Students to wow again this year at Level Up Gaming Showcase

Poster of Level Up Showcase with date listed as April 6 from 5 to 10 p.m.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 8:45pm

More than 2,000 gamers, developers and industry recruiters are expected at the sixth annual Level Up Showcase on Wednesday, April 6. Held at the Design Exchange in Toronto, it features 80 projects from 16 different institutions across Ontario, including students from OCAD University’s Digital Futures program. The event spotlights the most talented students in design, animation and computer science programs from colleges and universities across Ontario. The games incorporate the latest technology and gaming platforms, from motion sensors to virtual reality devices and beyond.

Level Up has become the biggest event in Toronto for gamers, recruiters and media to get the inside scoop on emerging talent in game development. The evening is cohosted and organized by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), University of Toronto, OCAD University and Algonquin College in partnership with AMD, George Brown College, Sheridan College and Ubisoft Toronto. The OCAD U community typically fares very well at Level Up, with Pitfall Planet, a game designed by Digital Futures students, named Best Overall Game at last year’s showcase.

New Publication from Dr. Gerald McMaster

The cover of the special "Entangled Gaze" edition of the ab-Original journal.
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 3:00pm

New Publication from Dr. Gerald McMaster: “The Entangled Gaze: Indigenous and European Views of Each Other” 

OCAD University is pleased to announce the new peer-reviewed journal ab-Original: Journal of Indigenous Studies and First Nations and First Peoples' Cultures is now available. This special issue entitled “The Entangled Gaze: Indigenous and European Views of Each Other”1 co-edited by Dr. Gerald McMaster and Dr. Julia Lum (University of Toronto), contains ten essays. The Entangled Gaze shares its title and theme with the 2017 conference that was co-hosted by OCAD University and the Art Gallery of Ontario. The conference convened an international group of scholars and museum professionals from the fields of art history, anthropology, cultural studies and curatorial practice to explore the topic of how Indigenous and European artists have represented each other in historical art and visual culture.  


ab-Original is a biannual, multi-disciplinary publication dedicated to exploring Indigeneity in the new millennium. To learn more about the journal, see here:  


  1. McMaster, Gerald, et al. “The Entangled Gaze: Indigenous and European Views of Each Other.” ab-Original, vol. 2, no. 2, 2018.  

Call for Applications - YYZ Books Junior Managing Editor

YYZ Books
Monday, June 17, 2019 - 12:00pm


OCAD University’s Faculty of Art is looking for a Junior Managing Editor to support the upcoming Faculty of Art’s publication celebrating the history of the Nomadic Residency. Reporting to the Associate Dean, Outreach & Innovation, the Junior Managing Editor will assist in research, edit, and production activities to ensure timely delivery of a quality publication.

Launched in 2006 with the generous support of Partners in Art, 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. The series continues with the generous support of the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation.

RATE: $16.50/hour for 28 hours/week

TERM: Part-time starting June 2019 (20 weeks)

DEADLINE: Monday, June 17, 2019


  • Coordinate editorial publications and meetings for artists, contributing writers, and designers
  • Research and organize the Nomadic Resident Archive
  • Plan and manage content, including rights and permissions and production schedules
  • Build and nurture a team of talented writers, designers and producers
  • Work on the design and layout of the publication
  • Assist with proofreading procedures and edit copy when necessary
  • Assist in evaluating finalized copy for compliance with policies, style and tone


  • OCADU graduates from 2018/ 2019 or current students at the masters level. 
  • Strong interest in publications, especially art publication.
  • Strong communication skills and professionalism verbally and in writing 
  • Demonstrated research and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated experience with project management and logistics coordination 
  • A good attention to detail, timekeeping and organizational skills Computer skills: Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, Creative Suite. MAC OSX.


  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email) and current CV. 
  • Confirmation of eligibility
  • Cover letter outlining interest and relevant experience 
  • A writing sample of publications, essays, or reports


Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Zviko Mhakayakora

For more information, visit the Career Launchers website

416 977 6000 x 3707

Legal Intersections #2 | Alternative Working & Studio Spaces

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Wednesday June 12, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Seminar Room 1, Concourse level, Art Gallery of Ontario

Join Jordana Wright, Managing Director of Activate Space, Dave Sorbara, Founding Partner at Signal and Ryan Martin, Partner at Aura LLP for a discussion about the challenges that arts workers in the GTA face with finding affordable and appropriate working and living spaces. The panel will be moderated by Alayna R. Kolodziechuk, Lawyer at Taylor Oballa Murray Leyland LLP. Part 2 of Legal Intersections will discuss some of the unique ways creators can set up places to work, create, and live, as well as answer legal questions attendees may have about these spaces.

Feel free to ask our panel your questions and discuss challenges you have faced as a creator in the GTA.  

