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Canadian Foundation for Innovation funding OCAD U research

Two OCAD U research teams will receive funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), made through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF).  The funding helps universities attract and retain top research talent from around the world by providing researchers with the highly specialized infrastructure they need to be leaders in their field.

Congratulations to the following OCAD U research teams:

Research Team: Ashok Mathur, Peter Morin, and Suzanne Morrissette

Project title: kinādās: walking about on the land

CFI Award: $29,500

 kinādās is an artist collective formed around the concept of "this human body walking around on the land," drawn from the language of the Tahltan people of the northern west coast. The purpose of this collective is to develop an expanded network to explore critical inquiry with artists, curators and creative practitioners. Themes in the research address issues around 'place-based' art-making practices - that is, art that grounds itself in or from the site of production, taking into account Indigenous territories, treaties (where they exist) and other histories of the land.

Research Team: Immony Men, David McIntosh, Patricio Davila

Project title: Digital Non-Fiction Research Cluster

CFI Award: $29,500

The primary objective of this research cluster is to explore the intersection of essay films, interaction design and expanded cinema within public spaces by using a mobile presentation infrastructure, specifically one that would allow the circulation of media works, performance, and community-based research activities to different cities, communities, and public spaces. We will be highlighting a resource gap within the university related to our capacity to disseminate research-creation works by us and other researchers off-campus. The proposed technology would allow research to exist as interactive video installations, public gaming experiences, and mixed media performances.

The CFI is providing more than $96 million to support 377 new research infrastructure projects at 55 institutions across Canada.