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Celebrate Black History Month at OCAD U, 2017

Black History Month 2017

February is Black History Month and in recognition, OCAD U Library and Library Services: The Learning Zone have installed Black History Month books and zines displays in honour of this month—books reflecting A Canadian Perspective as well as diverse collection of zines from a global perspective.

Black History Month Zine Display 2017

This year OCAD Zine Library Black History Month display features zines that take on issues of identity, activism, race, racism, queers, feminism, black punks and systemic injustice told through personal story telling, poetry and more. The creators of these zines share their cultural history from Caribbean, African and American perspectives.

Do you have a zine that you would like to submit to the OCAD Zine Library? Visit us here to learn how.

Black History Month: From A Canadian Perspective

OCAD U’s Library’s book display, Black History Month: A Canadian Perspective features a collection of books that explore history, identity and art and literature of black Canadians—discovering perspectives from the many diverse voices of Black Canadians. Visit to see all of the titles available at OCAD U’s Library.


OCAD University will be hosting Black Creators’ Month from January 30th to March 1st. A month of exhibition and programming that explores the multifarious ways of being Black in Canada in 2017.

The exhibition features 28 artists who explore the meaning of Blackness in Canada in the year 2017 through visual culture. Members of OCADU BLXCK ASSOCIATION, Khadijah Morley and Maisha Marshall-Ende curated this exhibition which is being held in multiple locations on campus, including the Main Lobby and Ada Slaight Gallery, 2nd level of 100 McCaul St. and the Open Gallery at 49 McCaul Street.




02 2017

Call for Submissions: Black Future Month 3015

Black Future Month; Call for submissions January 31, 2015; 3rd Annual Afrofuturism Exhibition 3015

In celebration of Black History Month, OCAD U will be installing an exhibition called Black Future Month the 3rd Annual AfroFuturism Exhibition 3015.

Sponsored by OCAD University Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, and curated by Toronto based artist and OCAD graduate Danilo McCallum, also the founder of Black Future Month. This group exhibition envisions the future of Black people.

A call for submissions for works in all mediums—paintings, photography, digital/graphic arts, architecture, poetry, audio or video works – it’s open! Hurry, space is limited and the submission deadline of January 31st is fast approaching.

Black Future Month, call for submissions, January 31, 2015;3rd Annual Afrofuturism Exhibition 3015

The Black Future Month 3015 Exhibition is a platform for artists who identify as black to explore the infinite expressions of Afrofuturism and other expansive themes like black identity and existence in the future

Submission deadline: January 31st, email your submission to:

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01 2015

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


09 2014

Student Profile: Paul Moleiro


Can you tell us a bit about yourself  and the art that you create?

I’m in my final year at OCAD in the Integrated Media program. I’ve always been interested in the technical arts like animation, video as well as using electronics and devices to create art. I’ve always took apart things when I was younger, I liked to see how they worked – that’s always kind of been a part of my art, just trying to understand the tools that I’m using.

What influenced your decision to major in Integrated Media?

I originally went in thinking that I would just want to make films, I wanted to write scripts and direct stories, I’ve done a few of those and I’m still interested in that idea. While being at OCAD, installation art took over my main practice. I found working in installation art to be really freeing because it has aspects of sculpture where the whole room becomes the space for the art and I also enjoy that video and animation can be combined with installation art.

How long have you been interested in art? How long have you known that this was something that you want to pursue as a career?

I’ve been interested in art from a very young age, I used to go to the ROM for Saturday morning art classes. When I was in high school I took part in a Sunday morning art program at the Toronto School of Art. It was a four hour session with no grading but at the end of each class we would have a critique so, that was the start of me wanting to study art professionally.

Do you believe in inspiration? If you do, what inspires you? If not, how do you make things happen?

I believe in inspiration, there are a lot things that I see in life that influences me greatly. There was a David Hoffos exhibition a few years ago at the MOCCA that was really inspirational. The way he was using old CRT televisions to make holograms in little dioramas, you knew that there was a relation between these different objects even though they were all revealed for you I could not quite piece it together, I found that to be a huge inspiration, beautiful to look at and yet a struggle to understand. That is what inspires me with my art – something that is beautiful and stands on it’s own.


