Vector X Punk Arcade @ OCAD U

Punk Arcade Poster
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:00am to Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 5:00am

Festival Opening Reception: February 20, 7 –11 p.m. – free admission!

Sponsored by OCAD University’s Digital Futures Initiative

Join us on Thursday, Feb 20, for the official opening reception of the 2014 Vector Game + Art Convergence Festival! This evening will feature introductions by Team Vector, the exhibition curators, and members of the local indie game and art communities as well as OCAD U. We invite you to meet our artists, chat with game makers and critics, and get to know the festival curators and workshop leaders. Play some games, have a drink and a snack, and learn more about the festival and its programming!

Vector’s first cross-border curatorial collaboration will see Team Vector and the curators of Punk Arcade (Sarah Brin and Lee Tusman) join forces to bring you the Vector X Punk Arcade at 49 McCaul Street. Sponsored by OCAD University’s Digital Futures Initiative, Team Vector and the Punk Arcade curators have selected works that fit with the edgy, fun, DIY ethos of previous Punk Arcade incarnations. We are very excited to bring Lee and Sarah to Toronto and share their curatorial vision of games and game art at this year’s Vector festival!

Vector X Punk Arcade features brand new works by local and international game makers and media artists:

Eat Yr Tears, by Jason Corace (Baltimore)
Pale Machine, by Ben Esposito/Arcane Kids (Los Angeles)
Martian Middle School Dance, by Benedict Fritz (Chicago)
Rob Ford Cracksmoking Mayor Pong, by Daniele Guevara (Toronto)
Hug Punx, by Merrit Kopas (Toronto)
Pan Man, by MajorBueno a.k.a. Benedikt Hummel and Marius Winter (Germany)
Distribution of Wealth, by Michael Wilde (Los Angeles)
Rasputin Consulting Agency, by Simon Wiscombe (Los Angeles)
Problems…, by Ilya Zarembsky (NYC)

Continuing Sarah and Lee’s previous curatorial work, the Vector X Punk Arcade presents independent, offbeat, gritty art games that have been constructed rapidly and outside the triple-A world of mainstream videogaming. Many of these game experiments are made by artists who game designer Anna Anthropy has called “video game zinesters,” who benefit from easy, open access to game-making software tools, and who are driving a radical paradigm shift for the independent, often collaborative creation and free distribution of games at the intersection of popular videogaming and contemporary art.

Punk Arcade began as an exhibition at Philadelphia’s Little Berlin Gallery, and has since reached on- and offline audiences of more than 100,000. Sarah Brin is an art historian and curator who has collaborated with SFMOMA, MOCA, The Armand Hammer Museum, and Vice Magazine’s The Creators Project, among others. Lee Tusman has curated dozens of exhibitions and public projects at sites including Riverside Art Museum, California State University, Northridge, University of California, Riverside, and Division 9 Gallery.

The Vector Game + Art Convergence Festival is a participative, not-for-profit, community-oriented initiative dedicated to showcasing contemporary game-based artworks. This year, the second annual festival will run at multiple venues throughout Toronto. It will feature three exhibitions, two screenings, as well as multiple live performances, workshops and panel discussions. All our events are designed to encourage a critical dialogue around the medium of games and its expressive potential as a contemporary art practice. The Vector Game + Art Convergence Festival acknowledges support from the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council.

49 McCaul St. Exhibition open daily (from Feb 20-23rd). 12pm-6pm.

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario


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.

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Check out the complete Pride schedule


Fear of Punk//Fear of Art

 Art by Dustin McChesney
Friday, August 2, 2013 - 4:00am to Sunday, August 4, 2013 - 4:00am

Opening Party: Friday, August 2, 2013. 7-10 pm

International Punk Art. Curated by Tara Bursey and Ben Needham

An art exhibition featuring Adam Kindred (Halifax), Alex Ratcharge (France), Alexander Heir (NYC), Dustin McChesney (Minneapolis), Emma Maatman (LA), Erick Lyle (NYC), Heather Benjamin (NYC), Jill Pucciarelli (NYC), Leah Wishnia (NYC), Matthew McGarry (Rochester), Nathan Gattis (Chicago), Paul D'Elia (LA), Sam Ryser (NYC), Shiva Addanki (NYC), Spoiler (Montreal), Tara Bursey (Toronto), Weird Luke (NYC) and Yecatl Peña (Mexico)

Punk is everywhere. From malls to museums, the influence and imagery of punk’s past has largely been absorbed into mass culture. Despite this, contemporary DIY punk rock sits firmly outside of the mainstream, and at both regional and global levels is stronger than ever. The visual culture that surrounds it is variably dark, threatening, chaotic, smart, funny, mysterious and questioning.

Fear of Punk / Fear of Art highlights the creative output of current punk artists, bringing their work out of its usual context while exploring intersections between punk rock, art and print culture. The exhibition includes drawing, sculpture and printed matter that draws inspiration from horror, the occult, sex, despair, popular culture, comics, art history and urban life.

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Presented as part of Zine Dream 6, an annual small press art fair

Art by Dustin McChesney!/events/267288286747509/



Venue & Address: 
Communication Art Gallery 209 Harbord Street Toronto, Ontario