Google UX Talk & Panel

Join us for a talk and panel discussion with Googlers who work in a variety of UX roles.

Google UX Talk & Panel

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Monday, January 6, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Google UX Talk & Panel
Monday, January 6, 2020
10:00 – 11:30 AM | Talk & UX Panel
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM | Lunch & Networking
1:00 – 3:00 PM | Portfolio Reviews
Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers, Level 3, 115 McCaul St.

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) will be hosting a special event with Google on Monday, January 6, 2020

Join UX and visual designers visiting from Google’s global headquarters in Mountain View, California – including OCAD U alumni! - to learn about their summer internship program as well as full-time employment opportunities for designers after graduation.

Registration required. Current OCAD Students: Check your student email for a link from the CEAD to secure your seat for the talk and/or to be considered for a portfolio review.

Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers Level 3, 115 McCaul St, OCAD University

Call For Papers: CFP Joint Panel on Phenomenology and Art

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 11:00am to Friday, January 3, 2020 - 12:00pm


Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture (EPTC)

— joint session with the Canadian Society for Aesthetics (CSA) ―

The 2020 meetings of the Society for Existential and Phenomenological Theory and Culture, and the Canadian Society for Aesthetics, will both be held during the annual Congress of the Canadian Federation for the Social Sciences and Humanities at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, from May 3 - June 5.

This joint panel session will explore the intersection and overlap of phenomenology, philosophical aesthetics from various traditions, and/or arts practices.

More details are included in the PDF attached above.


Yorkville Murals

Saturday, September 14, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

Yorkville Murals cordially invites you to an intimate panel on public art. With the expertise of five professionals in the field and moderated by Taiga Lipson from Olga Korper Gallery, you will learn about the different ways in which these panelists are shaping Toronto’s public art scene, and their thoughts about the importance of public art in our city. After the panel, all attendees are invited to a movie screening of “Faces, Places” by JR and Agnes Varda presented by the Hazelton Hotel. This beautiful 90min documentary shares the creators love for unique stories, visual culture, and public art. This screening will be a great way to finish a rich conversation on the subjects discussed.

Date: Saturday September 14th
Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: SPACES | 99 Yorkville Ave. (2ND floor)

Movie Screening
Date: Saturday September 14th
Time: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Location: The Hazelton Hotel | 118 Yorkville Ave.

Panelists: 5
Open spaces: 20

Venue & Address: 
SPACES 99 Yorkville Ave. (2ND floor) and The Hazelton Hotel 118 Yorkville Ave. Toronto, ON
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DF Talk x Talk Industry Panel Discussion

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Digital Futures work with industry partners in a range of ways from the classroom to student placements to research collaborations. Each year we organize events for our students to connect with industry partners with the intent of building meaningful relationships that lead to future work opportunities.

Panellists include:

- Brittney Oberfeld, Producer, Kids and General Entertainment, Digital, Corus Entertainment and Miranda Madden, DF Undergrad

- Leona McCharles, Customer Experience, Transformation and Organizational Change Management Executive, RBC and Matt Crans and Karina Kurmanbayeva, DF Undergrad

- Vlad Dascalu, Entrepreneur, PinchVR and Parth Soni, DF Undergrad

Join us for this series of panel discussions in which our students and industry partners talk about their experience of student placements. The discussion will identify tips, techniques and best practice approaches for successful placements.

Venue & Address: 
Room 510, 205 Richmond Street West
DF Talk x Talk Industry Panel Discussion

Critical Engagements – Housing is a Right not a Luxury!

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

Critical Engagements – Housing is a Right not a Luxury!

An artist/community talk that looks at the housing crisis in Toronto, featuring the work of artist Rebecca Garrett


Friday March 17, 2017

7pm, Room 190

100 McCaul Street

OCAD University

Artist talk by Rebecca Garrett followed by community panel.


