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Reviving Lost Histories in Indigenous and Black/African Communities - Wednesday, November 30 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST

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Jordan BennettKaamil HaiderKyle SauveCamille Turner and Dr Alia Fortune Weston discuss contemporary art and design practices engaged in reviving suppressed histories through customary objects and visual culture, language and storytelling. Through their creative practices, they re-imagine, re-interpret and design artistic works that tell a story about their intersectional identities and histories. Their artistic works highlight the importance of reclaiming the power to revive their own cultural histories. Moderated by Susan Jama.

About The Panel:

Left to Right: An image of man wearing glass smiling and on the right a woman looking in far distance

Images (left to right): Jordan Bennett, photo by Richie Perez. Camille Turner, photo by Ebti Nabag.

Jordan Bennett is a Mi’kmaq visual from Stephenville Crossing, Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland) and lives and works on his ancestral territory of Mi’kma’ki in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Bennett’s ongoing practice utilizes painting, sculpture, textiles, video, installation, public art and sound to explore land, language, the act of visiting, familial histories and challenging colonial perceptions of Indigenous histories and presence with a focus on exploring Mi’kmaq and Beothuk visual culture.

In the past 10 years Bennett has participated in over 90 group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally, as well as created numerous public art commissions. Bennett is currently working towards several public artworks nationally as well as group and solo exhibitions.

Camille Turner is an artist/scholar born in Kingston, Jamaica and currently based in Toronto. Her work combines Afrofuturism and historical research to explore race, space, home, and belonging. Her most recent explorations confront the entanglement of what is now Canada in the transatlantic trade in Africans and puts into practice Afronautics, a methodological frame she developed to approach colonial archives from the point of view of a liberated future. Camille is a graduate of Ontario College of Art and Design and has completed a PhD at York University’s Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change. Currently, she is a Provost postdoctoral fellow at University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Camille’s work has been presented throughout Canada and internationally and is collected by museums and private collectors. She is the recipient of the 2022 Artist Prize, awarded to recognize outstanding contribution to the Toronto Biennial of Art.

Left to Right: A selfie of a man posing and smiling. On the right, a woman looking directly at the camera.Images (left to right): Kyle Sauve, photo by Kyle Sauve. Dr. Alia Fortune Weston, photo by Gilad Cohen.

Kyle Sauve is a Rama First Nations band member artist who primarily works with quills and birch bark. Kyle began experimenting with porcupine quills in March 2020, during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Without access to traditional teachers, he struggled to gather information about this art form. Following a few months of trial and error, Kyle began to grasp the fundamental principles of quillwork. Eventually, Kyle was able to connect with a number of talented Indigenous artists by establishing an online presence through various social media platforms, most notably Burl Tooshkenig of Sweetgrass and Cinnamon, who assisted him in expanding into various traditional mediums such as caribou hair tufting, and sweetgrass. Kyle’s goal, now that he has amassed a wealth of knowledge from a variety of sources, is to meaningfully contribute to the revitalization of quillwork art form through educational opportunities for Indigenous people.

Dr Alia Fortune Weston is a Cape-Malay (South African)-English designer, scholar and educator, born and raised in Zimbabwe. Her work examines the ways that business and creativity contribute to social change, through sustainable and creative economies, de-colonial business, and food methodologies. In this panel, Alia talks about the history of the Cape Malay community in South Africa, a unique and little-known, diasporic community formed through Dutch colonization in the 17th Century. Her design practice is a contemporary form of wearable art, that is a love letter to her family history and culture, and the multiplicious influence of her mixed heritages. As an Associate Professor of Creative and Business Enterprise at OCAD University, Alia teaches courses that support art and design students in developing socially beneficial and ethical business capabilities. She runs two jewellery businesses, Alia Weston Jewellery and Fireflies Atelier which support community projects in Zimbabwe.

Left to Right: A selfie of a man posing and smiling in a black and white picture. On the right, a woman standing looking away from the camera smilingImages (left to right): Kaamil A. Haider, photo by Khadija Charif. Susan Jama, Monography Studio.

Kaamil A. Haider is a visual artist, art organizer, graphic designer, and an archivist whose work examines the relationship between objects and shared meanings and heritage in contemporary Somali art with an emphasis in memory. He draws references from diverse cultural, archival and oral traditions. Kaamil is a co-founder and co-director of Soomaal House of Art, an artist-run organization and collective based in Minneapolis. He has a Master’s degree in Heritage Studies & Public History and Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from College of Design, University of Minnesota.

