OPEN CALL: Mobile Design Workshop

Friday, October 26, 2007 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 28, 2007 - 4:00am

If you are in Integrated Media, Sculpture/Installation, or are otherwise experienced with electronics, computer programming, interaction design or virtual communities then please join us for a weekend of rapid prototyping centered around mobile technology.

Our PORTAGE team members will demonstrate what we have accomplished using mobile technology and will then guide participants in the following experimental projects:

EMF Detection Project: Electro magnetic frequency detectors and mobile devices
Public camera Project: Streaming surveillance video to servers and onto phones via our Wifi network
Wall of Sound Project: Building instruments from found materials and creating user interaction scenarios
Video Portal Project: Video manipulation and motion tracking using mobile devices.

Food and refreshments will be provided for the duration of the workshop.

To RSVP or find out more information, please contact one of the following representatives:
Jennie Ziemianin:
Paula Gardner:
Geoffrey Shea:

Venue & Address: 
OCAD's Mobile Lab 52 McCaul St. (Third Floor), Toronto, Ontario

Sarat Maharaj: Puckering, Billowing, Stuttering: Thinking Through Textiles

Sarat Maharaj
Friday, March 28, 2008 - 10:30pm

OCAD's Faculty of Art, in partnership with the Textile Museum of Canada, presents an evening with cultural theorist Sarat Maharaj.

Sarat Maharaj is a South African cultural theorist based in the UK who has written prolifically on textiles as expressions of cultural translation and globalization in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He has held many academic positions, among them Professorial Fellow, Goldsmiths College, University of London and Professor of Visual Art and Knowledge Systems, Lund University, Sweden.

Maharaj will look at visual arts practice/textiles and textiles
processes as forms and modes of knowledge production. But what sorts of
knowledge do they generate? What ways of 'knowing the other' and 'other ways
of knowing' are spawned in these spaces of the knowledge economy? He will
try to explore this in relation to the contemporary migrations - the scene
of translation, the demand for assimilation and the ethics of difference shaping up today.

Material Witness is a groundbreaking lecture and workshop series, developed by the Textile Museum of Canada. This series brings together international thinkers and artists who will address textile concepts and practices through several lenses, including those of ethno-anthropology, current practices by artists who use textiles as media and inspiration and theories of cultural translation and diversity.

Presented with the support of the Jean A. Chalmers Fund for the Crafts.

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

Alexandre Arrechea Student Workshop

Alexandre Arrechea
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Join us for a small, intimate student workshop with renowned Cuban artist, Alexandre Arrechea, on Thursday, September 29 at 3pm.

Thought provoking artist Alexandre Arrechea will visit OCAD U the last week of September and deliver his lecture CORNERS, where he will introduce sculpture within the context of the public environment. Dialogue strategies will be explored in his talk, as will issues such as the evolution of site-specific sculpture, the related realm of collaboration, and the future of public artwork.

The artist has kindly agreed to give a two hour workshop with a small group of students – limited to only 25 attendees – the day following the lecture. For OCAD University students or alumni only.

If you are interested in attending, please email to secure your spot, as capacity is limited.

Wednesday, September 28, 7pm
100 McCaul Street - Room 190 (Auditorium)

Small Student Workshop
Thursday, September 29, 3pm
100 McCaul Street – Room 258

About Alexandre Arrechea:

Alexandre Arrechea (b. 1970, Trinidad, Cuba) lives and works in New York City. His practice employs visual metaphors to address ongoing social themes of inequality, cultural disenfranchisement and the disputed position of art in a global, media-driven society. Arrechea was a founding member (1991–2003) of the Cuban artist collective Los Carpinteros. Since returning to individual practice, he has focused on large-scale sculptures and installations that he first drafts in watercolour and that question the interconnectedness of urban design with systems of power and surveillance. His works include installation and painting as well as the use of what he considers are objects with “elements of truth.” This last category has included found “remnants” of places such as debris, fragments of walls and measuring tape. He is best known for monumental projects such as NOLIMITS (2013), comprising ten sculptures on New York City’s Park Avenue, each of which riffs on an iconic city building.

