Black Fractals is the official Black History Month program at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), celebrating the self-repeating spirit of creating and ingenuity of people of African ancestry. The ancient wisdom of fractals has its origins in Africa as it was a common used technology of people and civilizations through out history. At OCADU we are celebrating how Black people still intuitively use these ancient fractal wisdom in a variety of ways to this day, from their lingo and languages they form, to the fashion and hairstyles like cornrow and dreadlocks, to the dances and music they create, to architecture they design, to arts and crafts we cultivate… These intuitive ways of using fractals go deeper than melanin… and we celebrate that with this program.
Black Fractals is a student led initiative filled with engagement and dialogue focused on honoring past and present achievement while looking to the future and the infinite ways in which we can grow as a community and as individuals. Each event aims to shed light on the importance of art to Black culture and our collective ability to innovate and thrive.
Opening Ceremony: February 3rd
Panel Discussion Wednesday February 24th 2016
OCAD University Main Building – 100 McCaul St.
Interrogating the ways in which contemporary art and design perpetuate or challenge anti-blackness.
This exhibition seeks to explore the ways in which Black identity has been formed, shaped, or erased through visual culture.
The overarching purpose of this exhibition is to bring awareness to racial stereotypes, that shape ‘what it means to be black’. With awareness, comes responsibility to make change in one’s own sphere.
The aim is to reclaim representations while creating a space where people are able to talk about uncomfortable topics. How can contemporary art and design be used as a tool for reclamation and decolonization?
Pixelation is generously sponsored by The OCAD U $1,500 Big Ideas Fund, The Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, Office of the President, Office of the Vice-President Academic, Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design, Graduate Studies and the OCAD Student Union
BLACK FUTURE MONTH 3016:
4th Annual Afrofuturism Art Exhibition
BLAST OFF: Opening Reception February 3rd
The ORBIT: WOMEN FOCUS AFROFUTURISM PANEL DISCUSSION
Returning to OCAD University for a 2nd year in a row, BLACK FUTURE MONTH 3015 is a part of the BLACK FRACTALS: the 2016 Black History Month Program at OCADU.
Presently in it’s 4th year, Black Future Month 3016 Art Exhibition is the longest consecutive annual Black art exhibit in Toronto.
The overarching theme of the 4th Annual Afrofuturism Art Exhibition is exploring the infinite ways of beings in the far-off distant future as envisioned by Black people over the spectrum of a 1000 years from now. It is a professional curated platform that was created in 2013 by OCADU alumnus Danilo McCallum.
The exhibit will be spread between the Ada Slaight Gallery Space (Transit Space) in 100 McCaul, and the Graduate Gallery at 205 Richmond st with another satellite location at the ART GALLERY OF Mississauga. The Exhibit will consist of OCAD U students, alumni, staff and Faculty along with select artists from the Black Community.
This year exhibition is featuring work from OCADU very own
Tennesha Skyers, Camille Lauren, Sheniece Cater, Nathan Vernon, Kadicha Foster, Aaron Jones, Quentin VerCetty, Alecia Doley, Danilo McCallum
with additional works from
Maliciouz Art (Montreal), Kalkidan Assefa (Ottawa), Jabari “Eliscer” Elliott, Yannick Anton, Mosa McNeilly(Guelph), Wolf J. McFarlane, Anthony Gebrehiwot, OBUXUM, and Black Toronto 2116.
The Blast Off
The Orbit Panel Discussion will be a part of the Black Fractals Call And Response Conference – 4pm Sunday February 7th
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/blackfuture3016
Instagram page: www.instagram.com/blackfuture
Black Future Month 3016 is sponsored by Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design, Faculty of LAS/SIS, ONSITE Gallery, Graduate Studies, OCAD Student Union, R.I.S.E. Edutainment, The African Drums Arts And Craft Store & YORK UNITED BLACK STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
Onsite in partnership with BLACK FUTURE MONTH 3016 and The Afrofuturists Affairs to presents,
CALL AND RESPONSE CONFERENCE:
Sunday Febrauary 7th,2016
OCAD University Main Building – 100 McCAul St.
