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Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 11:00am to Friday, April 5, 2019 - 6:00pm

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In *side effects may include four artists negotiate selfhood through sound, performance, photography, textiles and video.

March 27 – April 6
Wed – Sat: 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, March 28, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Beaver Hall Gallery
29 McCaul Street, Toronto


Amanda Kung (@asiandreamgirl)
Alexandru Stratulat (@iseeartsometimes)
Micketty (@micketty) (
Robin Love (@r_e_love)


OCAD University's Sculpture/Installation Program— in collaboration with Abbozzo Gallery, Beaver Hall Gallery, Gallery 1313 and Lonsdale Gallery— is pleased to announce the 2019 Sculpture/Installation Thesis Exhibitions series titled For External Use Only, taking place from February 28 to April 13, 2019. This series of seven exhibitions will feature the multi-media artworks of 4th-year students in professional Toronto galleries. It has been made possible by the generous support of the Nora Vaughan Bequest to the Sculpture/Installation Program and the Faculty of Art Innovation Fund.

Venue & Address: 
Beaver Hall Gallery 29 McCaul Street, Toronto
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For External Use Only poster

Séance with Extinct Species of Birds

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 7:00pm

Séance with Extinct Species of Birds
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
7 p.m.


Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Led by exhibiting artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

Limited availability; registration required
Tickets available on Onsite Gallery’s Facebook page as of Wednesday, January 23 at noon

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa is an exhibiting artist in Onsite Gallery's Winter exhibition, How to Breathe Forever. Since 2012, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa has conducted intimate spiritist sessions. He describes them as follows, “I (and participants) try to contact the spirit world, specifically contact extinct species of birds. The project is a sort of imagination exercise.”  With no images or videos taken, Ramírez-Figueroa documents the experience through audio recordings, visual sound scores and drawings. Séances With Extinct Species of Birds is an ongoing project that prioritizes the supernatural, history, voice and the effect of human activity and climate change on birds, and asks— if we find a new way to listen can we hear birds, even extinct ones?

As a participant you will:

  • Participate in a séance
  • Consent to have the event’s audio recorded, which may include your voice as a participant, which will be exhibited in Onsite Gallery’s exhibition, How to Breathe Forever


How to Breathe Forever underlines the importance and interconnectedness of air, animals, coral, humans, insects, land, plants and water. The belief that everything in the universe has a place and deserves equal respect is the core of this exhibition and positions our relations with others — including the natural world — as active and reciprocal. The artwork invites you to consider a personhood that attentively collaborates and exchanges with all living things.


Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa was born in Guatemala City in 1978. He received a BFA in Media Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver in 2006, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. He was also a postgraduate researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands in 2013. Working in drawing, performance, sculpture, and video, Ramírez-Figueroa explores the entanglement of history and form through the lens of his own displacement during and following Guatemala’s civil war of 1960–96. He has had solo exhibitions at Casa de América, Madrid (2011); Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart (2011); Gasworks, London (2015); and CAPC musée d'art contemporain, Bordeaux (2017), and The New Museum, New York (2018). He has participated in the following group exhibitions: A History of Interventions, Tate Modern, London; Gwangju Biennial, South Korea (both in 2014); Lyon Biennial; The School of Nature and Principle, EFA Project Space, New York (both in 2015); São Paulo Biennial; and the Venice Biennale (2017). Ramírez-Figueroa lives and works in Berlin and Guatemala City.


Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.


Image: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Concrete Poem Documentation of Bird Séances, 2011 to present, series of five digital prints on Epson coldpress watercolour paper, calligraphy by Lester Mead, 20” x 29.5” each. Courtesy of the artist.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. West)
416-977-6000 x456
Image: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Concrete Poem Documentation of Bird Séances, 2011 to present, series of five digital prints on E

Geoffrey Shea performing in: Tethered Together Pageant

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Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 1:00pm

Tethered Together Pageant: Livestream

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 1:00pm


The Interference Ensemble Sauntering Band will be performing in the Holstein Christmas Parade and live-streaming to Facebook and the Durham Art Gallery in a cyber-folk mashup. If you're not in Holstein, come to the Gallery and hear singer Heather Saumer perform a libretto over the live event!

Each musician is pulling a float in the non-motorized parade, carrying a sculpted passenger. Original music composed by Doug Tielli.