Arrechea received a BFA from Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte in 1994. In 2015 during the 12th Bienal de Havana, he received the Artist of the Year Award from the Howard and Patricia Farber Foundation. The following year, the Palm Springs’ Coachella Music Festival commissioned his Katrina Chairs to commemorate the 2005 Gulf Coast hurricane. Arrechea has held solo exhibitions at institutions such as Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Havana, PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in Los Angeles, and the New Museum in New York.

Alexandre Arrechea appears courtesy of Latin American Canadian Art Projects and OCAD University's President's Speaker Series.
Photo: Rafael Garcia Sanchez

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street - Room 258
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Grant Writing for Graduate Students

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

This hands-on workshop givin by Dr. Lynne Milgram, will provide research proposal writing support and context for your upcoming CGS-M (SSHRC, NSERC) and Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) application(s). Please bring draft copies of your proposals to work on in the session.

B. Lynne Milgram is professor of anthropology in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, OCAD University. Her research on gender, development and globalization in the Philippines analyzes the cultural politics of social change with regard to microfinance and to women’s work in crafts and in the secondhand clothing trade between the Philippines and Hong Kong. Her current urban-based research explores issues in formal/informal work, legal/illegal practice, the transformation of urban public space, and market modernization. Lynne has published her work widely in academic edited books and journals and since beginning her PhD studies in 1992, Lynne has had continuous financial assistance from a variety of granting bodies.

Please RSVP here.

Venue & Address: 
Room 514, 5th floor 205 Richmond Street West
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External Funding Workshop for Graduate Students

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Are you interested in applying for a CGS-M (SSHRC, NSERC) and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide current OCAD University Graduate students with further information about competitions, timelines and best practices. These are prestigious awards, and all full-time graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Please RSVP here.

Presented by: The Office of Graduate Studies

*Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please email so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Venue & Address: 
Room 514 205 Richmond Street West
416.977.6000 x4367

OCAD Student Union Workshop Series

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Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 3:15pm to Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 3:15pm


> Worried about getting pushed around by your landlord?
> Want to know what goes on at OCAD and how to get involved?
> Do you know what consent means? Got some questions about it? Me too!
> Want to learn how to bust a move and be a thoughful human being? 

The OCAD Student Union will be hosting a Workshop Series with a total of four workshops scheduled in the month of September! 

Consent Workshop

Join us for a non-hierarchical, interactive workshop that explores Consent, intimacy, boundaries, kink, and practical tools to making sure that all your actions are consensual! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Student Gallery, 52 McCaul St
12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Co-hosted by the Student Gallery and Bad Subject

Bad Subject is a youth-led grassroots group that offers activities-based workshops on Consent and relevant topics. We envision a world where all actions and interactions are consensual.

Let us know if you can make it here:


Run Your School
Do you have ideas about making OCAD U better?
Learn how to get involved in student governance (and what's in it for you)!

Thursday, September 15, 2016
RM 187 Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul St
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Facilitated by OCADSU Tori Maas, Director of Academic Affairs and Dr. Gillian Siddall, Vice-President, Academic and Provost

more info & let us know that you're coming here:


Know Your Tenant Rights

Toronto rents are skyrocketing and the student population is vulnerable. Join Licensed Paralegal and Student Union Advocate Robin Fraser for info about what you are legally entitled to as a renter in the city and what landlord's can't get away with. 1 HR presentation followed by a Q & A.

Friday, September 16, 2016
RM 187 Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul St
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Facilitated by Robin Fraser, OCADSU Manager of Advocacy Services

Let us know if you can make it here:


To Be Real: An Anti-Oppression Vogue Session

Creating a space free of discrimination is an ongoing practice. In this workshop we will unpack terms, learn about solidarity and wrap it up with a 101 Vogue workshop by Toronto's very own Mathew Cuff.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
RM 230, 100 McCaul St.
12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Facilitated by Pablo Muñoz, OCADSU Director of Campaigns and Advocacy

This awesome workshop is part of the OCAD's DisOrientation: University Is Political organized by the OCADU Art & Social Change Student Committee and the OCAD Student Union. 

