Diagrams of Power Roundtable Discussion

Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Diagrams of Power Dialogues #2:
Urban Space, Data, Resistance and Community-building

Panelists: Josh Akers, Alex Hill, Terra Graziani and Sheila Sampath


Saturday, September 15
12 p.m.

Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond St. W.




Join us for a roundtable where our invited participants will discuss their experiences and recent work including resisting gentrification, using data and mapping as a research tool and building community.

Resisting gentrification and displacement needs different kinds of actions including rent strikes, community organizing, sharing information, or building support across locations. Data and mapping is one way of supporting these actions by helping analyze patterns, identify bad property owners/managers and share information (e.g. policy, economic, demographic, spatial). We will talk about how designers, activists and researchers, using these tools and others, work in communities to make them more resilient to bad urban policy, real estate speculators and predatory landlords. We will look at how to be accountable to the residents being represented and what tools, processes and methods have been used to make a positive contribution to these movements.


Joshua Akers is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Urban and Regional Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. His research and writing examines the intersection of markets and policy and their material impacts on urban neighborhoods and everyday life.  He is the founder and director of the Urban Praxis Workshop, a community-led research initiative, which collaborates with organizations and activists in Detroit focused on housing and tenancy issues. Part of this work is found at propertypraxis.org. He is an Associate Editor at Metropolitics, a journal of public scholarship.

Alex B. Hill works to address the impacts of health disparities and chronic diseases through data analysis and community engagement strategies. His personal research is focused on food access, health disparities, and racial justice. Alex's projects and research center on the need for greater community involvement at all levels and specifically highlight the intersections of power, privilege, and race.

Terra Graziani is a researcher and tenants' rights activist based in Los Angeles, CA. She founded and directs the Los Angeles chapter of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, a digital storytelling collective documenting dispossession and resistance in solidarity with gentrifying communities through research, oral history, and data work - and before this organized with AEMP in the San Francisco Bay Area. Terra is a graduate student in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles studying housing as the site of racial capitalist violence.

Sheila Sampath is an artist, educator and activist designer with a background in community organizing. She is the principal and creative director of The Public, a social justice design studio working to democratize design practices for community self-determination; the editorial and art director of Shameless magazine, a national feminist magazine for teen girls and trans youth, and an assistant professor of alternative and speculative practices at OCAD University in the Faculty of Design. Her first book, Letters Lived, was published in 2013, and her art practice explores memory, diaspora, and intergenerational trauma. 


Diagrams of Power showcases art and design works using data, diagrams, maps and visualizations as ways of challenging dominant narratives and supporting the resilience of marginalized communities.

Featuring work by Joshua Akers, The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Josh Begley, Joseph Beuys, Vincent Brown, Bureau d'études, Department of Unusual Certainties, W. E. B. Du Bois, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, Forensic Architecture, Iconoclasistas, Julie Mehretu, Lize Mogel, Ogimaa Mikana, Margaret Pearce, Laura Poitras, Philippe Rekacewicz and Visualizing Impact.

Exhibition runs July 11 to September 29, 2018.


Diagrams of Power is produced with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, OCAD University's Office of the Faculty of Design, Public Visualization Lab, Nexus Investments, Multi Touch Digital and Microsoft.

Diagram of Power's public workshops and research engagement events is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.)
416-977-6000 x456
Diagrams of Power Roundtable

Ka’nikonhrí:yo Gatherings: Indigenous Tattoo Resurgence Panel

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 6:00pm

Thursday, November 16, 2017
6 p.m.

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. W. (Ground Floor)


Presented by Native Women in the Arts in partnership with Onsite Gallery at OCAD University


On Thursday, November 16, Native Women in the Arts will host the Indigenous Tattoo Resurgence Panel with Holly NordlumMaya Jacobsen, and Jay Soule, moderated by Aylan Couchie.

The talk will focus on revitalization, ancient traditions, design, health & safety, technique, and the importance of preservation. Holly will also be giving us a sneak peek of her up and coming documentary Tupik: Inuit Ink.

