Sabbatical Talk by Dr. Barbara Rauch

Rauch, 'mesas' series 2016
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Dr. Rauch’s sabbatical report references research activities including 
•    a 2.5 months residency program at SOMA Mexico City, where she worked under the pseudonym of ‘Mesas Collective’;
•    a fellowship with ‘The Anthropocene Curriculum’ at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, in Berlin resulting in a series of workshops and seminars, and international conference presentations in Paris, France, Chicago and Los Angeles;
•    and most importantly Rauch pursued a variety of activities that re-connected her with her studio practice. Rauch deliberately embraced a practice driven by material investigation and considerations of the Anthropocene and questioning the Technosphere.

Venue & Address: 
Room 415, 100 McCaul St
Barbara Rauch - Sabbatical Report

On or about the body: Kate Hartman

On or about the body: Kate Hartman
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 10:00pm to 11:30pm

The Graduate Gallery is pleased to host Associate Professor Kate Hartman’s faculty sabbatical talk and exhibition: 

Kate Hartman creates objects that play with the relationship between humans and technology. During her sabbatical she explored how our bodies can be connected, extended, captured, and transformed using both analog and digital tools. In this presentation she will address the nitty gritty of her prototyping processes as well as the learnings and outcomes of her physical and social experiments. Subjects include pinky fingers, porcupines, and human-machine romance. This presentation will be casual and conversational. The work discussed will be on view and she might make you do something fun with the person sitting next to you.



Thursday, October 13th 6:00-7:30PM


Work on view: 

Thursday, October 13th 5:00-8:00PM

Friday, October 14th, 2:00-5:00PM

or by special request

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Graduate Gallery 205 Richmond St West Ground Floor
On or about the body: Kate Hartman

Sabbatical Talk: Bonnie Devine

Saturn's Rock, La Rabida Image
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 4:00pm to 6:30pm

The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences & School of Interdisciplinary Studies is pleased to present Associate Professor Bonnie Devine’s faculty sabbatical talk: 

La Rábida, Soul of Conquest: an Anishinaabe encounter

La Rábida is a Franciscan friary near the town of Palos de la Frontera, on a rocky outcropping overlooking the confluence of the Tinto and Odiel rivers on the Atlantic coast of Spain. Christopher Columbus set sail from this place in August 1492 confident he would find a new route to Asia. He landed instead on an island in the Caribbean Sea. The cultural confrontation that followed his landing is the inspiration and subject of Devine’s recent research and studio practice, and the art exhibition that resulted from them.
In Palos de la Frontera, ceramic plaques embedded in the town’s walls extol the virtues of Columbus and the Pinzón brothers (Martín Alonso and Vicente Yáñez), who piloted the Nina and Pinta on first voyage, not only as great navigators but also as pious emissaries of Christianity. The town of Palos identifies itself as the baptismal font of the Americas and the nearby Friary of La Rábida as the leading edge of a righteous evangelical mission. In 1992 Pope John Paul ll celebrated mass in the chapel at La Rabida to give thanks and praise for the church’s good work.

The Friary at La Rábida is currently on the tentative list of nominations as a World Heritage site.

Using texts and images from European and Indigenous sources Devine explores and questions the evangelical justification for the conquest of the New World, investigating and recording the methods of the conquistadors and the piety of the religious orders that supported and directed them. The resulting exhibition includes sculpture, drawing, painting, video, and a specially commissioned choral work by Anishinaabe composer David DeLeary based on the Latin text of the 1493 Papal Bull, Inter Caetera - the Doctrine of Discovery.

Noon - 1pm : Buffalo Stew presented by the Indigenous Visual Culture Program
1pm - 2pm : Talk
2pm - 2:30pm: Q & A

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street Room 230

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