Research Wednesdays: All Hands on Tech: Craft, Pedagogy and the Digital Challenge

image of students looking at artwork mounted on a wall
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

All Hands on Tech: Craft, Pedagogy and the Digital Challenge

What does “handmade” mean in the digital age? OCAD U faculty Lynne Heller and Dorie Millerson (MAAD chair) will consider the place of digital craft at OCAD University from the perspectives of faculty, staff and technicians. Developed organically out of the everyday experiences of practitioners at OCAD U in Material Art & Design (MAAD), a department rooted in craft processes and materiality, the presentation will question how digital craft methods are changing teaching and learning in the studio and speculate how to understand objects that are produced by digital tools instead of through embodied making methods.

Interested in presenting for Research Wednesdays? Contact Daniel Payne dpayne@ocadu.ca

image credit: Photographer unknown. (1953). 'Lily Maley and class, Glendon Hall'.OCAD University Visual Resources & Special Collections, [PH554 / 20_220_022]

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 133 McCaul (main floor)
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free!

Research Wednesday: Researching Pop Culture

the cover of the book National Treasure: Nicolas Cage by Lindsay Gibb
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

The Library's Learning Zone and e-Reserves Coordinator, Lindsay Gibb, is also the author of an award-winning book that explores Nicolas Cage's style of acting. In preparation for her book, she spent a year and a half researching the actor's various approaches to his profession and interpreting the intentions behind his choices. During this iteration of Research Wednesday, Lindsay will discuss the process of researching an acting style and explaining a misunderstood artist to a general audience.

For more information on National Treasure: Nicolas Cage visit ECW Press: https://ecwpress.com/products/national-treasure

Venue & Address: 
The Learning Zone, 113 McCaul, main floor
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free!

Research Wednesdays: Re-Placing the library

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Re-Placing the library; Spatial practices in the 21st century library, with Daniel Payne, Head, Instructional Services, OCAD U Library

 

Libraries evoke a myriad of impressions in popular culture; most would agree, however, that the library is not just a mundane space, but an esteemed “place.” Yet are these impressions detrimental to envisioning the library in the 21st century? Daniel will use Henri Lefebvre’s spatial theories to decode popular perceptions of libraries. 

Image credit: Photographer unknown. (1953). 'Lily Maley and class, Glendon Hall'. OCAD University Visual Resources & Special Collections, [PH554 / 20_220_022]. Toronto, Canada

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free!
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Research Wednesdays: Ebooks and the Changing Landscape of Reading

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Can we still be alone with our thoughts? Ebooks and the changing landscape of reading, with Lauren Orav, Reference Intern, OCAD U Library

 

Ernest Hemingway once quipped, “There is no friend as loyal as a book,” but what kind of friend is an ebook? Lauren will analyze how digital publishing has impacted research practices and its consequences on reading, understanding, and creating knowledge.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
a class looking at a wall of artworks

Research Wednesdays: "Celebrate Open Access Week at OCAD University"

A woman points to a group of images on a wall in front of a group of people
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

What is Open Access? Scholarly Communications Librarian Chris Landry will provide context by dispelling misconceptions about this international movement, while acknowledging the real challenges ahead. Learn about the OCAD U Open Research Repository (http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/) and find out how you can contribute to this growing portal that promotes OCAD U creative research to the world. 

Research Wednesdays, a new speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library, is a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, faculty) to present in a supportive environment. Take a break over lunch to learn about new opportunities for Toronto creative researchers!

 

Interested in presenting at Research Wednesdays? Send an email to Daniel Payne (dpayne@ocadu.ca) and include:

  •   brief 250 word description of your talk,
  •   indication of which Wednesdays would be available for you,
  •   list of technological needs,
  •   ideal set up of the presentation seating arrangement,
  •   description of any participatory activities that may be used. (NOTE: any focus groups or survey-type activities may need Research Ethics Board approval, so be prepared to include this in your proposal.)
Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Website: 
http://ocad.libguides.com/ResearchWednesdays
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext.217
Cost: 
Free

Research Wednesdays: “Empowering Creative Researchers at the Toronto Public Library"

A woman points to a group of images on a wall in front of a group of people
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Join us for the first presentation of the series: “Empowering Creative Researchers at the Toronto Public Library" with Irene Gotz. Irene Gotz is a librarian with over ten years’ experience working in academic and public libraries and is currently in the Arts Dept. at the Toronto Reference Library of the Toronto Public Library.  Irene is also a freelance illustrator and an OCAD U alumna. In this presentation Irene will give an overview of Arts specific resources and services available from the Toronto Public Library. 

Bring your OCAD U ID and get signed up for a Toronto Public Library card!

Research Wednesdays, a new speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library, is a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, faculty) to present in a supportive environment. Take a break over lunch to learn about new opportunities for Toronto creative researchers!

 

Interested in presenting at Research Wednesdays? Send an email to Daniel Payne (dpayne@ocadu.ca) and include:

  •   brief 250 word description of your talk,
  •   indication of which Wednesdays would be available for you,
  •   list of technological needs,
  •   ideal set up of the presentation seating arrangement,
  •   description of any participatory activities that may be used. (NOTE: any focus groups or survey-type activities may need Research Ethics Board approval, so be prepared to include this in your proposal.)
Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
Website: 
http://ocad.libguides.com/ResearchWednesdays
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext.217
Cost: 
Free

Gerald McMaster heading to 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

Dr. Gerald McMaster, photo by Sebastian Kriete
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

OCAD U’s Gerald McMaster, together with an Indigenous design team, is representing Canada at 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. The Canada Council for the Arts announced that the Indigenous project UNCEDED has been selected through a national juried competition to represent Canada at the Architecture Biennale. 

