Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

01 September 2011

Art Creates Change - The Kym Pruesse Speaker Series

OCAD, Toronto, Canada – September 2011


Art Creates Change

The Kym Pruesse Speaker Series


Ricardo Dominguez

Tuesday, September 13, 2011, 7:30 p.m.

How might artists and digital activists respond to the 3rd or 4th World War? Ricardo Dominguez is a proponent of tactical media, transparent hacking, and virtual sit-ins, among many other possible actions and art projects. Dominguez is a co-founder of The Electronic Disturbance Theater (EDT), former co-Director of Thing (, and past member of Critical Art Ensemble (CAE). His collaborations with artists, collectives and tactical media groups have resulted in controversial projects including Digital Zapatismo in solidarity with Zapatista communities in Chiapas, Mexico and the recent Transborder Immigrant Tool (a GPS cellphone safety net tool for crossing the Mexico/U.S. border) winner of the Transnational Communities Award. Dominguez is Associate Professor at the University of California, San Diego in the Visual Arts Department, a Hellman Fellow, and Principal/Principle Investigator at CALIT2 (

Ricardo Dominguez’s talk is presented in partnership with e-fagia ( e-fagia is a Toronto-based organization of artists and writers created to produce and disseminate electronic art projects with an emphasis on contemporary Canadian and Latin American artists.

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New Forces in French Design

The Faculty of Design at OCAD University, in partnership with the Consulate General of France in Toronto, presents an intimate speaker series with leading French architects, designers and design writers. All events are free and open to the public (no registration required), and take place in OCAD University’s Auditorium.

Cédric Morisset

Thursday, September 15, 6:30 p.m.

A History of Art and Cultural Management graduate, Cédric Morisset headed towards design after dabbling in the world of contemporary art. Invited by the Lisbon International Design Biennale to curate an exhibition in 2003, he continued his work as a curator for exhibitions in France and abroad, notably French Reference at the Märkisches Museum in Berlin, Germany (2007), the Museum of Guangdong, China (2008) and the 1933 Exhibition Hall in Shanghai, China, (2008); and Icons of Design presented at Marq, Museum of Architecture in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2008), and the Museu da Casa Brasileira in Sao Paulo, Brazil (2009).

Parallel to this, he dedicates his time to writing, specializing naturally in design: he is a regular contributor to A.D. France and the daily newspaper Le Figaro. He wrote the chapter dedicated to design in Louis Vuitton: Art, Fashion and Architecture, published by Rizzoli New York (2009). He recently published a book of interviews with Brazilian designers Humberto and Fernando Campana (Archibooks, 2010), and the book Les 101 mots du design (101 words of design) with Marion Vignal (Archibooks, 2011).

Dominique Jakob and Brendan MacFarlane of Jakob+MacFarlane

Thursday, September 22, 6:30 p.m.

Jakob+MacFarlane is an architectural firm based in Paris, France. Its work explores digital technology both as a conceptual consideration and as a means of fabrication, using new materials as a possibility to create a more flexible, responsive and immediate environment.

Their main projects to date include the T House at la Garenne Colombes, Paris, France (1998), Restaurant Georges at the Pompidou Centre, Paris (2000), the reconstruction of the Theatre of Pont-Audemer, France (1999–2000), the Florence Loewy Books by Artists Bookshop in 2001, Maison H project in 2001, the Communication Center for Renault in 2004; the Maxime Gorki theatre in 2004, the Fondation Ricard 2007 and the Docks of Paris project, which includes a fashion and design center, and three buildings for the 100 Apartments project in Paris, in 2008.

Their current projects include the Docks of Lyon with two buildings in Lyon, the new Frac Architecture Exhibition Center in Orléans, a Dance and Music Conservatory in Noisy-le-Sec and the Swiss Cultural Center in Paris. Jakob+MacFarlane regularly participate in invited competitions and recently won first honourable mention of the International Taïpei Performing Arts Center Competition, Taiwan.

Their projects have been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, 2003), SFMOMA (San Francisco, 2004), the Museum of Architecture (Moscow, 2000), Artists Space (New York, 2003), Carnegie Melon (USA, 2001), the Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, 2004), at the MOCA in LA (Skin+Bones exhibition), the Pompidou Center, the Pavillon de l'Arsenal (Paris), and at the Orléans/ArchiLab International Architectural Exhibitions and Conferences (1999, 2001, 2003) and a personal exhibition at the FRAC of Orléans in 2005. Jakob+MacFarlane were among the architects selected by France for the 2002 Venice Architecture Biennale, and in the international 2004 selection as well as 2008.

Jakob+MacFarlane are on tour in Canada as part of the Vis-à-vis architecture series sponsored by Azure magazine, coordinated by the Embassy of France in Canada and the Institut français.

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