Sandy Kedey

Chair of the Advertising Program at OCAD University, tenured Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design, and with over 25 years of experience in both Industry and Academia, continuously developing and advising on key programs, committees and initiatives for OCAD U to ensure the institution retains their leading edge in the global communications and creative market. She is fellow to several industry associations, University committees and governance, and in 2015 awarded the prestigious Price Award for Excellence in teaching at OCAD.

Kathy Kiloh

I am a philosopher interested in the intersections between political thought, ethics, and aesthetics. I am particularly interested of aesthetics as a modern Eurocentric philosophy deeply concerned with the moral regulation of the individual and the maintenance of political order, but I am equally interested in the liberatory potential of aesthetic experience. Past research includes work on ethics, aesthetics and theories of embodiment in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas and Theodor Adorno.

David Levine in Conversation with Brian Gable

David Levine
Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 10:30pm

Join us for an evening of artistic and political discussion, with special
attention to David Levine’s famous caricatures in the New York Review of Books. An audience Q&A will follow.

All are welcome; admission is free.
Limited seating available; guests are advised to arrive early.

Look for Brian Gable’s "A Steady Eye" in the September Literary Review of Canada, an essay on Levine and his Canadian influence.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

President's Speaker Series: Mel Chin "You are Never Done"

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 11:30pm to Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 12:30am

"You are Never Done" Presented by the President's Speaker Series in association with Onsite Gallery’s ONSITE/EXCITE/INSPIRE program, Chin's lecture, "You are Never Done" will focus on the eternal and essential vigilance justice requires of its advocates and the parallel condition within the practice art - the worthy project we can never consider finished.

An ever-shifting political landscape serves as a backdrop and source of inspiration for art with social impact, work that must remain responsive to change and continually extending and reinventing itself to effectively inhabit the society it aims to help shape. Mel Chin breathes life into the once static work of art with his complex and poetic collaborative projects that learn, adapt and evolve to the ever-changing communities they inhabit.

Mel Chin, born in Houston, Texas, has become internationally synonymous with "art as social change", creating over the past thirty years an exceptional body of often political and activist work that provokes greater social awareness and responsibility. Through his broad and multidisciplinary range of approaches, Chin's art insinuates itself into unlikely places, including destroyed homes, toxic landfills and even popular television. Chin's work, described as both analytic and poetic, often employs community and collaborative teamwork, conjoining cross-cultural aesthetics with complex ideas. Documented in the popular PBS Program, Art of the 21st Century, Chin has received numerous awards and grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council for the Arts, Art Matters, Creative Capital, and the Penny McCall, Pollock/Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Rockefeller and Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundations, among others.

Onsite Gallery’s 2016 ONSITE/ program investigates stimulating change through public platforms outside the gallery.

Please arrive early as seating will be limited
Event is FREE, all are welcome
The space is wheelchair accessible

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St. Auditorium (Room 190)
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
"You are Never Done" poster with event info and photo of Mel Chin and photo of Chin's work

LAS/SIS Faculty Sabbatical Talks

Sabbatical Talks Poster - March 20
Friday, March 20, 2015 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Pace: the Affective Labour
of Activity Tracking

Pace is the new speed. Different from past expectations that we speed up constantly, activity tracking devices and apps implore consumers to track their consistent, optimal pace across activities of daily life. Activity tracking is far more than a consumer fad or an interesting new media practice that brings improved health. Employing feminist, mobility and affective labour theory, Gardner discusses how pace, as a new normal, encourages neoliberal self-practices of personal health monitoring, self-management, and automation. More, trackers suggest that pace should be shared and rewarded, and even exchanged for philanthropy credits. Trackers craft the successful worker/subject as one chronically in search of more likes, as s/he embraces global, corporate labour ideals.

Paula Gardner, PhD, is Associate Professor in LAS/SIS and co-directs the Mobile Experience Lab. Her scholarship focusing on feminist science and media studies is published in major journals of Communication, Feminist studies, Media and Mobile studies, and Critical science studies; she is currently working on a book entitled Pace, the Politics of Activity Tracking.

A House Divided: Academic Freedom, Artistic Freedom and Their Complicated Relationship

Academic freedom’s relation to artistic freedom isn’t self-evident. Indeed, art seems to enjoy less freedom in universities than other forms of expression. My discussion examines this tension and considers the rapport that artistic freedom might have with other forms of specialized academic freedom that often attract censure, like scientific freedom.

Charles Reeve, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Faculty of Art and LAS/SIS.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul, room 543