more about what is a dynamic place of learning, experimentation and creativity to
attend the second annual GRAD OPEN. This open house event features open studios, open study hall, demonstrations by art and design practitioners, an exhibition of thesis work from the acclaimed Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design program, and lectures and roundtables on such subjects as creativity, museology and the challenges and achievements of interdisciplinarity in the context of cultural production.

Featuring the stellar and innovative work of our diverse scholarly community, GRAD OPEN 2014 will provide the opportunity to learn about OCAD University’s distinct programs of study, to meet students and talk about their work, meet faculty and administrators, attend open classes and wander the graduate building to experience what is a compelling world of ideas and action. Visitors will also have the opportunity to attend the Graduate Student Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories conference. The theme for this event is “Recombinant Creativity: Temporal Intersections, (de)Historicizing Strategies, and Contemporary Cultural Products”. GRAD OPEN will culminate in a special Graduate Mixer event with food, beverage and music, courtesy of DJ Mary Tremonte of the IAMD program.


MFA Thesis Exhibition: 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Explore Patrick Francis Decoste’s MFA Thesis Exhibition for the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design program, “Dreaming of Bear and Crow: A search of métis identity”.

Graduate Open Studios, Study Spaces & Labs: 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Join our graduate students and faculty for an afternoon of open studios, classes and research labs. Take the opportunity to discover the work of a new generation of graduate art and design scholars and visit our maker space supporting students’ art and design practices.

Graduate Conference “Recombinant Creativity: Temporal Intersections, (de)Historicizing Strategies, and Contemporary Cultural Products”: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Attend one or all of the panels at this exciting graduate conference, organized by master's students in the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories program. Recombinant Creativity will include presentations by graduate and post-graduate students from institutions across North America. The conference will start on the evening of March 6 with a keynote lecture by acclaimed artist and writer Douglas Coupland. Tickets for Mr. Coupland’s lecture – “Anything is Everything” are available through On Friday March 7 at 1:00 pm, attend a special conference lecture by Nicholas Bell, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Senior Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Mr. Bell, an acclaimed scholar of craft and design will talk on the subject of “The Restless Museum: Curating at the Boundaries of Discipline.”

Graduate Open Classes: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Discover our innovative approach to education by participating in graduate classes “Innovation Research Methods” with Professors Suzanne Stein and Stuart Candy, “Effecting Cultural Change” with Professors Jutta Treviranus and Annette Blum, or “Creating Inclusive Communities Online” with Professor Kate Sellen and experience graduate learning first-hand. Please RSVP, at, if you plan to attend as seating is limited.

GRAD OPEN Mixer: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Share refreshments and conversation with members of our graduate community while enjoying a graduate thesis exhibition.

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Studies @ 205 205 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario

Recombinant Creativity: Temporal Intersections, (de)Historicizing Strategies, and Contemporary Cultural Products

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 1:00pm to Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 12:00am

Annual Conference of the MA Program in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories at OCAD U
Fredric Jameson spoke of a “dialectical intensification of the autoreferentiality of all modern culture, which tends to turn upon itself and designate its own cultural production as its content."

Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

Building upon Fredric Jameson’s potent and pithy insight into the character of contemporary cultural production this conference asks broadly about the role of appropriation and interdisciplinarity. Has the traditionally discipline-based structure of scholarship been challenged or changed by recombinant forms and processes of critical engagement?

8:30 AM to 9:45 AM
Morning Roundtable: LANDSLIDE: Issues in Curation and Practice. Janine Marchessault - Sean Martindale - Lisa Myers
Room: 7320

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Conference Lecture: The Restless Museum: Curating at the boundaries of discipline by Nicholas R. Bell, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Senior Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art, Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Room: 7320

4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Afternoon Roundtable: Recombinant Practices. Aleesa Cohene - Derek Liddington - Philip Monk - Christina Ott

Venue & Address: 
Room: 7320 Graduate Studies @ 205, 3rd Floor 205 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario

Anything is Everything - Keynote Address by Douglas Coupland

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Friday, March 7, 2014 - 12:00am to 1:00am

Keynote address of the CADN graduate students' annual conference

The graduate program in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories (CADN) at OCAD University presents the annual graduate student conference:

Recombinant Creativity: Temporal Intersections, (de)Historicizing Strategies, and Contemporary Cultural Products

Keynote address "Anything is Everything" delivered by Douglas Coupland

Please note: this is a free ticketed event.

Tickets are available on the conference's EventBrite site.

