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OCAD President’s Speaker Series welcomes

artist Lisa Jevbratt

TORONTO, January 19, 2009—Sara Diamond, President of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), welcomes artist Lisa Jevbratt as the second keynote speaker in the President’s Speaker Series, on Thursday, February 5 at 6:45 p.m.

Swedish-born Jevbratt’s work, ranging from Internet visualization software to biofeedback and interspecies collaboration, is concerned with collectives and systems, the languages and conditions that generate them, and the exchanges within them. Her projects explore alternative, distributed and unintentional collaborations and the expressions of the collectives they create.

Jevbratt is Associate Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She will discuss her online participatory art projects and her exploration of “interspecies collaboration,” including her current project, “ZooMorph,” a series of Adobe Photoshop plug-in filters that simulate how a large selection of animals see, generating pictures that allows viewers to experience the world through the eyes of another species. At the core of interspecies collaboration is an urge to become an intellectual, emotional and spiritual partner with the species around us in the quest for a sustainable environment.

President’s Speaker Series presents
Lisa Jevbratt
“Online Participatory Research to Interspecies Collaboration:
Creating New Understandings of the World Through Artistic Collaborations”
Thursday, February 5, 2009, 6:45 p.m.

Ontario College of Art & Design
Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street
www.ocad.ca | 416-977-6000
All are welcome to attend, and admission is free.

The President’s Speaker Series presents its final speaker Marie Battiste, Professor and Director of the Aboriginal Education Research Centre (AERC) at the University of Saskatchewan and Co-director of the Aboriginal Learning Knowledge Centre, on March 5.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD 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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Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
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