About the Moderator:

Susan Jama is an arts worker with strong experience in leading community engagement and public arts programming. Susan has worked with various institutions that approach heritage in a community-minded manner including Toronto Ward Museum (TWM) and Black Artists’ Networks in Dialogue Gallery & Cultural Centre (BAND). Currently, Susan is the programs and community coordinator at Onsite Gallery at OCAD University. Susan has a Master’s in Museum Studies from University of Toronto and completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Psychology & History at York University.

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Reviving Lost Histories in Indigenous and Black/African Communities online panel coincides with Jordan Bennett x2 which includes Souvenir, a solo exhibition on view until December 10, 2022 and pi’tawita’iek: we go up river, the large-scale outdoor mural on the south wall of 100 McCaul St.

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Our guest panelists Ian Carr-Harris, Barbara Fischer and Liz Magor, with moderator Caroline Seck Langill, will discuss Wendy Coburn’s facility as a maker and her uncanny ability to imbue her works with the principles by which she lived.

Watch the Panel Discussion on Wendy Coburn’s Commitments as an Artist, featuring guest panelists Ian Carr-Harris, Barbara Fischer and Liz Magor, moderated by Caroline Seck Langill here: 

About the panelists:

Ian Carr-Harris has exhibited nationally and internationally since 1971, including the Venice Biennale and Documenta, as well as solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Power Plant. Professor Emeritus at OCAD University, he was a founding Board member of A Space and of The Power Plant in Toronto. He is represented by the Susan Hobbs Gallery in Toronto, and in 2012 was named a recipient of the Governor-General's Awards in the Visual and Media Arts. He has published reviews and articles on art since the early 1970's, and an anthology of his writings is soon to be published by Concordia University Press.

Barbara Fischer is the Executive Director/Chief Curator of the Art Museum at the University of Toronto as well as an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream and the Director of the Master of Visual Studies program in Curatorial Studies at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto.

Fischer has curated award-winning solo and group exhibitions in the area of contemporary art and its histories, including the internationally circulating retrospective exhibition General Idea Editions 1967-1995 (Kunstverein Munich, Kunsthalle Zurich, Kunst-Werke ICA Berlin, CAAC Seville, Henry Art Gallery Seattle, and the Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, among others), and Projections (2007), the first major survey (and touring exhibition) on projection-based works in the history of contemporary art in Canada. Most recently, she partnered with five curators from across Canada to produce the first survey of conceptual art in Canada (Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965-1980) which premiered at the University of Toronto Galleries in the fall of 2010 and toured across the country through 2013. In a new configuration, Continental Drift: Conceptual art in Canada in the 1960s and 70s was presented at the Badischer Kunstverein (Germany) — the most comprehensive exhibition of its kind to travel to Europe. It moves in revised form to the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris in 2014.

Barbara Fischer is the recipient of the 2008 Hnatyshyn Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art, and was appointed commissioner and curator of Mark Lewis’ project of the Canadian Pavilion for the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009).

Liz Magor is a Vancouver-based artist who studied at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver; Parsons School of Design, New York; and the Vancouver School of Art. Since the early 1970s, Magor has produced sculptural and photographic works concerned with the latent, affective range of familiar materials, images and objects.

Her work has been exhibited in major international exhibitions such as Documenta VIII , Kassel; the 41st Venice Biennale, and the 4th Biennale of Sydney. In 2019 Magor presented an exhibition titled BLOWOUT at the Carpenter Center for Visual Art, Cambridge, Mass. The exhibition traveled to the Renaissance Society in Chicago accompanied by a publication.

She has had solo exhibitions at Le Credac, Ivry-sur Seine, France; Peephole, Milan, Italy; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle; and the Vancouver Art Gallery. In 2016 the Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal mounted a 40 year retrospective which travelled to the Migros fur Gegenwartskunst , Zurich; then on to the Kunstverein in Hamburg; and the MAMAC in Nice. The exhibition was accompanied by a publication from JRP/ Ringier, Zurich

Liz Magor received the Governor General’s Award in 2001, the Audain Prize in 2009, and the Gershon Iskowitz Prize in 2014. In 2017/18 she was a guest of the DAAD Kunstler in Berlin Program.

