The Futurelab Concert

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Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 7:00pm

Futurelab: Arraymusic announces new support for its Young Composers' Workshop & Concert with OCAD University, RBC, and The McLean Foundation

Arraymusic celebrates five world premieres of electronic works written by emerging composers with original visuals for projection by OCAD University digital visual students as the culmination the 27th Annual YCWC

For the first time ever Arraymusic’s FUTURELAB: Young Composers’ Workshop and Concert (YCWC) combines contemporary music with video art thanks to a new initiative launched with the Ontario College of Art and Design University.
The five composers and six OCAD U students selected to participate as part of Array’s annual Call for Applications will work intensively with Array Ensemble percussionist/Workshop Leader Rick Sacks throughout May to create new works for a concert on Saturday, May 30th (3PM at The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave., Toronto, ON).
This year, Array’s workshop concentrates on works for the MalletKat, a 4-octave midi mallet keyboard instrument. The OCAD U students will collaborate with the composers to create digital videos to accompany their music’s world premieres. Array’s workshop is designed to give composers the chance to experiment and try new things and opportunity to hear their works in progress, as well as to make changes in consultation with the performers and workshop director as they freely develop their work. Weekly seminars enable the composers to share their previous works, hear guest mentors speak about their work, and discuss all aspects of composition. This year, Rick Sacks gives an intensive percussion workshop.
About The Video Artists
Nicole Del Medico is an Integrated Media Student studying at OCAD U, currently entering her 5th year of study. Her interests include animation and interactive media, such as video games and sonic arts. “While my work can sometimes be very light hearted in nature and family friendly, I also produce works of art that are politically charged with the hope of making viewers contemplate the messages delivered to perhaps change their outlooks, behavior, or views. I have created numerous artworks that aim to raise awareness of serious mental issues such as PTSD as well as ‘cyber-bullying’ that occur in virtual spaces and the presence of the military in entertainment products such as video games. Conceptually, my artworks focus on creating narrative experiences that have no spoken dialogue, thus placing the creative restraint where animated characters can only express themselves through action and where audio and sound design becomes even more crucial.”
Nicole’s interests range from audio, animation, scriptwriting, programming, and video game design, processing and editing audio in Max/MSP, Adobe Audition, as well as Cubase.
“I am very familiar with the Adobe Suite and excel particularly with Photoshop, where I create traditional 2D animations as well as digital puppets, and After Effects, where I construct my animated scenes or rig and animate my digital puppets. I am also very familiar with 3D Studio Max and have created 3D animations with my own characters that I have created and rigged. Recently, I learned how to use various 2D and 3D video game engines such as Stencyl and Unity and learned the appropriate scripting languages associated with such game engines such as C# and Javascript. I am currently investigating the integration of Max/Msp and Unity in order to create a dynamic interactive musical game where musical instrumental input (MIDI or otherwise) influences the environment or perhaps even gameplay or gameplay mechanics in a virtual world created with the Unity game engine.”
Nathan Piquette-Miller plays guitar and piano and is knowledgeable in electronic music software and sound design. He interested in anything, which contains the moving image, illustration and animation. “I am hoping we can create a harmonious audiovisual experience that is clean, strong, and captivating. I am very excited to be working together with this team on the Arraymusic project. I find that the synthesis of audio and visual artwork creates an immersive artistic experience, and hopefully we can accomplish that in our design.”
Colin Rosati is a Toronto based multimedia artist. Colin’s mediums are painting, 3D modeling, Max MSP, and audio/video installations. He has studied at Ottawa School of Art for portfolio development program and currently going into 3rd year Integrated Media at OCAD U. He is well versed in Cinema 4D and 3D modelling, animating, and After Effects. Colin often uses Max MSP to interface with the body to interact with installations, engaging the physical body coupled with virtual extensions. Examples of some Max MSP software he has built: Tracking users’ body and placing customized 3D objects onto them; tracking the body and imprinting the position of the body to manipulate a digital screen; and tracking two hands making a 6 VST instrument where the position of a performer’s hands plays this instrument. Other skills Colin is proficient at include interfacing Max MSP, with mobile devices, Kinect camera, Wiimote, projection mapping and some arduino, as well as processing experience.       
His work often revolves around the tension between virtuality and physicality. He explores the line between the two and exploring the, sincerity in a digital context and absurdity of the inevitable transcoding that happens. In part documenting the contradictions as well as drawing attention to the complexity in defining either. He often plays with physical and virtual signifiers embedding these into text where the original context has lost its meaning.
Bronwen is a third year student in the digital painting and expanded animation program at OCADU. Interested mostly in video game development, Bronwen spends a lot of time making 2D and 3D games. Proficient with a good chunk of the Adobe suite, as well as several 3D modelling/animation programs, learning how to program, and can navigate Max and Unity. “I dabble in music/sound production using Ableton, Adobe Audition, Vocaloid, and Musagi. Basically, I make a lot of interactive art. I really appreciate the exponential progression of technology, and the unexplored potential it brings to art as we know it. The less traveled territory is interests me most!”
Seamus Patterson has just completed his first-year of study. He works with Ableton, Max and Premiere/ae. “Lately I've been interested in photogrammetry and manipulating those 3d models with jitter. Also interested in finding ways (other than midi) to control patches such as motion sensors, facial recognition, etc. “
Sofy Mesa lives in Toronto and started at OCAD University this past year majoring in Integrated Media.
“I am interested in the connection between sound and visuals because it creates a dynamic experience and am very excited to work on this project. I have recently have learned to use max/msp/jitter but know to use Adobe Audition, Adobe Premiere. I enjoy music, films, collages, drawings and colours.”

