Visual and Critical Studies Thesis Symposium 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 4:30pm

Students in the BA (Honours) Program in Visual and Critical Studies will present their thesis projects in a public symposium.

Friday, May 3rd, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
100 McCaul St., Room 325

This is an opportunity for OCAD U students, faculty, and community members to see the exciting work that our graduating cohort are doing on the cutting edge of art history and visual culture.

Please join us in celebrating their accomplishments!

2019 VCS THESIS CLASS
Lex Burgoyne
Kiera Charbonneau
Isabelle Fellini

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., Room 325
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/601878740321362/
Email: 
folas@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
FREE
White text "VCS Symposium 2019" on abstractly painted teal and blue background.

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

Death and Dying Discussions

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 10:00am to Friday, January 25, 2019 - 4:00pm

The mini-symposium seeks to be a catalyst, to open-up discussion and expressivity around the role of design and the still relative dominance of the medical perspective in approaches to dying and death. These discussions will connect across interrelated spheres - the academy, medicine, the broader public, and the art and design community.

 

The mini-symposium will start with a keynote by Ivor Williams (Helix Centre) on the evening of Thursday, January 24th followed by a day of discussions through panel, poster/video/demo session, invited and peer reviewed talks on Friday, January 25th. During the DesignTO there will be a number of events under the Death and Dying Series with an opportunity to visit four exhibits in Toronto including a juried exhibit ‘Until the Last Breath’ at the Artscape Youngplace gallery. 

 

Invited Speakers

 

Submission Guidelines

We invite submissions for peer review in the form of a 500 word abstract for either a short talk and/or poster/video/demo from a broad range of design researchers, practitioners, and teams working on end of life issues.  

Submissions will undergo a period of peer review and approx 10 individual talks will be selected for presentation and a maximum of 16 posters.

 

Deadline for submission is December 7th at 11.59 pm. Results will be available by December 21st.

 

Submission link : https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ddd1

 

Organizing committee

  • Dr Kate Sellen, OCADU
  • Karen Oikonen, The Moment
  • Laura Halleran, OCADU

 

Venue

The conference will be held at OCADU in Toronto. 

 

Contact

Laura Halleran laurahalleran@gmail.com

 

 

 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U
Website: 
laurahalleran@gmail.com

Collaboration - Making & Thinking Symposium

Collaboration 2.0
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:00pm to Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 6:30pm

For more information www.harbourfrontcentre.com

Collaboration as a way of conducting a creative practice is not a new phenomenon; however, it has become a prominent approach within the last two decades among artists, craftspeople and designers. This progression within contemporary craft is due in part to the growth of theory and practice generally; and movements within specific genres over the years. The ongoing development of post-disciplinary teaching and methods, the acknowledgement of underrepresented voices within craft discourses, and emergent technologies have had an effect on contemporary craft practice and thinking.

— Melanie Egan, Director of Craft & Design, Harbourfront Centre

Venue & Address: 
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen Quay West
Website: 
www.harbourfrontcentre.com
Cost: 
$20/pp and Students/Seniors $15 for Keynote only and $50/pp and Students/Seniors $35 for Keynote & Symposium
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Register now for Ontario Climate symposium

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Monday, September 17, 2018

OCAD University is hosting the 2018 Ontario Climate Change Consortium symposium on October 11 and 12. The symposium will explore how the development of positive, innovative, interdisciplinary visions can facilitate a transformative cultural shift toward low-carbon communities, sustainable adaptation and the adoption of green infrastructure and design in cities.

The two-day event is open to all, with students receiving a discounted rate. Come participate in a wide range of activities including a neighbourhood tour, short films, interactive presentations, a guided tour of the AGO’s Anthropocene exhibition, workshops and other activities. OCAD U Associate Professors Selmin Kara and Alia Weston are among faculty speaking or leading workshops.