There will be a rush line and ticket holders must be in their seats by 6:50 p.m. Any remaining seats will be released to the rush line.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium, Room 190 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

If Walls Could Talk

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Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 5:00am to Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 4:00am

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 6, 7 to 10 p.m.

A juried exhibition of experiential illustration featuring a creative assembly of OCAD U Illustration faculty and alumni

The Gladstone Hotel and curator Leila Courey are pleased to announce If Walls Could Talk (IWCT). A juried exhibition of experiential illustration, featuring work by emerging and established artists.

Discover how artists and designers use illustration and related art forms to transform the hotel’s 2nd Floor Gallery and public spaces in dramatic, conceptual and experimental ways.

IWCT will be on public display at the Gladstone Hotel from March 6 to 30, 2014.

2014 Participating Artists:
Beata Kruszynski | Betty Zhang | Jen Spinner & Hazel Eckert | Jennifer Ilett | Kat Gomboc & Rebecca Ladds | Kerry Zentner | Mike Ellis | Min Gyo (Daniel) Chung | Nat Janin | P.K. (Adam Hilborn) | Sawhorse Design with Adrian Forrow & Tyler John | Selena Wong

2014 Jurists:
Ari Elkouby, creative director, Zulu Alpha Kilo
Diti Katona, partner, creative director, Concrete Design
Gary Taxali, fine artist, illustrator
Jason Logan, creative director, Rogers Publishing
Mikey Richardson, partner, creative director, Jacknife Design
Paul Dallas, chair of Illustration, OCAD University
Virginia Johnson, illustrator, textile designer, and founder, Virginia Johnson Lifestyle

Exhibition hours are noon to 5 p.m. daily

Venue & Address: 
Gladstone Hotel 1214 Queen St. W. Toronto, Ontario

Open Life Drawing Studio

Model on Drawing Table
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 12:00am to 3:00am

All are welcome!

Room 615, 100 McCaul

Life Drawing (no instruction), open to all
Interested in drawing a professional model? These sessions are perfect for people looking for life drawing without instruction.

While this studio time is offered by the OCAD University Alumni Association, you don't have to be a student or alumni to attend - they're open to everyone!

Bring a board and materials - no reservation is required. Payment may be made to the monitor.

Wednesday sessions 7:00-10:00pm

Winter 2014 Semester Schedule

Wednesday, January 8, 15, 22, 29
Saturday, January 11, 18, 25

Wednesday, February 5, 12, 19, 26
Saturday, February 1, 8, 15, 22

Wednesday, March 5, 12, 19, 26
Saturday, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
*Saturday March 1st extended pose for painting or sustained drawing.

Wednesday, April 2, 9, 16
Saturday, April 5, 12

100 McCaul St.
Toronto, Ontario
$10 per session

Venue & Address: 
Room 615 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
$10 $10.00

Glam North: Doris McCarthy and Her New Contemporaries

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 10:00pm to Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 4:00am

Opening Reception & 10th Anniversary Party: Wednesday, February 26, 5 - 9 pm

Exhibition of works by a number of OCADU faculty members

Work by David Clarkson, Sarah Anne Johnson, Colette Laliberté, Angela Leach, Doris McCarthy, Alex McLeod, Laura Millard, Samonie Toonoo and Robert Wiens

Curated by Jennifer Rudder and Alexander Irving

Remarks & Launch of Doris McCarthy Fundraising Auction Wednesday, February 26, at 7:30 pm

Curator's Talk at 8 pm

*Free shuttle bus* departs OCAD (100 McCaul) at 6 pm, returning at 9 pm

Venue & Address: 
Doris McCarthy Gallery, University of Toronto Scarborough 1265 Military Trail Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Wearables Meetup 26

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 12:00am to 2:00am

Social Body Lab

Eric Boyd, Sensebridge

North Paw is a compass anklet created by Sensebridge that vibrates to tell the wearer which way is North. It provides a haptic sense of direction. Customers purchase the North Paw kits, which they have to solder together themselves. From 2009 to 2010, Eric bought parts and stuffed kits for North Paw himself, in his bedroom. In the fall of 2010, he began working with a Chinese company to have the kits made in China. As with all manufacturing, the devil was in the details. In this talk, Eric will discuss the process of having a product “made in China”.

Eric Boyd is the founder of Sensebridge, a wearable electronics company., and is President of, a technology community space.

