Nuit Blanche Toronto at OCAD University

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 11:00pm to Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 11:00am


An all-night essay film marathon and viewing party occupying the classrooms, auditoriums and hallways of OCAD University. We will screen classic, emergent, speculative and mobile works by students, faculty, local and international artists and designers in a cornucopia of essay film and video exemplary of our post-internet age.


The Modest Eyes is a collective comprising artists, designers, filmmakers and curators (mostly OCAD U alumni and faculty) who curate novel experiences with video, film and new media art in post-internet contexts.

Maggie Chan is a researcher, artist and designer based in Toronto. She holds a degree from OCAD U in 2D Design and Digital Media and has exhibited multimedia installation at the Gladstone Hotel, Gallery 1313, Art Spin and Ryerson University, Nuit Blanche 2015 and Whitby Station. Her work explores the interchange between technological developments, design and artistic practices.

Patricio Davila is an artist, designer and educator. He is currently an Assistant Professor at OCAD U in Design, Liberal Studies, Digital Futures and Graduate Studies. Patricio is also a member of the OCAD U Mobile Media Lab, Visual Analytics Lab and Zero Lab. He is currently completing his doctoral degree in Communication and Culture at York and Ryerson with a focus on Critical Approaches to Design and Information Visualization. He has exhibited nationally and internationally.

Onyeka Igwe is an artist filmmaker from London. She studied at Goldsmiths for a Master’s in non-fiction filmmaking and her work has been screened in festivals and galleries across the UK, Europe and North America such as the V&A, the London Film Festival and Planete+DOC. In 2015, Onyeka served as Festival Programmer for Toronto's Regent Park Film Festival. She has been involved in LimaZulu gallery and project space since 2011.

Preethi Jagadeesh is a Toronto-based artist and designer. She has a Bachelor of Design from OCAD U along with vast experience in experimental art and design, exploring combinations of traditional and digital media. Her works, which have been exhibited at The Gladstone Hotel and Gallery 1313, use moving images, experimental montage techniques and mixed media through a critically engaged lens.

Maiko Tanaka is a Toronto-based curator who has held positions at the Barnicke, InterAccess, and Casco. She holds a BFA from OCAD U and a Master’s of Visual Studies from the University of Toronto. She is currently undertaking a curatorial residency at Trinity Square Video. Maiko was the curator of Nuit Blanche at OCAD University in 2015.

Participating Artists:

Alpha Girls (Alma Alloro and Jennifer Chan)
Mounira Al Sohl
Shirin Barghnavard, Firouzeh Khosrovani, Farahnaz Sharifi, Mina Keshavarz, Sepideh Abtahi, Sahar Salahshoor and Nahid Rezaei
Black Audio Film Collective
Jennifer Chan
soJin Chun
Dana Claxton
Lina El Shamy
Lindsay Fisher and Eliza Chandler
Richard Fung
Forensic Architecture (Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezza)
Onyeka Igwe
Soda Jerk
Kevin B. Lee
Chris Marker
Trinh T. Minh-ha
Sondra Perry
Hans Richter
Hito Steryl
Agnes Varda
Dziga Vertov
Anna Zett


This work, commissioned by the City of Toronto as part of curator Paco Barrágan's Militant Nostalgia, will be a large narrative mural depicting multiple interconnected spaces inhabited by various figures in movement. The narration will be symbolic, but also related to two of Toronto's prominent figures: Marshall McLuhan and Harold Coxeter. The choice of the figures is based on their strong significance for the methodology employed in this work. A large painting created using a set of CGI programs is complemented by an app which will allow the viewer to investigate with their tablet or smartphone the three-dimensional spaces depicted in it. Another function of the app will allow figures and geometric shapes to pop out of the painting. The mural is intended as an entity between our physical space and the space of the representations,opening a door toward infinite explorations.

This complex multi-layered project will be unfolding on 3 levels: outdoor, indoor, and virtual space. Each can be experienced independently, but they are also interconnected and enrich one another.


