Monday, September 29, 2008

CRAFTY HAPPENING: Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at the Ontario College of Art & Design (Oct 4, 7pm-Oct 5,7am)

from KC Adams’s Cyborg Hybrid Accessories series

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche at the Ontario College of Art & Design

Useless Beauty: Notions of Beauty and Utility

Saturday, October 4, 6:52 p.m. to 7 a.m., Sunday, October 5

Ontario College of Art & Design

Lobby, Auditorium and Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street

Useless Beauty, curated by OCAD Professor Johanna Householder and Jennifer Rudder, features work by artists KC Adams, Lois Andison and David Krippendorff that addresses notions of hybridity, gender, race, beauty, utility and fashion. The exhibition is presented in part as a response to ORLAN'S week-long residency at OCAD (part of the OCAD Professional Gallery's Nomadic Residents program), and her video reading, presented at approximately 9 p.m.

Nomadic Resident: ORLAN

Video Reading, 9 p.m.

Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street

From plastic surgery interventions and performances to photography and digital works, ORLAN has been a formidable presence in contemporary art for over four decades. Since the 1960s, her work has transcended the numerous "posts" and "isms" of the art world's different movements, all the while interrogating our bodies and identities, questioning art's relation to life, and testing the lines between the real and the virtual.

ORLAN joins OCAD as its third artist-in-residence in its Nomadic Residents program from September 29 to October 3, presenting a free public lecture on Tuesday, September 30, 6:30 p.m. For details and additional information about ORLAN, please visit

Design for the Other 90%

OCAD Professional Gallery (Level 2, 100 McCaul Street)

Interactive treadle pump display (Butterfield Park)

Reception: October 4, 2008, 6:52 pm

Organized by the New York-based Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and curated by Cynthia E. Smith, Design for the Other 90% explores a growing movement among designers to design low-cost solutions for the "other 90%" — that is, the 5.8 billion people (out of the world's total population of 6.5 billion people) who have little or no access to most of the products and services many of us take for granted. Design for the Other 90% looks at how individuals and organizations are finding unique ways to address the basic challenges of survival and progress — for example, nearly half of the other 90% do not have regular access to food, clean water, or shelter.

Do Not Play on or Around

Transit Space (Level 2, 100 McCaul Street)

Reception: October 4, 8 to 10 p.m.

On exhibition until October 10

Printmaking student James Gauvreau presents a mixed-media exhibit examining urban street art as a practice that has emerged out of graffiti and vandalism to evolve into a legitimate form of cultural expression.

Before I Forget

OCAD Student Gallery (285 Dundas Street West)

On exhibition until October 5

The OCAD Student Gallery presents work by Integrated Media students Jo Alcampo, Liam Crockard, Dylin North and Steve Shaddick, curated by Matthew Williamson, which surveys the vagaries of memory via digital technology through web-based archiving, live video environments, interactive sound sculpture and video installation.

Sketching Beauty

Butterfield Park at OCAD

OCAD's Alumni Association invites Nuit Blanche revelers to participate in Sketching Beauty, an all-night sketch crawl. Participants can gather sketching materials in Butterfield Park, and return their drawings to OCAD later in the evening for display during the event.


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