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Time for Another Materials Trading Post!

Materials Trading Post

Last month’s Materials Trading Post was a blast and this month’s will be, too! Drop by the Learning Zone between 11:30am and 1:30pm this Tuesday, March 12 for a first-hand look. This is a really great opportunity to find out about new tools and supplies; you can try them out, experiment, collaborate, and learn from each other! Bring along any leftover or unused materials of your own and, who knows, maybe you’ll find somebody who wants them, and maybe you’ll find something you want, too. Waste not, want not — and reduce waste, right?

The Materials Trading Post is a free event hosted in collaboration by the Learning Zone, the First Generation/Student Success Programs, and the Aboriginal Visual Culture Program. Contact Melissa General for more information!

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Decenter

Decenter is the latest video on exhibit in External Space, the exhibition space we host for Xpace Cultural Centre. Created by OCADU student Sona Safaei, Decenter is a short video that plays with the TV news format.

still shot from video 'Decenter' shows professionally-dressed woman seated at a table in front of a greenscreen with a news ticker running along the bottom that reads 'Channel 2' and 'Seychelles, Suriname, Svalvard, Togo

Decenter is the fourth piece in an ongoing series curated by Jennifer Simaitis, graduate of OCADU’s Criticism and Curatorial Practice program. Here’s an excerpt from Simaitis’ write-up:

Decenter explores the extensive expansion of twenty-four-hour news culture and the cycles of stories, which no matter how unconnected, extreme or invalid, are delivered with the same cold bravado. The video loops, and although it is under a minute in length, it appears endless, hypnotising the viewer to envision and insert their own current event into the green screen backdrop.

Decenter is actually part of a larger project that Safei has been exhibiting internationally since last year. (You can learn more about it on Safei’s website.) Sound interesting? Yes, it does, so come on down and watch! Decenter will be on exhibit in the Learning Zone until March 21 — don’t miss it!

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Freedom to Read Week

I’m going to assume you already know that it’s Reading Week here at OCADU, but do you also know that next week it’s Freedom to Read Week in Canada?

Freedom to Read Week ; Feb 24 - Mar 2 2013 ; freedomtoread.ca

Freedom to Read Week is organized by the Book and Periodical Council‘s Freedom of Expression Committee. All across Canada, book stores, libraries, schools, and community centers will join in to host events and celebrate our fundamental right to intellectual freedom.

While not as flashy as the right to education or clean drinking water, intellectual freedom is ridiculously important. As human beings, we all have pretty well-developed faculties of judgement and reason, but these faculties don’t work in a vacuum, and no individual can come up with all the answers themselves. What does this mean? It means we need as many ideas around us as possible — as many memes, worldviews, facts, opinions, statistics, dreams — or else we can’t make the right decisions. Intellectual freedom is about supporting human cognition; it’s about developing and maintaining democracy itself!

So, what will you do to celebrate and (re)dedicate yourself to the principle of free and public expression? Read a challenged book, like The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (call# PS3537 A44 C2), The Diviners by Margaret Laurence (PS8523 A7 D4), The Wars by Timothy Findley (PS8511 I5 W2), or Black Eye: Graphic Transmissions to Cause Ocular Hypertension (PN6726 B52 2011) — all of which are available at OCADU’s Dorothy H. Hoover Library!

If that’s a bit too solitary for your liking, check out the upcoming local events. On right now is CENSORED, a display of challenged books at Type Books on Queen West (right across from Trinity Bellwoods), but there’s lots more going on next week — check out the list of Ontario events for details!

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Resumé/CV & Cover Letter Clinic

If you’re thinking of working this summer (or sooner!), then think about the Career Development office, because they’re all about helping OCADU students and grads “develop the skills and knowledge base required to be successful creative professionals” — pretty awesome, right!? And here at the Learning Zone we bring the office to you, in the form of a drop-in resumé clinic!

Resumé/CV Cover Letter Clinic ; OCADU Career Development

From 1 to 4:30pm next Tuesday (26 February), representatives from Career Development and Experiential Learning will be here at the Learning Zone. Stop by with your resumé, CV, and/or your cover letters for immediate, personalized, relevant feedback and advice. Discuss your future career options. Find out what else the Career Development office has to offer. Shake the slush from your boots, and get ready for summer!

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The OCAD Zine Library Gets French!

Did you know that the OCAD Zine Library has French and bilingual zines? Mais oui! This is Canada, after all, et le français est l’une de nos langues officielles! (That’s “and French is one of our official languages,” for the Anglophones out there.)

On display right now in the Learning Zone is a selection of French and bilingual zines (pictured below). This is a great opportunity to widen your understanding of the Canadian experience! Even if you can’t read French, comics are a fun way to learn a new language — or even just to ingest some of the culture — because of how much they use images and other non-textual methods of communication.

If you can’t make it down in time for the display, ne vous inquiétez pas! Here’s a list of French and bilingual zines in our collection. As always, if you can’t find what you’re looking for in the Learning Zone, ask for help! That’s what we’re here for, after all.

Comics

C29XS Gelem et le serpent buveur de pluie by Charles Mernard; published 2006 by Grafigne

C38S Gribeault No. 11; published by KataSOHO

C21L Les 48 heures de la bande dessinée de Montréal; published 2010

C33L Les 48 heures de la bande dessinée de Montréal; edited by Vincent Giard, published 2011

Info/DIY

I09S In to night / En nuit Iss. 1; written anonymously, published 2010

I30S Graphzines et autres publications d’artistes; edited by Sylvie Alix, published 2007 (Montreal) by Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec

Perzines

Per16S Une tarte a la trisse-tesse; written anonymously

Photography

Ph01M Olivier Richon: et in arcadia ego by Antonio Guzman; published 1992 by Galerie Des Beaux-Arts / École Régionale des Beaux-Arts de Nantes

Queer

Q15M We are beautiful, nous sommes magnifiques: portraits trans + gender queer portraits by Sylvie le Sylvie; published 2011 (Montreal)

Stories

S21XS Wood panel that shit! by Krystina Plante; published 2012 (Toronto)

S64M Street winds: selected works by Ozias Lebeau

S73M Hunting horns / Cors de chasse: handmade story by Sara Ananda Badger & Zachary Badger

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