Casting Seams

Casting Seams Event Poster
Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 4:00am to Sunday, July 20, 2014 - 4:00am

Opening Weekend: Saturday June 21, 3:00pm-6:00pm and Sunday June 22 10:00am-4:00pm
Exhibition Hours: Thursday-Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm
Please note: Casting Seams is only open at the private residence - where the shards were found on the Histori

2014 IAMD Thesis Exhibition by Martha Griffith

Please join the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design Program and the Graduate Studies Department in celebrating the IAMD Thesis Exhibition of MFA Candidate Martha Griffith.

Casting Seams presents a collection of handmade ceramic plate multiples based on found 19th century Blue Willow plate shards. Repeatedly cast and re-cast, the forms shed light on the matrix of positive and negative space in order to examine processes of reconstruction – that of the plates themselves and of the stories that are embedded within the found fragments.

This site-responsive exhibition takes place at and between two relational locations in Grey County: the South Grey Museum in Flesherton, and 7 km away at the site where the shards were found on the former property of Edward Patterson, an early black settler, preacher, and stagecoach driver believed to have been held in slavery in Maryland, U.S.

Casting Seams seeks to make visible the concealed networks of both the material origin of the remnants and their accompanying narratives. From the earth to the museum context, the shards materially dialogue with private and public spaces – environments where meanings and materials are made and remade – re-formulating old meanings with new objects ‘in situ.’

Throughout spring and summer 2014 graduating candidates from OCAD University’s Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design (IAMD) program will present their thesis work in galleries across Toronto. These exhibitions explore a wide variety of interdisciplinary subject matter and media including, drawing & painting, video, performance, ceramics, printmaking, digital technology, sculpture and installation.

Venue & Address: 
South Grey Museum & Historical Library 40 Sydenham St. Flesherton, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.southgreymuseum.ca  
Email: 
arowe@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
<p>416 977-6000 ext 4366</p>
Cost: 
Free

OCAD U Senate Meeting

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

The Senate is responsible for the establishment and regulation of academic policy, standards, and procedures at OCAD University. In particular, the Senate and its many committees are in charge of all matters pertaining to OCAD University’s academic resources, academic programming, academic strategic planning, student affairs, and any other such matters relating to academic issues.

Membership of Senate consists predominantly of senior faculty but also includes undergraduate and graduate student representation as well as a representation of the academic administration.

The Senate normally meets on the fourth week of every month during the academic year.

Venue & Address: 
Room 8322, Third Floor Board Room, 230 Richmond St West
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/about/governance/senate.htm
Email: 
nnanton@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
<p>416-977-6000 x2856</p>
Cost: 
Free

Let's Get Lost - A Walking/Reading Group on the Dismantling of Subjects and Spaces

Event Poster
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 10:00pm to Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 12:00am

Hosted by Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy

Responding to the proposition that we ‘get rid of ourselves’, this biweekly walking/reading group explores the spatial construction of subjectivity. Discussions focus around selected articles that highlight the contradictory values of individual freedom and private property underpinning the principle of the autonomous modern subject, as they appear in our contemporary moment of neoliberalism.

The belief in the free, autonomous subject, which emerged with 19th century Liberalism, produced the two great modern subjects: the proletariat, a worker “freed” from his or her obligations to the land, and the bourgeois owner who controlled the means and sites of production. While in our contemporary period the clear distinction between these two subjects as been blurred, we call this moment Neoliberalism because it involves of a return to Liberalism’s core principles. Contemporary economies emphasize individual creativity and self-reliance, while at the same time privatizing all public assets. It is no wonder that in the face of this contemporary political landscape, we are exploring new ways of dismantling, dissolving and erasing the self.

The journal Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy has been exploring these ideas for the past four years, through its first eight issues: Property, Service, Materialism, Realism, Currency, Excess, Mexico DF/NAFTA and Incarceration. The reading group, facilitated by Adrian Blackwell and Marcin Kedzior, will examine the relationship between subjectivity and space by reading texts that have appeared in Scapegoat. For the first hour of each meeting, we will walk in the city, discussing the readings in pairs (a technique modeled on the Walking / Reading Group on Participation developed in 2013 by Ania Bas and Simone Mair). For the second hour, we will assemble in the gallery on Adrian Blackwell’s sculpture Circles Describing Spheres to connect the initial conversations.

