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Interested in applying for CGS-M (SSHRC, NSERC) and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide students with further information about competitions, timelines and best practices. These are prestigious awards, and all full-time graduate students are encouraged to apply.

For further details about scholarships and funding please see our website here

This session will be held two times in October:

  • October 7, 2020 - 9:00AM to 10:30AM, Eastern (Toronto) time
  • October 9, 2020 - 1:30PM to 3:00PM, Eastern (Toronto) time

The information sessions will be held on Microsoft Teams. To sign up to participate, follow this link to the registration page, then select the date and select the time. Fill in your name and OCAD U 365 email address and submit.

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Interested in applying for CGS-M (SSHRC, NSERC) and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide students with further information about competitions, timelines and best practices. These are prestigious awards, and all full-time graduate students are encouraged to apply.

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Credit: Ilene Sova
Optical Mask by Ilene Sova. An instructor in the new course COVID-19 Responsive Art, Sova has pivoted her artistic practice from large portraits referencing feminist themes, to small collages inspired by her reaction to the coronavirus pandemic. She is selling them to raise money for The Stop foodbank in Toronto.

As OCAD University prepares for a fall semester of dynamic remote learning, it is introducing two topical new courses designed to help students develop their artistic practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Responsive Art invites current and aspiring artists to explore artistic responses to tumultuous social and health crises from recent history, such as the AIDS epidemic, the civil rights movement and the Black Lives Matter movement. This is a third-year course in the Cross-Disciplinary Art program that is open to artists of all stripes; offering students the opportunity to create artwork that expresses their thoughts and emotions about the coronavirus.

“When the pandemic started, and we saw all this devastation happening across sectors, I immediately wanted to visually express my feelings about what was happening in the world, and I knew OCAD U students would feel the same way,” says instructor Ilene Sova, the Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Drawing and Painting. “This course offers a way for students to process the changes, upheavals, emotions and injustices related to COVID-19.”

Offered via Canvas, OCAD U’s learning management system, the 12-week course will include a mix of asynchronous lectures and demonstrations. There will also be real-time meetups via Microsoft Teams in two different time zones for students to connect, ask questions and get feedback on their work. Building on training provided to all OCAD U faculty members on making remote learning engaging, Sova has developed a variety of strategies and tactics. There will be a variety of formats within the course for students to interact with her and each other. She will also share practical ideas and approaches for creating artwork with materials available at home.

The final portion of the course will involve executing an online exhibition in which students will showcase their art. They will learn how to develop an artist statement, conduct media outreach, and create promotional content for social media and the web.

“The pandemic can push you out of your comfort zone to create something you never thought you could,” Sova says. “It can drive your creativity and problem-solving skills in new ways.”

Providing in-depth information and guidance on creating art from where you live is the new course, Working From Home. In this second-year 12-week course in the Drawing and Painting program, associate professor Michelle Forsyth will explain how the home can be a site of creative inquiry. The course will also unpack changing perceptions of the domestic in tandem with the shifting conceptions of gender, race and the modern family. Forsyth, an artist who examines autobiography through an examination of textiles in her home, will draw on her experience of producing art from home as a result of mobility issues caused by Parkinson’s disease.

“We all have different living situations and different ideas about working from home, but the students will learn that a studio can be anywhere, and there are ways to set up a space for creative work at home,” says Forsyth.

Through asynchronous readings and demonstrations shared on Canvas, the students will learn about historical artists, such as Frida Kahlo and Henri Matisse, to the more recent works by Jorge Pardo or Michelle Grabner, for whom the concept of the home has served to influence their practice, allowing students to gain ideas for how to cultivate their own home practice. They will also be challenged by assignments such as taking photos of objects at home they interact with daily, and painting them. Forsyth will also be available for individual check-ins through weekly office hours.

“This course will provide insights into how you adapt your artistic practice into your life, instead of fitting your life around your art practice  ̶  a good thing for artists who face challenges that restrict their ability to be in a classroom on a daily basis,” adds Forsyth.

Credit: Ilene Sova
Malcom X by Ilene Sova.

 

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As OCAD University prepares for a fall semester of dynamic remote learning, it is introducing two topical new courses designed to help students develop their artistic practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Responsive Art invites current and aspiring artists to explore artistic responses to tumultuous social and health crises from recent history, such as the AIDS epidemic, the civil rights movement and the Black Lives Matter movement. This is a third-year course in the Cross-Disciplinary Art program that is open to artists of all stripes; offering students the opportunity to create artwork that expresses their thoughts and emotions about the coronavirus.
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Thursday, December 5th 2019 11am-12:30pm room 258, George Reid Wing, 100 McCaul St.

