COVID-19 Anxiety, as research project, began June 2020 running concurrently with an online undergraduate course Materials and the Anthropocene at Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU). It manifested initially as a collaboration among artists Dr. Pam Patterson, Daniel Payne, and Dr. Joanna Black. Growing in scope, researchers began to work in tandem with students and research assistants. Together, we came to discern COVID-19 pandemic anxieties and understand how these have been exacerbated by the social and political implications of “location,” “refuge,” and “loss”.
As researchers, we leveraged the generative potential of our mentorship of, and synchronised intense activity with, these emerging artists to develop many activities both for Materials and the Anthropocene and later, in the winter 2021 term, for Art & Design Education Lab.
Public talks curated by Dr. Patterson were offered to our students and the larger community throughout the three terms. Those listed below in the fall and spring engaged with anthropogenic concerns, while the winter speaker series, also listed below and shared here in detail, spoke directly to this LIBGUIDE topic. We thank our guest speakers for generously sharing their concerns and insights on this pandemic with us.
THE ANTHROPOCENE: HOW HAS COVID-19 CHANGED THE WAY YOU THINK ABOUT …? - SUMMER TEAMS TALKS 2020
COVID-19 AND THE ANTHROPOCENE - FALL SPEAKER SERIES 2020
COVID-19 PEDAGOGIES: TOOLS, CONTENT AND STRATEGIES - WINTER SPEAKER SERIES 2021
(explore the videos from the Winter 2021 series in the menu or linked below)
Winter 2021 Speaker Series:
Jan 26, 2021
Going Viral: Gallery Strategies to Engage in/Address Community Issues during COVID-19. Phil Anderson, Director with artist & WIAprojects curator, Leena Raudvee and Chair BoD, Mikael Sandblom, Gallery 1313. Watch the recording.
Feb 2, 2021
Interpretive Planning and Audience Engagement in Museums. Shiralee Hudson Hill, Museum Planning Consultant and Lecturer, Museum Studies, University of Toronto. Watch the recording.
Feb 9, 2021
AGO: Online Access, Strategies and Learnings. Paola Poletto, Director of Engagement and Learning, AGO. Watch the recording.
Feb 23, 2021
Negotiating COVID-19 and/in New Technologies for Museum Engagement. Susan Fohr, Curator of Education, Textile Museum of Canada. Watch the recording.
March 2, 2021
Teaching Studio Online: Challenges & Rewards. Amy Swartz, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Art, OCADU. Watch the recording.
March 9, 2021
Libraries during the COVID-19 crisis: Finding a Place for Research. Daniel Payne, Curriculum Resources OCAD U Library. Watch the recording.
March 16, 2021
The State of Blackness: From Production to Presentation. Andrea Fatona, Associate Professor, Faculty of Art, OCADU. Watch the recording.