Resisting Extractivism, Performing Opposition

9 greyscale photos of protests and activists
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 5:00pm to Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 6:00pm

Resisting Extractivism, Performing Opposition
1-2 March 2019

OCAD University
100 McCaul St.
Toronto, ON
M5T 1W1
Canada

*OCAD University is an accessible space.

Please note: all events are FREE and open to the public, but require an RSVP for refreshments; please RSVP at https://goo.gl/forms/EDxC3KYX4YAmmXVq2 by Friday 15 February.

The Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas, York University’s Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies and Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, and OCAD University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences & School of Interdisciplinary Studies, with the support of the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories and Criticism and Curatorial Practice graduate programs and Art and Social Change student volunteers, welcome you to the Resisting Extractivism, Performing Opposition symposium, taking place at OCAD University, 1-2 March 2019.

This interdisciplinary symposium invites activists, scholars, artists, community organizers, and cultural workers to explore collective strategies of embodied and performed resistance to extractivism. While extractivism commonly refers the logic of reducing nature to commodities, and the resultant hyper-exploitation of the mining, oil, and gas industries, we can also think of extractivism as an ideology fundamental to colonialism and capitalism at their most endemic. Resisting Extractivism, Performing Opposition asks: How is (anti)extractivism performed? How have mining-impacted communities and solidarity groups alike mobilized their dissent through creative interventions? How can we, as scholars and artists, perform research that does not similarly extract community/Indigenous knowledge for our own cultural capital? How can we ethically and productively engage communities as co-researchers and collaborators without succumbing to an exploitative model of knowledge and labour extraction?

Resisting Extractivism, Performing Opposition explores extractivism as a vital issue that concerns all Canadians: resource extraction informs Canadian domestic and foreign policy, mandatory investments, and is inherent in how we conceptualize Canadian identities, mythologies, and exceptionalism. Canada’s place in the Americas is inherently tied to extractivism, and we will explore this through creative and innovative research methods, mobilized in conversations across disciplines that reach publics outside of the academy, convening artistic, activist, and scholarly communities.

The symposium begins on Friday evening 1 March 2019 from 5-7 pm with the opening of the exhibition Educate, Advocate, Agitate: The Mining Injustice Solidarity Network’s Creative Interventions. The exhibition documents the Toronto-based grassroots mining justice group’s performative actions and creative interventions, and a recent collaboration with JODVID (Jóvenes Organizados en Defensa de la Vida/Youth Organized in Defense of Life), a youth group based in Mataquescuintla, Guatemala that uses performance and creative tactics to resist Canadian-owned Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver mine on their territory. The exhibition is realized through the curatorial support of Valerie Frappier, an MFA student in the Criticism and Curatorial Practice graduate program at OCAD University.

Following the gallery opening, at 7:30 pm, we will present Beyond the Extractive Zone, a film screening and discussion co-programmed with the re:assemblage collective and presented with the support of OCAD’s Culture Shifts, that explore anti-extractivism from Indigenous perspectives.

Kiruna – Rymdvägen (Liselotte Wajstedt, Sweden, 2013, 52 minutes, documentary)
The town Kiruna is to be moved. The mining activities underground threaten its foundation. Houses will be moved, or torn down, and new quarters will be built on another site. The director grew up on the Company Site and is in a hurry to catch up with her past, for soon its physical reminders will be gone.

Screening with:
The Case of Gran Colombia Gold - Crude Gold
(Monica Gutierrez, Colombia/Canada, 2014, 10 minutes, documentary)
To Stop Being a Threat and To Become a Promise (Carolina Caycedo, Colombia/UK, 2017, 8 minutes, two channel documentary)

On Saturday 2 March 2019 we open the symposium at 9:30 am with the Indigenous Environmental Justice project. Based at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, IEJ works to works to develop a distinctive environmental justice framework that is informed by Indigenous knowledge systems, laws, concepts of justice and the lived experiences of Indigenous peoples.