The Ka’nikonhrí:yo Gatherings connect cultural leaders to the Indigenous community in Toronto. Leaders discuss identity, wellness, language revitalization, traditional arts, ceremony, and history, as well as issues that face our communities such as climate change and the environment, decolonization, reconciliation, and sovereignty. Through monthly presentations, based on each leader’s own distinct nation and culture, the gatherings strengthen, empower, and support our community. Ka’nikonhrí:yo means to have a good mind in Kanien’kéha (Mohawk).


Holly Mitotique Nordlum is an Inupiaq artist, born in Kotzebue, Alaska. Throughout her childhood Holly developed an appreciation for her culture, art, and life in the arctic. A couple of great art teachers throughout high school, (Susan Mason in Kotzebue, and Cindy Yarawamai at Hawaii Preparatory Academy), encouraged and inspired Holly.  Her mother, Lucy, is also an artist and led her by example. Holly attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage and completed a Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Graphic Design and Photography. While in school she also explored jewelry making, printmaking and sculpture Holly opened Naniq Design soon after graduation in 2004. She works full-time as a graphic designer and artist and Traditional Tattooist. She lives in Anchorage.

Maya Sialuk Jacobsen is Inuk from Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland, currently living in Svendborg, Denmark. Maya Sialuk is a Culture Bearer, researcher and educator, with 16 years of tattoo experience. The first ten years of her career she practiced western tattooing, and the last six she has spent solely committed to Inuit Tattoo Traditions. She is co-owner of two tattoo shops in Oslo, Norway, and has 5 years experience from the Norwegian Tattoo Union, negotiating legislation with the authorities in Norway on health and safety in tattooing. When Maya is not tattooing in her home studio, she is travelling in Inuit countries and teaching traditional tattoo methods to Inuit women, or working with research and culture preservation.

Jay Soule is a Chippewa/Lebanese multimedia artist from the Chippewa of the Thames First Nation in Southern Ontario. Soule creates art under the name CHIPPEWAR; a play on words “Chippewa” and “warrior.” Splitting his time between several styles of artistic work from tattooing, body piercing, painting, sculpting, installation work, music as well as his line of CHIPPEWAR war clothing. From spring to fall can find him on the Pow Wow trail selling his art, clothing and other. He has been working as a professional body piercer for the last 17 years and tattooing for the last 13 year in professional shops in the USA, England, Australia and Canada. In 2005, Jay established his company Armoured Soul Tattoos – Piercing & Art Gallery currently located 721 Queen St. West, Unit B Toronto. The studio’s walls are covered with his painting and carry his clothing line and a huge selection of piercing jewelry. You can visit www.chippewar.com to see his artwork and clothing, go to www.armouredsoultattoos.com to see his Tattoo & Piercing portfolio or book an appointment in this Toronto Studio.

Aylan Couchie is an interdisciplinary Anishinaabe artist and writer hailing from Nipissing (Nbisiing) First Nation in Northern Ontario. Though now based in Toronto, she received her BFA with a major in sculpture from NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is currently an MFA Candidate in the Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design program at OCAD University where she is pursuing her graduate studies with a focus on Indigenous monument and public art. Her work explores ideas of colonialism, land and First Nation realities and histories from her Two­-Spirit, feminist perspective. While serving as director of marketing for The Front Room Gallery, she initiated and lead Barrie’s “Who New?!” Downtown Art Crawls as well as several other events in partnership with local organizations. She’s community­ driven and asserts an Indigenous presence on arts advisory committees and juries. She’s been the recipient of several awards including “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture” through the International Sculpture Center and the Inaugural Barbara Laronde Award from Native Women in the Arts. Most recently, Aylan won a Premier’s Award through Ontario Colleges which allowed her to create and establish a 5 year scholarship in support of single Indigenous mothers excelling in a post­-secondary program at Georgian College.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery at OCAD U (199 Richmond St. W.)
416-977-6000 x456
Ka’nikonhrí:yo Gatherings: Indigenous Tattoo Resurgence Panel

ONSITE/onward: Art/Design and Public Spaces Panel Talk

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 10:30pm to Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 12:00am

What role does public art and design play in our everyday urban experience? Join us for a conversation on art/design and public spaces, presented by Onsite Gallery in partnership with Design Exchange.