Panel Moderator: Emily Mathieu, Housing Reporter, Toronto Star


  • Rebeca Garrett, artist/activist
  • City Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport), Toronto's Housing Advocate and City Council's lead to the National Housing Strategy consultations.
  • Randy McLin, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
  • MP Adam Vaughan,  (Spadina/Fort York)


 Critical Engagements functions in-between an artist talk/screening, and a workshop to combine these elements to engage the OCAD U student body/faculty and surrounding community on housing issues. The housing crisis and increasing levels of poverty affect all of us. Critical Engagement is a concrete example of artist working with community, for the community. 


This event is organized by the OCAD University Art & Social Change Student Committee with the support of the OCAD Student Union, Culture Shifts and Art & Social Change.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Toronto, ON Room 190
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Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 7:00pm


Three maestros of conversation, central players in Toronto’s underground movie culture, will weigh in on utopia, collective practice, modern versus postmodern.

Panel discussion with: Judith Doyle, David McIntosh, Dot Tuer

Thursday, February 2, 2017

7:00 pm • Room 230

OCAD U • 100 McCaul Street

Venue & Address: 
Room 230, OCAD U, 100 McCaul Street
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Graduate Level and Scholarly Writing Faculty Panel

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Friday, November 18, 2016 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Moderated by Dr. Michael Prokopow, Interim Dean, Graduate Studies, a panel of Graduate Faculty members discuss what scholarly writing at the graduate level should be.

Our Graduate Faculty Panelists are: Martha ladly, Simone Jones, Ryan Whyte, Barbara Rauch and Sarah McLean-Knapp

ACCESSIBILITY: Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please email us as soon as possible so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Venue & Address: 
Room 320, at 205 Richmond Street West
416.977.6000 x4367
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decentre redux: concerning artist-run culture now

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Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 10:30pm

How can we reinvent publicly funded art institutions to better serve their artists and communities? Artist-run-centres are a crucial lifeline for emerging artistic practices and conversations, so how do we keep them vital? YYZ Artists’ Outlet and Onsite Gallery at OCAD University co-present a FREE panel discussion and workshop to collectively discuss the work that’s been done and the work that’s needed for artist-run-centres to continually reinvent themselves.


Director, YYZ Artists’ Outlet

Director, XPACE Cultural Centre

Curator, Onsite Gallery, OCAD University

Artistic Director, Trinity Square Video

Director of Programming, Whippersnapper Gallery

Event is FREE, all are welcome
Refreshments will be provided
Space is wheelchair accessible

Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m.
OCAD University
100 McCaul St., Room 284

OCAD University's Student Gallery has an opening reception of their new exhibition, Escape to Camp CMYK, from 6 to 10 p.m. the same night - check out the show before or join the party after our event for a night of art at OCAD U. 

Image credit: Lee Henderson, The Known Effects of Lightning on the Body, 2014, video still.

Ana Barajas
Ana Barajas is a Toronto based independent curator. She holds a BFA from OCAD University in Sculpture/Installation. She received a MVA, Curatorial and a MA, Art History, Modern from the University of Toronto. As the Director of YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Barajas has managed more than one-hundred exhibitions to date and managed the production of six YYZBOOKS. She has participated in several juries and served on the Board of Directors at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT) from 2003 to 2009.

Emily Gove
Emily Gove is a practicing artist, educator, programmer and Director of XPACE Cultural Centre. Her work is inspired by subculture, folk art, craft, horror and kitsch, and often includes collaboration and community engagement. Emily has worked extensively with various communities including post-secondary students, emerging artists, children and youth, adults and seniors. She has an MFA in Studio Art and her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.

cheyanne turions
cheyanne turions is an curator and writer currently based in Toronto. She has mounted curatorial projects with the Audain Gallery at Simon Fraser University, the Doris McCarthy Gallery, SBC Gallery, Gallery TPW, the Art Gallery of Windsor, Art Metropole, the Images Festival and others, and is widely published. She sits on the Board of Directors for Kunstverein Toronto, the Editorial Advisory Committee for C Magazine and the Education and Community Engagement Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is the director of No Reading After the Internet (Toronto) and Artistic Director at Trinity Square Video.

