Artist Talk: Christopher Stevenson

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:30pm

Talk Photography & Workshop

Christopher Stevenson has been working in advertising and editorial photography. He had worked with clients such as The Bay, BMW, Capezio, Davids, Holt Renfrew, Toyota, Elle Magazine, Fashion Magazine, Toronto Life, Mclean's Report on Business, etc.

Venue & Address: 
Central Hall 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Teaching at OCAD U: A One-day Workshop

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 1:00pm to 8:45pm

Registration open to instructional staff at OCAD U

The teaching faculty of OCAD University includes a rich diversity of talent and experience. Many faculty members are practicing professionals in the community at large and lend their expertise to OCAD U by teaching occasional courses. This one-day workshop is intended to give teaching faculty an intensive introduction to the practice of post-secondary teaching and OCAD U, providing practical strategies and guidance for teaching and learning success.

While intended for sessional faculty and faculty new to OCAD U, the session will be useful for those with either little or considerable teaching experience. The sessions will cover issues such as teaching students with diverse learning needs, using technology-enabled learning strategies, designing and implementing effective assessments and using active learning techniques in the lecture, seminar and studio.

9:00 – 9:15 Coffee and snacks

9:15 – 9:30 Welcome address, Carol Roderick, Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre

9:30 – 10:45 Planning your Course: From Course Outline to First Day

11:00 – 12:15 Technology-Enabled Learning

12:15 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 How to Thrive at OCAD U: featuring experienced Undergraduate and Graduate faculty members from across the university

2:45 – 4:00 Teaching Today’s Students, Deanne Fisher, Associate Vice-President, Students

4:00 – 4:45 Wine and cheese reception

Registration required

Venue & Address: 
Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre, 5th floor 113 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario


Video still from Bann courtesy Nina Könnemann.
Video still from M.U.D. courtesy Nina Konnemann.

“Könnemann describes known worlds but shows them to be unraveling, strange, transient.” Nick Mauss, Artforum

Renowned Berlin video artist Nina Könnemann is offering critiques and workshops to Integrated Media students at OCAD University as part of the InterMedia Artist-in-Residency, a collaboration between OCAD U, the University of Toronto’s Visual Studies at Daniels and the Goethe-Institut. The residency, which runs until November 14, also includes a series of public events, including a screening, artist talk and culture talk.

The residency provides a unique opportunity to examine the worlds Könnemann documents in her works and consider her process and techniques, often described as deceptively simple. Though Könnemann doesn’t use special effects, there’s a destabilizing and disorienting quality to her work that captures imaginations and attention around the globe. Her work shows multiple times a year, both in smaller galleries and in high profile solo shows, including at MoMA in New York and the Camden Centre in London. A retrospective of her work is planned at Kölnischer Kunstvereine, Cologne in 2014.

Playing with time and reality

When writing about Könnemann’s work, critics and reviewers frequently describe the disruption it creates. Viewers can take realism for granted in video, which makes the destabilization in her work ever more powerful and unusual, especially when she’s shooting what seems to be everyday occurrences and events, like people milling around in parks and urban plazas. 

“Rarely have I felt so lost as in viewing the videos of Nina Könnemann,” says Noemi Smolik in Artforum magazine. “Lost, because I couldn’t determine the place or the time period in which they were filmed, or even what was taking place in them. Were the events I was observing real, or had they been staged? In this footage, reality seemed to blend into fiction — or was it fiction blending into reality?”

Könnemann’s work, which also examines themes of time, urbanism, globalism, exclusion, public excess and public spaces, creates a sense of unhinging described by Jan Verwoert in Frieze magazine: “Konnemann’s videos make you feel that it takes no more than a gentle slip of the hand or askew glance for reality to unravel. And when the matrix of orchestrated events that regulates social performance does start to come undone, time starts to flow away, space becomes indistinct and the body manifests its intensities in surprisingly minor actions.”