Susan Best is professor of art history and theory at Queensland College of Art, Griffith Univvesrity and a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on women's art and Latin American art. She is the author of Visualizing Feeling: Affect and the Feminine Avant-garde (2011) and Reparative Aesthetics: Witnessing in Contmeporary Art Photography (2016). Visualizing Feeling was awarded the prize for best book in 2012 by the Art Association of Austrailia and New Zealand. Reparative Aesthetics won the 2017 Art Association of Australia and New Zealand prize for best book.

Image credit: Amalia Ulman, Excellences & Perfections (2014)

 

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FREE
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gradstudies@ocadu.ca
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Room 258, George Reid Wing, 100 McCaul St.
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connection_found is an online group exhibition organized by feelSpace featuring works by Ronnie Clarke, Taylor Jolin, Leia Kook-Chun, Madeleine Lychek and Paula Tovar, Noelle Wharton-Ayer, and Becca Wijshijer. At times humorous, and other times tender, these meditations illustrate the quirks of navigating intimacy in the digital realm as it inadvertently relates back to the body in the physical world. As the name connection_found implies, the works within this exhibition understand connection and intimacy in broad subsets: a found connection between an individual and their complicated cultural history (Wharton-Ayer), between lovers separated by an ocean (Lychek and Tovar), between strangers online (Kook-Chun), between the corporeal and the digital (Clarke), between where we are and where we’ve never been (Jolin), and with alternate versions of ourselves (Wijshijer). Together, these works trace and re-trace digital intimacy, touch, and the body as it moves and navigates towards the virtual realm.

 

More literally, connection_found also suggests the curatorial alignment of these works in a digital context which, in and of itself, requires finding connection. At the core of the exhibition, connection_found simultaneously expands, individuates, and links the collective experience of existing on the internet.

 

curated by feelSpace

feelSpace is an ad hoc interdisciplinary curatorial collective based in Tkaronto at OCAD University. The collective is interested in the implications and potential of curatorial practice within, through, and around digital spaces.

 

Image credit: Madeleine Lychek & Paula Tovar

Featuring works by: Taylor Jolin, Ronnie Clarke, Becca Wijshijer, Leia Kook-Chun, Noelle Wharton-Ayer, Madeleine Lycheck & Paula Tovar

 

Opening Reception Thursday, December 5th, 6PM-8PM

Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond St. W. Level G

 

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Free
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feelspace.cargo.site
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Graduate Gallery 205 Richmond St. W. Level G
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Connection_Found: An online exhibition curated by feelSpace
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What is Digital Futures OPEN SHOW?

The Digital Futures OPEN Show is an annual exhibition where we show our best and most interesting work that’s happening RIGHT NOW. The collection of work presented is intended to represent a survey of current ideas, concepts, themes, theories, tools, techniques, and trends being explored by the Digital Futures community. Last year’s inaugural OPEN Show was a big success and we’re excited to do it again.

OPEN comes from the fact that this call is open to our whole community. The show will include works from current Digital Futures undergraduate students, graduate students AND faculty. Works include physical computing prototypes, data visualizations, digital entertainment, games, wearable technology, interactive installations and performances. For anyone who has asked the question “What IS Digital Futures anyway?” - we’re hoping this exhibition will continue to provide some answers.

What is Digital Futures?

Digital Futures is an undergraduate and graduate program at OCAD University that combines creative approaches to emerging technologies and critical thinking to prototype possible futures. Digital Futures faculty and students are world leaders in physical computing, data visualization, digital entertainment, wearable technology, smart materials, music technology and games.

When is it happening?

Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 6:00-9:00PM

Where is it happening?

An assortment of rooms on the Ground ("G" on the elevator) and 7th Floor.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Free all welcome!
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OCADU Graduate Gallery & Digital Futures HQ
205 Richmond St. West
Ground Floor & 7th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5V 1V3
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Digital Futures Open Show December 2019
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The form of the book — whether as novel, course text, or art book — draws from traditions that tend toward reflecting a social status quo. But the book and its related productions have tremendous potential to disrupt, disturb, and disentangle colonial legacies and point to new non-hierarchical principles. The course takes the question of the book and encourage these new possibilities, both through an intellectual and making process. Some considerations will include engaging with and responding to the inaugural Toronto Biennial of Art; reinterpreting the book through re-use, recycling, and remaking; intellectual/writing/discussion opportunities; theoretical and critical challenges posed by Indigenous, postcolonial, and decolonizing methods; and the production of an exhibition at the Graduate Gallery that reflects the pedagogies of the course.