Venue & Address: 
The Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. 2nd floor, Toronto, ON M6J 3W3  

Driving Desired Futures: Michael Shamiyeh

Michael Shamiyeh
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 9:30pm to 11:30pm

Can the study of innovation lead to universal principals that apply across fields as diverse as architecture, automotive and media design?

Innovation thought leader Michael Shamiyeh will discuss insights from his broad base of practice and theory, including his collaboration with iconic automotive brand Porsche, ongoing work with Kodak, and selected work from his international research and consulting centre, DOM Research Lab (Design-Organisation-Media), whose recent publications include Creating Desired Futures and Driving Desired Futures. Join us for this intimate and interactive seminar. 

Michael Shamiyeh is founder and head professor of the Design Organization Media Research Lab (DOM) and CEO of Shamiyeh Associates, an operative unit for creating desired futures. He studied strategic management and architectural design (at Harvard and St. Gallen) and has published in many international journals, books, and popular media.The work of Michael and his team has won numerous awards including the World Intellectual Property Organization 2010 Gold Medal for Best Invention and the Austrian Ministry of Science 2009 Innovation Prize. Learn more on Michael at 

Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) is a centre for research and innovation at OCAD University. sLab integrates applied research, professional engagement, education and skills development to assist private, public, and not-for-profit organizations attain their goals. sLab trans-disciplinary teams draw on the growing SFI community of researchers and practitioners, design and business professionals, teachers and students, who are passionate about creative economies and sustainable futures

Venue & Address: 
Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab), OCAD University  205 Richmond St. West at Duncan St., Suite 410, Toronto

Jammers! An Inclusive Game Jam Workshop

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 2:30pm to 9:30pm

Twine is a radical game authorship tool harnessed by the independent games community for making expressive, experimental, and socially conscious text-based games. This inclusive Game Jam deploys Twine as an innovative method for interactive storytelling in a 7-hour, hands-on workshop. Jammers design interactive stories, choose-your-own adventure games, and e-poetry in order to explore digital game authorship as a creative medium of expression.

A Game Jam Story: Designing expressive games with Twine

Each jammer develops a game using the Twine 2.0 freeware. Participants will gain basic proficiency in the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical dimensions of text-based game authorship and its markup and scripting languages: HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Upon completion of games, jammers are invited to playtest each other’s games and upload and share their creations online. This workshop will accommodate the accessibility needs of jammers.

Game jam theme: Jammers are invited to interpret and creatively translate the game jam’s theme into their games: What strange world and untold coincidences.

Total workshop participants: 10

Experience level and requirements: No prior game development, programming or graphic design skills are required. We will supply laptops, unless you prefer to bring your own.

