OPPORTUNITY: Artist commission for @RBC Research Institute Launch Party


RBC Research Institute is holding its launch party on June 21st at our office in the MaRS building.  To celebrate this event, we’re looking to commission a talented and creative artist to paint/design a picture that we will have printed and distributed to guests as a thank-you gift for attending.


Our team focuses on fundamental research on machine learning and artificial intelligence and we’d like the picture/painting to be unique, interesting and represent how machines/algorithms work.  This is a paid opportunity and will be distributed to approximately 125 attendees, ranging from the CEO of RBC, to presidents of various start-ups, to members of the Ontario government.


If you are interested, please email your portfolio and any ideas you have for this piece to rebecca.wilkes@rbc.com by Monday, May 29th.

CONFERENCE: @DifferentGames Toronto features alternative games, VR, & performances


For four years, the Brooklyn based Different Games conference has presented a diverse and interdisciplinary venue known for featuring emerging voices and perspectives not typically supported by the commercial industry. Created by the Different Games Collective, a grassroots organization aimed at fostering diversity and inclusivity in games, the event seeks to amplify the creative and critical voices of marginalized participants in games culture. Geared towards accessibility and radical inclusivity, each annual volunteer-led conference features presenters of all professional backgrounds, from indie devs, and DIY creators to students, critics and scholars.

This year we’re joining forces with members of Toronto’s indie games scene to bring a brand new program to OCAD University’s 49 McCaul Street gallery, which will include an arcade exhibition featuring the best of alternative games, VR, and performances from local and international developers, and a one day conference featuring local developers and creators

Join us for Different Games Toronto May 31 to June 3rd at OCAD University!
Opening Arcade Party: May 31 8:00p 10$
Arcade Exhabition May 31st – June 2 12p-5p (Free)
Conference June 3rd 10:00a – 3:00m 20$ (includes medium snacks)
Closing party June 3 (Gama Space) 8:00p (Free! at Gamma Space)

Tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/different-games-toronto-tickets-34304786540

Volunteer here:


Fire Alarm Testing @ 205 Richmond


Please be advised that Control Fire will be conducting their Annual Fire Inspections within 205 Richmond St West on Wednesday May 24th, 2017. Bells will be heard intermittently between 7:30am – 4:00pm. Control Fire will be entering rooms over the next few days within 205 Richmond to complete necassary inspections.


We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.






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NEWS: Microsoft Research shows off its augmented reality glasses via @mashable

By: Adario Strange. From: http://mashable.com/2017/05/20/microsoft-research-augmented-reality-glasses/#dKJuvQ5hS05j

Because we’re spoiled and don’t appreciate amazing technology unless it’s immediately convenient, some tech pundits are dismissing VR in favor of AR, but the fact is that we’re still years away from easy to use AR glasses. For now, mainstream AR is limited to your smartphone, like most other apps.

However, a team at Microsoft Research is looking to speed up the progress on wearable AR devices and have introduced a prototype as proof.

Before Snap can turn its Spectacles wearable camera into a vehicle for its augmented reality app filters, Microsoft’s team presented a pair of glasses on Friday that use near-eye displays to produce holograms to the wearer.

The glasses have an 80-degree field of view and the ability to correct for a person’s astigmatism, allowing virtual objects to be viewed through the AR glasses without additional corrective lenses.

And while the rough prototype is exciting as something to look forward to, the fact that the glasses are monoscopic and the electronics driving the AR experience are external means this is just a step forward for the technology and not a hint at any forthcoming product.

“In future work, we plan to integrate all these capabilities into a single hardware device while expanding the exit pupil to create a practical stereo display,” the team writes in the research paper detailing the work around the prototype. “In this way, we hope to become one step closer to truly mobile near-eye displays that match the range of capabilities of human vision.

Image: microsoft research

Microsoft is already dedicated to AR with the HoloLens, but with talk of AR eyeglasses being fielded by the likes of Facebook and even Apple (via rumors) the pressure is mounting for someone to be the first to present wearable AR that doesn’t look as off-putting as Google Glass.

