OCAD University

OCADU launches President's Speaker Series

with talk by Christiane Paul

(Toronto — September 20, 2010) Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University (OCADU), announced educator and curator Dr. Christiane Paul as the first keynote speaker in the 2010-2011 President’s Speaker Series, which starts on Wednesday, October 6 at 6:45 p.m.

Dr. Christiane Paul is the Director of the Media Studies Graduate Programs and Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School, NY, and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has written extensively on new media arts and lectured internationally on art and technology. An expanded new edition of her book Digital Art (Thames & Hudson, UK, 2003) was published in spring 2008, and her edited anthology New Media in the White Cube and Beyond - Curatorial Models for Digital Art was published by UC Press in December 2008.

At the Whitney Museum, she curated the shows Profiling (2007) and Data Dynamics (2001); the net art selection for the 2002 Whitney Biennial; the online exhibition CODeDOC (2002) for artport, the Whitney Museum’s online portal to Internet art for which she is responsible; as well as Follow Through by Scott Paterson and Jennifer Crowe (2005).

In her talk “Media Art Politics,” Dr. Paul will explore the contemporary media landscape with examples from recent exhibitions, among them Feedforward - The Angel of History, co-curated with Steve Dietz. Her talk will address artworks that deal with political and social conditions and therefore comment on their own status: the medium they use and its relationship to power structures. Themes include the aesthetics and strategies of the media of our time; the effects of simulated realities; relationships between media and consumerism, and the rise of social and participatory media.

President’s Speaker Series presents
Dr. Christiane Paul: “Media Art Politics”
Wednesday, October 6, 6:45 p.m.

OCAD University
Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street
www.ocad.ca | 416-977-6000

All are welcome to attend, and admission is free.

The President’s Speaker Series continues on November 24 with Jorge Frascara, Professor Emeritus (University of Alberta), Fellow of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada and of the Society for the Science of Design of Japan, and Advisor to the Doctoral Program at the University IUAV of Venice.

More about Dr. Christiane Paul
Other curatorial work includes Eduardo Kac: Biotopes, Lagoglyphs and Transgenic Works (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2010); Biennale Quadrilaterale (Rijeka, Croatia, 2009); Feedforward - The Angel of History (co-curated with Steve Dietz; Laboral Center for Art and Industrial Creation, Gijon, Asturias, Spain, Oct. 2009); INDAF Digital Art Festival (Incheon, Korea, Aug. 2009); Scalable Relations (Beall Center for Art and Technology, Irvine, CA; gallery@CalIT2, San Diego, CA; CN(S)I, University of California Los Angeles; MAT University of California Santa Barbara, 2008-09); SOS 4.8 (Murcia, Spain, 2008), Feedback (Laboral Center for Art and Industrial Creation, Gijon, Asturias, Spain, 2007); Second Natures (Eli & Edythe Broad Art Center, UCLA, LA, 2006); the blackbox at ARCO art fair, Madrid (2006); The Passage of Mirage (Chelsea Art Museum, New York, 2004); Evident Traces (Ciberarts Festival Bilbao, 2004); eVolution -- the art of living systems (Art Interactive, Boston, 2004); CODeDOC II (Ars Electronica, 2003); the New York Digital Salon's 10th anniversary exhibition (NYC, 2003); Mapping Transitions at the University of Boulder, Colorado (2002); Re-Media (Fotofest, Houston, Texas, 2002); and a net art selection for Evo1 (Gallery L, Moscow, October 2001).

Dr. Paul has previously taught in the MFA computer arts department at the School of Visual Arts in New York (1999-2008); the Digital+Media Department of the Rhode Island School of Design (2005-08); the San Francisco Art Institute and the Center of New Media at the University of California at Berkeley (2008).

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) 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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For more information, contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

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