URBANI_T + OCAD U + Ryerson will host the Student Zone this summer

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:00am to Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 5:00pm

The summer event will be taking place from Thursday, June 27th to Saturday, June 29th at Nathan Phillips Square. This year we are participating in the Fashion Shows and Moments throughout the three day event. Each day there will be different themes that you are able to participate in and showcase your already created designs/collections.


Venue & Address: 
Nathan Phillips Square
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Nithikul Nimkulrat, Associate Professor in the MAAD Program - exhibition

"The F(r)ame Without Painting, by Nithikul Nimkulrat
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 6:30am

Textile holds emotions and stories. Interwoven is an exhibition exploring ties between art and textile design, including a glimpse of bold new materials used by experimental designers. It interweaves fibres, techniques, textures and diverse materials into a tapestry fusing the legacy of contemporary art, ancient handicrafts, new technology and futuristic visions. A timeless source of warmth and security, textiles preserve an important fragment of human history, while also carrying on ancient techniques and narratives from generation to generation.


Sheila Hicks, Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen, Maija Lavonen, Pia Männikkö, Nithikul Nimkulrat, Kärt Ojavee, Bella Rune, Kustaa Saksi, Sue Stone, Johanna Ulfsak, Timo Vaittinen, Sandra Wirtanen.

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Sharedplace: Retrospective - Studio Show & Sale TODAY

Sharedplace: Retrospect
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 6:30am

Come see what we've been working on this past year, purchase prints & objects, and partake in snacks of the snacking variety. See you there, friends! 

*we're located on the third floor, in room 362  (Main doors are locked at 7pm)




Clayton Millard, Misbah Ahmed, Kima Lenaghan, Aliya Ghare

Venue & Address: 
401 Richmond St., Studio 362
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Dori Tunstall will be the Keynote speaker at the Joint Futures conference in Helsinki.

Dori Tunstall, keynote at Helsinki Conference
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 7:15am to Thursday, September 5, 2019 - 7:15am

All of us strongly strive to create a community and a safe space to learn, get inspired, meet like-minded people, and gather actionable insights to create change in your own teams.

Joint Futures Conference, September 3-5, 2019 - https://jointfuturesconf.com

We have been offered a 10% discount, please use discount code: tunstall@jf2019!2kj6

Venue & Address: 
Helsinki, Finland
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Beyond Borders - part of CONTACT

Beyond Borders
Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 8:30am to Friday, June 14, 2019 - 12:00pm

The lens inherently creates a border between artist and subject. Simultaneously, it provides a platform to describe, transcend, and transgress physical, societal, political, personal, historical, cultural, racial, and gendered constructions. While some choose to bridge borders, others may explore their defined edges. The still and moving images in this exhibition flirt with the thresholds of borders we so often struggle to define.

Curated by Michelle Astrug, Charisse Fung, Meera Margaret Singh, and Jenny Zhang



Beyond Borders

Great Hall, 100 McCaul St

May 16 - June 14, 2019

Opening: May 16, 4 - 6pm




Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St. 2nd Floor - The Great Hall
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Asia-Global-Cultural-Studies-Forum (AGCSF)

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Dr. Soyang Park  (Liberal Studies at OCAD U; a former chair of Pacific-Asia-Cultural Studies-Forum at Goldsmiths College, University of London (London, UK), 2000-2001)


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Asia-Global-Cultural-Studies-Forum (AGCSF)   

AGCSF is a forum of a lively discussion of Asia and Asia Global-related art, design, culture, media, creative strategy, and research.


The inaugural event

Date: May 17 (Friday), 1-6 pm

Venue: Room 115, 205 Richmond St. West (OCAD U)

Facilitated by professor Soyang Park (Liberal Studies)

3 tiers of presenters: Students, professors, and professionals

Participatory forum: Presenters, discussants, and the audience

Ongoing forum: regularly from September 2019: open for public submission of ideas: email to: spark@faculty.ocadu.ca.


*Everyone is welcome to participate in this forum/become a presenter in future events.

*AGCSF does not support any form of ethnocentric or regional chauvinism or hegemonic nationalism unfit for our vision for the future. It solely focuses on promoting cosmopolitan learning and exploration of cultures and multi-directional decolonization.

*AGCSF supports the emergence of other cosmopolitan research groups and fora at OCAD U - based a non-hierarchical and non-exclusionary notion of regional, national, ethnic, and cultural identities.

*For further information: find the “Asia-Global Cultural Studies Forum” (AGCSF) event page  on Facebook.

Or visit our website: https://asiaglobalculturalstudiesforum.wordpress.com




List of Presentations

Dr. Soyang Park (OCAD U), A Cosmopolitan Remapping of East Asia and the Asia-Global: Notes Towards Asia-Global-Cultural Studies Forum(AGCSF)

Leon Hsu (OCAD U), Reinventing Tradition Beyond Cultural Paradigm: A Brief Discussion of Cai Guo-Qiang’s Pyrotechnic Ephemera Works

Christine Carriere (OCAD U), Returning the Gaze: Contemporary Asian Female Artists Responding to (Techno) Orientalism

Richard Luong (OCAD U), Directing Orientalism: The Scent of Green Papaya (1993)

Jessica Liu (OCAD U), Painting My Own Being in the World, Falling in and out of Past and Contemporary

Christine Li (OCAD U), Manuel Ocampo and Colonial Legacy: Trauma, Multidirectional Memory, and Redemption

Ema Dan (OCAD U),  Idol, Not Celebrity: K-Pop, K-Pop Fans, and their Symbiosis

Yilong Liu (OCADU), Confronting Ambiguity: The Intersection of Racial and Sexual Repression and Marginalisation in Rex vs Singh and Seeking Single White Male

Florence Yee (OCADU), Bad Forgeries Make for Good Originals: A Studio-Research Project into Cantonese-Canadian Issues of Authenticity, Belonging and Diaspora Subjectivities Working with Text-based Art

Yujia Shi (University of Toronto), From One-Child to Two-Child: Understanding Birth Planning Policies in China’s Population Governance

Hannia Cheng(TeaBase), Tea Base: Against the Displacement and Gentrification of Chinatowns


What is Culture

Culture is the shared value system and code of conducts that exist in interconnected and contingent differences across communities, cultures, and nations.