EVENT: Finer fruits: A game as participatory text: Tracy Fullerton in Toronto


From May 27 – June 2 at Ryerson University this year’s Congress is meeting where academic members of subject associations will be giving papers. The Canadian Game Studies Association is holding an event there at which Cindy Poremba and Emma Westecott will be giving a paper: “Future Games: Expressive Game Development as Research-Creation”.

As part of the CGSA event there will be a public keynote by Tracy Fullerton which I have the honour of introducing, see: https://www.congress2017.ca/calendar/1182. Tracy is Professor of Cinematic Arts and Chair, Interactive Media & Games Division, director, Game Innovation Lab, University of Southern California and a key figure in game innovation and education – I really do recommend you come to hear her talk about the process of making Walden.

CALLS: Toronto Art Book Fair: Volunteer Opportunity


The Toronto Art Book Fair is a free to the public event that celebrates the breadth of artists’ books and printed matter in contemporary art. Now in it’s second year, the Toronto Art Book Fair will feature over 85 Canadian and International exhibitors as well as a dynamic roster of exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, project launches, performances, and screenings. The fair will be taking place from June 15th-18th 2017.


I have attached a PDF outlining the volunteer roles and responsibilities as well as a Press Release containing more information about the fair.


Thank you so much for your time and consideration.



Maxine Proctor


CALLS: Arts & Medias Symposium The consumed image: excess, limits & transformations


Dear Sir or Madam,


The organisation committee of the Arts and Medias Symposium of the University of Montreal cordially invites the graduate students and professors to participate in its fifth symposium to be held on November 16-17, 2017. This year the chosen theme is The consumed image: excess, limits and transformations.


You will find in attachment the call for papers and the registration form on the website.


Please send us back your communication proposal by filling in the aforementioned form by May 26, 2017.


Do not hesitate in contacting us for more information at colloqueharudem@gmail.com.


You can also follow us on social media: 
Facebook: Colloque arts et médias de l’Université de Montréal
Twitter: @colloqueharudem
Tumblr: http://colloqueharudem.tumblr.com


Best regards,


Félix Chartré-Lefebvre

Communications Committee,
Arts and Medias Symposium of the University of Montreal





Le comité organisateur du Colloque arts et médias de l’Université de Montréal vous invite à participer à la cinquième édition de son colloque annuel qui aura lieu les 16 et 17 novembre 2017 sous le thème L’image consommée : excès, limites et transformations.

Vous trouverez ci-joint l’appel à communications et le formulaire de participation.

Merci de nous soumettre votre proposition en remplissant ledit formulaire et en nous le retournant au plus tard le 26 mai 2017.

Pour toute autre information, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter au colloqueharudem@gmail.com.

Vous pouvez aussi nous suivre sur les réseaux sociaux :
Facebook : Colloque arts et médias de l’Université de Montréal
Twitter : @colloqueharudem
Tumblr : colloqueharudem.tumblr.com


Félix Chartré-Lefebvre

Comité Communications,

Colloque arts et médias de l’Université de Montréal

AWARDS: GradEx Awards & Medal Winner Results


After much anticipation, we are pleased to announce the results of the Awards and Medals program which are now posted online.


All of our students were juried on a set of comprehensive assessment criteria. Apart from an illustrious track record of academic and non-academic achievements, our jurors look for qualities of an active learner such as independent and reflective thinking, creativity, concept and visual impact. They also look for attributes of a craftsmanship and work that shows depth, breadth, quality of research and process in support of conceptualization, personal exploration and development of work.  Regardless of the diversity of their talents and interests, the selected winners have something in common – they are our leaders of tomorrow.


Thanks to our team of Administrative staff, Development, Office of the Registrar, Facilities, Faculty offices, Graduate Studies, the faculty, Jurors and Donors as well as the entire OCAD U community who assisted in making this a pleasurable experience for our students. A special thank you to the Financial Aid & Awards staff.