Programming aims to foster a collective discussion on urban landscapes and highlight the interconnection of policy, public health, urban planning, climate change adaptation and mitigation and urban growth.

Register online for this exciting and informative event.

Established in 2011, the OCC works collaboratively with university researchers and partners from the public, private and NGO sectors on projects aimed at answering specific questions related to climate change and creating the intelligence necessary to address climate risk. Its formal mission: To arm decision makers with “regionally-specific climate data, intelligence and adaptation services that enable effective policy and investment responses to climate uncertainty in Ontario.”

 

Call for proposals: OCAD U hosts Ontario Climate Symposium

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Monday, April 9, 2018 - 2:30pm to Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:00pm

OCADU is pleased to announce that it will be hosting this year’s Ontario Climate Symposium: Adaptive Urban Habitats through Ecological Design. By exploring how ecology meets tactical urbanism, the Symposium will showcase real-life examples of how technology, policy, green infrastructure and strategic design can come together to transform cities. We are currently accepting innovative papers and multidisciplinary proposals and visions that highlight a transformative cultural shift toward low-carbon communities, sustainable adaptation and the adoption of green infrastructure and design in urban cities.

Non-traditional styles of research/concept presentations will be prioritized. These include, but are not limited to, exhibitions or installations, short films and documentary screenings, themed sessions/panels, art and digital media, workshops/interactive sessions, and posters. For more information email jenessa.doherty@trca.on.ca All proposals will be reviewed by the Symposium organizing committee with decisions made by May 11th, 2018..

For more information on submissions, visit Climate Connections website

 

 

 

 

Website: 
https://climateconnections.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Call-for-Proposal-FINAL.pdf
Email: 
jenessa.doherty@trca.on.ca

OCAD University hosts 2017 Manning Innovation Symposium

Thursday, November 23, 2017

OCAD University is proud to host the seventh Manning Innovation Symposium on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Presented by Freedom Mobile, the Symposium will connect Canadian innovators and post-secondary students with a goal to inspire them to choose innovation as a life or career choice.

“We are delighted to host the Manning Innovation Symposium at OCAD University - Canada’s university of the imagination,” says Dr. Sara Diamond, president and vice-chancellor, OCAD University. “It is our belief that art and design are central and driving components of all forms of innovation and we are pleased to engage with the community and share our ground-breaking research and pathways to innovation success.”

“The pathway to innovation can be indirect and daunting,” says Foundation President Jennifer Diakiw. “We are grateful for Freedom Mobile’s support, which is a demonstration of their commitment to inspiring young Canadians to consider innovation as a life or career choice.”

The theme of this year’s Innovation Symposium is “The Imagination to Innovate, the Stamina to Succeed.” Organized by and for students, the Symposium is comprised of two components:

In the first session, Ernest C. Manning Awards Laureates and two innovators linked to OCAD University will share stories that focus on their pathways to innovation success. The presentations are brief and informal and will be recorded and produced as YouTube videos, which will be widely distributed.

The second component, Innovation Mentorship in 12 Minutes, is an opportunity for students to engage with the innovators in a way that is more meaningful than a Q & A session. Similar to speed dating, small groups of students will have approximately 12 minutes with each innovator for conversation.

“Encouraging innovation in Canada’s young people is key to helping ensure the future growth, development and prosperity of our community,” says Chethan Lakshman, Vice-President, External Affairs, Freedom Mobile. “Events like the Manning Innovation Symposium champion the development of new ideas and new thinking that will help inspire the next generation.” 

“The pathway to innovation can be indirect and daunting,” says Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation President Jennifer Diakiw. “When the innovators share their stories, students hear about the challenges, but also the tremendous rewards.”

Ernest C. Manning Awards Laureates participating in the Symposium will include the 2017 winners to be announced at the 36th Manning Innovation Awards at Toronto’s Scotiabank Centre on Wednesday, November 29. They will be available for media interviews at the Innovation Symposium at 10:30 a.m. at OCAD U.

The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation discovers, encourages and rewards outstanding Canadian innovators – and tells their stories. The Innovation Symposia, held in partnership with Canadian post-secondary institutions, are key pillars in encouraging young Canadians through the innovators’ stories.

 

2011 CADN GRADUATE STUDENT SYMPOSIUM: WITHIN/OUT SPACE

WITHIN/OUT SPACE CADN SYMPOSIUM 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 6:00pm

Engaged in an ongoing process of development, the metropolis constitutes a defining aspect of contemporary society and artistic production. Since the rise of industrialization, conceptualizations of the city have been accompanied by notions of anxiety, progress, consumption, isolation, communication and dislocation. Within/out Space will engage with these varying conceptions and examine the metropolis through the lens of artistic engagement. Conditions and theories associated with urban space remain fertile ground for discussion among artists, critics, curators and theorists. This panel will engage with members of the Toronto artistic community whose work addresses issues raised by the metropolis.

The theme unifying all three presenters is that of the constantly evolving urban landscape and the psycho-geographical boundaries that shape our human psychology and identity.  He will seek to address the question of how is it that we negotiate the realistic conditions of urban life with media representations and popular culture.

"The face of the city changes more quickly, alas! Than the mortal heart."


- Charles Baudelaire

 

Speakers:

Evan Tyler

“Psycho-Geography and Urban Spaces”

Evan Tyler is a multi-media artist working in photography, video, drawing, text and performance. After providing an overview of his Having grown up in a small urban center, his ideals of the metropolis have become seminal to his current explorations. In this presentation, he will explore the theme of our discussion – Within/out Space – through three separate but related fascinating projects he has embarked on.

 

Flavio Trevisan

“The Game of Urban Renewal”

Flavio Trevisan is a visual artist and designer. He will discuss the Regent Park neighbourhood in Toronto and specifically how it was developed in the late 1940s to replace a notorious slum, only for it in turn to become a place associated primarily with crime and poverty. Flavio will present his work The Game of Urban Renewal as an in-depth study about how socio-political concerns continue to impact this particular community.

 

Keith Bresnahan

“The Metropolis and Its History”

Keith Bresnahan is Associate Professor at OCAD U, and a historian and theorist of modern architecture and graphic design. His writing and teaching explore the political, social and philosophical contexts of design. For our panel tonight, Keith will discuss the mapping (in) the city, particularly strategies for visualizing urban structures and flows, and the relation between such representations and lived urban experience. Keith will approach this talk from a historical and theoretical point of view, and the manner in which history has impacted today’s conceptions regarding the metropolis and urban spaces. He will emphasize problems concerning experience and representation, immediacy and mediation.

 

 

 

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 190
WITHIN/OUT SPACE

2017 Manning Innovation Symposium

2017 Manning Innovation Symposium Poster
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Join us at the Symposium, to hear from and mingle with six innovators – four Manning Laureates and two OCAD U innovators. Their brief and dynamic presentations about their pathways to innovation will be followed by a complimentary lunch and a ‘speed innovating’ experience where you can connect one-on-one with these inspiring innovators and more.

For 36 years, the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation has been creating a culture of innovation in Canada by discovering, encouraging and rewarding Canadian innovators and telling their stories. Manning Laureates’ innovations are commercially viable and touch all areas of human endeavour.

 

On-site registration will begin at 11:00am.

The Symposium will begin at 11:30am.

 

To register please click here.

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Venue & Address: 
The Great Hall 100 McCaul Street, Room 270 Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1
Website: 
https://2017-manning-innovation-symposium.eventbrite.ca
http://bit.ly/2ydPIlE
Email: 
kkwon@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x4782
Cost: 
FREE

Opportunity to Display Your Art

Open call for artwork to be displayed in the Great Hall during the 2017 Manning Innovation Symposium, Submission Deadline: November 10 at 11:59pm

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