Apr 02

Site-Specific Explores the Politics of Representation and Critical Pedagogy

Spring 2014 – Site-Specific explores the Politics of Representation in art & design and Critical Pedagogy.

Who is represented by art and design that is being produced currently? Who has been and continues to be represented by art and design has become part of the historical canon? Whose histories are taught – and whose are left out? How can we come to a more encompassing practice of representation?

What is critical pedagogy, and what does it mean in an art & design context? How does critical pedagogy influence our ways of communicating and understanding both academically and visually? Similarly, how does critical pedagogy interact with the politics or representation? And how does it all tie together and help us think about curriculum differently?

Click ‘leave a reply’ under each post and share your thoughts, ideas and responses.

Jan 20

Introducing January: Re-Imagining Disability

January 2014 – Site-Specific explores  Re-imagining Disability. What is our current definition and understanding of disability, and how does this limit us? Who do we leave out, and how can we move beyond limited understandings?

Guest Bloggers for January will be Renzi Guarin, OCAD U’s AV support Specialist on accessibility and digital communication, Syrus Marcus Ware, Program Coordinator for Youth Program at the Art Gallery of Ontario on intersectionality in disability studies, and OCAD U students and faculty showcasing how they re-imagine disability in their teaching and creative practice.

Nov 19

November: Understanding Equity – critical art & design perspectives

Welcome to the launch of SITE-SPECIFIC, a space built to ignite, amplify and feed conversation that advances OCAD U and the wider community’s collective understanding of art & design, equity, and social justice. Through the Guest Blog Series, monthly themes will be touched on in blog entries by members of the OCAD U community – the dialogue is continued through comments by readers and their perspectives.

The theme for November is Understanding Equity– what do the terms equity and diversity entail, and what does thinking critically about the discourse around them look like? Also looked at is the importance of critical understandings of equity within the academic setting.

Guest Bloggers for this month are Richard Fung and David McIntosh, both Associate Professors at OCAD U as well as recent recipients of major Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight grants; also being interviewed is Danielle Nicole Smith, a current OCAD U undergrad and the SITE-SPECIFIC blog coordinator.

Interviews are below this post. Thanks for joining in the dialogue. We look forward to a year of insightful interviews, compelling conversation, and community engagement!