The livestream will be at:

The Interference Ensemble Sauntering Band includes: William Bossi, Grace Bridgman, Dave Dunn, Jim Grant, Basha Mayo, Steve Morel, Chris Palmer, Jenny Parsons, Robin Rich, Heather Saumer and Doug Tielli. The Ensemble is led by Tony Massett and Geoffrey Shea.


Generous support has been provided by the Ontario Arts Council, Akimbo Art Promotion and the Durham Art Gallery.


Venue & Address: 
Holstein Christmas Parade and live-streaming to Facebook and the Durham Art Gallery


Quipucamayoc is an interactive art and technology project that merges a range of contemporary art forms – including 3D gaming, electroacoustical music, dance, experimental theatre, and wearable design – to construct a prototype communication network. This network is not based in text or language but is instead embodied, performative, and sensorial.

The network joins two Andean communities: one in Cusco, Peru, the former capital of the Incan empire, and another in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which has a large expatriate community of Peruvian Andean migrant workers. The network is activated through wearable technology inspired by quipucamayoc, the data keepers of the Incan court who recorded information about life in the empire using a complex string and knot notation system which they wore around their bodies. Body sensor arrays, which serve simultaneously as game controllers and musical instruments, are worn by movement artists to co-create live interactive generative narratives, imagery and music. The result is a public performance which reconnects two communities through interactive gameplay based in their common histories.

This project was inspired by the Huarochiri Manuscript, a 16th century written compilation of pre-colombian Andean religious rites, which offers a complex and fragmented narrative structure as well as rich visual and sound passages. Quipucamayoc was developed and presented by a collective of over 35 artists, historians, cultural theorists and technical experts in Peru, Argentina and Canada.

The audiovisual materials listed below are the result of a series of workshops held in Cusco and Buenos Aires between 2012 and 2016, and the final performance which was streamed live online in December 2016. The Quipucamayoc documentary can be viewed here.

Quipucamayoc also produced a series of 2D digital prints on canvas, adapted from 3D virtual environments. These prints were exhibited in a group show of the Faculty of Art Summer Institute from September 18 to 22nd, 2017 in the Ada Slaight Galleries at 100 McCaul. 


David McIntosh Receives SSHRC Funding for QUIPUCAMAYOC
Site-Specific Interview with David McIntosh

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Quipucamayoc es una investigación de arte y tecnología que combina varios formatos artísticos contemporaneous – videojuego 3D, música electroacústica, danza, teatro experimental, diseño textil, sensores vestibles – con el objetivo de construir una red de comunicación que no es textual o linguística, sino corporal, performativa, sensorial. Esta red reune Cusco, Perú, y Buenos Aires, Argentina a través de artístas de movimiento usando trajes como controladores de juego e instrumentos musicales, por lo que los bailarines serán los cocreadores de música, de imágenes 3D y de una narrativa generativa/interactiva en vivo.
La inspiración de este proyecto es el manuscrito del Huarochirí, texto del siglo XVI que recopila ritos y mitología andina prehispánica, reconocido por su narrativa fragmentada, compleja, por sus pasajes riquísimos en imágenes visuales y sonoras. Quipucamayoc fue desarrollado y presentado por el colectivo de más de 35 artístas, teóricos y técnicos peruanos, argentinos y canadienses.
Los materiales audiovisuales presentados han sido producidos durante una serie de talleres en Cusco y Buenos Aires entre 2012 and 2016, y el performance final que fue transmitido en línea en vivo en Diciembre 2016.


This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.




This is Research poster crop for Quipucamayoc, featuring project image (face)
Digital illustration of a distorted face
Photograph collage of dancers performing Quipucamayoc
Digital illustration, a screen grab from Quipucamayoc
Split screen photo of dancers performing while their in-game characters move
Digital image from Quipucamayoc - two figures dancing over clouds
Photograph of Quipucamayoc team in Cusco
Digital image from Quipucamayoc - Incan figures dancing
Friday, September 29, 2017 - 2:15pm
Lab Member: 
David Mcintosh
Judith Doyle
Emma Westecott

Red Slam, Music With a Message: We Are Still Here

Friday, September 8, 2017 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Red Slam in collaboration with the Faculty of Design and the Indigenous Visual Culture Student Centre at OCAD University humbly presents: WE ARE STILL HERE an immersive one-hour live concert connecting the public to a celebration of indigenous resiliency and re-imagining our future together through live music, live art, audience interaction and positive vibrations.

All those with an open mind and heart are welcome, let's kick off a new school year with a renewed sense of purpose and solidarity.


