TEXThibit: Reading Event & Reception

TEXThibit logo, 2017

The Learning Zone shares highlights from our night of readings by students within the OCAD U community with a few of the exhibiting artists from the TEXThibit Exhibition: A Visual Display of Creative Writing.

The reading event and reception was held Tuesday February 28.

Thanks to all the participants, the evening was enjoyed by all.

 

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XPACE: External Space: After Darkness, Manuela Morales

XPACE: External Space: After Darkness, Manuela Morales

Manuela Morales video, After Darkness, is currently on view at XPACE’s External Space gallery located in OCAD U Library Services: Learning Zone.

After Darkness, is a video that touches on the emotional aftermath of sexual violence that occurred between two family members.

Morales uses a two-channel video, juxtaposing family emails with landscape. Capturing the tranquility of the landscape with audio bytes of birds, footsteps, and wind blowing through grass with email correspondence between family members. The back and forth online communication reveals to the audience the intricacies and uncertainties faced by the family as they work together and offer support.

The text in After Darkness creates a nuanced and honest conversation about the effects of sexual assault on a personal and collective level….Morgan Sears William

On until April 4

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OCAD Zine Library Celebrates Fanzines!

Leading up to the OCADU Zine Fair on March 22 and 23, the OCAD Zine Library is celebrating the origins of zines through Fanzines.

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Fanzines originated in the 1930s as tributes to science fiction writing, often including letters from multiple sci-fi fans commenting on the work they were reading in more established science fiction magazines. Throughout the history of zine making we’ve seen fanzines in tribute to different celebrities, lesser-known artists, fictional characters and anything in culture that zine creators have felt compelled to make a zine about.

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Next Monday (March 20), student and zine maker Francis Tomkins will be running a zine making workshop focussed on fandom, in which they will provide prompts to help attendees approach the subject. The OCADU Zine Collective is accepting submissions for their fandom-themed collaborative zine until the end of March, so this workshop is not only an opportunity to explore fandom through art, but also to create a submission for a zine that will be published on the Risograph later this semester.

Finally, the OCAD Zine Library is currently displaying fanzines from the zine collection as inspiration. Stop by and check out zines on an array of subjects from Kanye West to Idris Elba to Queer Sailor Moon fan-fiction.

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Celebrate Freedom to Read Week

Last week, the Learning Zone celebrated Freedom to Read Week with a zine display, highlighting the importance of self-expression and intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Freedom To Read Week zine display poster, February 26 to March 4

Today, many books, magazines and graphic novels will face censorship due to their subject matter relating to gender issues, race, religion, same sex marriage and sexuality, to name a few.

A little known fact from a not so distant past, a box of zines destined to a zine conference called “Spew” was banned by Canada Customs, because the nature of the contents was deemed pornographic. Gene Barnes’ Hippie Dick zine and  Kelly Martin’s zine, Thorn were declared to be offensive for public access.

The zine display featured a few titles like the missing peace: truth and justice in Israel/Palestine written by an Palestine American and Jewish American, Licking Stars Off Ceilings #5: Riot Grrrl is not Dead by Clementine Cannibal, A Queersafe Zine by Mary Potter in collaboration with Leah Newbold and Adriana, Institutionalized: Education, Corporate Media and the Fraudulent Canadian Democracy by Aaron Fitzpatrick and My Comrade: Gay Culture Magazine. That was an snippet of the many diverse zines that can be found in the  OCAD Zine Library collection, as it’s all about self-expression.

We encourage all zinesters to keep on creating, engaging, or expressing your point of view—let’s not take our rights for granted.

Freedom to Read Week Zine Display

 

 

 

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Zine Library Workshop Series: Linocut Printmaking

Zine Library Workshop: Linocut: Marta Chudolinska 2017

Hi, I’m Marta Chudolinska, the Learning Zone Librarian. For the linocut workshop I will be demonstrating the basic techniques, tools and materials and best practices for linocut printing. Before we get started, I have an important safety tip: carve away from your hands!

The second installment of the Zine Library Workshop Series was Linocut Printmaking. Marta discussed the many surface materials that can be used for linocut printing and the range of tools to cut away the design.

For this workshop, students used linoleum and lino cutting tools, a brayer, ink and paper.

Marta’s favourite resources are The Woodcut Artist’s Handbook: Techniques and Tools for Relief Printmaking by George A. Walker and Block Printing: Techniques for Linoleum and Wood— both titles can be found at the OCAD U Library. To learn more about the different types of carving surfaces, carve and print, exercises for developing your carving skills and how to carve and register a two colour print, visit Hanprinted.co.uk or Drawcutinkpress.com .

Thanks to everyone who attended the Linocut printmaking workshop!

Please, have a look at the gallery, it’s full of wonderful prints created at the linocut printmaking workshop:

 

 

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