OCAD University celebrates PRIDE with innovative, interactive design

The Swing Lounge under construction at OCAD University
Sayyad Glassford, Rouzbeh Akhbari, and Nelly Goodarzi building the Swing Lounge
Sayyad Glassford installing a swing
Shamina Chherawala enjoying a swing
OCAD University celebrates PRIDE
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 1:15pm

Get ready to swing: This year marks the first time OCAD University is participating in the street fair at Toronto’s PRIDE festival. From June 26 to 28, stop by OCAD U’s Swing Lounge, an innovative booth where visitors can interact with the installation as well as with volunteers – students, faculty, staff and alumni – from across the university.

Unlike conventional booths at the PRIDE street fair, The Swing Lounge invites participants into a 10’ x 10’ space where they can swing from suspended seats while listening to audio recordings representing the diverse experiences and thoughts of students, faculty and staff – including President Dr. Sara Diamond. Shamina Chherawala of OCAD U’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability says that The Swing Lounge “both disrupts a monolithic understanding of queerness and celebrates our place in the larger LGBTQQI2SA* community.”

The Swing Lounge (pictured here under construction) was conceived, designed and built by Rouzbeh Akhbari, Nelly Goodarzi and Sayyad Glassford. Based on consultations with OCAD U community members, it also showcases the university’s art and design talent, and was created entirely within the university’s own shops and studios. OCAD U’s installation is dedicated to Wendy Coburn, an OCAD U professor, activist and artist who recently passed away.

Be sure to make The Swing Lounge a stop on your PRIDE 2015 celebrations. And tweet your impressions to #OCADU.

 

*Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, 2-spirit, Asexual/Allies

OCAD University at Pride Toronto 2015!

Rainbow ferris wheel
OCAD University celebrates PRIDE
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 4:00am to Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 4:00am

On June 26, 27 and 28 OCAD U will be hosting The Swing Lounge at the 

Pride Street Fair in the Church-Wellesley Village!

Conceived and built by OCAD U students and recent alumni The Swing Lounge marks OCAD U’s presence at Toronto Pride this year. Unlike conventional booths in the Pride Street Fair, The Swing Lounge invites participants into a 10’x10’ installation space to engage with stories and experiences representing the diverse voices of members of LGBTQQI2SA communities at OCAD U.

 OCAD U community members can be a part of this project in two ways:

OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS AND VOLUNTEERS

for OCAD U students,former students, faculty, and staff!

  1. Volunteer with us to help us represent OCAD U at the Street Fair June 26th, 27th and 28th.

Join our team to welcome Pride Street Fair guests into our space and share your experiences about Pride and OCAD U. Drop by for an hour or swing with us for a whole day! We’ll provide you with an OCAD U t-shirt, keep you hydrated and make sure you have a lot of fun. Email  OCADUPride2015@gmail.com if you would like to join our team of OCAD U Pride 2015 volunteers.

  1. Submit a transcript and audio art work as part of The Swing Lounge

Have your voice heard at the OCAD U Pride installation!  We are inviting stories and audio clips from members of the OCAD U community. 

 What does “pride” mean for you, as an LGBTQQI2SA  person and/or ally? How has being LGBTQQI2SA  and/or an ally shaped your views about community and belonging? How has being LGBTQQI2SA  and/or an ally shaped how you see the world?  What inspires you and what sparks your creativity, as an LGBTQQI2SA  person and/or ally? Were there any LGBTQI2SA role models, while at OCADU or outside, who inspired you or affected how you think? If so, what would you like to say (or even sing) to them? How can LGBTQQI2SA  persons and/or allies create social change? How can we make a difference?

Website: 
http:// www.ocadu.ca/pride2015
Email: 
OCADUPride2015@gmail.com

Nuit Rose: A Queer Contemporary Art Event Celebrating World Pride 2014 Toronto

Text reading: Nuit Rose. A queer contemporary art event celebrating WordPride 2014 Toronto
Saturday, June 21, 2014 - 11:00pm to Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 8:00am

Featuring Walls Becoming Windows, a video installation created by Evan Tapper in collaboration with Scott Sørli

About
Nuit Rose is a queer focused contemporary art event in celebration of World Pride 2014 in Toronto. This late night event will be held on Saturday, June 21st, 2014 from 7pm until 4am in two areas: Queen Street West and Church Wellesley Village.

