Launch of the Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Launch of the Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art
Friday, December 13, 2019
2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Co-presented with Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Free event as part of Onsite Gallery's public event program for ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᑦ / Among All These Tundras.


Please join us between 2:30 and 5:30 on Friday, December 13th to help the Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge and Onsite Gallery celebrate the launch of their prototype Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art (VPIA). The VPIA is a custom digital platform designed to facilitate Indigenous access and contributions to Indigenous artworks in museum and gallery collections around the world. Using a wiki-style approach, the VPIA allows institutional artwork records to be transformed into living documents that integrate Indigenous knowledge, language and protocols.

Following a knowledge crowdsourcing model popularized by Wikipedia, this public event will bring together artists, scholars and digital developers in an edit-a-thon to begin populating content and protocols within the VPIA system. It will introduce and explain the prototype VPIA, showcase our project milestones, and invite participants to contribute their knowledge of artworks through on-site engagement with the platform. Electronic music artist Geronimo Inutiq will DJ the event with a multimedia show, bringing his signature blend of Arctic and urban style.



The Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge is a hub for facilitating the documentation, communication and translation of Indigenous ways of seeing. Drawing on the inseparable concepts of perception and knowing, Wapatah assists Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and researchers to collaborate on the presentation and representation of artistic knowledge. Wapatah highlights the innumerable lenses through which Indigenous people envision the world–whether through artistic production, language, or interaction with the land–using each of these as a research tool to form new questions and concepts about the world. Wapatah promotes Indigenous research at multiple scales, from Indigenous-led research at OCADU to creating connections and partnerships at the global level.

 

ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᑦ
Among All These Tundras

September 18 to December 7, 2019

ᐊᓯᓐᓇᔭᖅ
asinnajaq
ᓛᑯᓗᒃ ᐅᐃᓕᐊᒻᓴᓐ ᐸᑦᑑᕆ
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
ᑲᕈᓚ ᑯᕋᕼᐊᓐ
Carola Grahn
ᒫᔾᔭ ᕼᐋᓕᓐᑐ ᐅᓇᓗ ᓵᒥ ᕕᓐᓚᓐᒥᐅᑕᖅ
Marja Helander
ᖃᑉᓗᓯᐊᖅ
Kablusiak
ᓵᓐᔭ ᑲᓕᕼᐅ-ᑰᒻᔅ
Sonya Kelliher-Combs
ᔪᐊᖅ ᓇᓐᑰ
Joar Nango
ᑕᕐᕋᓕᒃ ᐹᑐᔨ
Taqralik Partridge
ᐱᐅᓕ ᐸᑐ
Barry Pottle
ᐃᓅᑎᖅ ᓯᑐᐊᑦᔅ
Inuuteq Storch
ᑲᔨᓐ ᐸᓐ ᕼᐅᕕᓕᓐ
Couzyn van Heuvelen
ᐊᓕᓴᓐ ᐊᑰᑦᓲᒃ ᒍᐊᑕᓐ
Allison Akootchook Warden

ᑕᑯᔭᒐᖃᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᑲᒪᔨᑦ: Hᐃᑐ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᐅᖅᑎ, ᐋᐃᒥ ᐳᕈᑎ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᕆᓴ ᐹᓐ ᕼᐃᐅᓕᒐ
Curated by Heather Igloliorte, Amy Dickson and Charissa von Harringa

ᓴᕿᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᑖᒃᑯᓇᖓᑦ ᓕᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐲᓇ ᐊᓕᓐ ᓴᓇᖕᖑᐊᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᑕᑯᔭᒐᖃᕐᕕᒃ, ᑳᓐᑯᑎᐊ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᒃᔪᐊᖅ
Produced and circulated by the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University

Among All These Tundras, a title taken from the poem ‘My Home Is in My Heart’ by famed Sámi writer Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, features contemporary art by Indigenous artists from around the circumpolar world. Together, their works politically and poetically express current Arctic concerns towards land, language, sovereignty and resurgence. Click here to read more.

