Since fall 2020, researchers and artists at OCAD University have been exploring the generative potential of working in joyful, vulnerable, and committed communities of practice. Accepting anxiety as a given, as inherent in creative making, and during this pandemic, they have been exploring mutually supportive creative strategies among themselves at OCADU and with Gallery 1313, Toronto.
Gallery 1313’s many recent projects curated by Phil Anderson in response to environmental issues and those generated due to the COVID-19 pandemic formed the basis of our explorations. The work in this exhibition The New Miasma, or what to do with all this bad air? by students from Materials and the Anthropocene, OCAD University and facilitated by the course team – Pam Patterson, Daniel Payne, Angie Ma and Emily Cadotte (Exhibit Curator) – show a range of materials, issues, and considerations to address these challenging times.