The group will meet at Onsite Gallery, 230 Richmond St. W. from 6-8pm, every second Tuesday: August 5, August 19, September 2, September 16. Meet at Onsite Gallery, 230 Richmond St. W. To register and receive the readings please email onsite@ocadu.ca

Readings:

August 5 - The Origins of Property in Liberal Individualism
Brett Neilson and Sandro Mezzadra, Fabrica Mundi: Producing the World by Drawing Borders
Shiri Pasternak, Property in Three Registers

August 19 - Precarious Actors of Neoliberal Urbanization
Irmgard Emmelhainz, The Mexican Neoliberal Conversion and Differentiated, Homogenous Lives
AbdouMaliq Simone, Water, Politics and Design in Jakarta

September 2 - Opened by the World
Georges Bataille, The Economy Equal to the Universe
Jane Bennett and Alexander Livingston, Philosophy in the Wild: Listening to Things in Baltimore
Jesse Boon, Kids on Buildings: Echos, Mirrors, and Ghosts

September 16 - Commonism, or Caring With Others
Wendy Jacob and Gina Badger, In the Presence of Another Being
Paige Sarlin, Vulnerable Accumulation: A Practical Guide
Isabelle Stengers and Erik Bordeleau, The Care of the Possible

The reading group will be facilitated by Scapegoat’s Adrian Blackwell and Marcin Kedzior.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD 230 Richmond St. W. Street Level Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/onsite &nbsp;
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
<p>416-977-6000 Ext. 265</p>
Cost: 
Free

Waking the Machines: Assistive Technologies and Prosthetic Agency

Image from Waking the Machines Exhibition
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 4:00am to Friday, August 15, 2014 - 4:00am

Led by Sara Hendren and Sponsored by the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University

InterAccess presents a three-part event series led by Sara Hendren, an artist who develops tools, applications and devices that examine adaptive technologies and possibilities for prosthetic agency. The series starts off with a lecture on art, assistive technologies, and performative prosthetics on August 14, continuing the next day with a workshop on August 15 that investigates the hidden, overlooked, deceptively simple technology of the inclined plane—or ramp, followed by a public discussion with multiple stakeholders invested in using this technology for radical leisure and radical access. Joining us for the the second day will be Ariel Stagni, Toronto skateboarder, skating advocate, and urban planning advisor for skate parks globally; Luke Wanders from the Stop Gap project, a barrier-free, wheelchair-ramp design initiative; Jennifer Tharp, Parks Planner from City of Toronto, as well people from architecture and planning professions.

This special off-site program is the first of InterAccess’s Agential Technologies series, which critically challenges predetermined ideas of an ideal or “normal” state by workshopping ways that emerging practices in art and technology may mobilize unexpected forms of agency. A focus for the first event in the series is given to mobility, urban environments and architecture.

The program is also part of Slope : Intercept, Sara Hendren's ongoing research into alternate forms of wheeled mobility, and the deceptively low-tech physics of the inclined plane as an inherent critique of the vertical-and-horizontal organization of many global cities.

Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher, and writer in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She makes material and digital artworks, writes, and lectures on adaptive and assistive technologies, prosthetics, inclusive design, accessible architecture, and related ideas. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is held in the permanent collection at MOMA (NYC), and her writing and design work have appeared in the Boston Globe, The Atlantic Tech, FastCo Design, and on National Public Radio (US), among others. She lectures in the Industrial Design and Digital + Media departments at the Rhode Island School of Design, and she writes and edits Abler, a syndicated column now on Gizmodo. As of September 2014, she joins the full-time faculty at Olin College of Engineering as Assistant Professor of Design.

