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INTAC Exhibition, May 2017, Osaka University of Arts, Japan

OCAD U CROSS-DISCIPLINARY ART: INTAC PHOTO
Now Accepting Applicants from all Programs

International Collaboration Studio: Photo 3018
International Collaboration Studio II: Photo 3019
International Collaboration Studio III: Photo 4016
International Collaboration Studio IV: Photo 4017
1.0 credit Sept–April, 2017-18

Early deadline: June 30, continuing until course is full. Approvals at latest by end of 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. Current collaborations feature students in Tampere (Finland), Seoul (S. Korea), Berlin (Germany), Osaka (Japan), Ahmedabad (India), Toluca (Mexico).

This past year’s work focused on the theme of ‘Turmoil’ which was explored in multiple ways as proposed and developed by student participants. Final works spanned the range from photography and video to drawing, sculpture, books and music performance. The year led to exhibitions in Osaka, Japan and at OCAD U.

This year’s theme will be Rituals.

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 Slovakia in November, 2017 and then another venue in May, 2018. 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 a description of our process and examples of current and past students’ activities.

You can also check out one of our public Facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/INTACinfo/

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

(L) INTAC Strategy Workshop, Osaka University of Arts (R) Group with Sacred Deer, Nara, Japan, May 2017

(L) INTAC Strategy Workshop, Osaka University of Arts (R) Group with Sacred Deer, Nara, Japan, May 2017

What is INTAC?

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 Rituals and participants will respond with project propsals in whatever way they may interpret this, although we hope that global and cross-cultural issues will be fore-fronted. 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 also worked in other media – most recently audio, sculpture, writing, quilting, jewelry, drawing, painting and performance.

There is also the possibility of engaging the course as an online moderator and helping to develop the online presence and functioning of the INTAC network, which is a growing international program.

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 two Professors, Peter Sramek and TBC, you will take responsibility for cooperative leadership and initiative in these areas.

How?

Using class meetings, video conferencing (sometimes very early in the morning) and online blogs 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 project partners using various platforms: Skype, FaceBook, E-mail, Tumblr Blogs and other channels. Specific joint activities and projects will be articulated each year, based on specific partnerships and opportunities. There will be short-term objectives and deadlines over the 8 months of the course.

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.

Who?

• This course is open to students in years 3 and 4 from all programs – Art, Design, INVC, LAS, DigF

• There are two sets of course codes and you must register for the paired Fall and Winter sections.

• Students who have taken the 300-level courses may continue in INTAC by registering 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. This 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.

The Application Process Apply Now!!

Deadline for Approval by the Faculty of Art Office is mid-July, but students will be approved in June/July 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 and E-mail address you will respond to over the summer.

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

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.