Lisa Deanne Smith
Lisa Deanne Smith is the curator of Onsite Gallery at OCAD University. Her practice includes curating, writing, community events and art that explore issues of voice, experience and power. Recent curatorial projects include Objects for Listening: Cheryl Pope; Ads for People: Selling Ethics in the Digital Age and I Wonder: Marian Bantjes. She has previously held positions at YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Gallery 44 and the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers. Selected exhibitions of her work include White Columns (NY), The New Museum (NY) and Mercer Union (Toronto). She earned an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, 1995 and an AOCA from OCAD University, 1993.

Joshua Vettivelu
Joshua Vettivelu is an artist working within sculpture, video, performance and installation. Their work seeks to explore how larger frameworks of power manifest within intimate relationships. Recently, their practice has been examining the tensions that emerge when personal experiences are mined for art production, and how this allows institutions to posture and position themselves as self-reflexive. Vettivelu currently teaches at the faculty of Continuing Education at OCAD University and is the Director of Programming for Whippersnapper Gallery.

Onsite Gallery
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University’s professional gallery and experimental curatorial platform for art, design and digital media, fosters social and cultural transformations. Onsite Gallery serves the OCAD University community and the general public. In preparation for the launch of Onsite Gallery’s new location in June 2017, our 2016 ONSITE/ programming imagines and creates what a public gallery can be.

Onsite Gallery’s education program is generously supported by Nexus Investment Management.

YYZ Artists' Outlet
A site of contemporary cultural conversation, YYZ exists to give artists space and support to take risks and create freely. YYZ values collaboration in both our internal operations and our programming activities. Internally, we act on consensus and encourage dialogue. Externally, we engage with other institutions and work closely with artists. Our imprint, YYZBOOKS, is an alternative Canadian press dedicated to critical writing on art and culture. Our mandate is to encourage ideas and critical thinking and to foster appreciation of contemporary Canadian art and culture by producing challenging yet accessible publications that reach diverse audiences. Our objective is to provide a discursive forum for artists and writers and to facilitate new avenues of discourse within Canadian publishing.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., Room 284
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
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Faculty Member Selmin Kara Moderates Panel

Friday, March 4, 2016 - 9:00pm

Sensory Ethnography

This panel explores issues related to affect, aesthetics, and modes of knowing/observation in sensory ethnography, an emerging and increasingly influential trend within visual anthropology based on a rethinking of established ethnographic methods. While it has been in the anthropological field’s spotlight and gained a momentum through the aid of digital technologies since the 1990s, sensory ethnography also took the documentary world by storm following the release and critical acclaim of Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel's film Leviathan in 2012. Contextualizing the trend 4 years later, Joshua Neves’s paper, “Onlooking,” will take up a set of questions regarding digital technologies, ethnography, and media studies. It will draw on research projects and collaborations with SEL filmmakers (such as JP Sniadecki’s The Iron Ministry), as well as a new research initiative—the Global Emergent Media Lab—he is currently establishing at Concordia University. Taking SEL projects as a starting point, the talk will explore shifts or intensities in emergent media culture (including discourses of the non- participating observer, the rubbernecker, the onlooker, etc.). Finally, Joshua Neves will speculate about the possibilities of sensory or digital ethnography for doing media studies (ie: beyond the anthropological and fine arts contexts and questions). Shifting the focus from modes of looking to feeling, Alanna Thain’s paper "Everyday Apparitions: Sensory Ethnography’s Formal Feelings,” will consider sensory ethnography in relation to the affective and temporal turns in cinema theory, specifically in relation to new questions of form provoked by digital media. The paper will ask: how does sensory ethnography as an ethic-aesthetical practice rely on forms of vagueness, ambiguity and intensity characteristic of affective modes of knowing?