Lecture: Thursday August 14, 2014, 4 to 5 p.m.
Workshop: Friday August 15, 2014, 9 to 11 a.m.
Public Forum: Friday August 15, 2014 11 a.m. to noon

For more information please visit the separate event links below:
Lecture: Waking the Machines
Workshop & Forum: Mapping Access and Wheeled Mobility

Image: Song of the Machine, Superflux

Venue & Address: 
Open Gallery 49 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.interaccess.org/event/2014/waking-machines
Cost: 
Free

O-DAYS! Photo ID & Locker Rental

Friday, August 15, 2014 - 1:00am to Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 8:00pm

Service Days/Hours: August/September 2014

AUGUST Photo ID:
New and returning students are welcome to stop by to have their PHOTO ID taken during August.
Location: 115 McCaul Street, Level 1
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

RAD Photos:
Did you have your photo taken during Registration Assistance Days (RAD) in June? You can pick up your Photo ID at the Office of the Registrar (115 McCaul Street, Level 2) 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Government-issued photo ID is required.

SEPTEMBER Photo ID & Lockers:
Location: Great Hall (Level 2, 100 McCaul Street)

September 2 #ODAYS14
(12 pm to 4:00 pm)
NEW students only

September 3 and 4
(9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
NEW students only

September 5, 8, 9, 10
(9:00 am to 4:00 pm)
New AND returning students

AFTER September 10:
Location: Campus Facilities office
115 McCaul Street, Level 1
(9:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Photo ID:
For new students, there is no cost for your Photo ID Card. You must bring government-issued photo ID and proof of registration (print the page from My Records showing registered courses) or a copy of your tuition receipt. Pick up ID cards next business day in Office of Registrar (115 McCaul Street, Level 2) 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Government-issued photo ID is required. (Replacement cards are $20)

Locker Rental:
The cost is $15 (cash only) for both fall/winter semesters. One locker per student. Locks are supplied by OCAD U.

Venue & Address: 
Misc. Locations 100/115 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/orientation &nbsp;
Email: 
ocaducampuslife@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
Event Poster

AVERY KUA AND FLAP WIN COLOURS FOR CONSERVATION COMPETITION

Avery Kua's poster for the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP). The poster includes the text "buildings kill birds."
Posters up in the store
Patagonia store manager Andrea Reeks with OCAD U President Sara Diamond.

First-year design student Avery Kua, and the Fatal Light Awareness Program (FLAP) are the winners of the Patagonia poster competition, Colours for Conservation. FLAP receives a $1000 grant, and Kua takes home a new winter coat from Patagonia.

As part of the competition, 70 first-year students from OCAD U Design instructor Linda Montgomery’s Colours in Context course chose a community environmental organization to feature and created a colourful poster for it. After launching with an exhibition opening on December 5, the posters were on display at the Patagonia Toronto store on King Street West throughout the busy holiday shopping season. Exhibition attendees and customers voted on their favourite posters, and Kua’s poster was selected on December 31 as the people’s choice.

The poster competition was developed by Montgomery together with Andrea Reekes, store manager, and Blaine Van Bruggen, media relations, at Patagonia Toronto as a partnership project. Reekes and Van Bruggen got in touch with Montgomery after talking to contacts at Stop the Mega Quarry, who worked with Montgomery on a design competition last year. The Patagonia team wanted to draw attention to the local environmental causes it supports and suggested organizations the students could work with. Montgomery developed the Colours for Conservation concept, which other Patagonia stores are now talking about incorporating into their community environmental activities.

The overall goal of the competition was to inspire young designers and illustrators to use their talents to communicate urgent environmental issues. “The students have been fantastic,” says Reekes. “We got to go into their classes and talk to them about the organizations and they were so interested in community conservation and sustainability.”

Of course a significant part of the competition was applying the colour theory the students were learning into practice. “Ecological colour research played a key role in this project,” says Montgomery. “It was a natural extension of what the students were learning in class, and at the same time it was an excellent way to connect them to organizations in the community as ecological ambassadors.” Montgomery, who brings more than 20 years of experience as an illustrator to her role, also walked the students through the process of contacting an organization, learning about it and working on a design concept step-by-step.

