Hadley+Maxwell Artist Talk

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm


March 31, 2016

12:00 PM

Room 320, 205 Richmond

Please join us for an artist talk by acclaimed Canadian artists Hadley+Maxwell. Currently based out of Berlin, Hadley+Maxwell’s installations, performances and writings employ diverse media to rework iconic images and traditional forms as they are expressed in pop-cultural, artistic and political movements. They cut into reified narratives via direct touch, transposition and refiguration, putting into play the absences cast in relief.

Hadley+Maxwell have been collaborating since they met in Vancouver, Canada, in 1997. Public presentations of their work have included solo exhibitions at Artspeak (Vancouver), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Kunstverein Göttingen (Germany), Smart Project Space (Amsterdam), and Project Art Centre, Dublin, and group exhibitions at galleries and festivals including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Kunstraum München, the Power Plant (Toronto), the National Gallery of Canada, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse (France), Witte de With (Rotterdam), the 4th Marrakech Biennale and the 19th Biennale of Sydney.

This Spring, the artists will unveil a major new public sculpture commission entitled The Garden of Future Follies at Front and Bayview in the Lower Don Lands.

This talk is presented by the Office of Graduate Studies at OCAD University.

Venue & Address: 
Room 320, 205 Richmond Street West
416-977-6000 X4366
HADLEY+MAXWELL poster with event info

When I Breathe the Ocean Curls

Lauren A.M. Scott performing When I Breathe the Ocean Curls (2015). Photographed by David Ballantine
Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 12:00am to Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 9:00pm

InterAccess presents When I Breathe the Ocean Curls, a performative environment by Lauren A.M. Scott. Scott is the recipient of the 2015 InterAccess Media Arts Prize, awarded to an Integrated Media graduating student at OCAD University.

When I Breathe the Ocean Curls utilizes Scott’s physical body to extend her breath into space. The artist wears a stretch sensor around her torso, and as her chest rises and falls with breath, six small electronic fans produce the effect of wind as she exhales. Scott’s breath becomes the force that connects her to the audience as an invisible extension of touch.

Scott will perform this work four times throughout the exhibition period. In the intervening days, visitors to the gallery can view video documentation of her performance and engage with its physical trace.

An essay by Francisco-Fernando Granados accompanies the exhibition.

Opening reception:
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Additional performance dates:
Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
InterAccess 9 Ossington Avenue, Toronto

Dr. Claire Bishop Visiting Lecture

Woman in red demonstrating dance moves
RBC Logo
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 11:00pm to Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 1:00am

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences/ School for Interdisciplinary Studies presents a Public Lecture by Dr. Claire Bishop. Claire Bishop is a Professor in the PhD Program in Art History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

Her books include Installation Art: A Critical History (2005) and Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship (2012), for which she won the 2013 Frank Jewett Mather Award for art criticism. She writes on contemporary art and performance, and is a regular contributor to Artforum.

Her latest book, Radical Museology, or, What’s Contemporary in Museums of Contemporary Art?, was published in 2013 by Koenig Books.

Funding for this talk was provided by RBC.

A Special Thanks to the President’s Office of OCAD University for Generous Support.
With Additional Support from the Faculty of Art and The Faculty of Graduate Studies.

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Venue & Address: 
Auditorium Room 190, OCAD University 100 McCaul Street
Public Lecture by Dr. Claire Bishop with event info, OCAD U logo and pictures of woman in orange garment in various poses

Exaltation and the Fall

Photograph of a woman floating in water
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 11:00pm to Friday, October 9, 2015 - 2:00am

Exaltation and the Fall is an exhibition that investigates the entangled relationship between the psyche in contact with a body of water. Acts of the body, represented through video installation, light projection, and photography perform rites of change, passage, and transformation. To exalt is to rise from within a murky depth, and to fall is to submerse into the unknown- water becomes the substrate for this rise and fall. It is a place for possibility within the calm, or calamity of the unknown.

Featuring works by Adam Filek, Daniel Pavis, Elizabeth Webb, Paige Sabourin, and Tara Morté.
Curated by Mary Ma

Live performances will take place throughout the opening reception in response to the exhibition- curtsey of artists Adam Filek, Christopher Heller, and work from choreographer Lauren Runions of I/O Movement.

Opening Reception: October 8, 7 to 10 p.m.

Panel Discussion- The Poetics of a Performative Act: Monday October 12, 4 p.m.
Join artists, curators, and writers in a casual forum as we discuss the relationship between performance and its significance to intersecting branches of embodiment, affect, and the natural landscape.

Exhibition catalog featuring images and critical essays will be on sale for $10 throughout the show.

Image Credit: Elizabeth Webb Untitled (Paradise II), HD Video Still, 2012

Mary Ma is an artist, writer, and independent curator based in Toronto, Ontario. www.maryma.ca
Adam Filek is a video/performance artist and writer based in Toronto, Ontario. www.adamfilek.com
Paige Sabourin lives in Montreal Quebec and makes objects, images and installations with photographs, textiles, and help from other people. www.paigeesabourin.com
Elizabeth Webb is a multimedia artist living and working in Los Angeles, California. www.hernamewasparadise.com
Tara Morte is a sculpture, performance, and video artist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. www.cargocollective.taramorte.com
Daniel Pavis is a working multimedia artist based in Portland, Oregon. http://danielpavis.tumblr.com/
Lauren Runions is a contemporary dancer and choreographer. She is the founder and artistic director of I/O Movement. www.cargocollective.com/laurenrunions
Chris Heller is a video-based performance artist. A graduate of OCAD's Integrated Media program, he is currently based in Toronto Ontario. www.cargocollective.com/chrisheller

The Student Gallery will be open on Mondays and Tuesday (12 – 6 PM) for the duration of this exhibition only. The last day to see the show is Monday October 26th.

Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery, 52 McCaul Street
Photograph of a woman floating in water

Fight or fight, 2013

Fight or fight, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 10:30pm to Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 11:00am

A Scotiabank Nuit Blanche commissioned project by alumnus Peter Flemming

Can machines fight for what they want? Are water and electricity really such a bad mix? Fight or fight is a kinetic artwork that responds to these questions. The mechanical performers of Fight or fight are imbued with a desire to compete. Above all, they desire the prize.

In an automated tug of war played out in the arena of the artificial pond outside of Roy Thomson Hall, animated fishing rods battle over their quarry. The ‘fish' is a driver-less full size canoe, pulled helplessly to and fro by its pursuers. The hunters are patient, moving slowly, almost leisurely, biding their time... for the right moment... until their prey, exhausted, submits.

The rules of this game are indeterminate, yet these mechanized competitors stubbornly insist on playing simply because they know no other way. It is not altogether clear who wins, how or when, or whether there can even be a victor.

Peter Flemming is a folk machinery artist who creates electronics handcrafted ‘by ear.’ Recent works are situational kinetic sound installations about resonance, with electromagnetically activated materials, mechanical performers and makeshift amplification devices. Past work has included solar powered lazy machines and hypnotically repetitive automata. He has exhibited extensively internationally and been the recipient of numerous grants, awards and residencies. Currently he lives and works in Montréal.

Fight or fight, 2013






Venue & Address: 
Roy Thomson Hall pond 219 King Street West Toronto, Ontario