Integrated Media

The following documentation is of video, installation, and performance artwork that I completed from 2007–2010, while studying in the Integrated Media BFA program at OCAD University.

Undergraduate thesis. “Anticipation: A new portrait of seniors in Canada”, (Profs. B.h. Yael, J. Householder, & D. Back). OCAD University, May 2010.

“Vertigo”. Art, Science & Technology (Prof. B. Rauch), OCAD University, April 2010.

“Witness testimony”. A study on presence and telepresence in performance art. Presence: OCADU INTM shooting studio, and telepresence: 316 University Avenue Courthouse 12th jurer monument).  Prof. J. Householder, OCAD University, February 2009.

A performance art workshop with ORLAN (Paris, FR), at OCAD University, September 2008. We presented at Nuit Blanche. Workshop director: Prof. Johanna Householder.

“Healing Space”. Dr. E. Schoght, OCAD University, 2008.

They Were (2007) is a short documentary and active response to the silencing of occurrences of sexual assault and domestic violence. Over thirty people signed the mobile poster installation that I carried to various “hot spots” for care services across downtown Toronto. Prof. B.h. Yael, OCAD University, Nov. 2007.

The intent of this video was to capture a short (1 min) personal history narrative, as told by my grandmother over the phone from her home in North York, Ontario. It contrasts—through the use of two overlapping stories— two memories of her past: living in South Africa during the Apartheid, and reflecting on her ‘new life’, immigration to Canada. Some of the audio is unclear, and some is unclear due to the intentional overlapping of the two narratives; this is to highlight the chaos experienced during apartheid, and in the process of adapting to a ‘new life’ as she said, when coming to Canada. The audio was captured over the telephone. Additional audio of the “Kalimba” was recorded in studio. Prof. B.h. Yael, OCAD University, Sept. 2007.

Telephone audio transcript

The boat trip from Cape Town, South Africa took two weeks

South Africa had the Apartheid regime

There was hardly any stuff for you to do– anything that you didn’t want to do

We couldn’t stay there anymore

I mean, why should we stay in a place where we’re not really welcome, you know?

That’s your homeland but, there were too many restrictions

It’s not easy

We wanted to make a new life

You could not get certain jobs

If you had a son and he wanted to be an electrician, he left the country

But, if you want to tough it out and live in this country, I guess you do

New life

You could become a teacher, you could become a

But, if you want to tough it out and live in this country, I guess you do

It was just amazing, everything was white, you know how you see when it’s a heavy snowfall?

When you drove on the train, you couldn’t sit right at the front, you had to sit at the back, but why should you do that when you’re going the same place as the other people?

There were very few restaurants where non-whites could go and eat in

You could not go on that..on those beaches

They probably thought the water would um, it would rub off on them

Whites only, whites only.