At the same time, Könnemann’s oeuvre can provide meaningful glimpses of what is real, and how things actually are. Turning the commentary upside down, Katha Schulte notes, in an essay in Zusammenhage: “The dramaturgy of a Könnemann video presents events from their peripheries and interstices, now and then even from the point of view of their absence. The Real peers through the gaps, grimacing.”

About the residency

The InterMedia Artist Residency builds on the success of the CrossMedial Residency, developed and organized by the Goethe-Institut Toronto and the OCAD U and the Goethe-UofT InterMedia Residency. Previous guest artists include Lillevan, Carsten Nicolai and Olaf Bender, Nina Fischer and Maroan el Sani, and Daniel Kötter.

Learn more

The Intermedia Artist Residency

Attend a screening and artist talk: October 26, 2 to 5:00 p.m.

Attend a Culture Talk @ Goethe with Nina Konnemann: November 8, 5:00 p.m.

Nina Konnemann at Galerie Karin Guenther

OCAD U’s sLab partners with Barcelona’s Bau Design College to host Citizen Centred Innovation: Intensive Training Workshop

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 3:45pm

This September, sLab and Bau Design College will jointly host an exciting two-week international certificate course in Toronto and Barcelona. The course provides intensive, executive-level training on multidisciplinary methods and techniques used to address complex social problems. As the first in a series called “Citizen Centric Innovation,” this year’s workshops focus on urban food waste as an example of a complex social problem — with the idea being that methods and techniques learned to address this problem will be transferable to other complex social and environmental challenges.

Location: Toronto / Barcelona

Dates: September 14 to 26, 2014

Details and registration:

OCAD U’s President’s Speaker Series continues with a free workshop and talk by Lev Manovich

OCAD U’s President’s Speaker Series continues with a free workshop and talk by Lev Manovich
Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 5:00am

(Toronto—February 16, 2012) Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University (OCAD U) welcomes renowned digital culture theorist, data visualization artist and educator Lev Manovich on Friday, March 23. He will give a free practical workshop (2 to 5:30 p.m.) and lecture (6:45 p.m.) exploring the dynamic field of information and scientific visualization. Both events are open to everyone; (registration for the workshop is required).

A celebrated thinker, designer, digital media artist, and programmer, Lev Manovich is the publisher of several books, including The Language of New Media (The MIT Press, 2001), considered to be the first systematic and rigorous theory of new media to be published, and hailed as "the most suggestive and broad-ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan." His other publications include Software Takes Command (released under CC license, 2008) and Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database (The MIT Press, 2005).

In The Language of New Media, an accessible and insightful study, Manovich places digital media within the histories of visual and media cultures of the last few centuries. He discusses digital media's reliance on conventions of old media, such as the rectangular frame, and shows how digital media creates the illusion of reality and engage audiences. He also analyzes categories and forms unique to new media, such as the interface and database.

OCAD U President's Speaker Series:
Lev Manovich: "How to compare one million images? Visualizing patterns in
art, games, comics, cinema, web, and print media"

Friday, March 23, 6:45 p.m.

Manovich shares OCAD University's significant engagement with the growing field of information and scientific visualization and visual analytics. "The explosive growth of cultural content on the web including social media, and the digitization work by museums, libraries and companies, make possible a fundamentally new paradigm for the study of cultural content," says Manovich. "We can use computer-based techniques for data analysis and interactive visualization employed in sciences as well as the artistic techniques developed in media and digital art to analyze patterns and trends in massive visual data sets. We call this paradigm Cultural Analytics."

"In 2007 we established Software Studies Initiative at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and California Institute for Telecommunication and Information (CALIT2) to begin putting this vision into practice. I will show examples of our research including visualization of art, film, animation, video games, magazines, graphic design and other visual media. I will also discuss how working with massive cultural data sets — such as one million Manga pages — forces us to question most basic concepts of cultural analysis which we normally take for granted."

Workshop with Lev Manovitch
Friday, March 23, 2 to 5:30 p.m.

