Diagrams of Power 2018


Exhibition and Event Series

Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. W.), OCAD U
critical visualization; data visualization; critical cartography; gentrification; critical assemblage; digital humanities; post-critical design; exhibition

Curator: Patricio Davila
Collaborator: Lisa Smith, Onsite Gallery, OCAD U
Exhibition Design: Ali Qadeer and Jay Irizawa, OCAD U
*Thank you to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts,

Diagrams of Power is a group exhibition that ran between July 11 - Sept 29 2018 at Onsite Gallery, OCAD U's professional public gallery space. It showcased art and design works using data, diagrams, maps and visualizations as ways of challenging dominant narratives and supporting the resilience of marginalized communities.

Featuring work by Joshua Akers, The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, Josh Begley, Joseph Beuys, Vincent Brown, Bureau d'├ętudes, Department of Unusual Certainties, W. E. B. Du Bois, Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, Forensic Architecture, Iconoclasistas, Julie Mehretu, Lize Mogel, Alexis Bhagat, Ogimaa Mikana, Margaret Pearce, Laura Poitras, Philippe Rekacewicz and Visualizing Impact

Exhibition brochure here.
Learn more about Diagrams of Power here.
Learn more about Onsite Gallery here.

Diagrams of Power Event Series
Recordings of public talks to be posted soon.

Be a part of a "human diagram" of water infrastructure
Workshop // Jun 16, 2018
Facilitator: Lize Mogel (Public Green)

Walk the Mikinaak: Honouring work by the Ogimaa Mikana Project
Workshop // Jul 12, 2018
Facilitators: Eliana Macdonald (Ecotrust Canada), Hayden King (Ogimaa Mikana, Ryerson University)

Diagrams of Power Dialogues #1: Intersections in Indigenous Mapping, Feminist Visualization and Community Building
Roundtable // Jul 13, 2018
Guests: Susan Blight (Ogimaa Mikana), Catherine D'Ignazio (Emerson University, MIT Civic Media Lab), Hayden King (Ogimaa Mikana, Ryerson University), Eliana MacDonald (Ecotrust Canada), Lize Mogel (Public Green), Margaret Pearce (University of Maine)
Moderator: Patricio Davila

Intro to Data Visualization for Social Justice
Workshop // Aug 11, 2018
Facilitator: Visualizing Impact visualizingimpact.org

Diagrams of Power Dialogues #2: Urban Space, Data, and Supporting Community Resistance
Roundtable // Sep 15, 2018
Guests: Sheila Sampath (OCAD U, The Public), Terra Graziani (Anti-Eviction Mapping Project), Josh Akers (Property Praxis), Alex Hill (Property Praxis)
Moderator: Patricio Davila

Cartography Between Art, Science and Politics
Talk // Sep 18, 2018
Guest: Philippe Rekacewicz (visionscarto.net)

Experimental Cartography: Mapping Knowledge and Perceptions of Our Words
Workshop // Sep 19, 2018
Facilitator: Philippe Rekacewicz (visionscarto.net)

Measuring and Being: How has the way we measure shaped the way we are?
Talk // Sep 20, 2018
Guest: Peter A. Hall (Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London)

Photos: Yuula Benivolski
Photo 1: Diagrams of Power front exhibition view
Photo 2: Installation view, Department of Unusual Certainties, Retrospective of a Crisis - V1- Politics, 2018
Photo 3: Installation view, Laura Poitras, O'Say Can You See (still), 2001/2016.
Photo 4: Installation view, Joshua Akers, Property Praxis, 2016&2018
Photo 5: Installation view (clothing rack with costumes), Lize Mogel, Performing Infrastructure (NYC Watershed), 2017
Photo 6: Diagrams of Power sponsor wall view
Photo 7: Installation view (documentation table), Etudio Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, The Medellin Diagram
Photo 8: Diagrams of Power exhibition view

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