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Month: May 2016 (page 1 of 2)





International Collaboration Studio

International Collaboration Studio: PHOT 3018

International Collaboration Studio II: PHOT 3019

International Collaboration Studio III: PHOT 4016

International Collaboration Studio IV: PHOT 4017

1.0 credit Sept – April, 2016-17

Accepting Applicants from all Programs!
*Early deadline: June 15, continuing until course is full*
Approvals at latest by mid-July

Apply in writing by e-mail to: psramek@ocadu.ca

Work on collaborative projects with students from universities around the globe in an informal, team-based environment with 15 OCAD U students. Work towards collaborative visual projects, online presentations, book publications and international exhibitions. Travel may be an option.
Our current collaborations feature students in Tampere (Finland), Seoul (South Korea), Berlin (Germany), Osaka (Japan), and Ahmedabad (India).

This past year’s work focused on the theme of ‘Desire: The Double-edged Sword’ which was explored in multiple ways as proposed and developed by student participants. It led to exhibitions in Berlin, Finland and at OCAD U. Final works spanned the range from photography and video to drawing, sculpture, books and music performance. Future exhibitions in various international countries are a possibility. Although not specifically built into the course, travel may be possible, as we hope to exhibit in Japan in May, 2017. In the past, groups have travelled to Japan, Finland, China, Slovakia, Berlin and South Korea in conjunction with INTAC exhibitions.

Visit INTACnet.ca to see examples of current and past students’ activities.

Photography Gallery Nykyaika, Tampere, Finland, April 2016

Photography Gallery Nykyaika, Tampere, Finland, April 2016


This hybrid studio course takes place over two semesters during which time students design and undertake collaborative projects with international partners. Directions identified by the group will vary from year to year, but address the ongoing goals of engaging global issues and communicating across cultures. The coming year’s overarching theme will be Turmoil – however one may imagine this, although we hope that global socio-political issues will be forefronted. Projects will be developed in a range of media, but particularly those that may be shared readily through online channels. For this reason, photographic and time-based formats are a primary focus, however past students have worked many other ways – most recently sculpture, quilting, jewelry, painting and drawing.

It is important to note that the course structure consists of a flexible meeting schedule and the class group will not meet physically every week. Activities will include group discussions, critiques, video conferencing sessions with partner schools (sometimes very early in the morning) and considerable independent self-scheduled work and online communication.

Along with creating relationships with students in the various schools, you will propose project concepts, join a few project groups and produce collaborative artworks within each group. You will maintain online communication and build a sense of community with the OCAD participants in group crits, fundraising activities, an exhibition event and possibly publication. Guided by Peter Sramek and Meera Margaret Singh, you will take responsibility for cooperative leadership and initiative in these areas.


Skype Meeting, Fall 2015 /Ada Slaight Gallery, OCADU, Toronto, April 2016

Skype Meeting, Fall 2015 /Ada Slaight Gallery, OCADU, Toronto, April 2016


Using group meetings, video conferencing and the online learning environments, as well as more public and popular social networking tools, students will communicate and develop projects under the guidance of the instructors at each school. Scheduling will be flexible, responsive to the needs of the activities while much of the work will be done on the students’ individual time with their partners using various platforms: Skype, FaceBook, E-mail, Tumblr Blogs and other channels we find. Specific joint activities and projects will be articulated each year, based on specific partnerships and opportunities. There will be short-term objectives and deadlines along with those, which develop over the 8 months of the course.


This course is open to students in years 3 and 4 and credit will be granted at the student’s year level. Therefore, there are two sets of course codes. Students who took the 300-level courses may register for the 400-level ones.
 Acceptance to this course is limited and will be by prior written application. Of key importance will be your commitment to exploring global perspectives. You must be self-motivated and able to work well in an environment where activity is self-initiated and online communication is at the core of the process. There is a less-structured context where you will be responsible for much of your work time on your own. You should be willing to take the lead in building new relationships, sharing ideas and communicating online. Comfort and proficiency with working in online environments is a definite plus.