Alex Haagaard, Designer/Artist

Alex Haagaard is a designer and artist based in Toronto. She received her M.Des. in Interdisciplinary Design from OCAD U in 2013. Alex works at the interstices of science and technology studies, industrial design and jewellery design. Her main research interests lie in the design of medical and assistive devices, in particular, participatory design approaches to engaging with the conflicting needs of the multiple user groups involved with medical things. She is currently continuing with research related to her M.Des. thesis project, and is planning to pursue a Ph.D. at Lancaster University, studying the epistemic and sociological implications of the situated boundary role of medical identification jewellery.
The Toronto Wearables Meetup is a monthly lecture series and gathering of people interested in wearable technology, fashion, wearable electronics, soft circuits, electronic textiles, emerging materials, and other creative and innovative approaches to things that live on the body. This Meetup is a gathering for artists, fashion designers, industrial designers, textile enthusiasts, engineers, researchers, students, and anyone interested in these emerging and intersecting fields.

Venue & Address: 
Room 7401 (4th floor) 205 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario &nbsp;
Please RSVP

Cultural Community Expo 2014

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 5:00pm to 10:30pm

Contemporary Art. Local Insight. Global Trends.

The inaugural Cultural Community Expo is geared towards helping senior undergraduate students in the Faculty of Art consider the various pathways and professional options available to them in the local visual arts community. This special event is also open to Graduate students from OCAD University and other invited schools.

Join us to hear from prominent private and corporate collectors, influential dealers from significant commercial galleries, exciting opportunities for studio space and much more!

How Collectors Collect: Looking at Past and
Future Trends in Collecting Emerging Artists

Keynote: Robin Anthony (Art Curator, RBC) in
conversation with Bruce Lawson (Collector)

Daniel Faria - Daniel Faria Gallery
Robert Birch - Birch Contemporary
Erin Stump - ESP (Erin Stump Projects)
Wil Kucey - LE Gallery
Rachel Anne Farquharson - O’Born Contemporary

Workshops: STEPS Initiative, Walnut Studios
and the OCAD U Student Gallery

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall Room 230 at 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
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The Artist Project 2014 Art Chats

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Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Opening Night Party: Thursday, February 20 from 7 to 11 p.m. in support of the Canadian Cancer Society and Why We Ink

A talk between Vladimir Spicanovic, Dean of the Faculty of Art and recent OCAD U alumni

The Artist Project celebrates its 7th year with another exciting show featuring original works from over 250 top contemporary artists. Artists from a variety of geographic and creative backgrounds will converge and connect with patrons looking to get a glimpse of tomorrow’s Art Stars. From seasoned collectors and first time art buyers, to gallerists and interior designers, visitors will find this art fair a unique opportunity to meet and purchase work directly from artists from Canada and abroad.
Discover all mediums and experience special features, Art Chats and docent-led tours. The Artist Project takes place from February 20 to 23, 2014 at the Better Living Centre, Exhibition Place in Toronto.

OCAD Alumni: Navigating The Contemporary World
Vladimir Spicanovic, Artist and Dean of Art at the Ontario College of Art and Design, interviews and engages in a lively exchange with four recent OCAD University alumni to hear what they are doing now! This exciting group of graduates will present their recent work and discuss the meaning of their art practices in the context of our contemporary culture shaped by technological innovations, social media and hyper aesthetic images.

Venue & Address: 
Better Living Centre Exhibition Place Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Charrette: Responsive Buildings

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:00am to Monday, February 24, 2014 - 5:00am

Open to all OCAD University students

Attention OCAD University Students!!

You're invited to participate in a Design Charrette, with other students from design schools around the world, themed around responsive buildings, hosted by the Institute without Boundaries, George Brown College.

This opportunity will allow you to:
• meet students and faculty from local and international Universities and Colleges enrolled in Architecture, Art, Design and Media studies
• sharpen your agile artistic and design skills
• acquire skills on a focus, fast-pace challenge
• learn how to co-create within a team of your peers
• meet potential employers (industry partners and participating advisors)
• you will receive a certificate of participation
• food and supplies will be covered, this is a voluntary participation

If you are interested in participating:
please contact Monica Contreras at
office: 416-977-6000 x2462
or mobile: 416-554-6416

Participating schools include George Brown College’s Institute without Boundaries (IwB), Advanced Digital Design (ADD), Architectural Technology (AT), StudioLab, and Design Management with international students from Copenhagen School of Design & Technology, (KEA Copenhangen, Denmark), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT Dublin, Irish Republic), École de Communication Visuelle (ECV Paris, France ), Illinois Institute of Technology, (Chicago, USA) Parsons DESIS Lab (New York, USA), and the Politecnico di Milano (Italy).

City of Toronto, Metrolinx, Toronto Regional Conservation Authority, GTAA, Toronto Community Foundation, ARUP and CMHC.

