CADN Speaker Series

Luis Jacob and Mark Kingwell – Where is Your Disruption?

The MA Program in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories (CADN) at OCAD University invites the public to participate in two sets of conversations between artists, scholars and activists on the current state of art and politics. The first conversation occurs on March 7 and features artist Luis Jacob and philosopher Mark Kingwell.



Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – 7:00pm

Room 190, 100 McCaul Street


Where is Your Disruption?

Fragmentation and Entanglement in Contemporaneity

Divisiveness has been a prominent feature in the cultural and political discourse of the past year. Given such fragmentation, what are the possibilities for remedying social cohesiveness? What role can art play in addressing the disruptiveness that permeates contemporaneity? This speaker series explores the manifold ways that disorder and fragmentation pervade contemporary art, design and new media theory, practice and exhibition. Our speakers will discuss some of the emerging ideas of a history not yet written – the history of a contemporary art entangled with political issues, social trends and millennial concerns.

Luis Jacob and Mark Kingwell

Luis Jacob is an artist who destabilizes conventions of viewing and compels a consideration of the socio-political context of art. Since being featured in Documenta 12, he has exhibited at La Biennale de Montréal, Witte de With, Taipei Biennial, Generali Foundation, and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. He recently curated Form Follows Fiction: Art and Artists in Toronto (2016) at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto.

Mark Kingwell teaches in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He specializes in social and political theory, issues of ethics, justice and citizenship, and the philosophy of art, architecture and design. His recent books include Rites of Way: The Politics and Poetics of Public Space (co-edited with Patrick Tummel (2009), Unruly Voices (2012) and Measure Yourself Against the Earth (2015).


The second set of conversations will feature scholars Eve Tuck (OISE) and Robert Diaz (University of Toronto), and occur on Wednesday, March 22. The event will be free to the public.

This speaker series is organized by students in the MA Program in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories at OCAD University, with special thanks to the Office of Graduate Studies for its generous support.

Seating for this event is limited.

For more information, contact Jim Drobnick, CADN Program Director,


The MA program in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories prepares students to investigate the breadth and complexity of today’s cultural landscape. Through historical contextualization, scholarly rigour, and cross-disciplinary methods, this program trains students to produce pioneering research into newly emerging art and design practices. CADN offers three fields of specialization: contemporary art history, design history, and new media art history. Working with an extensive core of over fifty faculty members, students are encouraged to generate their own insights into the ever-shifting world of contemporary art and culture.