Exhibition Catalogue, Osaka University of Arts, April, 2015Exhibition Catalogue, Osaka University of Arts, April, 2015

The Application Process – Apply Now

Questions and applications by e-mail to psramek@ocadu.ca or msingh@faculty.ocadu.ca

Write a 500-word Statement of Intent including why you are interested in, and an excellent candidate for: international collaboration
team-based project development
socially-engaged art practices

online learning and communication environments photographic, time-based and/or online formats

Deadline for Approval by the Faculty of Art Office is mid-July, but students will be approved in June as applications are received, until the positions are filled. If accepted, you will be given instructions on completing the online registration process using the appropriate codes.

Please provide: Name, Student Number, Program/Major, Year Level, Number of Accumulated Credits (at least 10), Overall Average, E-mail address you will respond to over the summer.

Describe the primary media you are thinking of working in and how you would see collaborating with a group that is in different parts of the world. Describe any previous international experiences: living, travel, programs, languages, etc. Discuss how this course experience will fit your educational goals.

Include 5–10 captioned images of recent works in your application document (PDF, Word or Pages), which you feel illustrate your approach to artmaking.

Email your application to psramek@ocadu.ca

Note: It is highly recommended that, unless you have already received approval for this course, you first register for a full load of courses during the registration period. All applicants will not be selected for this program. Once registered you can drop 2 studio courses. This 1.0 credit will be equivalent to 1.0 Studio Option credit in Photography or as an elective in your major program. It can be approved as a Program Studio Option outside of Photography with special permission of your Chair.


Mara Gajic: This City, A Group Photography Exhibition

Summer Exhibitions you won’t want to miss!

OCAD U Photo Alumni, Mara Gajic’s current exhibition, This City:  A Group Photography Exhibitionis running until May 31st at Coldstream Fine Art Gallery.


This City: A Group Photography Show, brings together an eclectic group of 12 Toronto-based photographers, each with their own interpretation of their city through the camera’s lens. Each artist was tasked with presenting an image that represents their own subjective perceptions and experiences. The diverse styles and backgrounds of the group resulted in a unique array of imagery connected to the theme. 

Exhibiting Artists: Mara Gajic, Paul Alexander, Petar Boskovic, Cosmo Calisse, Ryan Emberley, William Emerson Gaydos, Trevor Godinho,  Pamela Julian, Nick Kozak, Tom Ridout, Chris Reign and Harrison Taylor.

Mara Gajic, Photo Series: Boundaries

Mara Gajic, Photo Series: Boundaries

Mara Gajic is an OCAD U Photography Alimni. Her work is driven by elements of performance and costume to explore open narratives of self-construct, personal psychology and the quiet space between imagination and reality. Often using herself to stage her images, she imposes new realities on both herself and the photographs through the embodiment of a performative role to communicate underlying personal states in the form of colourful visual narratives and to initiate an unspoken dialogue between the viewer and artist.

To view more of Mara’s work, check out her website and this feature on Format Magazine.


Student Gallery: Open Call


NEW CENTURY Exhibition


about-face exhibition

Danika Zandboer, 2016

Danika Zandboer, “Marcela” (Left), “Jimmy” (Right), 2016

Featuring the work of four talented OCAD U Photography Program Alumni: Danika Zandboer, Rachael McArthur, Naoise Dunne, Julia Macerola

about-face is a group exhibition dealing with themes of identity and representation through collaboration between photographer and subject. The four exhibiting artists are interested in capturing sociocultural experiences and shifts in personal development. 

May 18–June 1

Reception: May 19, 7pm–12am

The Black Cat
2186 Dundas St West, Toronto
Gallery Hours Wed-Fri 2pm-7pm & Sat-Sun 12pm-5pm

Summer Photo Courses

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Island Sun: CROS 3003

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Kotama Bouabane at Gallery 44

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