Nicole Beno (graphic designer and visual artist)
Karen Carter (Executive Director of the Myseum of Toronto)
Shawn Micallef (author and weekly columnist at the Toronto Star)
Ala Roushan (OCAD U Assistant Professor, Faculty of Design)
with Nina Boccia as moderator (Director of Programs at Design Exchange)

Tuesday, April 5, 6:30 p.m.
100 McCaul St.
Auditorium, Room 190

Event is FREE, all are welcome
Space is wheelchair accessible

This talk formally launches a public work by Nicole Beno that celebrates Onsite Gallery’s upcoming move. View Beno’s larger-than-life vinyl mural on the window façade of 230 Richmond St. W., directly across from the gallery’s new location. From April 2016 to May 2017. Curated by Linda Columbus.

Nicole Beno
Nicole Beno is a graphic designer and visual artist from Toronto, working with bold colours, layers and screen printed compositions. Her playful process combines hand drawings, materials, and textures with computer generated illustrations to form a unique graphic style.

Onsite Gallery is pleased to present a public non-commercial graphic design vinyl work installed on the two-storey street-level exterior window surface of 230 Richmond St. W. – the former site of Onsite Gallery which directly faces the gallery’s future location across the street at 199 Richmond St. W.

Karen Carter
Karen Carter is the Executive Director of the Myseum of Toronto an innovative approach to the museum experience, and a new way to experience Toronto’s natural spaces, cultures, history, archaeology and architecture. She has over 20 years experience working and volunteering in a variety of cultural and educational settings in Toronto. She is the co-founder and Chair of Black Artists’ Networks Dialogue (BAND), an organization dedicated to the promotion of Black arts and culture in Canada and abroad. Karen is also the Program Coordinator and faculty member for the Culture and Heritage Site Management program at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre.

Shawn Micallef
Shawn Micallef is the author of The Trouble With Brunch: Work, Class, & the Pursuit of Leisure, Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto and Full Frontal TO (nominated for the 2013 Toronto Book Award), a weekly columnist at the Toronto Star, and a senior editor and co-owner of the independent, Jane Jacobs Prize–winning magazine Spacing.  Shawn teaches at the University of Toronto and was a 2011-2012 Canadian Journalism Fellow at University of Toronto’s Massey College. In 2002, while a resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab, he co-founded [murmur], the location-based mobile phone documentary project that has spread to over 20 cities globally. Shawn is the Toronto Public Library’s urban-focused Writer in Residence until December 2013.

Ala Roushan
Ala Roushan is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University and a Ph.D. candidate at the European Graduate School focused on Philosophy, Art & Critical Thought of the Digital. She is engaged in speculative design research, writing, curatorial practice and teaching through which she explores the boundaries of design, art and architecture. She is the co-curator/co-director of flip project space, a curatorial project for contemporary art based in Napoli, Italy. Through exhibitions and printed publications flip addresses various aspects of contemporary artistic practice by reevaluating the intricate networks between object, content, concept, form and space.

Nina Boccia
Nina Boccia is the Director of Programs at Design Exchange, Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage. Nina was previously the Managing Editor at Designlines magazine, Toronto’s ultimate guide to design, and the Associate Editor of Azure magazine, where she wrote about design and architecture. She has interviewed some of contemporary design and architecture’s leading talents including Stefan Sagmeister, Philippe Starck, Rem Koolhaas, and Patrizia Moroso.

Onsite Gallery
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University’s public gallery and experimental curatorial platform for art, design and digital media, fosters social and cultural transformations. In preparation for the launch of Onsite Gallery’s new location in May 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.

Design Exchange
Design Exchange, a not-for-profit museum funded by its members and donors, is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to the pursuit of design excellence and preservation of design heritage. At the crossroads of multiple disciplines, their programs are curated to reflect the popular zeitgeist and contemporary culture while demonstrating the relevance and importance of design to everyday life. DX is committed to delivering accessible design experiences and education and it aims to provide the tools necessary to connect design learning to the ordinary and extraordinary. 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University’s Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Room 190
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Art/Design and Public Spaces Poster