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul & 52 McCaul rooms 230, 187, and the Student Gallery
416-977-6000 ex 241
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Seed Saving Workshop

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Monday, September 12, 2016 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Join the OCAD U Seed Library for a seed saving workshop led by OCAD U student Amanda Dong. This will be a hands-on workshop on how to collect and save seeds for coming seasons or to share with family and friends. Seed saving is an important practice in sustainable farming, it builds a stronger future for the community — keeps costs down, improves the yearly production/preservation of healthy produce, offers diversity and food security. Come expand your gardening skills and browse through our Seed Library!

The OCAD Seed Library, launched in June 2014, is an official branch of the Toronto Seed Library. The Toronto Seed Library (TSL) was started in November 2012 by the Occupy Gardens of Toronto Collective and students from the University of Toronto and York University. The TSL has grown into a strong cooperative made up of a diverse membership creating a free, self-perpetuating seed library system. To learn more about the Toronto Seed Library please visit their website at

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1 Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
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Protection Necklace Workshop with Cheryl Pope

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 6:00pm to 10:30pm

Wednesday, June 15
2 to 6:30 p.m.

OCAD University’s Great Hall
100 McCaul St., Second Floor

Meet and join Chicago-based designer and artist Cheryl Pope and create a protection necklace, unique to you and for you to keep.

Pope designs objects and situations for listening. Through sculpture, installation and performance, she creates works that explore often uncomfortable issues concerning power, inequality, race, gender, identity and violence. Pope frequently makes her art in collaboration with others. When working in this manner, the pieces she designs set up a framework addressing a specified topic. Such frameworks bring forward the thoughts, feelings and experiences of the people she collaborates with.

Event is FREE, all are welcome
Complimentary workshop supplies are provided
The space is wheelchair accessible through use of elevators from the ground floor
Fully accessible with gender-neutral washrooms

This workshop is an extension of Pope’s exhibition, Objects for Listening. Runs from June 8 to July 4 in OCAD U’s Great Hall.

Stick around and join us for You Can Show With Us Digital Image Slam! Event begins immediately following the workshop.

Image credit:
Cheryl Pope, I WANT TO BE PROUD, 2016
Text by: Debora Puricelli 
Nylon and tackle twill
3 x 5 ft
Image courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U's Great Hall: 100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor
416-977-6000, Ext. 456
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ONSITE/INSIGHT/INCITE: Reinventing Public Galleries to Affect Change

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Friday, February 12, 2016 - 5:00am

Dr. Andrea Fatona, Graduate Program Director of our Criticism and Curatorial Practice Program and Elisha Lim, MFA (2017) Candidate, spoke at a panel on making public and private galleries more inclusive.

On January 23, 2016, OCAD University's professional gallery presented a panel discussion and workshop entitled: ONSITE/INSIGHT/INCITE: Reinventing Public Galleries to Affect Change.

Dr. Fatona provided an historic overview of the context to institutional arts racial inclusion, through arts council grant programs and the Massey-Levesque report.

Lim spoke about her solution to gallery diversity, e.g. hiring Black, Indigenous and People of Colour to senior staff positions in galleries, art schools and arts organizations. They suggested removing "formal art degrees" from the list of qualifications in art job postings, and focusing instead on passion and a variety of experiences. They concluded with a list of the low-rank art positions that potential employers can look to find talented, committed, skillful people of colour, suitable to more senior positions.

The panel also include Irene Loughlin, a Canadian performance artist and writer and was moderated by Onsite Curator, Lisa Deanne Smith.

Photo credit: Ju-Hye Ahn.

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