Artist Bio:

Red Slam Collective, a TD~Toronto Arts Foundation Diversity Arts Award Finalist is an indigenous hip hop fusion arts movement formed in 2009 and based in Tkaronto; whose 4Directions Urban Arts workshops, musical projects, artist residencies and audience engaged performances uplift, self-identify and promote unity through Spoken, Lyricism which Arranges Meaning (SLAM). Red Slam known as the #1 Protest Musical Performance Group in Tkaronto has performed in places like: Port Credit, Kingston, Montreal, Ottawa, Hamilton, Brantford, Six Nations, Akwesasne, Manitoulin Island, Victoria BC, Vancouver BC, and New Mexico. Opening for such notable artists as: Tanya Tagaq, Martha Redbone, Veronica Johnny and the Johnny’s, Plex, Inter-Tribal, Kinnie Starr, Digging Roots and most recently Hip Hop Legends Main Source. 2016 they performed at AGO in Long Dragon House; Summer Works in Intent City and Headlined at UNITY HipHop Festival. 2017 they released Right Level a mash-up of lyricism, HipHop beats; live music, and oral telling of today’s indigenous way. You can catch Red Slam next as the headlining opening musical act for the 2017 Nuit Blanche Festival at Nathan Phillips SQ  Sept 30th 7pm.

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We Are Still Here Collective Contributors:

Mahlikah Awe:ri Enml'ga't Saqama'sgw (The Woman Who Walks In The Light) is a Haudenosaunee Mohawk/Mi'kmaw drum talk poetic rapologist; poet, musician, hip-hop MC, arts educator, radio host, curator, facilitator, Director of Programming for Neighbourhood Impact for the TD Centre of Learning Regent Park and TAC Cultural Leaders Lab Fellow. Vocals, Hand Drum, Shaker. 

Skratchwon, Dene from Alberta. About a year and a half ago Skratch won founded Indagenius a hiphop crew about social awareness through lyricism and clothing designs, and skate boards. Skratch won also facilitates hiphop education workshops through Sketch and does Murals across Turtle Island. Vocals, Beat Box, Beats.

Ruben “Benny” Esguerra, Indigenous from Bogota, Colombia is a musician, poet, educator, activist and the current P.E.A.C.H: Programme Coordinator and Instructor in the Jane and Finch Community. As the lead creative behind the New Traditions Project Ruben has released two recording projects which explore indigenous-afro identity within South America and the Condor and Eagle prophecies of alliance of the South and the North. Percussion's and Flute.

William Charbonneau, songwriter, musical composer, and multi instrument musician (Guitar, Bass and Keys). He is currently the Public Service Assistant and occasional Branch Head, at both Centennial Library and Toronto Public Library. Guitar, Vocals.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Auditorium (MCA190)
Red Slam @ OCAD U
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Francisco-Fernando Granados

Francisco-Fernando Granados is a Toronto-based artist and writer. His practice extends from performance and drawing into a range of media that includes site-specific installation, moving image, text, public and participatory projects. He uses abstraction as a conceptual strategy to challenge perceptions regarding the stability of identity categories.  Born in the midst of the Guatemalan Civil War, his experience of coming to Canada as a refugee informs the aesthetics and politics of his practice.

Paulette Phillips

Paulette Phillips works in Europe and Canada in film for installation and also with audio, performance, electro-magnetism, digital photography, video, light and mechanics. During her career she has established an international reputation for her tense, humorous and uncanny explorations of the complexity of social and physical energy and contradictions that play out in our construction of stability.

Jim Drobnick

Jim Drobnick is a critic, curator and Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory at OCAD University. He has held research affiliations at the University of Manchester and the National Gallery of Canada, and served as editor at Parachute for thirteen years. His writings on performance, sound, the senses, and postmedia artistic practices have appeared in journals such as Angelaki, High Performance, Performance Research, Public, and Senses & Society, where he is now an editor. His books include Aural Cultures (2004) and The Smell Culture Reader (2006).

Dot Tuer

Dot Tuer is a writer and cultural historian whose scholarly and creative work focuses on the intersection of archival traces and visual storytelling in artistic practices of memorialization. She has published widely on Canadian and Latin American art, with a focus on photography, performance, and new media. She also has a long-standing research interest in the history of Guaraní-Spanish transcultural practices in north-east Argentina and Paraguay. She is the author of Mining the Media Archive (2005) and numerous museum catalogue, book anthology, and journal essays.