Posts Tagged ‘activism’

Celebrate Freedom to Read Week: Freedom of Expression Zine Display

Censor poster

circa 1980

 

The Learning Zone celebrated Freedom to Read Week, February 22-28 with a special zine display that presented content that might challenge popular norms.

Freedom to Read Week, is an annual event marked with celebrations across Canada, inviting Canadians to exercise their rights to intellectual freedom as protected under the Charter of Rights and Freedom.

Free Expression remains as important today as ever, there is a perpetual struggle to protect the right to freedom of speech and free access to material. It’s a freedom that you can’t take for granted.

The OCAD Zine Library collection reflects a large diversity of content and freedom of expression—drop by for a visit and express your right to read!

To learn more about Freedom to Read Week visit their website: http://www.freedomtoread.ca

Freedom of Expression Zine Display; Learning Zone

Ask Me About My Tubal Ligation by Sarah Lawrence; Land of Make Believe and Dress Up: Some of My Experiences Doing Sex work in NYC as a Queer Anarchist by Rachel; Whorelicious: Premier Issue: Coming Out; Little Cockroach Press 18, Untitled by AA Bronson & Matthias Herrman; A Beautiful Storm has Come by Kara Sieve Wright & David Cunningham; Maille à Part: mailleapart.blogspot.ca; Little Cockroach Press 13, 12 Assholes and a Dirty Foot by John Waters, Untitled: paperkillstreees.blogspot.com; I’ll Piss In That Rubber Boot For Five Bucks!: The Family Suckass Issue 3

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03 2015

OCADU Zine Fair 2015

Last week (Thursday, March 12) was the 7th annual OCADU Zine Fair. A mixture of students and Toronto-based zine makers gathered to share their work with the OCADU community.

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For the uninitiated, zines are self published creations that take many different forms: small magazines, art books, comics, journals, how-to guides… the list continues to infinity. The Learning Zone houses a zine collection and is the meeting place for OCADU’s Zine Collective. The annual zine fair is but one of the Learning Zone’s zine initiatives, and it is the best opportunity to meet other creators face-to-face.

Meet some of the vendors at this year’s zine fair:

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Jay Chau is a photography student at OCADU.

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Jay (who was sharing a table with fellow student Grace Brooks) was displaying work such as these embroidered genitalia journals, and some prints. Grace was showing t-shirts (featuring Billy Balogna from Pee-Wee’s Playhouse!) and sculptures of two-headed animals.

 

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Worn and The Wheelhouse were neighbours this year. The aim of The Wheelhouse (left) is to bring together a community of people who are facing barriers to accessibility. Through intersectional activities — including a zine distro — The Wheelhouse provides resources, learning opportunities and safe spaces for marginalized people.

Before it closed up shop at the end of 2014, Worn was a progressive fashion journal that looked deeper into fashion, covering questions like what is behind our relationship with accessories, what is the relationship between religious identity and underwear and what connections are there between clothing and activism. Though there will be no more new issues of Worn, back issues from its 10 years of feminist fashion insight are still available online.

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Whitney French is a Toronto-based zine maker and one of the editors behind the zine series From The Root. The series documents stories, images and testimonies from women of colour in Canada. The first issue’s focus was hair, and the newest issue — which had its Toronto debut at the zine fair — focuses on stories and experiences around the theme of the body. The body issue has its official launch March 22 at Beit Zatoun on Markham Street (4-6pm).

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Kimberley Dewing was representing the work of a group of 4th year illustration students. Much of the work was themed around goblins. They have plans for a next venture which will focus on witches.

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OCADU alumna Emily Waknine was here representing the artist collective Carrier. To raise funds for future exhibitions, Carrier was selling work such as collage zines, prints, jewellery and cassette tapes.

If you missed the zine fair, you may yet have a chance to see the work of these artists. Many of these zines will be added to the OCAD Zine Library so stop by the Learning Zone to check out our collection. And follow the links above to find some of these zines for sale online.

 

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“How Are You, OCAD U?”: AN ADEL STUDENT LED INITIATIVE

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The Research results are in! Dr. Pam Patterson’s 2014 Art and Design Education Lab (ADEL) student led initiative, How Are You, OCAD U? have been gathered and are now being exhibited across campus and at Library Services Learning Zone.

In 2014, students, faculty, staff and alumni were invited by ADEL to contribute and share their thoughts anonymously or not, about their teaching and learning experience and community inclusiveness at OCAD University.

Data collected from How Are You, OCAD U installation from the Library services Learning Zone, online surveys and anonymous video interviews are exhibited in a series of text-based “tongue-in-cheek” posters, data visualization zines and the screening of the anonymous video interviews.

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Visit the Learning Zone to read, watch, and learn from this research project presentation, which aims to move us towards building a stronger, more diverse art practice and community for students and faculty.

 

 

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02 2015

Hungry For Change? Join David Suzuki’s Blue Dot Tour @ the LZ October 6th 11-1:30 pm

Food_systems_v2_Join us at the Learning Zone Monday October 6th, 11 – 1:30 pm for Our Food Systems—Are You Hungry for Change? Presenting a film screening of NFB’s  Island Green, documentary about Prince Edward Island’s agricultural industry and organic farming by Millefior Clarkes featuring the poem Feed the Soil by P.E.I. singer, songwriter, poet Tanya Davis along with a Livestream panel discussion with environmental activist David Suzuki, The 100-Mile Diet co-author J.B. MacKinnon and food justice expert Utcha Sawyers.

David Suzuki Foundation’s, thebluedot tour is a country wide movement where communities, neighbours and provinces come together to stand up for the right to access clean water, fresh air and healthy food—the Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI) in collaboration with Faculty, The Learning Zone, Student Union and grOCAD are proud to stand with the bluedot tour.

The bluedot tour presentations is jointly hosted by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and Humber College.

Presentation starts at 11:00 am with introductions by Roberto Chiotti, Sustainability Officer, Faculty of Design and Minesh Mandoda, Coordinator, Sustainability Initiatives.

11:15 am – Film Screening of NFB’s Island Green

12:00 pm – Panel Discussion (livestream) featuring David Suzuki, J.B. MacKinnon, Utcha Sawyers

OCAD U’s Student Union’s Hot Lunch Initiative will be providing free food. Food donations will be accepted by the OCAD SU Starving Artist Pantry.

All are welcome.

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Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Saturday September 27th!

Editors Wanted : Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon @ OCAD U’s Dorothy H. Hoover Library Saturday September 27th, 2 – 5:45 pm.

Join OCAD University Library in their on-going commitment to expand the representation of women on Wikipedia. Help bridge the gap — let’s edit!

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Saturday Sept. 27; 2-5:45pm

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