Specializing in fusing Americana, popular imagery, and traditional painting techniques, Nicola Verlato is best known for his highly refined allegorical surrealism that recalls the murals of Thomas Hart Benton and the heightened drama of 17th-century Italian baroque paintings. Featuring spectacular light effects, twisting nude figures, and dense compositions, Verlato’s work depicts a dark future that recalls a mythological past. In 2009, he represented Italy at the Venice Biennale with a series of sculptures and paintings, the latter recalling apocalyptic altarpiece panels.


A large banner copy of Verlato's painting will be installed on the exterior wall of OCAD U – highly visible to the Nuit Blanche publics and incorporated into the urban landscape. Gyroscope technology brings objects such as geometric polytopes and some figures out of the mural to the street, allowing them to float freely above those using iPads and smartphones. These polytopes can also be seen away from the mural view – whenever a person engages the app, adding these mysterious objects to his or her actual reality when viewed through the screen of their device. The app allows the painting to be brought out into the world.


The original painting will be installed on the wall of The Great Hall at OCAD U. Here, visitors can experience both virtual and augmented reality (AR). The first allows viewers to enter into the painting using their mobile devices to actually see what traditionally only be imagined, such as the backs of the figures, obscured parts of space, etc. By contrast, augmented reality brings characters out of the painting into a three dimensional form. In addition to objects in the painting itself, pedestals located throughout The Great Hall will include AR markers. The pedestals appear empty, but when the marker is activated with the app, virtual sculptures of characters in the painting are created, transforming what was a 2D image in the painting into 3D sculpture. With their mobile devices, the public can add volume to the otherwise flat painting.

Virtual Space

By using the app, the audience can explore the space of painting — entering into the world within the frame beyond what is visible, going to additional rooms, as well as exploring what is under the floor and above the ceiling of the depicted room. The music will change depending on the location of the viewer within this virtual world.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Main Building 100 McCaul St.
Nuit Blance

Earth, Sea, and Sky

Andrea Woermke, Sphere, Sheet metal and steel rods, 2016
Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 1:00pm to Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 11:00pm

A group exhibition exploring nature by artists from fibre, sculpture, and video courses in Continuing Studies at OCAD University. Landscapes, seascapes, flora, and fauna are featured in a wide range of media.

July 7 - September 8, 2016

Join us for the closing reception on Thursday, September 8, 5-7 pm.

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery, 285 Dundas Street West, Mon - Fri, 9 am - 5 pm
416-977-6000 x 2321
ESS Poster

Not Just A Fashion Show

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 10:00pm to Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 2:00am

A student-led cross-disciplinary wearable art show coming Friday, April 22nd

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St. Room 190 Auditorium
Not Just A Fashion Show poster with event info and photo of model with hand jewelry


Friday, April 1, 2016 - 3:00pm to 9:00pm

Come out and support 3rd year MAAD students and the Pop Up Shops they are launching across the city from Friday through Sunday. These pop up events are student projects that are part of the MAAD Professional Practice course.

MAAD Haus is a collaborative effort bringing together a variety of different craft disciplines to showcase local handmade material art and design. The artists and designers come from OCADU and can't wait to show you what they've been staying up late and getting up early all semester for. Join us in making the world a better place with art, friendship and did we mention $5 Steam Whistle! Because, we simply love you.


Venue & Address: 
The Drake Hotel 1150 Queen Street West
MAAD HAUS PARTY poster with event info

Light & Shadow - an Online Photography Exhibition

a series of black and white photos exploring shadow
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 4:00am

Continuing Assistant Professor Ron Wood is pleased to showcase another set of OCADU Analogue Student Photography, Core-Focus student work from the “Black & White Photo 1” course. This 3rd assignment  is "Light & Shadow".  The online exhibit can be found at:

Venue & Address:

Rouzbeh Akhbari presenting at Intersections|Cross Sections Graduate Conference

photo of a building
Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 7:15pm

Fourth year SCIN student Rouzbeh Akhbari will be presenting at this year's Intersections| Cross Sections Graduate Conference at Ryerson University.  Rouzbeh will be presenting from the paper "Spoliation: From Plinths to Capital" as part of the panel Critical Engagements with Space on March 12th at 2:15 pm. The paper directly references his SCIN thesis body of work that is on exhibit from the 2nd to 12th of March at Birch contemporary.