Events include:
art installations
artist exhibitions
art marketplace
performance, theatre and music
film, video and digital art
audience participation

Featured Artists
Jessica Valme – SIKA
Elizabeth Sweeney – UNLIMITED EDITION
Roxanne Luchak – PULSE
John Simone – LEGENDS & N.Y. NITELIFE & EXPLODING PINK INEVITABLE
Roy Mitchell – ROYNATION & NEIGHBOURLY ADVICE
Natalie Wood – BANANA/BAKERGRAM
Michael Venus – ICONS & DEMI-GODS
Adam Moco – TRYST PIC
Ariel Len of Zoey’s Projects – TRIBUTES TO MARYLIN MUNROE & ELLEN DEGENERES
Seamus Butterly – RAINBOW EXPERIENCE
Evan Tapper – WALLS BECOMING WINDOWS
Pearl Van Geest – KISS UP
Humboldt Magnussen – EXPERT ART NAILZ
Joe Bruni – COCOONS (LIGHT PARADE)

Special Feature Performance by the Counterpoint Orchestra

Independent Artists
Michael Thompson (ft. Roxxie Terrain) – THE FRUIT MACHINE
Link Tong – LA NUIT EN ROSE
HΩLY JÅCKÅL (Holly Timpener and Jack Bride) – CO-FUSION
Anna Malkin (AKA Lulu Laru) – EXCERPTS FROM A QUEER STORY ARCHIVE
Phenomenon Theatrix – THE COMMON GROUND: A MUSICAL DISSERTATION
Nigel Nolan – FED, JOEL, OMAR & SEB
Robert Donnelly – RACK & PINION, & LIGHTS, CAMERA
Shawn Dall – ILLUMINALITY
Lishai & David Brame – TRANSLATION TESSALATION
Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay – Videos
Tanya Read – VS
Rachelle Lee Smith – SPEAKING OUT: QUEER YOUTH IN FOCUS
The Reading Salon – PULP LOUNGE
Ruben Llanillos – SILENCE OF THE FEMMES
Sly Maria – BALLOON ROOM
Sarah Hunter – ALL ABOUT QUEER FILM & QUEER PORTRAITS
Morris Fox and Brian Schirk – RAINBOW 1.3 KILOMETERS
Sue Lloyd – FIERCE
Sonny Bean – OTHER
Israel Vazquez & Eliud Cruz – PAINTED VOICES
Matt Hovey – I FUCK FAT HAIRY DUDES BECAUSE I LIKE FURRY ROUND THINGS
Christos Pantieras – I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE GOING WHERE I’M TREADING WITH YOU
Adam Quang – # 1000 ACTS OF KINDNESS
Beau Coleman – LET ME TELL YOU THAT I LOVE YOU
Anthea Black and Mikiki – PASS

Confirmed partners (to date): The Gladstone Hotel (Nuit Rose hub), MOCCA, Artscape Youngplace, CAMH, The Drake Hotel, The Theatre Centre, The 519 Church Street Community Centre, City of Toronto, Ontario Arts Council.

About Throbbing Rose Collective:
Nuit Rose is organized by the Throbbing Rose Collective, a Toronto-based non-profit group of independent LGBTI artists, curators and arts producers who want to create opportunities for local and international queer artists to reach the large audience expected for WorldPride.

Founding members are:
Francisco Alvarez
John Rubino
James Fowler
Syrus Marcus Ware
Javier Espino
Kaleb Robertson
Christina Zeidler
Britt Welter-Nolan
Michael Thompson
Rune Madsen

Website: 
http://nuitrose.ca/artists
Cost: 
Free

OCAD U PROUD TO PARTNER IN WORLDPRIDE

WorldPride 2014 logo courtesy Pride Toronto.
My Dolly is Prettier than Your Dolly by Jared Prince. Image courtesy Graduate Gallery.

Generations of Queer is the feature exhibition during WorldPride at OnSite [at] OCAD U, the university’s professional gallery at 230 Richmond Street West. It features the work of Robert Flack, John Greyson, Elisha Lim and Kiley May, curated by Lisa Deanne-Smith. The exhibition also has spawned a Facebook storytelling forum, Generations of Queer The Queer Chronicles, where people are invited to share their stories of Pride.

Special events during WorldPride are:

Monday, June 23: 7 p.m.: Clocked, Don Pyle and Martin Sorrondeguy look at queer content in their punk photographs
Wednesday, June 25, 8 p.m.: DUORAMA, a performance by Paul Couillard and Ed Johnson co-presented by Fado Performance Art Centre.
The university’s Graduate Gallery at 205 Richmond Street West is mounting Bending the Horizon, an exhibition in celebration of the work, diversity and lives of the university’s LGBTQI2-S students, World Pride Toronto, and our collective future. It runs June 19 to 28, with opening night celebrations on Saturday, June 21, 7 p.m. to midnight.

OCADSU, the OCAD University Student Union, is joining forces Ryerson University’s Pride office and George Brown Students’ Association on a post-secondary float in the World Pride parade on Sunday, June 29. OCAD U community members interested in participating in the parade are invited to meet at Rosedale Valley Road at 12 noon and look for registration spot: 33G. Call or Text the Equity & Campaigns Organizer at 416-899-2256 if you get lost. Free T-shirts and bandanas will be provided for participants.

OCADU students and community members are also invited to the events listed on this page, which OCAD U departments and the Student Union also helped to support.

Find out more

Check out the complete Pride schedule

 

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