In 2007 Lev Manovich established the Software Studies Initiative to develop "Cultural Analytics" — intuitive visual techniques and software tools for exploring massive sets of cultural images and video in new ways. The examples of lab work include visualization of artistic development of van Gogh, Mondrian, Rothko and other artists; mapping the "design space" of variations in hundreds of Google logos; exploring visual languages of Manga by analyzing one million Manga pages; and many other projects which take on everything from motion graphics to 19th century American newspapers. The lab received grants from both National Science Foundation (NEH) and National Science Foundation, and its visualizations have been included in many exhibitions.

In this workshop Manovich will lead the participants though the number of the lab's project, discussing the methods and practical techniques which make them possible. Participants will be introduced to the powerful open source ImageJ digital image processing platform used in all these projects, and the lab's recently released free ImagePlot software.

Register for the workshop  (Free)

OCAD University - 135 Years of Imagination
Auditorium (both workshop and talk), 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000  |

Manovich is a Professor at the Visual Arts Department, University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where he teaches practical courses in digital art as well as history and theory of digital culture. He also founded and directs the Software Studies Initiative at California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (CALIT2), which facilitates work in the emerging field of software studies. The lab is also developing a new paradigm of Cultural Analytics: data mining and visualization of patterns in large cultural data sets. Manovich is also Visiting Research Professor at Goldsmith College (London, UK), De Montfort University (Leicester, UK) and College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia). Among Manovich's accomplishments is receipt of a National Endowment for the Arts Humanities High-Performance Computing grant (2008), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2002-2003), a Digital Cultures Fellowship from UC Santa Barbara (2002), a Fellowship from The Zentrum für Literaturforschung, Berlin (2002), and a Mellon Fellowship from Cal Arts (1995). His writings have been published in over thirty countries, and he has delivered more than 300 lectures, seminars and workshops around the world over the last ten years.

OCAD University (OCAD U): 135 Years of Imagination
OCAD University ( is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The university, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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OCAD University presents two-day digital media symposium, Euphoria & Dystopia

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 5:00am

(Toronto—January 14, 2013) OCAD University presents Euphoria & Dystopia, a two-day digital media symposium and graduate student research workshop on January 31 and February 1, 2013.

The period of the early 1990s through to 2005 saw intensive technological change; the massive adoption of digital media, the rise, fall, and re-emergence of an information, technology, and communication boom economy. Euphoria and Dystopia invites reflection on the digital concerns of the 1990s and early 21st century, weighing these preoccupations against contemporary research, industrial, social and cultural trends.

Sponsored by national research network and commercialization engine GRAND NCE, Euphoria & Dystopia takes its inspiration from the book Euphoria and Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues, edited by Dr. Sarah E. Cook and OCAD University President, Dr. Sara Diamond. The publication is a compendium of some of the most important thinking about art, design technology and the new media industries to have taken place in the last few decades at the international level.

Euphoria & Dystopia will feature dialogues among current digital media researchers, designers, artists and scientists; a master’s and doctoral student research workshop and an authors’ keynote and book launch. Moderated panel discussions will investigate themes coinciding with the chapters of Euphoria & Dystopia: the Banff New Media Institute Dialogues:

  • new media economies, copyright and open source models; the growing importance of data, its analysis and visualization, memory and documentation;
  • the underlying scientific grounding for new media in physics and graphics computing;
  • changes in how we understand humanity: artificial life, artificial intelligence, robotics;
  • new media art: curatorial practice, digital art’s exhibition and historicisation;
  • Online social and individual identity gender, cultural difference, health and wellness; and
  • Production and Distribution: models of production and collaboration in new media.

Sara Diamond, co-author and Founding Director of the BNMI invites audiences to experience exciting foresights about our digital world. “As we did at The Banff Centre, these events gather together many forms of intelligence, knowing that unpredictable and exciting networks, projects and ideas will arise.”