Facilitator: Sandra Danilovic, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

Learning outcomes:

  • Detailed understanding of text-based Twine game development including basic proficiency in HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • Basic proficiency in conceptual, aesthetic and technical dimensions of text-based game design and development (ex: game idea, interactive story, audio-visual design, game rules, player choices and outcomes, etc.) 
  • Fundamental Introduction to creative and procedural (rule-based) experimentation with text-based games. 
  • Introduction to the iterative and collaborative process of DIY game design and development.

IN Series is a series of public presentations, which promotes discussion and engagement on a wide variety of topics about inclusion – disability, accessibility, health, education, culture and the arts. IN Series is hosted by the Inclusive Design Institute (IDI) at OCAD University. The IDI is a hub of applied research that addresses the challenge of design that is inclusive of the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age, including users with disabilities, language needs and various cultural preferences. Through research, industry collaboration, education and civic engagement, the IDI fosters the goals of an innovative, creative and inclusive society.

Organizers: Gordon Waller and David Pereyra

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 49 McCaul Street Participatory Inclusive Design Lab, Inclusive Design Institute, Room 4904,
$20.00 (lunch and refreshments are included). Subsidized by the Inclusive Design Research Center.

The Fortune of Having Been There

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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 4:00am to Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 4:00am

27 emerging artists from OCAD University’s photography thesis program present their graduate work in the exhibition, The Fortune of Having Been There, as part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

The Fortune of Having Been There showcases the work of 27 graduates of OCAD’s photography thesis program. This month long exhibition, curated into three distinct shows by students from OCAD’s Criticism and Curatorial Practices program, introduces the next generation of local artists and curators.

Volume I (May 14 to 24), curated by Tori Maas. This exhibition brings together images and objects from artists’ interactions with space and site, the landscapes they inhabit, and the tension created by the collision of public and private lives. Opening: Friday May 15, 5 to 8 p.m.

Volume II (May 25 to June 2), curated by Sara Nicole England. The gateway into this exhibition is the idea of "doubling." Included works incorporate subject matter that mirrors the "double nature" of photography; twinning, duplication, generation, imagined selves and masquerade are all at play. Opening: Thursday May 28, 5 to 8 p.m.

Volume III (June 3 to 10), curated by Stephanie Peikert. As humans, we often associate ourselves with external entities in order to ground us in our journey. Exploring the relationship between individuals and objects, works in this exhibit reveal the associations, tensions and struggles inherent to identity and self-discovery. Opening: Friday June 5, 5 to 8 p.m.

These events are open to the public and press. The artists and curator of each volume will be in attendance during the respective opening reception.

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 2 pm to 8 pm. Saturday to Sunday: 12 pm to 6 pm

Venue & Address: 
The Project Gallery, 1109 Queen St. E.
Devan Patel (416) 315-1192

Design With Dialogue: Innovative Learning in Canadian Higher Education

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 10:00pm to Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 1:00am

Join OCAD U Strategic Foresight & Innovation students for a roundtable & ideation to explore new ways of learning in the future world of Canadian higher education. 

April's DwD is convened by a graduate student-led panel from the MDes Strategic Foresight & Innovation (SFI) program to engage in inquiry and a generative dialogue responding to the question:

What new ways of learning, particularly in higher education, will Canadians need to thrive in an evolving society and labour market?

The roundtable and dialogue contributes to Imagining Canada's Future, the strategic development of next-generation social science for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) with the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS). Our question is one of their key Future Challenge Areas.
OCAD U faculty and students, as well as members of DwD community are encouraged to attend and participate in the dialogue. A limited number of seats will be available, please RSVP to reserve your spot. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Parts of the event will be captured through images and video. By registering to attend this event you are consenting to the use of the media for productions related to the event. Please contact the organizers if this is a concern.