In addition to FLAP, the student work represented a wide range of groups, including Friends of the Rouge Watershed, Not Far From the Tree, The Waterfront Regeneration Trust, Project Canoe, Fresh City Farms, and Lake Ontario Waterkeepers.

The posters will be on view again at the Green Living Show in April, as well as the Brickworks in May.

Let's Get Lost - A Walking/Reading Group on the Dismantling of Subjects and Spaces

Event Poster
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 10:00pm to Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 12:00am

Let's Get Lost - A Walking/Reading Group on the Dismantling of Subjects and Spaces: August 19, 6 to 8 p.m.

Hosted by Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy

Responding to the proposition that we ‘get rid of ourselves’, this biweekly walking/reading group explores the spatial construction of subjectivity. Discussions focus around selected articles that highlight the contradictory values of individual freedom and private property underpinning the principle of the autonomous modern subject, as they appear in our contemporary moment of neoliberalism.

The belief in the free, autonomous subject, which emerged with 19th century Liberalism, produced the two great modern subjects: the proletariat, a worker “freed” from his or her obligations to the land, and the bourgeois owner who controlled the means and sites of production. While in our contemporary period the clear distinction between these two subjects as been blurred, we call this moment Neoliberalism because it involves of a return to Liberalism’s core principles. Contemporary economies emphasize individual creativity and self-reliance, while at the same time privatizing all public assets. It is no wonder that in the face of this contemporary political landscape, we are exploring new ways of dismantling, dissolving and erasing the self.

The journal Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy has been exploring these ideas for the past four years, through its first eight issues: Property, Service, Materialism, Realism, Currency, Excess, Mexico DF/NAFTA and Incarceration. The reading group, facilitated by Adrian Blackwell and Marcin Kedzior, will examine the relationship between subjectivity and space by reading texts that have appeared in Scapegoat. For the first hour of each meeting, we will walk in the city, discussing the readings in pairs (a technique modeled on the Walking / Reading Group on Participation developed in 2013 by Ania Bas and Simone Mair). For the second hour, we will assemble in the gallery on Adrian Blackwell’s sculpture Circles Describing Spheres to connect the initial conversations.

The group will meet at Onsite Gallery, 230 Richmond St. W. from 6-8pm, every second Tuesday: August 5, August 19, September 2, September 16. Meet at Onsite Gallery, 230 Richmond St. W. To register and receive the readings please email onsite@ocadu.ca

Readings:

August 5 - The Origins of Property in Liberal Individualism
Brett Neilson and Sandro Mezzadra, Fabrica Mundi: Producing the World by Drawing Borders
Shiri Pasternak, Property in Three Registers

August 19 - Precarious Actors of Neoliberal Urbanization
Irmgard Emmelhainz, The Mexican Neoliberal Conversion and Differentiated, Homogenous Lives
AbdouMaliq Simone, Water, Politics and Design in Jakarta

September 2 - Opened by the World
Georges Bataille, The Economy Equal to the Universe
Jane Bennett and Alexander Livingston, Philosophy in the Wild: Listening to Things in Baltimore
Jesse Boon, Kids on Buildings: Echos, Mirrors, and Ghosts

September 16 - Commonism, or Caring With Others
Wendy Jacob and Gina Badger, In the Presence of Another Being
Paige Sarlin, Vulnerable Accumulation: A Practical Guide
Isabelle Stengers and Erik Bordeleau, The Care of the Possible

The reading group will be facilitated by Scapegoat’s Adrian Blackwell and Marcin Kedzior.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite [at] OCAD 230 Richmond St. W. Street Level Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/onsite &nbsp;
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
<p>416-977-6000 Ext. 265</p>
Cost: 
Free

O-DAYS! International Welcome

Event Poster
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

A Welcome Reception for International Students

New International Students should make plans to attend this special welcome! It will be a great opportunity to make new friends, ask questions and get advice. Watch your email for details. Current international students are encouraged to attend as Welcome Ambassadors.

Refreshments will be served. Watch your email for details.