Legal Intersections is a four-part series addressing legal issues of importance to artists, designers, and cultural workers. The series is presented in collaboration with the Artists’ Legal Advice Services, the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers at OCAD University, and the Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

ALAS will be collecting PWYC donations (with a suggestion of $10) to support their free services to the arts community.


Artists' Legal Advice Services (ALAS) is a nonprofit that, for over 30 years, has provided free legal advice to artists living in Ontario. ALAS and its volunteers run a free legal clinic, workshops and provide resources for artists to help them better understand their legal questions. Find out more at

Established in 2013, the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) is committed to supporting the early-career advancement of all students and recent alumni at OCAD University. Our team delivers specialized programs and services that connect individuals to meaningful opportunities, communities of practitioners, skill-building resources and facilitated learning experiences.

The Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives is a leading Canadian Centre for Research in art, and is free and open to the public. Learn more at

Venue & Address: 
Seminar Room 1, Concourse level, Art Gallery of Ontario

Summer Institute '19: Spotlight on Indigenous Filmmaking with Suzanne Morrissette

Thursday, June 13, 2019 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Join us for a Spotlight on Contemporary Indigenous Filmmaking! The evening begins with a talk featuring curator Suzanne Morrissette (OCAD University) and artists Lisa Myers and Fallon Simard, followed by stunning outdoor projections of short films against the walls of the historic Jacob Stong Barn at sundown.

FREE + open to the public!

6:00 - 7:30 PM - Curator Talk, York University, Nat Taylor Cinema N102 Ross Building

9:00 PM - Outdoor Projections, York University, Jacob Stong Barn

The program includes works by Richelle Bear Hat, Thirza Cuthand, Louis-Philippe Moar, Caroline Monnet, Lisa Myers, Jessie Short, and Fallon Simard:

In Her Care (dir. Richelle Bear Hat), 10 min.

Reclamation (dir. Thirza Cuthand), 13 min.

Kick It Now (dir. Louis-Philippe Moar), 3 min.

Portrait of an Indigenous Woman (dir. Caroline Monnet), 16 min.

And from the on we lived on blueberries for about a week (dir. Lisa Myers), 7 min.

Wake Up! (dir. Jessie Short), 6 min.

Land Becomes Ghost (dir. Fallon Simard), 1 min.


Suzanne Morrissette is a Metis artist, curator, and scholar from Winnipeg researching reactions to Indigenous political thought and curatorial strategies for centering Indigenous knowledge.

Archive/Counter-Archive is a SSHRC project led by Janine Marchessault, dedicated to researching and remediating audiovisual archives created by women, Indigenous Peoples, the LGBTQ2+ community, and immigrant communities. Political, resistant, and community-based, counter-archives disrupt conventional narratives and enrich our histories.

2019 Summer Institute: Archives/Counter-Archives is convened by Philip Hoffman, Janine Marchessault, and Michael Zryd. Free and public screenings, panels, and master classes will be held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and York University, and will feature special guests such as Matthias Müller, Ali Kazimi, Yvonne Ng, and Suzanne Morrisette. Visit here for details:

Venue & Address: 
York University, Nat Taylor Cinema, N102 Ross Building
Spotlight on Contemporary Indigenous Filmmaking Poster

Dr. Alexis Morris Interviewed on CBC Spark

Banner for Alexis Morris' ACE Lab
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 2:00pm

Assistant Professor Alexis Morris, director of ACE Lab and Canada Research Chair in the Internet of Things, has been featured in an interview with CBC Radio's Spark, hosted by Nora Young. The segement, titled "What living in a hyper-connected city means for human beings", explored the critical nature of context awareness when designing smart cities.

Listen to the full segment here:

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

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

The inaugural event

Date: Friday, May 17, 2019

Time: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Venue: 205 Richmond St. West, Room 115

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:


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.

*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:

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 205 Richmond St. W., Room 115
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Call for Applications - Nuit Blanche Community Engagement Assistant

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016, Director X presented Death of the Sun at Nathan Phillips Square as part of the exhibition, OBLIVION.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:00am to Monday, May 13, 2019 - 12:00am


RATE: $20 /hour for 30 hours/week

TERM: Part-time, May - September 2019

DEADLINE: Monday, May 13, 2019

Nuit Blanche Toronto is seeking applications to the part-time Community Engagement Assistant position. Supported by the Career Launcher program, the position will include a full integration into the professional environment of the City Cultural Events Team at the City of Toronto. The position will include the research and development of new programming initiatives for Nuit Blanche 2020 and participation on the on-site team responsible for implementation of the 2019 Nuit Blanche event. The position will offer critical insight and valuable exposure to the planning and execution of a large-scale public art event, learnings about the range of career options available, the opportunity to develop the skills required to succeed in the arts and culture sector. 

Nuit Blanche Toronto is Toronto’s annual free all-night contemporary art event that invites adventurous residents and visitors to take to the streets from sunset to sunrise. Experience Toronto transformed by hundreds of Canadian and international artists. One night only, all night long. 