About the moderator:

Caroline Seck Langill is a writer and curator whose academic scholarship and curatorial work looks at the intersections between art and science, as well as the related fields of new media art history, criticism and preservation. Her interests in non-canonical art histories, gender studies and Indigenous epistemologies have led her to writing and exhibition-making that could be considered post-disciplinary. With Lizzie Muller, she has been looking at questions of liveliness in art and artifacts. This ongoing research resulted in the exhibition Lively Objects for ISEA: Disruption (2015) in which undisciplined objects were woven through traditional displays and historical tableau at the Museum of Vancouver. She resides in Peterborough and works at OCAD University where she is Vice-President Academic and Provost. With Andrea Fatona, she is the co-curator of Fable for Tomorrow: A Survey of Works by Wendy Coburn.

 

Fable for Tomorrow: A Survey of Works by Wendy Coburn

February 16 to May 14, 2022 at Onsite Gallery

Curated by Andrea Fatona and Caroline Seck Langill with video programming by b.h. Yael and Rebecca Garrett

Core exhibition of the CONTACT Photography Festival

Wendy Coburn had significant impact on the Canadian art community as an artist, educator and activist who has exhibited internationally. Fable for Tomorrow presents the first survey of Wendy Coburn’s artwork. The exhibition provides an opportunity to bring together four decades of sculpture, installation, photography and video that reveals her ability to sense the pulse of a deep present while asking us to pay attention to other futures. Coburn’s work explores representations of gender, sexualities, everyday objects, material culture, and human/animal relations. Click here for full exhibition information.

The Estate of Wendy Coburn is represented by Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto.

Wendy Coburn’s video works are represented by Vtape; please contact distribution@vtape.org for exhibitions, rentals and purchase.

logos: Onsite Gallery, Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Nexus, V Tape With additional support from: Anonymous, Jess Dobkin, Barbara Fischer, Alice Klein, Caroline Seck Langill and Angela Robertson

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays to Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission. Proof of vaccination is required for entry.

Onsite Gallery acknowledges that the new gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes; with gallery furniture by Nienkämper. Onsite Gallery logo by Dean Martin Design.

 

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OCAD University's Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is collaborating with CONVENE to present a series of three conversations designed for women working in the space of creative entrepreneurship.

On May 23, 2020, join us for a conversation on Rethinking Productivity: Tools and Systems for Your Mission, moderated by Bianca Li Channer, featuring Amara Nwogu of Global Citizen, Stephanie Small of Canada Goose, and Saba Seyedi of SOCAN.

Creative professional womxn's identities are often closely tied to their output. Often being of service, how can we create more healthy dynamics with the notion of “who we are, is what we do,” especially in climates where we can't always create or produce?

Our definition of woman is an inclusive term – all women-identified, non-binary, Two-Spirit people are welcome.

This series is supported by the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub. Led by Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute, the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship and the Ted Rogers School of Management with over 75 partner organizations, the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) is a nation-wide network of researchers, business support organizations, and key stakeholders aiming to reduce barriers and grow women’s entrepreneurship in Canada. The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub is funded by the Government of Canada.

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On May 23, 2020, join us for a conversation on Rethinking Productivity: Tools and Systems for Your Mission, moderated by Bianca Li Channer, featuring Amara Nwogu of Global Citizen, Stephanie Small of Canada Goose, and Saba Seyedi of SOCAN.

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OCAD University's Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is collaborating with CONVENE to present a series of three conversations designed for women working in the space of creative entrepreneurship.

On May 14, 2020, join us for a conversation on Collaboration for Creative Entrepreneurs, moderated by Alicia Roberts of Somewherelse, featuring Alicia Bee of It's OK*, Towa Beer, and Alica Hall of Nia Centre for the Arts and At The Moment.

Collaboration is a key element of any creative practice. What are learnings and best practices in fostering successful collaborations?

Our definition of woman is an inclusive term – all women-identified, non-binary, Two-Spirit people are welcome.

This series is supported by the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub. Led by Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute, the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship and the Ted Rogers School of Management with over 75 partner organizations, the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub (WEKH) is a nation-wide network of researchers, business support organizations, and key stakeholders aiming to reduce barriers and grow women’s entrepreneurship in Canada. The Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub is funded by the Government of Canada.