At 10am we welcome Macarena Gómez-Barris, author of The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives (Duke University Press, 2017) and the founder and Director of the Global South Center at Pratt Institute. Gómez-Barris will present a keynote address, “Living and Dying in Extractive Zones,” considering the spaces of ruin in the aftermath of extractive capitalism through discussion of three sites within the Americas, and asking: How does mining, hydroelectricity, oil extraction, tourism, and monoculture disproportionately impact Indigenous territories in the Americas? How do social ecologies find alternative sources of living within the space of catastrophic death? What forms of refusal and social and decolonial praxis find solutions?

The keynote is followed by lunch at 11:30am catered by NishDish (RSVP required) and two panel sessions from 12:30-4:30 pm.

The first panel (12:30-2pm), “Animating Objects, Performing Justice,” features Toronto-based Argentine visual artist Dana Prieto, artist and organizer Maggie Flynn, and Winnipeg-based writer, filmmaker, photographer and professor Warren Cariou, who will share their respective visual art and performance practices. It is moderated by MISN member Merle Davis (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Minnesota).

The second panel (2:30-4pm), “Legal Discourse as Performative Resistance,” features Anishinaabe actor and playwright Shandra Spears BombayMarion de Vries, playwright of The Last Walk of Adolfo Ich, and Isabel Davila of JCAP (the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project). It is moderated by Sydney Lang, MISN member and law student at McGill University.

The symposium concludes with a keynote address at 4:30 pm by Kirsty Robertson, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Museum Studies at Western University (London, ON) and author of the forthcoming Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Culture, Museums (McGill-Queen's University Press, Spring 2019).

For more information, please contact:
Zoë Heyn-Jones, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas
zheynjones@gmail.com

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St.
Website: 
http://www.akimbo.ca/akimbos/?id=127597&fbclid=IwAR2PDyxwG5IL_Mw9q4w_NFJWIJy3KfHSivOCu8x1E5FFfFIgFLvHgdVq5Ak
Email: 
zheynjones@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free, RSVP Required
Sponsor logos for OCAD U, York U, SSHRC/CRSH, AMPD, Sensorium, Mining Injustice Solidarity Network

Message from the VP

The Strategic Value of Research

A message from Dr. Robert Luke, VPRI, for the 8th volume of PULSE.

In the last issue of Pulse we announced the launch of our new communications campaign, This is Research at OCADU. Since then you may have noticed several posters around campus – featuring Suzanne Morrisette, Judth Doyle, David McIntosh, Kate Hartman, Haru Hyunkyung Ji, and Michelle Gay and Barbara Rauch – that showcase the breadth and depth of research and research-creation that our faculty conduct. You can see these posters online here: https://www2.ocadu.ca/news/this-is-research.

I like that these posters all communicate the complex ideas and knowledges that each faculty member is researching. From the visual to the virtual, and the prototypical to the physical, each poster shows how our faculty are engaging with new forms of knowledge, materials and ideas at the forefront of research and creative practice. And, importantly, they demonstrate to our publics, our students and our partners, the value of ideation, exploration, knowledge and artistic creation.

These concepts are embedded within our new Strategic Research Plan (SRP), which received Senate approval last November. The research priorities articulated in our new SRP include

  • Creative action for social change

  • Relational approaches to place, space, and time

  • Critical mediations and cultural inquiries

  • Making knowledge through material, form and practice

  • Design thinking, Indigenous knowledges, inclusive design, strategic foresight and innovation

  • Art, Design, Science and Technology

These themes and priorities build on the history of research excellence at OCADU while opening avenues to expand for the future.

During the development of our new SRP I benefitted from conversations with many faculty on issues pertaining to Indigenous research and OCAD University’s commitment to decolonization. This was a key topic the that Research Committee discussed.

In discussions with Professors Ryan Rice and Jason Baerg they advanced the idea that the new SRP affords a unique opportunity for the University to demonstrate our commitment to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), in keeping with our commitment to decolonization, diversity, equity and inclusion as articulated in the Academic Plan.