Opening Reception and Grad Studies end of term celebration: November 29th from 5PM-10PM

Gallery Open Daily from November 29- December 2 from 7:30AM-7:30PM

Exhibitors:

Deborah Barnett

Jason Burke

Natalie Chuck

Jaime Hilditch

Cayden Johnson

Andrew Kostjuk

Ashok Mathur

Claudia McKnight

Victoria Milne

Patricia Pasten

Jevonne Peters

Sheetal Prasad

Katlin Walsh

Danny Walsh

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Free
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gradstudies@ocadu.ca
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Graduate Gallery 205 Richmond St. W.
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Join the Decolonizing the Book grad students for a reception at their Open Circle exhibit and an end of year celebration for gra
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The Global Experience Project (GEP)

The Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project (GEP) is centred on an immersive studio-based course that allows OCAD U students to work with pre-eminent artists and other notable scholars in dynamic, international contexts, in Toronto and abroad. A trailblazing initiative, GEP is designed to explore and build Canada’s prominence in global communities of art and culture. Piloted in 2017, GEP brought renowned British artist Isaac Julien to OCAD U. In 2018 & 2019, GEP hosted Brazilian artist and activist Maria Thereza Alves. During these first iterations of GEP, OCAD U students were given the opportunity to participate in experiential learning opportunities in Toronto, Buffalo, NY, London, UK and Naples, Italy. In 2020, OCAD U students selected for the program will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa to engage with Zanele Muholi.

GEP 2020

The GEP 2020 program unfolds in two parts:

Part 1: Zanele Muholi Artist Residency

May 2020

OCAD U will bring Zanele Muholi to Toronto for a 4-week residency program, in May. The international artist residency is uniquely designed to coincide with a program of events on the OCAD U campus, and in locations across Toronto. The event series, known as Community Studios, will engage GEP 2020 students, OCAD U students and OCAD U faculty from all disciplines, as well as members of Canada’s artistic community.

GEP 2020 students are expected to attend scheduled Community Studios. These events are open to all OCAD U students and faculty, and invited community members.

Part 2: GEP Course, CROS-3016, Global Experience Project

Summer 2020 / Instructors: Johanna Householder & Dr. Glen Lowry

Pre-Requisite: 8.0 Credits, Good Academic Standing (70% average min.)

Open to OCAD U Undergraduate and Graduate Students

In Summer Semester (May-June 2020), students enrolled in the dedicated GEP course will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa to visit Muholi’s studio and professional gallery. Student airfare and accommodations are generously supported by the Jack Weinbaum Family Foundation Global Experience Project. The international travel experience will be followed by an exhibition of new work by the GEP 2020 students at a gallery on the OCAD U campus, in late summer or fall 2020.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, a portfolio and CV. In the letter, outline the ways in which this international opportunity is relevant to your creative practice. Special attention will be given to applicants whose work explores thematic and conceptual issues investigated by the artist Zanele Muholi. All applicants are encouraged to research the artist.

Please direct any questions about the course to John Rubino, Assistant, Outreach & International Projects, Faculty of Art.

Submission Package:

1/ Portfolio: 10 images accompanied by relevant context information about the artworks

2/ Letter of Interest: maximum 500 words.

3/ Artist Statement

4/ Curriculum Vitae

Please note that this 300-level course requires completion of 8.0 credits and Good Academic Standing (70% average or above)

A class of up to 10 students will be selected through this application process. Applications will be adjudicated by the lead faculty, the Dean of the Faculty of Art, and a previous GEP particpant.

Applications should be submitted in a single PDF file to John Rubino, Assistant, Outreach and International Projects, at jrubino@ocadu.ca by Sunday, January 19, 2020 (extended deadline).

Interested applicants are encouraged to attend a GEP Information Session.

Info Session 1:

Tuesday, December 10, 12:00 -1:30 p.m.

100 McCaul St., room 258

Info Session 2:

Tuesday, January 14, 11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

100 McCaul St., room 258

 

About the Artist

Muholi came to prominence in the early 2000s with photographs that sought to envision black lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and intersex lives beyond deviance or victimhood. Muholi’s work challenges hetero-patriarchal ideologies and representations, presenting the participants in their photographs as confident and beautiful individuals bravely existing in the face of prejudice, intolerance and, frequently, violence.” –  Tate Modern

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CLOSE PHOTO PORTRAIT OF A FACE

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Pedro Biz is a design researcher from Rio and PhD student at School of Design Esdi / UERJ, researching Community Waste Management in Favelas. His research is part of Arranjo Local Penha, a network of institutions and residents in favela of Penha, Rio de Janeiro, that work towards food sovereignty through urban farming. Pedro is also working on a project on biodesign, researching kombucha's bacterial cellulose.

