Friday, March 7

Reception, Rm 7318

LandSlide Round Table, Rm 7320

Coffee Break, Rm 7318

Performance Art, Rm 7320

  • Lowell Gasoi – “Impiety and Live Dissent in a Mediated World”
  • Paromita Kar – “Knickers, Fishnets and Punk Rock – An Intimate Enthography of Toronto’s Cancan Revival”
  • Katherine Paige Calvin – “I built this because I can: Wangechi Mutu and Performing Intersectionality”

Sampling as Productive, Rm 7401

  • Brett Potter – “‘Appropriation’ to a ‘Culture of Use’: Re-thinking Creativity and Narrative through Bourriaud’s Postproduction”
  • Gillian Pistell – “Ray Johnson’s Collaged Histories.”
  • Ben Harrison – “The Epistemological Orientation of Hip-Hop in the mid-1980’s”

Media Art, Rm 7320

  • Robert Luzar – “Subtractions of Vital Presence”
  • Spencer Stuart – “Guilt by Association?: Changing Conceptions of Digital Technologies and Their Relations to Speculative Realism in the ‘Post-Crtical’ Age”
  • Matthew Jarvis Wall – “Technologies of Play: The Ludification of Culture”

Spatial Activism, Rm 7315

  • Aria Spinelli – “The Occupy Effect of Art: Redefining the Notion of the Political in Art Practice”
  • Natalia Dmushowska – “The Art of Jaywalking: A Contemporary Approach to Interaction, Ownership and Creation in Public Space”
  • Laura Mahlstein – “Recombinant Dispositif: Assemblage and the Mise-en-Scene of Complex Exhibition Projects since the 1990s”

Lunch, Rm 7315

Nicholas Bell, Rm 7320

Subaltern Sampling, Rm 7320

  • Jerina Hajno – “Carbon into Diamond: Subaltern Aesthetics and Enfolded Relations in Otolith II and Letters from Sibera”
  • Matt Ossias – “Syndromes and a Century: Deleuze and Jameson in the Post-Contempoary Art Cinematheque”
  • Carmen Victor – “Die Antwoord: (De)facing Identities”

Identity, Rm 7301

  • Cindy Kim – “Asian Fetish, White Fetish”
  • Ella Cooper – “Body Land Identity: Reclaiming the Black Female Nude through Multiracial Feminist Art Inquiry and a National Participatory Arts Based Exploration of Black Female Identity in the Canadian Landscape”
  • Robert Dayton – “The Canadian Romantic: Sex Magick Canada”


Between Making and Market, Rm 7320

  • Alison Snowball – “Immaterealities of Dematerialization in Contemporary Art and Finance”
  • JP King – “Assembling Everyday Knowledge: Relational Publishing in Erick Beltran’s The World Explained: A Microhistorical Encyclopedia”
  • Martin Budny – “Desired States of Being”

Creators Round Table, Rm 7320


Douglas Coupland presents “Anything is Everything”

Photograph by Mark Peckmezian for MONTECRISTO Magazine

Photograph by Mark Peckmezian for MONTECRISTO Magazine

OCAD University Graduate CADN Program is pleased to present Douglas Coupland as the keynote speaker for Recombinant Creativity Conference.

Thursday, 6 March 2014 from 7-8PM

Free Admission with registration:

Call For Papers

Recombinant Creativity: Temporal Intersections, (de)Historicizing Strategies,  and Contemporary Cultural Products

Fredric Jameson spoke of a “dialectical intensification of the autoreferentiality of all modern culture, which tends to turn upon itself and designate its own cultural production as its content.”

Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

Building upon Fredric Jameson’s potent and pithy insight into the character of contemporary cultural production this conference asks broadly about the role of appropriation and interdisciplinarity. Has the traditionally discipline-based structure of scholarship been challenged or changed by recombinant forms and processes of critical engagement?

The Contemporary Art, New Media and Design Histories program at OCAD University invites papers that acknowledge the place and implication of Jameson’s ideas of autoreferentiality or the practices of assemblage, bricolage, collage, remixing, sampling, borrowing, mashups, hybridity, and the role of technology as strategies for creativity.

Papers will be accepted from graduate students of all levels and disciplines, and should be traditional presentations 15- 20 minutes in length. While an emphasis will be placed on these discourses in art and visual culture, we also welcome cross-disciplinary interpretations of the theme. Topics for papers may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Global and local collages in design practice

  • Re-imagining indigenous culture through digital dialogues

  • Hip hop in contemporary Indigenous cultures.

  • Biopolitics and subversive, activist strategies

  • Splicing and the cultures of bricolage in contemporary society

  • Appropriation as methodology

  • Processes of othering and identity-formation

  • Appropriation as a sign of cultural bankruptcy

  • (de) Historicizing the so-called Western canon in art history

  • Recombinant culture as resistance and strategies of dissent

Please send a 250-word abstract of your paper along with a working title, keywords, curriculum vitae, and contact information to

Deadline for submission: 6 January, 2014.

Successful participants will be notified: by 14 January, 2014.

The symposium will be held 6-7 March, 2014 at OCAD University, Toronto, Canada.