Specifically, there are several ways we can demonstrate our commitment to the TRC Calls to Action that will help to ensure that research at the University adhere to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action. The SRP has articulated our commitment to “Nothing about us without us,” as outlined in our Academic Plan. This principle stipulates that research involving Indigenous peoples must be led by Indigenous peoples. It is supported by the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2 2014) which outlines our responsibilities in Chapter 9: Research Involving the First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples of Canada.

Within this context the University can ensure that Indigenous faculty are supported to advance their own research agendas as we continue to build capacity for Indigenous research to grow. Suggestions for how we can enact our commitment include:

  • Validating and valuing different paths to academic preparation and accumulated knowledges, not always vested in specific degrees;

  • Developing capacity for Indigenous researchers to meet the dedicated funding opportunities offered by funders, an example of which is the recent SSHRC funding awarded to Dr Gerald McMaster, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice;

  • Ensuring that Indigenous faculty and communities lead research involving Indigenous peoples and communities;

  • Providing the space and support for Indigenous research at the University;

  • Asking applicants to internal research funding and to our Research Ethics Board to indicate if their research will help OCAD U address the TRC Calls to Action, as one way to build capacity and awareness.

There will be other suggestions for how we can achieve the goals outlined in the SRP that the we can take into account. Taking steps such as these our SRP Implementation will help to ensure that the TRC Calls to Action do not fade from practice. Enacting suggestions like these as part of the SRP Implementation will send a clear signal about our commitment to decolonization, help us educate the broader research community with whom we interact—faculty, students, communities and partners alike—on the importance of the TRC Calls to Action, and help us track progress over time against these goals.  

The SRP implementation is now proceeding, building on the Academic Plan and over two years of development that went into the new SRP. The Research Office is looking forward to supporting the University community as we embark on this exciting next step in our research journey.

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THIS IS RESEARCH

"This is Research" Poster: one and the same
"This is Research" Poster: Depth Clouds
Monday, January 28, 2019 - 2:00pm

The Office of Research & Innovation is excited to announce the launch of a new campaign to raise awareness about research at OCAD University: “THIS IS RESEARCH.”

OCAD University faculty are engaged in inclusive, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research that audaciously and responsibly pursues the questions of our time.

THIS IS RESEARCH features posters and media showcasing the many forms of research at the University. You can see the first set of these on the many screens across campus and our website.

In concert with provincial efforts being coordinated through the Council of Ontario Universities, “THIS IS RESEARCH” will help to raise the profile of research performed across faculties by the creative professionals, scholars, and strategic thinkers that make up our research community.

Please join us in celebrating research at OCADU!

If you would like your research to be profiled through “THIS IS RESEARCH” please contact our office at research@ocadu.ca.

Poster: 
"This is Research" Poster: Quipucamayoc
"This is Research" Poster: Monarch
"This is Research" Poster: INHABITAT
"This is Research" Poster: One Hundred Thousand Lousy Cats

Research Lounge

Research Lounge poster - white text on blue background with the dates as listed on website.
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Come enjoy a coffee in a relaxed setting where you can:

  • Build your research network
  • Find out what other faculty are working on
  • Get knowledgeable advice and answers to your questions from Research staff
  • Find out how the Office of Research & Innovation can help you

We look forward to seeing you!

Venue & Address: 
Room 520, 205 Richmond St. West
Website: 
https://ocadu.ca/research
Cost: 
Free

Research Lounge

Research Lounge poster
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Come enjoy a coffee in a relaxed setting where you can:

  • Build your research network
  • Find out what other faculty are working on
  • Get knowledgeable advice and answers to your questions from Research staff
  • Find out how the Office of Research & Innovation can help you

We look forward to seeing you!