Let us continue to celebrate and recognize our students’ creativity and accomplishments.







Manager, Financial Aid & Awards


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INVITATION: Dean, Graduate Studies – Candidate Presentations

This is a friendly reminder that the Candidate Presentations for the ‘Dean, Graduate Studies’ position start tomorrow. All members of the OCAD U community, including faculty, staff and students are welcome to attend and provide feedback to the committee (please see the attached documents). Please see below for more information about the candidates:


Date:           Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Time:          2:15pm – 3:15pm

Location:   322 – 230 Richmond Street W.

Biography:  Susan Lord is Professor of Film + Media and the Graduate Program in Cultural Studies, Queen’s University, with cross-appointments in Art History and in Gender Studies. She was Head of Film and Media for five years, and Acting Director of Cultural Studies, an MA/PhD program she co-founded in 2008. A member of the Toronto-based collective/journal PUBLIC, she has extensive experience working with artists, cultural organizations, public pedagogy and mobilization of research. Susan’s newest research focuses on the politics and aesthetics of the archive through the preservation and remediation of Indigenous, women’s and LGBQT2 audiovisual heritage. Publications include PUBLIC 52: Havana 1959-1968, part of an archival project about 1960s Havana; Images of Utopia: Film Worlds of Sara Gómez’s (forthcoming); Fluid Screens, Expanded Cinema (with Janine Marchessault).


Candidate: Ashok Mathur
Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017
Time: 2:15pm – 3:15pm
Location: 230 Richmond Street West, Room 322
Biography: Ashok Mathur is a cultural organizer, writer, artist, and administrator with over 20 years’ experience working alongside racialized and Indigenous creative communities. His post-secondary career includes work as tenured faculty at Emily Carr University, a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair of Cultural and Artistic Inquiry at Thompson Rivers University, and his current role as Professor and Head of Creative Studies (visual art, performance, and creative writing) at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. He is an active supervisor of doctoral and masters students, and his critical and creative research has been recognized through Canada Council and SSHRC multi-year grants. He is Associate Director of the Centre for Indigenous Media Arts and coordinates the UBCO Summer Indigenous Intensive, bringing together world-renowned intellectuals and artists with undergraduate and graduate students through innovative interdisciplinary programming.

Candidate: Charmaine Nelson
Date: Friday, May 19, 2017
Time: 2:15pm – 3:15pm
Location: 230 Richmond Street West, Room 322
Biography: Charmaine A. Nelson is a Professor of Art History at McGill University. Since receiving her PhD in Art History from the University of Manchester (2001), she has made ground-breaking contributions to the fields of the Visual Culture of Slavery, Race and Representation, and Black Canadian Studies. Nelson has given 180 lectures, conference papers, and keynotes in Canada and abroad. Her sixth book, Slavery, Geography, and Empire in Nineteenth-Century Marine Landscapes of Montreal and Jamaica, was published in 2016. Her administrative contributions include the organization of five conferences, Chairing McGill’s Senate Equity Sub-committee on Race and Ethnic Relations twice, and serving as the Art History Undergraduate Program Director three times. Her honours include a Caird Senior Research Fellowship (2007) and a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair (2010). She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists (2016). Nelson’s work as a public intellectual is highlighted by over 90 print, radio, and TV interviews as well as 15 blogs.


THESIS SHOWS: Performing The Substrate – IAMD Exhibition by @PascalineKnight

An Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design thesis exhibition by MFA candidate Pascaline Knight

Performing the substrate

Performance – Tuesday, May 16, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Opening Reception – Thursday, May 18, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Gallery Open Hours:

Friday, May 19, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 20, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sunday, May 21, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

DateTuesday, May 16, 2017 – 12:00pm to Sunday, May 21, 2017 – 5:00pm




LocationGraduate Gallery, ground floor, 205 Richmond Street West

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