School of Design, 230 Richmond Street, East
GBC Waterfront Campus, 51 Dockside Drive, for main opening lecture


Thursday February 20
9:00am: Student meet their team at the IWB, School of Design, 230 Richmond East
10:00am - 4:30pm: Team do site visits
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Lecture by Rahul K. Bhardwaj, President & CEO, Toronto Community Foundation at George Brown College waterfront campus: 51 Dockside Drive, Toronto
7:00pm: Teams Check-in in lobby of the GBC Waterfont campus

Friday February 21 (230 Richmond Street East)
8:30am: Breakfast Provided
9:00am - 12:30pm: Work Session
12:30pm: Guest Lecture
1:00pm - 2:00pm: Lunch provided
2:00pm - 4:00pm: Work Session
4:00pm - 5:00pm: Advisor session # 1
5:00pm - late (building is open all night)

Saturday February 22 (230 Richmond Street East)
8:30am: Breakfast Provided
9:00am - 1:00pm: Work Session
1:00pm: Guest Lecture
1:30pm - 2:00pm: Lunch provided
2:00pm - 4:00pm: Work Session
4:00pm - 5:00pm: Advisor session # 2
5:00pm - late: (building is open all night)

Monday February 24 (230 Richmond Street East)
9:30am - 3:15pm: Presentations, School of Design, 230 Richmond East
3:15pm - 4:00pm: Panel deliberates
4:15pm - 4:35pm: Presentation by Jennifer Keesmat
4:35pm - 5:00pm: Panel presents charrette results
5:00pm - 5:30pm: Cake and Champagne
7:00pm: Charrette closing party, location TBA

A Design Charrette is an intensive, collaborative process that brings together a community of experts and professionals to develop a broad range of ideas and innovative solutions around a central theme. A Design Charrette that involves the user/beneficiaries ensures practical, comprehensive and implementable actions.


These sites have been selected based on their locale and the ability to enhance existing neighbourhoods or establish new, emerging neighbourhoods that offer unique living, learning, playing and working environments. The sites selected include:
• Woodbine Racetrack
• Centre Ave. Parking Lot (City Hall)
• Bloor Collegiate
• Meadowvale

The above sites each have unique characteristics, but offer opportunities to transform residential neighbourhood planning to create complete and unique neighbourhoods that cater to a variety of users. The vision for these sites should set new standards for neighbourhood development and explore inclusive, mixed-use development models that are flexible and adaptable to change over time.

Transit Nodes:
These sites are key areas of transit intersection, providing mobility choices that enable the flow of people and goods both locally and regionally. The sites have been selected based on planned local and provincial transit expansion initiatives, and the need to transform our current transportation networks to adapt to intensification of urban centres. The sites selected include:
• Kennedy Mobility Hub
• Dundas West – Bloor Mobility Hub
• Finch West Mobility Hub
• Bramalea Go Station

These sites have the ability to transform how people move throughout the region and can set new standards for mobility hubs locally and globally. Each site will explore a unique challenge and cater to local contextual needs while considering its effect on regional mobility development. The sites also offer the opportunity for intensification to create places that can act as “social condensers” or places of exchange.

Preservation Districts:
As intensification of urban centres continues to gentrify neighbourhoods and consume green space, it is essential to consider the preservation of environmentally, culturally and historically significant sites. These sites directly contribute to the identity of communities. They can also play key roles in promoting well-being, educating the public, and maintaining unique community identities by providing attractive places to live, work, learn and play. The sites chosen for this charrette include:
• Black Creek Pioneer Village
• The Guild Inn
• Mirvish Village
• Downtown Brampton

Each of these sites have distinctive challenges that require unique solutions to ensure their long-term preservation, viability and existence. Teams will be encouraged to explore ideas that build off the existing attributes of these sites and contribute culturally, socially and economically to the greater communities and region in which they exist.

Industrial Districts:
As much of world’s industrial and manufacturing networks have shifted to offshore markets in the east this has resulted in vacant industrial districts that offer opportunities for redevelopment as countries shift toward more creative economies. However, these industrial uses play an important role in the economy and should be rethought through a new economic lense to expand job creation within the region. The chosen sites include former and current industrial lands:
• Christie Factory
• Malton Industrial District
• The Hearn
• Heartland Town Centre

These sites should be reimagined through the lens of economic development and social/environmental sustainability to create innovative new mixed land use that address key functions, including energy production, job creation, and identity. Teams will focus on how to transform these often single use lands into vibrant and economically driven centres that include a mix of uses and attract new employees, residents and investment.

Venue & Address: 
Institute Without Boundaries 230 Richmond St East Toronto, Ontario
416-977-6000 x2462