Venue & Address: 
Room 520, 205 Richmond St. West
Website: 
ocadu.ca/research
Email: 
research@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free

Research Lounge

Research Lounge poster
Friday, November 16, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Come enjoy a coffee in a relaxed setting where you can:

  • Build your research network
  • Find out what other faculty are working on
  • Get knowledgeable advice and answers to your questions from Research staff
  • Find out how the Office of Research & Innovation can help you!

 

Venue & Address: 
Room 520, 205 Richmond St. West
Website: 
ocadu.ca/research
Email: 
research@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free

Research Rendezvous with Johanna Householder

Image from project poster featuring a bird-headed figure standing beside a sign which reads "environment 1"
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Holocene Days: the debate around how to name the present epoch, whether from a scientific or science fictional perspective compels us humans to reconsider critically the necessary repositioning of ourselves as agents in the world: Anthropocene, Plantationocene, or Chthulucene as Donna Haraway would have it. As we collectively rethink our positions in relation to colonization and its discontents, artistic practice has a key role to play in conceiving of alternatives to representationalist regimes that split “semiotic” from “material” reality. This talk will describe some recent research creation projects partly enabled by the Distinguished Researcher Award.

Johanna Householder has been making performances and other artwork in Canada since the late 70s. She was a member of the notorious satirical feminist performance ensemble The Clichettes, who performed across Canada and the US under variable circumstances throughout the 1980s. While The Clichettes practiced their own brand of pop culture detournment, Householder has maintained a unique performance practice, often collaborating with other artists. As one of the founders of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, held biannually in Toronto, she has brought many international artists to the festival. She is keenly interested in the histories of performance, reperformance, and the effect that performance has had in contemporary art and new media.

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. West, Room 115
Email: 
research@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
The event poster

Research Wednesdays: "Reconstructing Lost Books: Otto Ege’s Medieval Manuscript Leaves"

Research Wednesdays 1-2pm in the Learning Zone November 7: Reconstructing Lost Books: Otto Ege’s Medieval Manuscript Leaves
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

In 1950 Otto Ege, an instructor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, pulled apart fifty medieval European manuscripts and created a series of boxes containing portfolios of individual leaves. These boxes were sold to educational institutions across North America to be used as teaching materials. Archivist Ariella Elema describes the process of cataloguing OCAD University’s portfolio of manuscript leaves and the present cooperative efforts to reconstruct Ege’s scattered library in digital form.

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Research Wednesdays is a speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, or 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? We are currently programming our winter schedule (Jan-April). 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: 
OCAD U Library's Learning Zone, Level 1, 113 McCaul Street Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick St.
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext. 217
Cost: 
Free
Keywords: 

Research Wednesdays: "Open Access: A How-to Guide"

Research Wednesdays 1-2pm in the Learning Zone October 24: Open Access: A How-to Guide. In celebration of Open Access Week
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

In recognition of Open Access Week we will feature a practical introduction to Open Access with information on how to make the best use of this vital 21st century publishing model. Join use to learn about practical approaches and resources, regardless of your career stage. 

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Research Wednesdays is a speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, or 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? We are currently programming our winter schedule (Jan-April). 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: 
OCAD U Library's Learning Zone, Level 1, 113 McCaul Street Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick St.
Email: 
dpayne@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 ext. 217
Cost: 
Free

OCAD Faculty conduct King Street Pilot Survey

A photograph of the OCAD University survey booth on King Street
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 9:45am

As part of Visual Analytics Lab's large urban design research project, iCITY, researchers have been conducting a survey (the "Walkable Street Survey") for the King Street Pilot. 

iCITY project member Jeremy Bowes, MARCH, AOCA and Professor in the Faculty of Design, states, "It would be great if any of you who visit the art and King street experience, especially now with the 'unzipped pavilion' by BIG architects, could comment. The survey takes about 12 to 14 minutes, so it has a lot of detailed design related questions, and the usual demographic questions from the city at the end."

The survey, which is still open to anyone interested in providing their pedestrian experience of streetscapes in urban Toronto, can be found here: https://bit.ly/2ycrbil

Learn more about the iCITY research project

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