2pm – 9pm
This conference is a FREE opportunity for community engagement for all ages to analyze how art can be used as a tool for activism, liberation, decolonization and community development. This one of a kind conference features a workshop from the critically acclaimed Black Quantum Futurism collective (Philadelphia, PA) with OCADU students, a special presentation from the double consciousness of the radical comix graphic artist group, Black Kirby (Buffalo, NY), a keynote from Rasheedah Philips of Afrrofuturist Affairs (Philadelphia, PA). Along with a dynamic panel discussion about why black Art matters today!
Free vegan meal provided by ChicPeas Vegetarian Cuisine
and a vendor market will be on site throughout the day
Onsite Gallery, OCAD University’s public gallery and exploratory platform for art, design and curatorial practice, aims to foster social and cultural transformation. Now is an exciting time for Onsite, as they are preparing to launch their new gallery location at 199 Richmond Street West, opening May 2017.
While Onsite is working towards the opening of their new purpose built gallery, the gallery is remaining active through Onsite/Insight/Incite, a series of programming convening cross-disciplinary conversations addressing how we can affect change with public spaces.
The AfroFuturist Affair is a community formed to celebrate, strengthen, and promote Afrofuturistic and Black sci-fi culture through creative events, community workshops, blogging, and creative writing. The Afrofuturist Affair uses proceeds from events to fund the Futurist Fund Community Grant and a small independent press called House of Future Sciences Books, which has published two books and a number of zines. The AfroFuturist Affair is a founding member of Metropolarity.net, a 215 Speculative Fiction Collective and the creator of Black Quantum Futurism collaborative.
Black Quantum Futurism (BQF) is a new approach to living and experiencing reality by way of the manipulation of space-time in order to see into possible futures, and/or collapse space-time into a desired future in order to bring about that future’s reality. This vision and practice derives its facets, tenets, and qualities from quantum physics, futurist traditions, and Black/African cultural traditions of consciousness, time, and space. Where these three traditions intersect exists a creative plane that allows for the ability of African-descended people to see “into,” choose, or create the impending future.
BQF Collective is an artistic and literary collaboration between Camae Defstar (Rockers!; MMGZ) and Rasheedah Phillips (The AfroFuturist Affair; Metropolarity) which explores the intersections of futurism, literature, art, sound, creative media, DIY-aesthetics, and activism in marginalized communities. Forming in Summer 2014, the collective has created a number of community-based events, experimental music project, several zines, and an anthology of experimental essays called “Black Quantum Futurism: Theory & Practice Vol. 1”.
CALL AND RESPONSE CONFERENCE is sponsored by Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design, Faculty of LAS/SIS, ONSITE Gallery, Graduate Studies, OCAD Student Union, R.I.S.E. Edutainment, The African Drums Arts And Craft Store & YORK UNITED BLACK STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
Piece Of Mine Festival:
Black Men in Theatre
Opening Date Friday February 19
Second performance night on Saturday February 20th
The PIECE of MINE Festival (POMF) is a new wave of Black theatre in Toronto. They platform bold works in development from emerging to established play creators. The festival is about creating opportunities for more voices, stories, and a celebration of the vastness of Black culture. They present plays that are electric, poetic, personal and political to an audience seeking something fresh and engaging.
In partnership with OCAD U’s Black FRACTALS, PIECE of MINE is presenting the 2nd annual special tribute to Black Men in Theatre. We are excited to feature 6 contemporary play creators and actors. Audiences can expect a range of content, from paternal relationships to historical revolution to self-discovery. Join us on Friday, February 19 or Saturday, February 20 for a solid line-up of home-grown talent!
Featured Artists Include: Jordan Laffrenier, Dennis Langley, Luke Reece, and Richard Stuwart.
Doors open at 7:00pm | Show time 7:30
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, purchase early to save!
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.