Hosted by the SFI Dialogue Team

Inessa Chapira
Christina Doyle
Maggie Greyson
Conor Holler
Goran Matic
Corey Norman
Adrienne Pacini
Sheldon Pereira
Patrick Robinson
Peter Scott
Jacqueline To
Ryan Voison
George Wang
and faculty advisors Peter Jones and Greg van Alstyne


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

Level Up: Student Games Showcase 2015

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 9:00pm to Friday, April 3, 2015 - 2:00am

Over 2,000 gamers, developers and industry recruiters are expected at the fifth annual Level Up Showcase. Held at the Design Exchange, it features 80 projects from 16 different institutions across Ontario, including students from OCAD University’s Digital Futures program. The event spotlights the most talented students in design, animation and computer science programs from colleges and universities across Ontario. The games incorporate the latest technology and gaming platforms, from motion sensors to virtual reality devices and beyond.

Last year, OCAD U teams won the Artistic Achievement and People’s Choice awards.

The showcase has become the biggest event in Toronto for gamers, recruiters and media to get the inside scoop on emerging talent in game development. The evening is cohosted and organized by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), University of Toronto, OCAD University and Algonquin College in partnership with AMD, George Brown College, Sheridan College and Ubisoft Toronto.

Level Up Showcase

Based in Toronto, Ontario, Level Up Showcase provides a one-stop shop for industry, institutions, and students to network, recruit, and learn about new techniques and technologies in the video game industry. Canada boasts the third largest video game industry in the world, with Ontario boasting the second highest number of video companies in the country (Essential Facts, 2013, The Entertainment Software Association of Canada).

Venue & Address: 
The Design Exchange, 234 Bay St., Toronto

DesignJam Toronto: "TrafficJam"

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Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 1:00pm to 9:00pm

DesignJam Toronto is an all-day innovation jamboree – a curated open space guiding more than a hundred design leaders & design learners, sharing ideas, tools & perspectives, to better understand design thinking & use it to address a complex problem. 

Nicknamed "TrafficJam," DesignJam Toronto will gather young leaders, mentors, teams and aspiring entrepreneurs to conceive and develop innovative user experiences and activate ideas to improve mobility in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton region.

Our spotlight will feature great people:

  • Adam Lawrence, service innovation director, standup commedian, & co-initiator of Global Sustainability Jam, Global GovJam & Global Service Jam, the world’s biggest service design event
  • Jennifer Leonard, founder of Brand New Ways, IDEO alumna, co-author of Massive Change
  • Peter Stoyko, Industry Canada service designer whose work visually unpacks urban mobility
  • Matti Siemiatycki, U of T expert in transportation policy, infrastructure, and planning
  • Roger Keil, York University research chair whose work illuminates global suburbanization 

Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) is a centre for research and innovation at OCAD University. sLab integrates applied research, professional engagement, education and skills development to assist private, public, and not-for-profit organizations attain their goals. sLab trans-disciplinary teams draw on the growing SFI community of researchers and practitioners, design and business professionals, teachers and students, who are passionate about creative economies and sustainable futures. 

Venue & Address: 
MaRS Discovery District 101 College St  Toronto, ON M5G 1L7

Stuart Reid: in transit

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 4:00am to Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 4:00am

Reception: Saturday, April 11, 1 to 5 p.m. Artist will be in attendance

The TTC subway at Union Station, Toronto’s main public transportation hub, is acquiring an extraordinary, world-class art installation, which is presently being installed and will be unveiled in time for the Pan Am Games. Created by awardwinning Canadian artist Stuart Reid, zones of immersion is a 7-foot high by 500-foot long richly worked glass wall that portrays the people who “ride the rocket” every day.

The large drawings in this exhibition are based upon small sketches drawn while riding the subway. These works (india ink on mylar) informed and developed the glass project.

Sky Goodden, the founding editor of Momus, writes of these drawings:

Reid’s evocation of our city’s “third class carriage” is rooted in a history that these images’ very line and media evoke—Honoré Daumier, Gustave Courbet, José Clemente Orozsco—and which their nod to both Social Realism and Impressionism implies. However, Reid’s subjects embody a common experience made contemporary. Scrawled with clipped texts of overheard conversation and passing allusion, Reid’s works capture the present moment through language. He circles our intimacy, investigates our autonomy, and portrays the human connections that are both performed and pressed between stations. How do we use the space we travel in order to get the time we need? With his subjects either moving out of frame, responding through posture or retreat, crushed against one another or framed alone, Reid produces a record of the river of movement that happens beneath our feet – one of isolation in crowds, community and class.