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On May 14, 2020, join us for a conversation on Collaboration for Creative Entrepreneurs, moderated by Alicia Roberts of Somewherelse, featuring Alicia Bee of It's OK*, Towa Beer, and Alica Hall of Nia Centre for the Arts and At The Moment.

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Can Machines Be Flawed Enough to Be Human?
Wednesday, March 4
6:30 p.m.

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Free event as part of Onsite Gallery's public event program for CodeX: playable & disruptive futurist eArt.

A panel discussion that will examine our growing dependence on glitchy AI learning for business and culture and how this affects our daily lives.

Panelists: Jimmy Ba, Leyla Imanirad and Dr. Alexis Morris
Moderator: Tom Barker


ASL interpretation will be provided.

 

Among his many accomplishments, Jimmy Ba developed the Adam Optimizer, one of the go-to algorithms to train deep learning models. Jimmy completed his undergraduate degree, Master’s degree and PhD at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Geoffrey Hinton, Brendan Frey and Ruslan Salakhutdinov. Jimmy’s research focuses on the development of learning algorithms for deep neural networks. He was the second-ever student from a Canadian institution to win a Facebook PhD Fellowship and in 2015, his team achieved the highest place among academic labs in the image caption generation competition at CVPR.

Leyla Imanirad joined Bristol Gate Capital Partners in 2011, bringing her experience of software development and quantitative research from TD Bank. She initially led the data engineering and technology acquisition efforts to build the research infrastructure at Bristol Gate. She further worked on developing predictive models, investment strategy analysis and portfolio construction tools. As a practitioner, she believes in harnessing the power of the artificial intelligence while being cognizant of its limitations. As a communicator, she enjoys raising awareness about the technology and its impact on our collective future. She has a bachelor degree in computer engineering and a master’s degree in computer & biomedical engineering from the University of Toronto.

Dr. Alexis Morris is an assistant professor in the Digital Futures program at OCAD University, and the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in the Internet of Things. He is the director of the Adaptive Context Environments (ACE) Lab, and is a specialist in the overlapping research domain of software engineering for adaptive systems based on the incorporation of fuzzy human-factors in socio-technical systems and conducts core research on adaptive interfaces and collaborative approaches to context awareness through mixed reality, for a host of domains, including the Internet of Things. His work engages a cross-section of approaches in artificial intelligence (i.e., soft-computing via neural networks and fuzzy logic), virtual and augmented reality, passive brain-computer interfaces, adaptive risk management, multi-agent systems modelling, organizational culture simulations, and pervasive technologies. He also aims to impart insight into the broad impact of rapid technological advances on society, through lecturing and teaching roles that engage and inspire students.

Tom Barker has worked internationally as a multidisciplinary creative in the fields of design, art, and technology for many years. Tom’s diverse and ground-breaking collaborations have included the capsule and boarding design for the London Eye ferris wheel with David Marks Julia Barfield Architects; creating the world’s first Bluetooth headset for Emkay; and projects with the late architect Zaha Hadid for buildings, dance and opera stage sets. He curated The Art of Shopping for the Arts Council of England in 2002. Tom contributed an interactive futuristic 3D walkthrough entitled Masterplanners of the Universe: Brick Lane for the Barbican Arts Centre’s blockbuster global touring show Game On: 2002-2016. Tom collaborated with Langlands & Bell on the digital interactive artwork entitled The House of Osama Bin Laden which won a BAFTA and was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2004. He was the Founding Chair of the Digital Future programme at OCAD University 2012-2015. An author of many book chapters and papers, Tom’s book on Web App design was published by McGrawHill in 2019. A British citizen and permanent resident of Canada, Tom has lived and worked in the UK, Australia and Canada. He is currently the President and Chief technology Officer of Six Trends, a Toronto-based creative digital agency.

 

CodeX: playable & disruptive futurist eArt
January 22 to April 25, 2020

Jason Baerg
Tom Barker
Rob Elsworthy
Samantha Fickel
Dennis Kavelman
Nick Puckett
Six Trends Inc.
Jane Tingley, Cindy Poremba and Marius Kintel

Curated by Tom Barker

This exhibition of leading-edge digital art, or eArt, investigates the future of human society through technology, innovation and design. It encourages audiences to reflect on the symbiotic relationship between technology and human society, and the resulting possibilities for our future through algorithms, identity and the nature of reality.

 

 

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays to Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

 

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