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Lyn Bartram, Assistant Professor , School of Interactive Arts & Technology, Simon Fraser University, creator of human centred systems 
  • Philip Beesley, Professor, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, Winner of Prix de Rome in Architecture, VIDA 11.0, FEIDAD, two Governor General’s Awards
  • Dr. Joanna Berzowska, Assistant Professor of Design and Computation Arts, Concordia University, Founder and Director of XS Labs, wearable technologies
  • Mark Bishop, Co-CEO & Executive Producer, Marble Media
  • Dr. Kellogg Booth, Scientific Director, GRAND National Centre of Excellence
  • Dr. Sheelagh Carpendale, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary, Canada Research Chair and researcher information visualization and user centred design
  • Dr. Sarah Cook, Reader & Director of MA in Curating Module, University of Sunderland
  • Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University, O. of Ont., RCA
  • Steve Dietz, Independent Curator, President and Artistic Director Northern Lights
  • Dr. Sidney Fels, Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Director of Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC)
  • Dr. Eugene Fiume, Professor and past Chair of the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Abby Goodrum, VP Research, Wilfrid Laurier University, Director for Social Science and Humanities Research, GRAND
  • Susan Kennard, Manager of Heritage Programs, Banff Field Unit, Parks Canada, former Director BNMI
  • Keith Kocho, Entrepreneur of the Year, Founder & President, ExtendMedia Inc.
  • Dr. Maria Lantin, Director of the Intersections Digital Studios, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • Cheryl l'Hirondelle, Indigenous Media Artist and Musician
  • James (Jamie) Love, Director of Knowledge Ecology International, U.S. co-chair of the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) Intellectual Property Policy Committee
  • Dr. Celia Pearce, Associate Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Tech, games analyst and interactive designer
  • Ellie Rubin, Founder of Bulldog, creator of Technorati web series and television personality
  • Dr. Kim Sawchuk, Department of Communication Studies & Mobile Media Lab, Concordia University, editor Canadian Journal of Communication
  • Stephen Selznick, Partner at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Digital and Entertainment law expert
  • Jutta Treviranus, Director and Professor at Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University

Guests are invited to register (free) for the keynote talk and book launch on January 31 at

All symposium and workshop events are free, no registration required. For a complete schedule, visit




About the book:
Based on the research of the Banff New Media Institute (BNMI) from 1995 to 2005, Euphoria and Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues celebrates the belief that the creative sector, artists and cultural industries, in collaboration with scientists, social scientists and humanists, have a critical role to play in developing technologies that work for human and environmental betterment and allow for a more participatory culture. The book/archive examines the major trends in digital media practice, research and economies during the period of 1995 to 2005, with consideration of earlier roots and later history. The book is organized by key themes that have underscored the dialogues of the BNMI and within each are carefully edited transcriptions drawn from thousands of hours of audio material documenting BNMI events such as the annual Interactive Screen and the numerous summits and workshops. Each chapter is introduced by an essay from the book editors that discusses the dialogues, research and creative co-production at Banff from 1990 to 2005 and a commissioned essay from a leading new media thinker. The book includes the catalogue for The Art Formerly Known As New Media exhibition, Walter Phillips Gallery, 2005 and a DVD based on the electronic journal and online gallery produced at Banff, in collaboration with Heritage Canada..

More on the Banff New Media Institute (BNMI):
The Banff New Media Institute (1995-2010) in the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains was a dynamic international centre that addressed dramatically changing times — the heady rise of the digital age, its tumultuous descent, and its reformulation. BNMI hosted leading artists, designers, computer scientists and engineers, mathematicians, physicists, biologists, chemists, humanists, social scientists, and medical researchers. Its cutting edge summits (think tanks) foretold that future. These occurred at The Banff Centre, side by side with international artists’ residencies, co-productions, transdisciplinary research, new media exhibitions and the incubation of commercial products and companies. The BNMI predicted and shaped trends in digital media.

