Just the Facts, Ma'am

Tuesday, May 13, 2008 - 11:00pm

Speakers: Darren O’Donnell / Lesley Loksi Chan / Robert Lendrum

Moderator: OCAD Professor Richard Fung

Curator: Serena Lee

Go ahead and measure your truth in pixels.

Ask yourself, in this age of handycams, Photoshop, and reality TV, what counts as a document? Why do we bother documenting? This panel discussion redefines and examines documentary practices, our need to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and how creatively we are doing it. Join experimental artists working in film, video installation and theatre for a discussion on the benefits of lying creatively. All we want are the facts, just the facts, ma’am.

Venue & Address: 
XPACE Cultural Centre 58 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Artist Run Machines, Open Source Culture

Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Artist Run Machines, Open Source Culture is a public think tank hosted by artist activism author Clive Robertson with panelists Vera Frenkel, OCAD Integrated Media Professor Richard Fung, Steve Loft and Caroline Seck Langill.

Together with the audience, this seasoned multi-functioning group of artists, academics, critics, curators and activists will bring their unique experiences in the media arts to bear on questions of the sectors viability and validation within greater social, political and economic spheres. The audience will be challenged to interpret and evaluate the hybrid forms of organization and action that exist in the many territories between the institution and individual practitioners.

Richard Fung is video artist, cultural critic and educator. His video narratives move through individual lives to explore the fateful repercussions of culture and history. The politics of race, sexual orientation and colonialism are central themes in his work. His lectures and writings are on the forefront of arts and cultural activism. He currently teaches at OCAD.

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

Caf' Culture

Keesic Douglas
Friday, January 25, 2008 - 12:00am to 2:00am

In conjunction with the exhibitions Art and Cold Cash and Dancing Through Time II: Traditional Art Forms in a Contemporary World, the MacLarenArtCentre will present a panel discussion on Thursday, January 24, 7 to 9 pm, with the exhibition contributors, including OCAD alumnus Keesic Douglas. The panel, part of our Caf' Culture series, takes place in the MacLaren Rotary Education Centre. Admission is free.

Art and Cold Cash is a collective of artists from the Arctic and Southern Ontario whose work addresses art production and capitalist exchange. The Dancing Through Time/ Zhiibaayaa Niimidwin committee provides opportunities to celebrate the Aboriginal heritage of the Great Lakes Region through multi-disciplinary arts presentations. Representatives from each exhibition will engage in an open dialogue around the making, selling and presenting of artwork by Aboriginal and Inuit artists using the MacLaren exhibitions as a platform for discussion. Specifically, panelists will speak to the following: Is it useful to distinguish the cultural artifact from the art object? When organizing exhibitions, does the segregation of artists by cultural group lend greater voice? When is integration more effective? Is the collaborative process a preferred format for the presentation of Inuit and Aboriginal art or is it a transitional stage?

Panelists: Sheila Butler, artist and faculty in Visual Arts at the University of Western Ontario; Jack Butler, artist and founding member of Sanavik Inuit Cooperative, Baker Lake, Nunavut; Patrick Mahon, artist and Chair of Visual Arts at the University of Western Ontario; Ruby Arngna'naaq, Inuk artist from Baker Lake, founding member of Sanavik Inuit Cooperative; Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Chair of the Dancing Through Time committee and Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Department of Aboriginal Studies and the Faculty of Social Work; and ShoShona Kish, Guest Curator and Member of the Dancing Through Time committee, and who, with Raven Kanatakta, forms DiggingRoots, an award winning Aboriginal musical group. Moderator: Sandra Fraser, Curator, Exhibitions and Collection, MacLarenArtCentre.

Art and Cold Cash
Curator: Sarah Beveridge
On view in the Janice Laking Gallery, Gallery 3 and Lake Simcoe Regional Airport to February 24, 2008

Art and Cold Cash expands definitions of Inuit artwork and imagery. Southern Ontario artists Sheila Butler, Jack Butler and Patrick Mahon have collectively joined with Inuit artists William Noah, Ruby Arngna' naaq and Myra Kukiiyaut from Baker Lake, Nunavut to address art and commodity. The exhibition is a multi-layered creative investigation that connects contemporary art discourses surrounding money in a series of artistic activities and experiments employing drawing, sculpture, sound and video.

Dancing Through Time II: Traditional Art Forms in a Contemporary World
Curator: ShoShona Kish
On view in the Carnegie Room and Armstrong Hall to February 17, 2008

Dancing Through Time II: Traditional Art Forms in a Contemporary World reflects on the evolution of traditional art forms and cultural identity in contemporary practice, and creates an awareness of the scope of work by aboriginal artists and artisans in the Great Lakes Region. The artwork, executed in a wide variety of media, incorporates images, materials and stories that draw on cultural relationships to both historical and contemporary issues and concerns. Presented by the Zhiibaayaa-niimidwin Committee in partnership with the MacLarenArtCentre.