Of these drawings the artist writes:

These works specifically reflect on the human condition within urban transit – a world both intensely collective and remarkably isolated... a world where the anonymity of the no man’s zone offers us an unvarnished glimpse into the face, and hence perhaps a sliver of the psyche of one’s fellow passengers. I am interested in drawing that reveals the interrelationship of the ‘self’ and the ‘other’ with both empathy and freedom.

Stuart Reid was born in London Ontario. He studied with Paterson Ewen, Greg Curnoe, Richard DeMarco, Patrick Reyntiens and Joseph Beuys. He holds a B.A. (fine arts ) from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Architecture from UCLA. He is a professor at OCAD University. His many major public artworks include works for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Intercontinental Toronto Centre, Salzburg Congress. His artwork at St. James’ Cathedral was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth in July 1997. He is the great nephew of the early Canadian painter G.A.Reid.

Gallery Gevik welcomes visitors Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 am to 6 pm.

Venue & Address: 
Gallery Gevik – 12 Hazelton Ave. Toronto

Feminist Art Conference

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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 4:00am

Feminist Art for Social Justice

The third annual feminist art conference will provide an opportunity for feminist issues to be explored and communicated artistically in a unique and creative space that encourages sharing, creating and discussion.

Our Vision

The mission for the Feminist Art Conference (FAC) is inspired by attacks on women’s and transgender rights in Canada, the US and abroad. Issues such as rape culture, trans phobia, racism, violence, media and political representation, cultural appropriation, online harassment, environmental degradation and impact on Indigenous lands, missing and murdered Indigenous women, and Islamophobic policies are areas of deep concern. These infringements on our right to agency and independence have been occurring in alarming numbers in our governments, in the media and in our communities. This conference provides an opportunity for these issues to be explored and communicated artistically in a unique and creative space that encourages sharing, creating and discussion. In the centuries old tradition of people organizing we believe that by coming together and communicating about these issues through our artistic practice, that we can initiate progressive change and spark collaborations accross disciplines.

Our Mission

We are looking for multidisciplinary art and workshop submissions including: visual art, film, theatre arts, music, dance, design, spoken word and literature. We will create a space that is celebratory,positive, intellectually engaging and provocative. We are committed to this space being trans inclusive, anti-racist, and intersectional. Furthermore, by providing an opportunity for feminist artists to meet and share their work, we believe we can provide opportunities for networking and future artistic collaboration that can inspire social change and empowerment. We have the vision that the ripple effect from this type of artistic sharing and learning can provoke positive transformations in both our communities and our minds.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street,&nbsp;Toronto

Kairos Social Impact Initiative

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 6:00pm to Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 12:00am

Presented by The Grind in collaboration with the Imagination Catalyst, Student Union & Kairos Society 

Kairos Social Impact Initiative

Kairos Society is a global nonprofit organization that connects student entrepreneurs in the spaces of clean technology, healthcare, and education. 22% of our top K50 Fellows were recently named Forbes 30 Under 30, global partners include Cisco and Johnson & Johnson, and past mentors to the Kairos Society include Richard Branson and Bill Clinton. For this event, we have currently partnered with The United Nations Foundation, PwC, IBM, Red Bull and OCAD University.

The conference will be held in Toronto, Ontario from Friday March 6 to Saturday March 7. Through these two days, you will have the chance not only to meet other innovative fellows, but to connect with mentors that have shaped the entrepreneurial industry. We also prepared workshops, inspiring speakers and most importantly, our Charity Hack Session. During the Charity Hack Session on Saturday, you will be placed with 5-7 other fellows, a charity representative and industry experts to brainstorm and develop projects and campaigns for the assigned charity. We will provide you tool packages and mentors to maximize acceleration. This is a great chance for you to tackle real life problems and explore your network base on your field of interest!

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Great Hall, 2nd Floor
***For the discount of $80 off your ticket, specify that you are an OCAD U student in the application and we will send you a promo code*** We are also offering 10 FREE spots to this 2 day event for the first 10 students that RSVP by Wednesday, March 4 to Tickets retail at $180 each!
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