Produced and circulated by: Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University
Patron Sponsor: Birch Hill Equity Partners
Supported by: Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage), Initiative for Indigenous Futures and Nexus Investments

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays to Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery: 199 Richmond St. West
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Launch of the Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art

Inuit Art On-Line: Symposium

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Inuit Art On-Line
Thursday, November 28, 2019
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Co-presented with Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Free event as part of Onsite Gallery's public event program for ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᑦ / Among All These Tundras.


This public symposium will convene a panel of Inuit artists and scholars to discuss the role and importance of materiality in the creation and presentation of Inuit art. Discussions will additionally explore how the social, cultural and environmental complexity embedded in material artworks might be expressed and navigated through digital representation as part of the Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art, a new digital arts portal being created in partnership between OCAD U’s Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge and Onsite Gallery.

 

Krista Ulujuk Zawadski was raised in Igluligaarjuk (Chesterfield Inlet) and currently calls Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, her home. Zawadski completed a Master’s Degree in Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in 2016, and has focused her education and career in the heritage sector in Nunavut and in the fields of Arctic anthropology, museology and collections-based research, with an emphasis on fostering accessibility to collections for Inuit. Zawadski participated in the Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution, the Otsego Institute for Native American Art History at the Fenimore Art Museum and is currently working for the Government of Nunavut as a curator. Zawadski is currently studying at Carleton University in an interdisciplinary PhD Program.

Nyla Innuksuk is an Inuit film director, writer, producer, and virtual reality content creator. She was born in Igloolik and raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut. She received a degree in film production from Ryerson University in 2009. Innuksuk works primarily on short documentary and fiction films focusing on Inuit and Indigenous peoples' stories. Her films are portraits of communities and community members in the Arctic, with a strong commitment to including community members in all production phases. Innuksuk is the owner and CEO of Mixtape VR, a 360 and Virtual Reality production company operating out of Toronto.

Couzyn van Heuvelen is an Inuk sculptor and installation artist originally from Iqaluit, NU, and currently based in Bowmanville, ON. Van Heuvelen received his BFA from York University in 2011 and his MFA in 2015 from NSCAD University. His artistic practice primarily consists of sculptural and installation works that draw from both art history and Inuit life. Across his varied works, he fuses traditional practices and forms with contemporary materials and fabrication processes.

 


The Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge is a hub for facilitating the documentation, communication and translation of Indigenous ways of seeing. Drawing on the inseparable concepts of perception and knowing, Wapatah assists Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and researchers to collaborate on the presentation and representation of artistic knowledge. Wapatah highlights the innumerable lenses through which Indigenous people envision the world–whether through artistic production, language, or interaction with the land–using each of these as a research tool to form new questions and concepts about the world. Wapatah promotes Indigenous research at multiple scales, from Indigenous-led research at OCADU to creating connections and partnerships at the global level.

 

ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᑦ
Among All These Tundras

September 18 to December 7, 2019

ᐊᓯᓐᓇᔭᖅ
asinnajaq
ᓛᑯᓗᒃ ᐅᐃᓕᐊᒻᓴᓐ ᐸᑦᑑᕆ
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
ᑲᕈᓚ ᑯᕋᕼᐊᓐ
Carola Grahn
ᒫᔾᔭ ᕼᐋᓕᓐᑐ ᐅᓇᓗ ᓵᒥ ᕕᓐᓚᓐᒥᐅᑕᖅ
Marja Helander
ᖃᑉᓗᓯᐊᖅ
Kablusiak
ᓵᓐᔭ ᑲᓕᕼᐅ-ᑰᒻᔅ
Sonya Kelliher-Combs
ᔪᐊᖅ ᓇᓐᑰ
Joar Nango
ᑕᕐᕋᓕᒃ ᐹᑐᔨ
Taqralik Partridge
ᐱᐅᓕ ᐸᑐ
Barry Pottle
ᐃᓅᑎᖅ ᓯᑐᐊᑦᔅ
Inuuteq Storch
ᑲᔨᓐ ᐸᓐ ᕼᐅᕕᓕᓐ
Couzyn van Heuvelen
ᐊᓕᓴᓐ ᐊᑰᑦᓲᒃ ᒍᐊᑕᓐ
Allison Akootchook Warden

ᑕᑯᔭᒐᖃᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᑲᒪᔨᑦ: Hᐃᑐ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᐅᖅᑎ, ᐋᐃᒥ ᐳᕈᑎ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᕆᓴ ᐹᓐ ᕼᐃᐅᓕᒐ
Curated by Heather Igloliorte, Amy Dickson and Charissa von Harringa

ᓴᕿᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᑖᒃᑯᓇᖓᑦ ᓕᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐲᓇ ᐊᓕᓐ ᓴᓇᖕᖑᐊᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᑕᑯᔭᒐᖃᕐᕕᒃ, ᑳᓐᑯᑎᐊ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᒃᔪᐊᖅ
Produced and circulated by the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University

Among All These Tundras, a title taken from the poem ‘My Home Is in My Heart’ by famed Sámi writer Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, features contemporary art by Indigenous artists from around the circumpolar world. Together, their works politically and poetically express current Arctic concerns towards land, language, sovereignty and resurgence. Click here to read more.

Produced and circulated by: Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University
Patron Sponsor: Birch Hill Equity Partners
Supported by: Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage), Initiative for Indigenous Futures and Nexus Investments

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays to Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Image: Installation view: Among All These Tundras , Onsite Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto, 2019. Featuring work by Couzyn van Heuvelen (foreground) and Barry Pottle (background). Exhibition produced and circulated by the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University. Photo: Yuula Benivolski.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery: 199 Richmond St. West
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/410072423006048/
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Installation view: Among All These Tundras , Onsite Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto, 2019.

OCAD U launches Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge

Friday, June 21, 2019 - 1:00pm

As part of its National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration, OCAD University is launching the Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge. OCAD University positions decolonization as the first of six key principles of its Academic Plan on a path toward transformative education. In light of its commitment to expanding Indigenous knowledge, OCAD University is thrilled to further facilitate the collaborative work of researchers and artists by providing a dynamic platform for creativity.

This is an exciting opportunity to celebrate Wapatah’s current and upcoming projects as we foster the vision of global Indigeneity and sustainable scholarship of Indigenous cultural heritage.

Under the innovative supervision of Dr. Gerald McMaster, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice (Tier 1), Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge is a hub for facilitating the documentation, communication and translation of Indigenous ways of seeing. Drawing on the inseparable concepts of perception and knowing, Wapatah assists Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and researchers to collaborate on the presentation and representation of artistic knowledge. Through creative and critical collaborations, Wapatah builds and maintains relationships between artists, scholars and practitioners across disciplines and in ever-widening circles.

The Wapatah Centre launch is an exciting opportunity to celebrate our research milestones and initiatives:

  • Arctic / Amazon Symposium: Part of a multi-year project, the Arctic/Amazon Symposium will take shape from September 19 to -20,2019. The symposium will centralize Indigenous research and artistic production to develop interconnections between Amazonian Indigenous and Inuit thinkers, artists and activists whose works address climate change amidst shifting political times. The purpose of this gathering is to foster and facilitate a collaborative framework in which participants from Inuit and Amazonian communities can share their knowledge and consider future work together.
  • The Entangled Gaze: Knowledge Exchange Workshop: This workshop took place over two days in February 2019 at the Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Linagaay, and convened an interdisciplinary group of scholars, curators, Elders, and student participants from across Canada, the United States and Europe. As part of the workshop participants helped to collaboratively develop a set of protocols for research accessibility, preservation, as well as respectful and meaningful engagement with the Indigenous knowledge online.
  • Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art: Building on the success of the 2017 Entangled Gaze conference in Toronto, Wapatah Centre is working on a series of digital archive and database projects and knowledge mobilization initiatives, including the Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art set for public release in 2020. The Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art is a digital platform for Indigenous communities, researchers, students, curators, and collecting institutions. This project aims to provide a digital gathering place for data on historical and contemporary Indigenous art, connecting Indigenous communities with researchers and museums.
  • Launch of a special issue of ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations’ and First Peoples’ Cultures. This issue brings together an exciting selection of peer-reviewed papers from The Entangled Gaze: Indigenous and European Views of Each Other conference as an indispensable educational resource for both scholars and knowledge-holders.
  • Launch of the Wapatah website. This new website will enable Wapatah to reach new audiences to communicate its research projects, progress and partnerships. The website can be accessed at www.wapatah.com