Venue & Address: 
MacLaren Art Centre 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, Ontario

ONSITE/INSIGHT/INCITE: Reinventing Public Galleries to Affect Change

Image of ONSITE/INSIGHT/INCITE panel participants
Image of ONSITE/INSIGHT/INCITE panel participants
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 5:00am

Dr. Andrea Fatona, Graduate Program Director of our Criticism and Curatorial Practice Program and Elisha Lim, MFA (2017) Candidate, spoke at a panel on making public and private galleries more inclusive.

On January 23, 2016, OCAD University's professional gallery presented a panel discussion and workshop entitled: ONSITE/INSIGHT/INCITE: Reinventing Public Galleries to Affect Change.

Dr. Fatona provided an historic overview of the context to institutional arts racial inclusion, through arts council grant programs and the Massey-Levesque report.

Lim spoke about her solution to gallery diversity, e.g. hiring Black, Indigenous and People of Colour to senior staff positions in galleries, art schools and arts organizations. They suggested removing "formal art degrees" from the list of qualifications in art job postings, and focusing instead on passion and a variety of experiences. They concluded with a list of the low-rank art positions that potential employers can look to find talented, committed, skillful people of colour, suitable to more senior positions.

The panel also include Irene Loughlin, a Canadian performance artist and writer and was moderated by Onsite Curator, Lisa Deanne Smith.

Photo credit: Ju-Hye Ahn.

More about the Criticism and Curatorial Practice Program: www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/criticism-and-curatorial-practic...

More about the Event: www2.ocadu.ca/event/12253/onsiteinsightincite-reinventing-public-galleries-to-affect-change



Catherine Heard's "Errata" and "Symmetries" on view at McMaster Museum of Art exhibition

distorted bust of a child
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 - 5:00am to Saturday, March 26, 2016 - 4:00am

Catherine will be representing OCADU at the panel discussion, Wellness on Campus: The University, the Museum and the Health Sciences, Thursday Feb 25, 2016

January 5 – March 26, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, January 14, 6 - 8 pm
PANEL DISCUSSION: Thursday, February 25 at 6 pm, full details below
Picturing Wellness is a two-part exhibition with complementary education programming that focuses on a medical humanities perspective as the bridge between understanding resilience through treatment, care and social action.
Picturing Wellness I: From Adversity to Resilience
Visual Literacy with the Health Sciences
Coordinated by Nicole Knibb, Education Coordinator, MMA,
and Christine Wekerle, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, McMaster University
A didactic exhibition which examines how visual literacy skills may be employed by health professionals in order to develop their observational and empathetic skills as well as various self-care practices. The exhibition includes works from the McMaster collection by: David Blackwood, Blake Debassige, Betty Goodwin, Tadashi Kawamata, Tony Scherman and Michael Thompson.
This exhibition sprang from two collaborative programs developed by McMaster Museum of Art and the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences: Engaging and Educating in Child Maltreatment and The Art of Seeing™.
Picturing Wellness II: Museums and Social Engagement
Michelle Bellemare (Toronto)
Rebecca Belmore (Montréal)
Nancy Kembry (Toronto)
Catherine Heard (Toronto)
Yvonne Singer (Toronto)
Picturing Wellness Part II is not meant to be a didactic illustration of Part I. Rather, it presents artworks that ponder, in broad scope, issues related to trauma, the body, memory, history, medicine, health and the museum. What is consistent, throughout all of the works, is a consciousness of an “impact” on the individual and on the role that art can play in interpretation, processing, or healing. The impact could be either physical or mental, individual or societal. The project examines the museum at the crossroads of healthcare and personal well-being.
PANEL DISCUSSION: Thursday February 25 at 6 PM
Wellness on Campus: The University, the Museum and the Health Sciences
Presented in partnership with MSU Mental Health Strategy
Moderator: Christine Wekerle
Catherine Heard, Artist, Assistant Professor, OCADU
Olaf Kraus de Camargo, Associate Professor. Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University
Anne Niec, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University
(image attached –– Errata, 2006, Pigmented Beeswax over plaster.)


We did everything adults would do. What went wrong? Johanna Householder and Frances Leeming

black and white photo of a young girl
Friday, November 13, 2015 - 5:00am to Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 5:00am

Opening Reception November 13th 6 - 8 PM
Curator Taryn Sirove
Panel Discussion Saturday Dec 12th 3-5pm
With Ian Carr-Harris and Dr. Hannah Dyer, moderated by Taryn Sirove

Titled after a misquote commonly attributed to William Golding’s 1954 novel Lord of the Flies, the exhibition, We did everything adults would do. What went wrong? can be understood as a single, collaborative installation by Frances Leeming and Johanna Householder. In a large-scale video projection at the center of the exhibition, the artists consider adult representations of children in conflict in two twentieth century films: Wee Willie Winkie (1937) and Lord of the Flies (1963). Reworking footage from these allegories for expansionist promotions of “civilization,” the artists put the two iconic protagonists—Winkie (Shirley Temple) and Piggy (Hugh Edwards)—into dialogue. Householder and Leeming tease out a pattern of similarities across shifting articulations of the original literature, isolating narrative constructions that betray the way we as adults symbolically project our own anxieties and ambitions onto figures of children, in these stories, using Western colonial vocabularies around conflict and war.