Culture in all its manifestations – conventional, popular, emergent, marginal, and resistant – are constantly shaped by and are (re-)shaping our status quo, ways of thinking, and visions.

Culture is not fixed but constantly shifts through the intersecting influences of politics, economy, populations, migrations, and even environment.

The study of culture is empirical as well as theoretical, and most importantly, it is an interdisciplinary endeavor. The set of questions, analyses, and evaluations it involves itself in interacts with other fields of study such as the study of economy and politics; social studies, ethnic studies; cultural anthropology and media studies; identity, gender, sexuality, class, and ideology studies.


What is a Forum

A gathering place for exchanges of ideas and views. It is also the agora (Greek), a proto-site of democracy.


The ethos of AGCSF:

  • A syncretic forum of all levels of researchers (students, professors, and professionals)
  • Merit- and contents-based (not rank or prestige).
  • No ethnocentric/regional chauvinism or hegemonic nationalism.
  • Cosmopolitanism and exploration of difference and alternative epistemologies.
  • Non-hierarchical organizational model for the promotion of a culture of open discussion.
  • Participatory forum: The participants will consist of the presenters, the discussants, and the audience whose participation is to be equally valued to bring about diverse and multidirectional discussions.
  • The Discussants are an important category of this forum. They are the generators of discussion as well as latent presenters. Those who are interested in presenting are recommended to participate as the discussants first. The discussants – along with the audience – who have previously participated in the forum and substantially contributed to the discussions will be considered with priority as the presenters for the following event.
  • Embodied participation is implied in its growth model based on merit and contribution (rather than on rank or prestige). AGCSF hopes to make this forum truly an intellectually viable place for lively exchange and discussion of ideas and visions, a lively intellectual fora filled with genuine curiosity and openness to different perspectives.
  • Embodied and experiential knowledge: AGCSF values embodied and experiential knowledge, research, and ideas rather than the overly academicized outcomes short of the conductive power to generate grounded and real conversations.
  • ESL students are the most welcome. You are the holders of up-to-date global knowledge. If you have any ideas to share but the only thing that makes you hesitate is your English, please bring a translator or discuss the ideas with us.




Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. Suite 115
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Skip Dean - 'Homage-Jim Dine'

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 12:00pm to Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 5:00pm

Opening Night is May 23rd 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

See poster for additional information and participants.

Venue & Address: 
The Papermill Gallery, Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, 67 Pottery Road, Toronto
Skip Dean Homage
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We Made (Pretend) Plans by Susan Campbell, OCAD U Graphic Design instructor

by Susan Campbell
Friday, May 31, 2019 - 11:00am to Friday, July 19, 2019 - 6:00pm

Susan Campbell: We Made (Pretend) Plans


The solo exhibition, titled We Made (Pretend) Plans, opens on May 31st and continues until July 19th, 2019 at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, Missouri.


The overarching theme of the exhibition We Made (Pretend) Plans considers the ways that urban environments are manipulated and shaped. Campbell’s process of apprehending inscriptions and boundary marks found on site transpires into artworks which explore patterns of impermanence, perpetuated by technological developments in the production of space. The exhibition takes its somewhat playful title from her practice of reorganizing spaces into performative zones, using codes such as floor plans and clearance zones. The exhibition comprises a range of sculptural installations, photographic works, and video projections.


The artist acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.


We Made (Pretend) Plans will take place from May 31st – July 19th, 2019, with an Opening Reception on Friday, May 31st, 6-8pm at the Foundry Art Centre.


Gallery III of the Foundry Art Centre is located at 520 North Main Center, St. Charles, Missouri.





Venue & Address: 
Foundry Art Centre, 520 N. Main Center, St. Charles MO 63301
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SUGAR invites you to SHIFT - Sugar & Music: Shifting Site

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 10:00pm to Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 4:00am

The first edition of this series of events at SUGAR is SHIFT, addressing the site of Sugar beach, where a colonial history of sugar production industry between Canada, UK and the Caribbean mirrors a history of cultural exchange and appropriation in music.

SHIFT is a project aimed at paying homage to the recent history of this site at 130 Queens Quay East, Toronto. SUGAR, will host this club-music event and free-form dialogue aimed at exploring the site’s cultural legacy. Aware of the tensions that continue to exist - the shadow of neo-colonialism to contend with and the economic history of extracting and refining Caribbean sugar cane for mass consumption in North America - SHIFT creates context to move and connect to these condition through dance and discourse.






Venue & Address: 
130 Queens Quay, Unit 131
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URBANI_T + OCAD U + Ryerson Call for Student Designer Participation in Fashion Mobs

Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 9:00am to Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 4:00pm

The summer event will be taking place from Thursday, June 27th to Saturday, June 29th at Nathan Phillips Square. This year we are participating in the Fashion Shows and Moments throughout the three day event. Each day there will be different themes that you are able to participate in and showcase your already created designs/collections.


If you are interested in participating, please fill in the column that you find yourself best fit using the sign-up sheet by Wednesday, April 24th 12:00pm. Once you have signed-up, Sadia Kamran from Ryerson University will be in touch with next steps. Thank you for your participation and interest!!

Venue & Address: 
Nathan Phillips Square
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