  • Assists on community engagement work to increase Nuit Blanche awareness in communities outside the core. 
  • Works with City Cultural Events Team to identify and facilitate capacity building amongst communities to gather inputs for specific public programming events.
  • Assists with the delivery of interactive educational activities that engage public, provide resource material, collect contact info for future engagement events.
  • Oversees on-site impacting surveying with audience during public programming events with support from volunteers. 



  • Graduated from OCAD University in 2018 or 2019 (undergraduate or graduate);
  • Experience assisting with community-based programs or services, and working at events, with volunteers and others;
  • Experience in developing and running public engagement activities/ events with demonstrated planning and scheduling skills;
  • Actively seeks to create an environment of equity and inclusion in working with culturally diverse and marginalized groups;
  • Team player, able to work independently and collaboratively;
  • Administrative and reporting experience, and attention-to-detail with excellent written and verbal 


  • Full contact information (name phone, and email) and current resume
  • Confirmation of eligibility
  • Cover letter outlining interest and relevant experience.


Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Alexandra Hong at

For more information, visit the career launhers website


416 977 6000 Ext. 3708

Journal of Visual & Critical Studies Publication Launch 2019

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Please join us in celebrating the unique approaches to art history and visual culture that are being explored by students at OCAD University. The new volume of the Journal of Visual & Critical Studies comprises critical essays, exhibition reviews, and thesis abstracts, and will be available at the launch. Snacks, refreshments, and cake will be provided.

The Publication Launch will take place on the third level of 100 McCaul in the lobby outside room 315 on Friday, May 3rd, from 2-4 p.m.

The Journal of Visual and Critical Studies is produced with the support of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Visual and Critical Studies Program, the OCAD U Student Union, and the OCAD U Student Press. 


Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., 315 Outside Lobby.
A botanical collage in white on a black background. Text: Journal of Visual and Critical Studies Publication Launch

Call for Applications - Xpace Programming Coordinator

Call for Applications - Xpace Programming Coordinator
Monday, April 29, 2019 - 10:15am


RATE: $18 /hour for 35 hours/week

TERM: Full-time, three year contract starting June 4, 2019

DEADLINE: Monday, May 20, 2019

Xpace Cultural Centre welcomes applications for the Career Launcher position of Programming Coordinator. The Programming Coordinator works in collaboration with the Director and second Programming Coordinator to manage, plan and execute workshops, events and exhibitions for Xpace’s exhibition spaces. The Programming Coordinator acts as a liaison between the OCAD U student body, local and national arts organizations, artists and the general public for all information pertaining to Xpace.

Xpace Cultural Centre is a not-for-profit artist-run centre supported by the OCAD Student Union. We are dedicated to providing emerging and student artists, designers, curators and art writers with opportunities to showcase their work in a professional setting. Our programming responds to contemporary issues, and the interests and needs of our membership and community.  Xpace is committed to maintaining an anti-oppressive, queer positive environment, welcoming marginalized, racialized and Indigenous folks.



Reporting to the Director, the Programming Coordinator:

  • Coordinates the planning and installation of exhibitions in consultation with the Programming Committee;
  • Coordinates the planning, promotion and implementation of workshop and event programs;
  • Coordinates web and print promotional material;
  • Edits exhibition essays and writes exhibition essays as needed;
  • Outreaches to student populations at OCAD University and other Toronto institutions;
  • Leads occasional art tours for classes and other arts organizations;
  • Creates press releases and disseminates programming information to media, Xpace membership and relevant arts organizations;
  • Ensures that the vision, mandate and objectives of Xpace are carried out through all programming initiatives;
  • Manages the planning, organization and execution of special projects;
  • Oversees interns in collaboration with the second Programming Coordinator and Director;
  • Maintenance and organization of space, supplies and storage;Co-manages and updates the Xpace website and social media as needed;
  • Acts as an ambassador for Xpace and the OCAD Student Union at class visits and OCAD U events. 



  • Must have graduated from OCAD University in 2018 or 2019 (undergraduate or graduate);
  • Excellent administrative, communication, verbal and organizational skills;
  • Knowledge and interest in contemporary visual art, design and art writing;
  • Comfortable working in a Mac environment;
  • Comfortable with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office and Wordpress;
  • Able to work in a collaborative environment;
  • Able to work occasional evening shifts for Xpace events;
  • Experience in exhibition installation, art writing/editing, arts education, media arts skills and/or grant writing will be considered an asset. 



  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email), a confirmation of eligibility and a current resume
  • A cover letter outlining interest and relevant background
  • A short writing sample



Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Alexandra Hong at

For more information, visit the Career Launchers website

Venue & Address: 
Xpace Cultural Centre 303 Lansdowne Avenue Unit 2, Main Floor
416 977 6000 Ext. 3708