The living laboratory residential program is located at Artscape Gibraltar Point, a historical school building on the Toronto Islands. The Islands are an archipelago mof diverse mix use landscapes with a small but vibrant community of residents. Accessible by public ferry, this unique environment is one of the largest green spaces in the city. Now in its sixth year, OCAD U’s Living Laboratory is a half credit studio course open to Graduate and senior Undergraduate students from all areas of the university. During this seven-day immersive experience students and faculty live and work together. Using Toronto Island
as a “laboratory” students expand on their practices by producing site-specific artworks or design solutions. Informed by issues of sustainability, community advocacy and land use/abuse, students participate in nature tours, conversations with park stewards, historical and natural tours of both the island and the surrounding waters. The evening program includes screenings, presentations, discussions and workshops by the participants. Throughout the residency, students are guided in group critiques with faculty, along with invited artists and designers. This truly interdisciplinary initiative embraces collaborative and community building methodologies within studio production.

This one week residency on the Toronto Islands often includes up to three graduate students. If anyone is interested they need to write a short 500 word proposal and meet with me to define a independent project.

This is an undergraduate course (CROS-3003 Gibraltar Point: A Living Lab (0.5 Credits). Grad students need to apply to register for it.

Contact Hickox, April for more information.

Gibraltar Point, A Living Lab, a unique course open to students from all program areas.  Using Toronto Island as living laboratory, students work independently in collaboration to produce site-specific artworks or design solutions. Students begin by conducting research in support of their projects through readings and day trips to the island. The second part of the course focuses on artistic production. Students and faculty live and work on the island residing at Artscape’s Gibraltar Point. Evening programming supplements the day’s activities through the coordination of meals, screenings, lectures, readings and discussions. As the residency concludes, students participate in group critiques and discussion. This interdisciplinary initiative embraces collaborative and community building methodologies within studio production.