Note:
ACCESSIBILITY:
Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please make a notation in the appropriate field in the online RSVP form and submit it prior to August 22, 2014 so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

FOOD:
Lunch and snacks will be provided at O-DAYS!
It is your responsibility to email us and notify us of any allergies or dietary restrictions so that we may do our best to accommodate you. Please do so at your earliest convenience, no later than August 22, 2014.

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Please be advised that OCAD U hosted events may be documented through photographs and video. These images may be used by the university for promotional, advertising, and educational purposes. By participating in our events, both on campus and off-site, you consent to allowing OCAD U to document and use your image and likeness. However, if you do not want us to use a photo or video of you, please don’t hesitate to let us know when you arrive at the event. You’re also welcome to get in touch with OCAD U’s Campus Life office.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone Level 1, 113 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/orientation
Email: 
ocaducampuslife@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free

UAAC Conference 2014

Event Poster
Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 4:00am

Universities Art Association of Canada Conference hosted by OCAD University

Sessions are encouraged that explore - within any geographical and temporal context - issues from the full range of scholarship in the visual arts including art history, visual and material culture, creative practices and research in studio art, design practices and research, theory and criticism, pedagogy, and museum and gallery practices.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.uaac-aauc.com/en/conference
Cost: 
Free

AGO First Thursdays

Event Poster
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 11:00pm to Friday, September 5, 2014 - 3:30am

With OCAD U 2013 and 2014 Scultpure/Installation Medal Winners Shannon Lea Doyle and Alex Beriault

On September 4, Toronto’s most popular cultural night returns with a special celebration of the exhibition Alex Colville. Join us and headliner Bry Webb, frontman of the newly reunited band The Constantines, to celebrate this extraordinary exhibition, featuring more than 100 works by the internationally renowned Canadian icon, marking the largest exhibition of the late artist’s work to date.

Experience one-night-only artist projects and performances, stimulating tours and talks, as well as an interactive opportunity to engage with Colville’s oddly familiar scenes in surprising ways. The night will feature performances from contemporary dancer Katie Ewald, musician/artist Tor Lukasik-Foss, as well artists Alex Beriault and Shannon Lea Doyle who will present a three hour durational performance. Want some expert, on-the-spot info on Colville? The night will also feature Pop-up speakers including the exhibition’s curator Andrew Hunter, artist Simone Jones, academic Amy Lavander Harris and AGO Associate Curator Georgiana Uhlyarik.

In addition to Bry, the musical lineup also includes The Weather Station, result of our partnership with SappyFest, the beloved music festival in Colville’s adopted hometown of Sackville, New Brunswick, as well as DJ Leon Taheny.

Plus, one of the most talked about destinations at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, Grolsch Open House, brings its creative spirit to AGO First Thursdays. Featuring a performance by River Tiber, this dynamic Grolsch Open House teaser will take place in AGO's Galleria Italia, and will also include a DJ and interactive art-making.

Of course, it wouldn't be a First Thursday without amazing music from local DJs, the Out of the Vaults exhibition of rarely seen works from the AGO collection, delicious food and drinks, and a few creative surprises!

Tickets for the September First Thursday are on sale now. Regular-priced tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Admission for AGO members is $10 in advance and $13 at the door.

Party-goers can also purchase $22 advance combo-ticket packages for Alex Colville and September’s First Thursday. The exhibition will be open until 10 pm, with the last entry at 9:30 pm. AGO members enter the exhibition for free but are encouraged to book tickets in advance.

Image: Alex Colville, To Prince Edward Island, 1965, acrylic emulsion on masonite, 61.9 x 92.5 cm, Purchased 1966, National Gallery of Canada (no. 14954) © A.C.Fine Art Inc.

AGO First Thursdays Media Partner: NOW Magazine
AGO First Thursdays Supporting Sponsor: JOE Fresh
AGO First Thursdays Official Beer Partner: Grolsch Beer

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) 317 Dundas St. W. Toronto, Ontario
Website: 
http://www.ago.net/FirstThursdays
Cost: 
$10-$15 Admission (19+ Cash Bar)

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