Led by internationally-renowned architect Douglas Cardinal, the team includes Anishnaabe Elders and Indigenous co-curators, Dr. Gerald McMaster, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University, and Dr. David Fortin, incoming director of the McEwen School of Architecture at Laurentian University. Joining them is a decorated group of Indigenous architects from across North America.

“Having represented Canada as curator to the 1995 Venice Biennale of Visual Arts, and to be asked to be lead curator by such a distinguished group of Indigenous architects is both an honour and privilege," says Dr. McMaster. 

UNCEDED will emphasize and celebrate the work of Indigenous architects and designers throughout Turtle Island. It is grounded in the legacy of the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Report.

Dr. McMaster has more than 30 years of international work and expertise in contemporary art, critical theory, museology and Indigenous aesthetics. Throughout his career, his championing of the mainstream value of Indigenous art, among other things, has led to his being chosen to represent Canada at a number of prestigious international events.

StudentDwellTO: OCAD U, U of T, York, Ryerson take on affordable housing

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The presidents of Toronto’s four universities – OCAD University, the University of Toronto, York University and Ryerson University – have teamed up for a new initiative called StudentDwellTO to tackle one of the biggest issues facing post-secondary students in the Greater Toronto area: affordable housing.

The initiative brings together nearly 100 faculty and students from the four universities to take an in-depth look at student housing in the GTA.

This follows a previous collaboration between the four universities: a massive survey of student travel behaviour, called StudentMoveTO, which revealed that long daily commutes for students – many of whom live far away where housing is more affordable – were leading to lower campus engagement and in some cases limiting students’ class choices.

StudentMoveTO and StudentDwellTO are parts of an initiative by the presidents of the four universities aimed at improving the state of the city-region – and, in turn, the experiences for university students in the GTA.

“Student housing is directly connected to the lack of affordable housing for many communities,” says Min Sook Lee, Assistant Professor, Art and Social Change, OCAD U. “This project allows us to bring forward student advocacy on housing issues and link it with the broader movement across this city. We don’t just need research on student housing, we need to mobilize it.”

Professor Jeremy Bowes is running a housing studio at OCAD U in Environmental design, exploring case studies and prototypes of student housing for the project. 

StudentDwellTO will look at housing affordability from a range of perspectives, bringing together disciplines including architecture, art, education, engineering, environmental studies and design, geography, psychology, real estate management and urban development and planning.

The two-year initiative will have heavy research and advocacy components, and the researchers will collect data using a variety of research methods that include:

  • wide-scale focus groups and accompanying surveys to draw out narratives surrounding students’ lived experiences,
  • interactive website and community arts programming and communication tools, and
  • interactive maps to develop affordable housing strategies.

The subject matter will also be incorporated into experiential learning courses, across all four universities and various disciplines, to propose and test solutions to the student housing experience and crisis.

Along the way, researchers will collaborate with government, non-profit, private sector and community partners in the GTA.  Each university will hold public events, including affordable housing charrettes, to get a wide range of input on solutions.

Dr. Ashok Mathur named Dean of Graduate Studies

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

OCAD University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ashok Mathur as Dean of Graduate Studies, effective January 1, 2018. Dr. Mathur recently completed a term as Head of Creative Studies at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia, which began January, 2014.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Mathur join OCAD U,” said Dr. Gillian Siddall, Vice President Academic & Provost. “He brings with him tremendous administrative and teaching experience, as well as a significant record of research and creative practice. He is very well positioned to contribute to advancing the priorities of the academic plan.”

Before joining UBC, Dr. Mathur served as a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Cultural and Artistic Inquiry, and Director of the Centre for Innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada (CiCAC) at Thompson Rivers University. Prior to that, Dr. Mathur served as Head of Critical and Cultural Studies at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (2001-05).

Dr. Mathur has produced five books and numerous projects, both creative and critical, that focus on and feature the intersections of artistic engagement. His most recent book is a long poem entitled The First Black White Man, which, supported by a Canada Council writing grant, was incorporated into a ‘living arts’ space revolving around one of Kamloops’s early Black immigrants and his role in developing the city. Dr. Mathur is a long-time advocate of critical race theory as it pertains to the postsecondary institution, and works continuously to address radical forms of equity and Indigenous knowledge.

"I am thrilled to join the diverse and progressive environment of OCAD U, and keen to work with students, faculty, and administration to continue to develop excellent graduate level programming in the years to come," said Dr. Mathur.

Dr. Mathur holds a Ph.D. in Postcolonial Literature from the University of Calgary. As Dean, reporting to the Vice-President Academic & Provost, Dr. Mathur will be responsible for the educational and research leadership, development and supervision of Graduate Studies and its alignment with the academic plan and integration into the larger strategic plan of the university.

ROMEO off-line for service update - May 25

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 5:00pm to Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 5:00pm
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