TAIS is pleased to present 3 microresidencies in 2017-18 with 3 recently graduated animation students from 3 of Toronto's post-secondary animation programs: OCAD University's Digital Painting & Expanded Animation (DPXA) Program,  Sheridan College's Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design (FAAD) Program, and Seneca College's Animation Program




Philip Ocampo
Shira Haberman
Tindur Lilja Petursdottir


Philip Ocampo

September 11 – October 2, 2017
Studio talk: September 27, 7pm

Presented in collaboration with Xpace Cultural Centre, and in partnership with OCAD University’s Digital Painting & Expanded Animation (DPXA) Program.

Inspired by the aesthetics of ancient Greco-Roman pottery and historical narratives, Philip Ocampo will use his time in TAIS studio to produce a new work, entitled Space Song.

Space Song is an expanded animation that focuses on queer futurism and queer possibilities. Consisting of a hand-made 60cm tall ceramic vase, the project will use the animation principles of the zoetrope to animate the illustrations painted on it. Sectioned off into 10 horizontal rows, the vase tells the story of a fictionalized queer mythology, with space, techno-futurism, and ancient drawings as its visual motifs. When spun on a rotating surface under a strobe light the flat images come alive, singing the psalm of a fictional universe unknown to the present day. In comparison to the previous heteronormative imagery of Western narratives, Space Song acts as a found, celestial artefact that favours a hypothetical future, and loops itself through the trajectory of the canon of history itself. Its deviant existence calls into question the universal veracity of previously deciphered myths – there is a fantastic queer world hidden between the strata. The project is designed to work on multiple levels. The tangible, 3D object moves the animation beyond single channel but doesn’t omit it: you can view the work as a spinning vase or as a single channel video with detail footage all of the rows compiled onto a lateral timeline.

The British mathematician William Horner first created the animated zoetrope in 1934. An innovation beyond traditional mediums of the time, animation toys such as the preceding thaumatrope and phenakistoscope sparked a cultural movement that spiralled into the animations we see today. The premise was simple: the zoetrope expanded on the phenakistoscope’s illusion of speed and frame correspondences by translating it into three dimensions.

Philip will present a studio talk about his project at TAIS on September 27th, at 7pm. In 2018, Philip will exhibit Space Song in Xpace’s External Space in February until April. The work will be presented in two parts: half as video documentation, and half as a compilation of the painted frames. Est. runtime: 2:00 mins

Philip Ocampo’s artworks examine personal desire; from diaspora to emotional longing, from power to nostalgia. Primarily working in sculpture, installation and drawing, Ocampo uses mysticism, the ethereal, and the celestial as tools for existential introspection. His work often engages with concepts in relation to privilege, queerness, love, family, and the ways in which they intersect. Ocampo also works in freelance, thus making ceramics and illustrations in addition to the aforementioned. He received his BFA in Digital Painting and Expanded Animation from OCAD U in 2017. He lives and works in Toronto, Canada. More info is available at www.philipocampo.com


About Xpace Cultural Centre


Xpace Cultural Centre is a membership driven artist-run centre dedicated to providing emerging and student artists and designers with the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting. Xpace programs contemporary practices that respond to the interests and needs of their membership, and programs with shorter timelines to allow them to respond to contemporary issues in theory and aesthetics, keeping an up to the minute response to what is going on directly in the community. Xpace is supported by the OCAD Student Union. www.xpace.info



Shira Haberman

November 13 – December 4, 2017
Studio talk: December 7, 7pm

Shira Haberman will use her time in TAIS studio to begin production of The Curse, a 4:00-6:00 min long stop motion animated film that tells the story of a girl getting her first period while at school, which comes with some unexpected results.

Shira’s stylistic influences include Esther Pearl Watson, Lynda Barry, the film Mary and Max by Adam Elliot, and the series Hey Arnold by Craig Bartlett.

Shira will present a studio talk about her project at TAIS on December 7th, at 7pm.

Shira Haberman is a Toronto-based character animator, storyboard artist and designer. She has a passion for comics, horror movies, and squishy kitty paws. Shira is a 2017 graduate from the Seneca College – Animation Program. More info is available at www.shira_h.artstation.com


Tindur Lilja Petursdottir

Tindur Lilja Petursdottir

January 8 – January 28, 2018
Studio talk: February 1, 7pm

Tindur Lilja Petursdottir will use their time in TAIS studio to complete the Animatic for a new project about the nordic poem Gróttarsöngur. This Old Norse poem (composed during the Old Norse period from the 8th century to as late as the end of the 13th century) tells a tale of two girls bought as slaves by the king of Denmark from the king of Sweden, to work a magic mill stone. When the girls are mistreated by their masters they reveal themselves to be the daughters of giants, and use the mill stone for revenge. For Tindur’s film, they estimate a runtime of 1:00-3:00 minutes, and they will be exploring a rough, emotion-driven style, produced using digital emulation ink illustrations.

Tindur will present a studio talk about their project at TAIS on February 1st, at 7pm.

The talk will be preceded by the 2nd Annual TAIS Member’s Potluck. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share, starting around 5pm. TAIS will provide beverages.



Tindur Lilja Petursdottir comes from Iceland and uses drawings to tell stories. Tindur recently graduated from the Bachelors of Animation program at Sheridan College. They also completed a diploma in drawing from The Reykjavík School of Visual Art, Iceland. More info is available at www.liljapeturs.tumblr.com