Venue & Address: 
Intersections| Cross Sections Graduate Conference at Ryerson University Ryerson IMA, 3rd Floor


Angular Stool by Julia Lorimer
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 1:00pm to Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 9:00pm

Contours is a group exhibition featuring works by artists who have completed the Chair Design and Fabrication course in Continuing Studies at OCAD University. 

March 17 - April 21, 2016

Join us for the closing reception on Thursday, April 21, 5-7 pm.

Venue & Address: 
Continuing Studies Gallery at OCAD U 285 Dundas Street West Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
416-977-6000 x2321
Contours Poster

Universal design

“Universal design” is a design philosophy that seeks to support usability for the greatest number of people, including a wide spectrum of age groups and abilities.

  • Universal design principles are broader than those of accessible design and barrier-free design.
  • Products and environments designed according to these principles offer greater safety and increased comfort.
  • They are easy to operate and flexible, thereby meeting the needs of different people.

The seven posters included in this article were created by OCAD University students Yi Lin, Avery McDonald-Heath, Lisa Qin and Samantha Yin. The posters first garnered attention — as well as an “honourable mention” — in the CONNECT: Enabling Change 2014-15 competition. Funded by the EnAbling Change program, CONNECT is an Ontario-wide post-secondary design competition that invites students to explore design that is accessible to the greatest number of people, to the largest extent possible, regardless of age or ability, across all design disciplines.


All posters by Yi Lin, Avery McDonald-Heath, Lisa Qin, Samantha Yin 







Seven principles in seven posters

Scotiabank Contact Photography Exhibit

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 1:00pm to Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - 4:00pm

The annual Contact exhibition (part of the Scotiabank Contact photography festival in Toronto during May), from May 9 to 31st will slow in the Great Hall. it will feature the work of photography students from the Design department as well as the work of some photo/fine art students and faculty.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street The Great Hall
free to everyone

OCAD U’s The Big Draw - Silent Auction- Call for Submissions

illustration of a hand
Friday, December 11, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, January 8, 2016 - 5:00am

The Big Draw is back this year on February 9th, 2016 and we hope you can be a part of it!

The Big Draw is an annual silent auction of juried work from Drawing and Painting students, alumni and faculty with proceeds going to support the Graduating Catalogue for our Drawing and Painting students!!

We are looking for submissions of both artworks and experiences to be included that highlight the work of our current students, alumni, and faculty as well as allowing for a unique opportunity for these three groups to work together! We are asking alumni to also consider donating their time through experiences or mentoring opportunities for current students/recent alumni such as studio visits, portfolio reviews, workshops, etc.

Submissions will be juried, and accepted alumni work will be part of our silent auction, with the work being sold as 50% donation to the Drawing and Painting catalogue fund, and 50% to the artist.

We look forward your ideas and artworks to be submitted by our deadline of Friday, January 8th, 2016 at 4 pm.

Artwork Details:
Maximum size of actual work: 24" x 24" (Flat, wall mounted artwork please)
Any medium
Please send all proposals to: by Friday, January 8th, 2016 at 4 pm.

For proposals of artwork submissions please send jpeg’s
150 dpi, maximum height/width 1000 pixels
Within the body of the email, please include: full name, title, medium, dimensions, DRPT year (if applicable), best email contact. Please title your jpg with your name and title of work so it looks like this:

For proposals of experiences to be donated:
Within the body of the email, please include: full name, DRPT year (if applicable), best email contact and your idea for your donated experience. Where possible, include an estimated value.

Please consider submitting for this terrific event to support our graduating students!

And on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016- Get ready for THE BIG DRAW!
Starting at 5 pm
Location: The Great Hall
100 McCaul St. Toronto

For more information, please contact:
Vivian So, Program Assistant