PUBLIC ACTION

Part of a fledgling Summer Institute at OCAD University, this experimental residency transformed the Student Gallery into a publications studio, with access to a variety of reproduction processes including digital printing,  screenprinting, photocopying, and risograph, as well as perfect binding and hand book sewing. Our month long activity included workshops, open studio time, public programs, and social engagements. Artists-in-residence Leila Pourtavaf, Agata Mrozowski, and Paul Kjelland worked on publications and led a series of dinner discussions called Night School. Participants in Public Action considered how the form of the publication, with its emphasis on voice and political strategy, is a unique form of civic and cultural engagement. Public Action was co-facilitated by myself and Mary Tremonte.