What:

Organic waste management in favelas of Rio de Janeiro: collaborative and sustainable practices through design

The research investigates how collaborative and sustainable practices can contribute to the development of an organic waste management articulated by the community itself, by processing the organic waste inside favela, avoiding accumulation and irregular displacement; also, with potential for improvement in urban garden cultivation and income generation from the commercialization of organic fertilizer.  From  mapping initiatives that already manage waste in favelas and through the experience of implementing a composting unit a favela, I intend to establish a theoretical and practical approach based on codesign and design for sustainability, so that designers can engage with communities specifically in the management of organic waste in Rio de Janeiro's favelas. And finally, verify the implementation of a composting unit in the favela of Penha, as part of a bigger project already in progress that deals with food sovereignty in favelas through urban garden and agroecology called Arranjo Local Penha.

When: Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 from 6PM-8PM

Where: Room 410 (sLab) 205 Richmond St. W.

Free! All welcome! Presented by the SFI Program

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Free
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bjoe@ocadu.ca
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RM 410 (sLab) 205 Richmond St. W.
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You're Invited: Guest Speaker -Pedro Biz (Rio): Studying collaborative and sustainable practices through design
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Call for Works: feelSpace Deadline: Oct 21st, 2019, 11:59pm

feelSpace is an interdisciplinary curatorial collective. We are creating an interactive online environment to engage with artists at all stages of their careers. This co-curated online exhibition explores intimacy in/and/on/through the internet. 

feelSpace is seeking artworks for our inaugural online exhibition that deals with connections and relationships in digital spaces. The exhibition will consider how we perceive, or “feel” the internet.

feelSpace welcomes submissions from a variety of mediums that must be accessible to an online audience without the use of any specialized equipment. We encourage submissions from BIPOC, Queer, and Two-Spirit artists from every nation. A small honourarium will be awarded to exhibiting artists. 

Submission Requirements: Please prepare the following materials for the online application: https://forms.gle/q8F89g4VzeHNkDN36 Label all files in the format: lastname.firstname.title.year  Accepted image formats: PNG, GIF and JPEG (max 144 dpi) Accepted video formats: Vimeo and YouTube links 

  • Artwork description (300 words max)
  • Online installation requirements (200 words max)
  • Artist biography, written in third person (200 words max)
  • 5-10 images (xGB max)
  • CV (3 pages max) (optional)

Keywords: intimacy: for the show we are primarily considered with three different kinds of intimacy; with others (romantic, familial, friendly), with ourselves (leading back to ego, self, persona, identity), and with materiality (with digital devices & spaces, art & art practices/endeavours). All three forms come back to desire -- what leads us to seek out intimacy: in the context of our interests how/where do we seek digital intimacy?

refraction: the fact or phenomenon of light, radio waves, etc. being deflected in passing obliquely through the interface between one medium and another or through a medium of varying density. 

disconnection & reconnection: the internet can lead us to connections that otherwise may not have been possible. It can create disconnections with our physical surroundings, body (persona) and technical disconnections like lost internet connections, broken phones, computers, and whatever else can go wrong with technology! Does technology create a digital extension of the self?  

About: feelSpace is made up of 13 OCAD University MFA candidates. We come from a variety of educational, professional, and artistic backgrounds, making interdisciplinary practices integral to our collaborative practice.  

Cost
FREE
Email
feelspacecuratorial@gmail.com
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https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdncIbWyKn9p66GZSmzI6qXpUmEyTQXQXvh1bp61YHi5fab4g/viewform
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Cross Process Issue #3 Launch October 12, 8pm-11pm Album Studioes, 92 Geary Ave., Toronto 

Cross Process (Rachelle Sabourin, MA CADN 2019) is pleased to launch Issue 3. Cross Process is an independent duo publishing the work of emerging writers and artists beyond the downtown Toronto core. CP creates alternative space for display in print, outside of the traditional gallery system, and aims to promote collaboration, fair compensation and equal representation. Come celebrate amongst contributors past and present. Live poetry reading, merchandise, all three issues and drinks for sale (cash only). 

About Cross Process: As students of art history and avid consumers of contemporary art, we continued to notice a trend of exclusion, institutional editing and market favouritism in the Canadian art scene. After many late-night conversations regarding 'making it' in the city, and tiresome accounts of artist-friends losing hope for their chance to be exhibited or published, we set out to create a publication devoted to the fair payment, exposure and representation of emerging artists who either reside outside of the downtown core, or have journeyed to it in hopes of being discovered. Thus, Cross Process was born.

Cross Process is an independent, artist-run serial publication that exhibits the work of emerging artists in the GTA outside of the traditional gallery space. CP fosters conversation and collaboration between makers, writers, and thinkers, and contributes to the shift towards approaching the magazine as gallery, the artist as critic, and the contributor as curator.

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FREE
Email
gradstudies@ocadu.ca
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https://www.crossprocess.ca/
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Album Studios, 92 Geary Ave (Dupont St. & Dovercourt Rd.)
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Poster for Cross Process Issue 3 launch
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Teal poster with squiggly lines
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