Friday, April 10, 2015

HOW ARE U OCADU?

Info Graphic by Meaghan Barry

Research/exhibition by undergraduate art and design education students.
Curated by Meaghan Barry, OCADU.
Facilitated by Pam Patterson, OCADU (Faculty) & Director WIAprojects, CWSE/OISE/UT

April 15 - May 30, 2nd Floor CWSE Hallway Gallery, OISE/UT, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto.

A community of art & design educators mounted a campaign inviting the OCADU community to assist them in re-imagining OCADU for the 21st C .  This action was an outgrowth of our deep curiosity about our own complicity in teaching and learning at OCADU. We wanted to open the Pandora’s Box and excavate the messiness. We all know that we need to dig deep and take risks in studio practice in order to push our work to stronger and richer iterations. But, how can we as educators do the same? How can we define OCADU as a community: Is it a place of/for community gathering(s)? What is its ethical grounding? What is its reason for being? How can we determine what learning means? How can we realize this research in political and artistic form?


While our posters are presented as tongue-and-cheek, the data they were derived from was diverse, compelling, and often contradictory. This inquiry is located in a feminist-inspired community of practice which, in honouring WIAprojects’ mandate and the vision of the CWSE OISE/UT, engages artists, activists, researchers and students in critically examining their own education.