Johanna Householder has been working at the intersection of popular and unpopular culture in performance, dance, video and intermedia art since the late 1970s. Shaping plundered source material in order to talk back to mass forms, Householder practices her own brand of cultural detournement, often in collaboration with other artists. She recently performed at Performancear o Morir in Chihuahua, at undisclosed territory in Java, and at M:ST in Calgary, AB. She is one of the founders of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art and with Tanya Mars she edited Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women (YYZ Books, 2005) - and they are currently at work on Volume Two.

Frances Leeming's performance, film and installation projects exploring the relationships between gender, technology and consumerism have been presented in Canada, Quebec, the U.S., Britain, Poland and Italy. Her feminist satire film animations The Orientation Express (1987) and Genetic Admiration (2005) have been showcased via film festivals and television broadcasts. Genetic Admiration is featured in Jackie Stacey's book The Cinematic Life of The Gene (2010). Leeming's performance history includes collaborations with Johanna Householder and Clive Robertson and kinetic installation works include Endeavour (2010) commissioned by the Media Gallery, Concordia University. Frances currently teaches Film and Media Studies at Queen's University, Kingston.

Taryn Sirove is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa. Her writing on the Ontario Censor Wars can be found in Explosion in the Movie Machine: Histories of Toronto Moving Image Culture (Images Festival, LIFT and YYZ Books, 2013). Sirove has completed curatorial projects for such institutions as A Space Gallery and Vtape Distribution Centre, in Toronto, Ontario, and written about media art for such publications as Fuse Magazine and (with Erin Morton) Postscript.

Venue & Address: 
A Space Gallery 401 Richmond Street West, Suite 110 Toronto, ON, M5V 3A8

Festival of the Body

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 5:00am to Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 5:00am

Festival of the Body
In the Great Hall at OCAD University

A month-long series of events and exhibitions for the PanAm/ParaPan Am games and the launch OCADU’s new specialization Life Studies on contemporary studies of the body in art and science.

Festival of the Body Part I: Whose Body?
Private Opening: Thursday, January 15
Opening remarks by Dr. John Semple, Chief of Surgery at Women’s College Hospital.

Panel Discussion:
The Festival of the Body: Whose Body?
Thursday, January 15
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Participating artists and curators of the exhibition discuss the show in the context of diversity and representation.
Moderator: Amy Swartz
Panel: Natalie Waldburger, Ryan Rice, Bogdan Luca, JJ Lee, Christina Sealey & students participating in the exhibition

Kit Curry memorial show
Location: January 19 to 23
Transit Space
Opening reception: Thursday, January 22

Panel Discussion:
The Festival of the Body: Athleticism
Thursday, January 22
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
A panel on art and athleticism as it relates to identity, ability and performance.
Moderator: Dr. Spencer Harrison
Panel: Matthew Strang –Academic, Adam Lancia - ParaPan wheelchair basketball athlete, Andrea Nann – Dreamwalker Dance Company

Festival of the Body Part II: Speculative Bodies.
Thursday, January 29
Performance & Video event in the Great Hall and Central Hall, Room 230

Panel Discussion: The Festival of the Body: Science
Thursday, February 5
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
This panel with investigate the threshold between art and science which is increasingly generative for the new specialization in Life Studies.
Moderator: Dr. Caroline Langill, Dean of Liberal Arts and Science, School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Panel: Nina Leo (TBC) – Assistant Professor, OCAD U, Suzanne Ankor – Bio Art Lab, NY, Francis LeBouthillier - Assistant Professor, OCAD U

Sponsored by the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games, The Faculty of Art, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Science/School of Interdisciplinary Studies, IAMD, Graduate Studies, First Year, Drawing and Painting and The Office of the President to support the launch of the Life Studies Specialization

Venue & Address: 
The Great Hall
416-977-6000 ext 330

Social Media & Creative Research

Social Media & Creative Research
Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 11:00pm

A Panel Discussion Between Artists and Information Professionals

How can social media best serve the interests of practicing artists, art historians, curators, students, art enthusiasts, and general audiences? Can the boundaries of social media technology be expanded to facilitate creative research as practiced by these constituents? ARLIS-ON asks information professionals, artists, and social media experts to weigh in on how these new technologies are utilized by information institutions, and how they can further benefit researchers in the arts.

The discussion will be moderated by Mark Pompelia (Rhode Island School of Design). Featured Panelists include Heather Saunders (Nipissing University), Stephen Spong (OCAD University), Eva Stepanian (University of Toronto), and Marsha E. Taichman (Cornell University). For a full biography of the participants, please visit the following link: http://goo.gl/OFDR0A

The cost for the session will be $5.00 for ARLIS/NA members and $10.00 for non-members. Student members can attend for free. If you’re a student but not a member? No problem! Get a membership and admission for $10.00.

Pay in advance using the secure Paypal payment form.

Refreshments will be served.

This event has been generously sponsored by the Dorothy H. Hoover Library, OCAD University.






$5.00 for ARLIS/NA members/$10.00 for non-members/Free for student members

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall, Room 230 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario