Dr. Paul Polak: <i>Out of Poverty: When Traditional Approaches Fail</i>

Out of Poverty
Tuesday, June 17, 2008 - 10:30pm to Wednesday, June 18, 2008 - 12:30am

OCAD is proud to announce the launch of the Art & Design Society, a new patron's circle supporting and promoting the education of emerging artists and designers.

To celebrate this exciting new initiative, the Art & Design Society is presenting a free public talk by Dr. Paul Polak, founder of International Development Enterprises, a global non-profit organization that has helped 17 million people in developing countries escape poverty. His new book, Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail, exposes the flaws in Western efforts to alleviate poverty and offers effective alternatives. Dr. Polak's talk will preview the highly anticipated Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum touring exhibition, Design for the Other 90%, which opens at the OCAD Professional Gallery during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on October 4, 2008.

A psychiatrist for 23 years, Paul Polak founded Colorado-based non-profit International Development Enterprises (IDE) in 1981 to develop practical solutions that attack poverty at its roots. IDE has helped 17 million farmers increase their net income by $288 million annually. In 2003, Scientific American named Paul Polak one of their "Top 50" for his leadership in agriculture policy. Polak also received Ernst & Young’s "Entrepreneur of the Year" in the social responsibility category in 2004. Under Polak’s guidance, IDE has obtained more than $40 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Polak is a compassionate spokesperson for establishing market opportunities that serve the poor. He has presented to enthusiastic audiences at Pop!Tech, the Social Venture Network Conference and numerous academic and professional conferences, and his 2008 talks include speaking to 3,000 engineers and educators as the Distinguished Lecturer at the American Society for Engineering Education Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa. in June. He has been interviewed by National Geographic Weekend radio program and Wisconsin Public Radio and other shows, and featured in leading publications, including The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune and The Wall Street Journal.

About the Art & Design Society
The Art & Design Society of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is made up of collaborators, partners, builders and “co-dreamers” who play a leading role in supporting OCAD's drive to be recognized as one of the world's leading universities of art and design. Membership benefits include invitations to exclusive events, lectures by leaders in art and design, gallery openings, and behind-the-scenes tours of OCAD studios. To learn more, visit www.ocad.ca/thesociety.

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

Culture & Politics: Creating Change

Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 9:00pm

To establish support for culture at a political level, the arts must first create a greater legitimacy with citizens, and find new ways to build democratic consensus about its importance. John Holden, author of 'Cultural Value and the Crisis of Legitimacy', asserts that establishing a different alignment between culture, politics and the public will require courage, confidence and radicalism. Drawing on his recent publications, John will show how different groups in society value culture in different ways, and he will examine how the changing role of the arts and culture in contemporary society can influence public policy.
You can read more about John Holden and his work at http://www.demos.co.uk/people/johnholden
Sponsored by The Laidlaw Foundation, Ontario College of Art & Design, The Department of Canadian Heritage, The Ontario Arts Council, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The Metcalf Foundation , The Ontario Ministry of Culture, City of Toronto Culture, The Toronto Arts Council, Toronto Community Foundation and Business For the Arts.
RSVP by January 26, 2008 to sbrand@laidlawfdn.org

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Free (RSVP required)

Anthropocene Cinema Talk by Selmin Kara at UofT

Selmin Kara giving a presentation
Event poster
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 4:00am

A Talk by Selmin Kara, Assistant Professor, OCAD University

This talk provides an overview of Professor Kara’s recent research on the emerging aesthetic and thematic threads related to the “Anthropocene imaginary” in contemporary cinema, including: the post-cinematic return to the tropes of primordiality and extinction in recent films depicting human loss (in Tree of Life and Beasts of the Southern Wild), fantasies of grand-scale waste and its impacts (in films like Gravity and Snowpiercer), projections of ecological exploitation / anxiety onto human bodies (in Safe, Night Moves, and Upstream Colour), and evocations of insular and hyperstitional climates. 

ONSITE/insight: Images Festival Mediatheque

Image Festival Mediatheque Poster
Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 4:00pm to Saturday, April 23, 2016 - 11:00pm

Onsite Gallery is delighted to partner with the Images Festival in hosting this year's Mediatheque with FREE daily talks at 4 p.m.

Images Festival Mediatheque
April 16 to 23, noon to 6 p.m. daily (closed on Sunday)
OCAD University
100 McCaul St., Rm. 284

FREE but sign-up is required. Email lcolumbus@ocadu.ca with your name and which day you would like to attend for sign-up purposes.

The Images Festival Mediatheque provides personal viewing stations and video library of works in the festival, all free for viewing during open hours. The mediatheque will also play host to daily talks:

Saturday, April 16 at 4 p.m.
Grace Period 
This cross-disciplinary panel focuses on the ethics of representation and coalition, building on the issue of sex workers rights, particularly for those who are most marginalized within the community, namely racialized sex workers, migrant sex workers, trans sex workers and sex workers who do not have full status in Canada. With Caroline Key (Grace Project), Elene Lam (Butterfly) and Kate Zen (Migrant Sex Workers Project). Moderated by Alvis Choi.

Sunday, April 17 from 3 to 6 p.m.
Artist Fees Focus Group
100 McCaul St., Main Auditorium, Rm. 190
We invite you to join a discussion that will help shape our future guidelines and fee recommendations. Don't miss the Toronto edition of a new national initiative between CARFAC (Canadian Artists' Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens) and IMAA (Independent Media Arts Alliance).

Since February, CARFAC and IMAA have been consulting with the media arts community towards the development of an updated fee schedule for media arts. This town hall-style meeting is open to artists and cultural workers engaged in media arts. The result of this consultation will be a new harmonized CARFAC/IMAA media arts fee schedule that will ensure greater respect for the just renumeration of media artists and arts professionals, based on standards that are consistent and equitable, and developed and agreed upon by the media arts sector.

Monday, April 18 at 4 p.m.
Is this Desire?
A Space artist Roy Dib and Anna Linder will each respectively discuss their representation of sexuality under restrictive laws and polyamorous binds.

Tuesday, April 19 at 4 p.m.
Black Radical Imagination
Erin Christovale and Amir George, curators of the ongoing Black Radical Imagination program, will discuss their curatorial history along with their latest program.

Wednesday, April 20 at 4 p.m.
Ego Loser: Artist Talk
Johanne DeYoung's practice is predominantly focused in computer animation, moving-image and printed media. He currently teaches courses in animation and moving-image production at Yale University School of Art.

Thursday, April 21 at 4 p.m.
New Narratives
Artists Kelly O'Brien and Mike Hoolboom will come together to speak about new and old methodologies of storytelling.

Friday, April 22 at 2 p.m.
Images Research Forum Finale
The Images Festival is pleased to announce the launch of a new educational initiative that will take place during its 29th edition. Understanding the need to support the creation and dissemination of critical thinking and dialogue in contemporary moving image culture, Images will be hosing a series of small presentations by participants: Eli Horwatt, Lindsay LeBlanc, Yoon Jin Jung, Carolyn Jervis, Naomi Dodds, Ryan Ferko, and Yaniya Lee. 

Saturday, April 23 from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
MICE Magazine
What is MICE Magazine? MICE may stand for Moving Image Culture Etc., but why now? Join its current collective members and makers for an open and frank discussion of the motivations and visions fuelling this brand new arts publication in 2016.

Founding and current members of MICE include: Parastoo Anoushahpour, Gina Badger, Jesse Cumming, Ben Donoghue, Amy Fung, Onyeka Igwe, Yaniya Lee, Scott Miller Berry, cheyenne turions. Issue one co-editors: Gina Badger and Nasrin Himada. Designers: Sameer Farooq and Ali Shamas Qadeer. Managing Editor: Rose D'Amora.

Saturday, April 23 at 6 p.m.
Please join us for the Images Festival's Awards Ceremony.

Images Festival
As the longest-running and most influential integrated media arts festival in Canada, Images is dedicated to moving-image art in all its forms. The Images Festival is a venue for moving image art that provides artists with a supportive and professional forum in which to present their work and to connect with each other, with curators and programmers, as well as with audiences that expect and appreciate the unusual, the surprising, and the inventive.

Onsite Gallery
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University’s public gallery and experimental curatorial platform for art, design and digital media, fosters social and cultural transformations. In preparation for the launch of Onsite Gallery’s new location in May 2017, our 2016 ONSITE/ programming imagines and creates what a public gallery can be.

Onsite Gallery’s education program is generously supported by Nexus Investment Management.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University: 100 McCaul St., Rm. 284
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
Image Festival Mediatheque Poster

What Makes Art Collectable

What makes art collectible?
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 11:30pm

Join Stephen Ranger, Vice President of Waddington’s, for a discussion on “What Makes Art Collectable.” Focusing on the artwork from OCAD University’s upcoming signature art auction Project 31, Stephen will discuss aesthetic and thematic contemporary art practices and offer his insights into building a personal and meaningful art collection.

Stephen Ranger has held a senior positions in leading auction houses since 1995 and is Vice President of Waddington’s, Canada’s largest fine art auctioneers. In 2011, Stephen founded Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects dedicated to building a secondary market for contemporary Canadian art. Stephen pioneered the sale of Fine Wine at auction in Canada and continues to conduct over 25 charitable and fundraising auctions each year. Stephen has been at the podium for OCAD University’s Project 31 since its inception. This is a complimentary event with limited capacity.

Venue & Address: 
The Spoke Club 600 King St. W, M5V1M3
This is a complimentary event with limited capacity. Please visit the website to RSVP.

OCAD University presents a public lecture by Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim

Geisha Image
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 12:30am

The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies presents a public lecture by Dr. Alice Ming Wai Jim

"Global Asias in Contemporary Art: From RoCH Fans to Björk-Geishas"

This lecture explores three of Dr. Jim's current projects from Susan Pui San Lok’s "RoCH Fans & Legends" and Mary Sui Yee Wong’s "Yellow Apparel" to Tina Takemoto’s "Drawing Complaint: Memoirs of Björk-Geisha." She argues that research on global art histories in relation to Asia writ large concerns not only the transnational circulation of contemporary art but also local negotiations by diasporic artists of the complex global diffusion and transformation of Asian visual culture.

Alice Ming Wai Jim is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art in the Department of Art History at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. She is co-editor of the scholarly journal, Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas (Brill Publishers, Leiden, NL). She is the 2015 recipient of the Artexte Award for Research in Contemporary Art. From 2003 to 2006, Jim was Curator of the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Centre A). Her writings have appeared in publications including Third Text, Journal of Curatorial Studies, Journal of Visual Culture, Leonardo, Amerasia Journal, Positions, Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, Precarious Visualities (McGill-Queen’s University Press 2008), Triennial City: Localising Asian Art (2014), Negotiations in a Vacant Lot: Studying the Visual in Canada (2014), Human Rights and the Arts: Perspectives from Global Asia (2014), and Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the 21st Century (MIT Press, 2015).

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Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St, room 230

Talk & Tea - Talking Circle for OCAD U Students

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 - 9:00pm to 10:30pm

Talk & Tea is a talking circle for OCAD University students.

This is a safe space to gather as a community, drink tea and share stories on Indigineous culture, traditional medicines, wholistic health and balance.

Snacks and laughs will be provided. 

If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact Shawna at showe@ocadu.ca

Venue & Address: 
113 McCaul Street, room 410
Talk & tea poster with event info and illustration of tea cup surrounded by medicine

Loose Associations: Public Talk by 2016 Nomadic Resident Ryan Gander

Poster for Ryan Gander Public Talk
Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Nomadic Resident Ryan Gander
Public Talk: Loose Associations
February 23, 7:00 Pm

The talk sits on the brink between lecture, performance and presentation. Its format and consistency are reminiscent of an informal conversation amongst friends in a pub, it’s subjects roam aimlessly, linked only by seemingly trivial facts. Incorporating a vast array of linked everyday phenomena, associated with hidden languages and abbreviations. The work attempts to question the use, interpretation and regurgitation of knowledge and information within common educational models.

The Nomadic Residents Program will run from February 22-26, 2016

About Nomadic Residents – International Residencies at OCAD University
The Nomadic Residents program was launched in 2006. Residents include Rirkrit Tiravanija (2006) Ann Hamilton (2007), ORLAN (2008), Hal Foster (2009), Adel Abdessemed (2010), Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh (2012), Candice Breitz (2013) and Pedro Reyes (2014). The series continues with the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

Nomadic Residents aims to inspire and influence the OCAD University community and the public by featuring artists and thinkers from around the world whose work questions issues such as travel, mobility, displacement, dislocation, and homelessness, as well as the speed or instability of modern life. In bringing these innovative and diverse individuals to take up temporary residence at OCAD U, Nomadic Residents joins here to there, the local to the global and the provisional and the permanent.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., Room 190 (auditorium)
Poster for Ryan Gander Public Talk

Society of Publication Designers

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 11:30pm to Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 2:00am

OCAD Illustration alumni Anita Kunz and Barry Blitt, headlining a special talk by the Society of Publication Designers in New York on their portraiture of President Obama. It’s a testament to Canadian’s unique perspective and influence on the US politics and our program’s global contribution to the profession.

Venue & Address: 
The Helen Mills Theatre - NEW YORK 137 W26th Street New York City
$10 for members $20 non-members
Illustration of Barack Obama with a beard and hat imitating Abraham Lincoln

OCADU Hosts Dr. Tom McDonough

Wolfgang Tillman's Truth Study Centre and the Ethics of Not Knowing
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Wolfgang Tillmans's truth study center and the Ethics of Not-Knowing

Tom McDonough is a writer and critic based in central New York and Toronto whose work addresses the intersections of art and political struggle in the postwar era, with a special emphasis on France. He is widely known for his books on the Situationist International, which include “The Beautiful Language of My Century”: Reinventing the Language of Contestation in Postwar France, 1945-1968 (2007); Guy Debord and the Situationist International: Texts and Documents (2002); and The Situationists and the City (2009). McDonough’s essays on contemporary art and photography have appeared in journals such as Afterall, Artforum, and OSMOS, where he is a contributing editor. He has taught at University of California, Berkeley and Harvard, and currently is Associate Professor of Art History at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

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Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 230
Tom McDonough Poster