Where are you the most productive? Tell us a bit about your creative space.

I just switched over from having a laptop to a desktop computer so, I’m much more locked on where I can be productive nowadays. But, in some ways that’s nice because my computer is much more powerful, it allows me to render out multiple versions of things and see things a lot quicker. My darkroom and desktop are two places that I’m most production and creative.

What are your favourite tools to work with?

Tools that feedback to me. I also think that tools that have limitations are always beneficial to the creative process.

What upcoming projects can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?

Some of my work will be in the analogue video network, it’s a video compilation series that I have been working on with the Analog Preservation Network, which is all about analogue video and analog video technology. I’m interested in video synthesizers, video effects machines, for analogue televisions like CRT. There are a few other people in Toronto that are interested in that too, so I’m collaborating with them to put together a zine on VHS tape. Thirty minutes of experimental video and animation on a VHS tape, and we would want to do a few a year and have it like a video publication.

What excites you about the material you work with? Is there another medium you would like to work in?

I like analogue technology and things that are very much reacted by natural things like weather and aging. Photography, the way the chemicals expire and the way they have different affects as they start to expire and the photos start to look differently I find that aspect really interesting. I love to smell the chemicals to see if it’s expired like you would with fresh fruit, that kind of human aspect of it I think is really interesting.

What do you do to relax?

I like to watch a lot of documentaries and play video games. I would recommend Adam Curtis documentaries from the BBC. They are terrific documentaries about understanding modern societies, how we got to where we are now. It gives you some kind of hope that society and human behaviour can change.

Do you have a favourite place to eat around OCAD?

Karine’s and Magic Kitchen are two terrific places for a university to have. Dumpling House on Spadina, those are the best dumplings.

Composition of Royal York Station

Tell me about your association between analogue processes and your creative approach to photography?

A lot of my creativity comes out of experiments with analogue photography and a lot those techniques, I would say that it is more creative because I am using analogue technology with digital technology the idea really does have to come first and then you can test it out and play with it whereas the analogue technology I feel that it’s easier to behave intuitively and just feel it in the moment even if the work that I create in the moment is not my favourite there will be little bits and things that I like and then know how to re-create with a little more thought later. Even if I don’t make wonderful work in the darkroom, I would find wonderful little tidbits that I will put into work later that I’m excited to do.

How do you manipulate the images?

Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of brushing on the developer and fix onto photography paper, selectively revealing and preserving on part of the image. If you don’t put the fix on the page it would go through a series of really beautiful colours shifts, I try to leave parts of my image with those colours scan of it two weeks later to get a snapshot of it when it’s at it’s ideal moment. I like the idea of fresh art, art that has a best before date. I like to reveal a little part of the image at a time.

What is your favourite film stock?

I really enjoy Delta 3200, especially when it’s shot at 1600 or 1000. When you shoot it like that at 1600, all of the shadows are completely there and you can reveal them however much you want, I’m into shadow detail and the grain of photography, 3200 ISO is very grainy for film, now-a-days that is what we are looking for when shooting on film.

Do you have a favourite photographer?

Joseph Sudek, his photographs have a timeless quality and are relatable.


04 2014

MAAD (Material Art & Design): Ritual and Repetition

Judy Duggan-McCorkmack, Ritual & Repetition, MAAD 3B20, Instructor Lynne Heller

Ritual and Repetition has returned to the Learning Zone, featuring OCAD U student artwork from Faculty of Design Instructor Lynne Heller MAAD Concept Development in Fibre course.

On display are students’ projects’ which encompass the idea of ritual and repetition. The students were asked to make one hundred elements, and then assemble them into one completed piece. The concept of ritual and repetition is examined and explored using various materials, techniques, and activities such as collecting, marking, stitching, drawing, photography, weaving, unraveling, building, scratching and manipulating.

The exhibition will be on until the end of the semester.


04 2014

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