OCAD University (OCAD U):
OCAD University ( is Canada’s “university of imagination.” The university, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

GRAND (Graphics, Animation and New Media) is a research network and commercialization engine whose goal is to address complex issues in digital media and transform multidisciplinary research into user-centred solutions. GRAND explores the use and application of digital media in a variety of settings including entertainment, health care, education, environmental sustainability and public policy.

GRAND is a federally funded Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE), and supports 37 research projects involving teams of researchers at 26 universities across Canada. Partnering with more than 60 industry, government, and non-profit organizations, GRAND is able to facilitate research across the broad spectrum of digital media by linking computer scientists and engineers with artists, designers and social scientists.

Through technology solutions, training the next generation of talent and encouraging a robust policy environment, GRAND plays a pivotal role in supporting Canada’s National Digital Economy Strategy.

Join the conversation:
Twitter: #EuphDys
Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+

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O-DAYS! WORKSHOP: Computers & Technology

O-DAYS! WORKSHOP: Computers & Technology
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 9:30pm

A Workshop for New Mature Students

This workshop is designed to help the (25+) mature student who may feel out of touch with computers and technology, or would like a hands-on introduction (or refresher) to the technology they will be exposed to at OCAD U.

Discussion will introduce a variety of tools in place at OCAD U and include:

> how to navigate a Macintosh or Windows computer/laptop
> basic file manipulatio
> use of USB keys and other storage devices
> student email
> CANVAS, the new learning management system for students and faculty
> Microsoft Office suite and more

All participants are encouraged to come up with any questions they would like to discuss to help them transition into this digital age.

RSVP to attend this event:

Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please make a notation in the appropriate field in the online RSVP form and submit it prior to August 23, 2013 so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Please notify us of any allergies or dietary restrictions so that we may do our best to accommodate you. Please make a notation in the appropriate field in the online RSVP form and submit it prior to August 23, 2013 so we can make appropriate arrangements.

Attendees should be aware that O-DAYS! activities may be photographed and/or filmed. Campus Life/OCAD U reserve the right to use photography and/or video of students — who allow themselves to be photographed and/or filmed — for promotional purposes in Campus Life/OCAD U’s website, publications or online.



Venue & Address: 
Room 665 Level 6, 100 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario

Supporting Documents: Resumé/CV, Cover Letter & Portfolio

 Supporting Documents: Resumé/CV, Cover Letter & Portfolio
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 7:00pm

Your professional presence on paper and online!

All students are invited to attend this session, which will outline best practices and explore current trends related to resume's, CV's, cover letters, statements and web portfolios. We will also discuss 4ormat's free services for OCAD U students.

Delivered by the Career Development office, this is part of a comprehensive series of FREE workshops intended to support student success.


416-977-6000 x3843



Venue & Address: 
Room 240 100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor Toronto, Ontario

Supporting Documents: Résumé/CV, Cover Letter & Portfolio

Supporting Documents: Résumé/CV, Cover Letter & Portfolio
Friday, September 27, 2013 - 7:00pm

Your professional presence on paper and online!

A repeated delivery of our Sept 25 offering, all students are invited to attend this session where we will outline best practices and explore current trends related to résumés, CVs, cover letters, statements and web portfolios. We will also discuss 4ormat's free services for OCAD U students.

Delivered by the Career Development office, this is part of a comprehensive series of FREE workshops intended to support student success.


416-977-6000 x3843



Venue & Address: 
Room 1516 113 McCaul St., 5th Floor Toronto, Ontario

Career Planning for Artists

 Career Planning for Artists
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 - 8:30pm

Learn about developing your professional practice!

Developed for Faculty of Art students and recent alumni, this practical session will offer you ways to start thinking about how you can help your art practice thrive beyond school.

Delivered by the Career Development office, this is part of a comprehensive series of FREE workshops intended to support student success.


416-977-6000 x3843


Venue & Address: 
Room 240 100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor Toronto, Ontario