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ARTIST STATEMENT
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MAKES HUMANS RECONSIDER
EXISTING BOUNDDDRRRIES
Bio

Janine Ramlochan is a Canadian new media/ multi-media artist. Her art practice explores issues of identity construction, diasporic experience and gender politics. Her work has been shown in film festival screenings, alternative venues, gallery exhibitions, conferences/ symposiums and cultural events. She has primarily been focused on assemblage, installation, short video and experimental film works. Currently in development are short-form multimedia narrative projects anchored in virtual space.

Janine draws on a background in advertising/ strategic planning where she bridged conceptual ideas with an interest in human behaviour, cultural dynamics and media consumption. She has worked with agencies (across Omnicom, WPP, Interpublic, Publicis Groupe, Dentsu + boutique independents) in New York, Bangkok, Toronto and Paris on numerous local and international brands.

She has taught classes at Centennial College (Toronto) and Mahidol University (Bangkok), and spent extended durations on education or independent research projects in Hobart (Australia) Kingston (Jamaica) and New Delhi (India). She recently sat on juries for the  Ontario Arts Council (Media Arts Organizations), the Toronto Arthouse Film Festival and the Independent Production Fund (Web Series) in Canada.

EDUCATION

new media, bfa

MINOR - GLOBAL NARRATIVES
2015 ─
RYERSON UNIVERSITY (TORONTO)

creative writing, certificate

2015 ─
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
NEW MEDIA

multimedia artist

2008 ─

Artistic practice explores issues of identity construction, diasporic experience and gender politics


advisory

2019
Juror / Independent Production Fund (Web Series)
2017
Juror / Toronto Arthouse Film Festival
2016
Juror / Ontario Arts Council - Media Arts (Organizations) Project Grants
2016
Advisor / Ontario Arts Council - Media Arts (Organizations) Multi-Year Funding


grant awards

2015
Canada Council for the Arts - Media Arts Travel
2014
Ontario Arts Council - Exhibition Assistance
2014
Ontario Arts Council - Exhibition Assistance
2011
Ontario Arts Council - Access & Career Development


publications

2013
Taking Flight: Perspectives from the Depths of an Ideas Factory - Sarai Reader :09 Projections
Sarai (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies), New Delhi


select exhibitions

2015
Pan Am & ParaPan Am Games / Share the Love, Celebration Square, Mississauga
Commissioned by the City of Mississauga, Artist talk hosted by Art Gallery of Mississauga
2014
Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival / New Media Program
Medulla Art Gallery, Port of Spain
2014
The Carnival Project / hosted by Batala New York
Littlefield Eco-club, Brooklyn (Gowanus) New York
2014
INSERT2014 / New Models of Common Ground
Mati Ghar, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi
(in collaboration with the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation)
2013
Sarai 09: Projections - The Exhibition / Devi Arts Foundation, New Delhi
(in collaboration with Sarai - Centre for the Study of Developing Societies)
2011
The Annual / Living Arts Centre Gallery, Mississauga
(in collaboration with SAVAC - South Asian Visual Arts Centre)
CURIOUS
ADAPTABLE
DISCIPLINED 
ADVENTURER
EDUCATION

caap, diploma

1996 - 1998
INSTITUTE OF COMMUNICATION 
AGENCIES (TORONTO)
STRATEGY

sr. strategist

COSSETTE COMMUNICATIONS TORONTO / 2010
REGION: CANADA 
CLIENTS: GENERAL MILLS (NATURE VALLEY, Pillsbury, HELPER, OLD EL PASO), NEW BUSINESS


sr. strategist

TAXI TORONTO / 2006 -2007 (CONTRACTS)
REGION: CANADA 
CLIENTS: JAMIESON, MCCAIN'S


global planning director

CLM BBDO PARIS / 2005 (CONTRACT)
REGION: GLOBAL / France, Germany, Spain, UK, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, INDIA, China, Taiwan, Australia, Canada, USA, Mexico
CLIENTS: WRIGLEY (Hubba Bubba, Airwaves, Orbit)


sr. strategist

OGILVY TORONTO / 2005 (CONTRACT)
REGION: CANADA / CLIENTS: UNILEVER (Dove, Slimfast)


regional planner/ manager

DENTSU ASEAN BANGKOK / 2003 - 2004
REGION: ASEAN / Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore
CLIENTS: KAO (Laurier, Attack, Merit)

Acknowledgements

Given direct reporting line to Tokyo within 3 months. Elevated to the global planning team for Kao's flagship brand (Laurier) in Tokyo within 6 months


account exec

FCB NEW YORK / 2000-2001
REGION: USA
CLIENTS: KRAFT (Cool Whip), METLIFE (Dental), SUNBEAM (Mr. Coffee), New Business

Acknowledgements

Cool Whip work led to winning the Jell-O brand without an agency pitch

Transferred to FCB NY's interactive division; used as a "strategic troubleshooter" for difficult strategic problems, digital integration for clients within the agency and new business pitches


sr. account manager

HARRD & MIRLIN TORONTO / 1996 - 1999
REGION: CANADA
CLIENTS: KRAFT (Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, Planet Snak, Mr. Christie, Air Crisps), LEVI STRAUSS & CO (Levi's, 501, Dockers, SilverTab)

Acknowledgements

Planet Snak grew sales +29% VYA on primary brands (Oreo, Chips Ahoy!, Ritz Bits Sandwiches) and +9.6% on remaining portfolio (13 brands) in the first 6 months; highlighted as a model for kids' brands across FCB + Kraft global networks

Transferred to FCB New York


acct. coordinator

SAATCHI & SAATCHI TORONTO / 1995 - 1996
REGION: CANADA
CLIENTS: PROCTER & GAMBLE (Tide, Oil of Olay, Ivory, Cascade, Comet, Spic & Span)
18
countries covered in
int'l strategy work
10
years exploring
multi/ new media
7
countries lived in
EDUCATION

celta, certificate

2002
CAMBRIDGE ASSESSMENT (ENGLISH)
TEACHING

instructor

2005
CENTENNIAL COLLEGE TORONTO / COMM. ARTS PROGRAM
STRATEGIC PLANNING


instructor

2003
MAHIDOL UNIVERSITY BANGKOK / COLLEGE OF MGMT, INT'l MBA PROGRAM
BUSINESS ENGLISH, BUSINESS PRESENTATIONS

VOLUNTEER / Non-PROFIT
2018
PHILLIP BEASLEY ARCHITECT INSTALLATIONS (TORONTO)
FABRICATION ASSISTANT FOR an EXHIBITION (VIENNA) + A DESIGN EXCHANGE (TORONTO) INSTALLATION
2011
SAVAC - SOUTH ASIAN VISUAL ART CENTRE (TORONTO)
Designed a corporate sponsorship program
2011
GEORGE BROWN COLLEGE (TORONTO) - IMMIGRANT EDUCATION
CONSULTED ON COMMUNICATIONS PLANNING FOR A WORKSHOP SERIES, GUIDEBOOK and WEB PORTAL
2008-9
TORONTO SCHOOL OF ART
CONSULTED ON COMMUNICATIONS PLANNING FOR CURRICULUM + A GALLERY LAUNCH
2007
EMPOWERMENT INTERNATIONAL (GRENADA NICARAGUA)
ORGANIZAtional Repositioning, communication planning and content creation
FaqS
Q.

how would you describe the teams you've worked on internationally?

A.

I usually work on small int'l teams responsible for big regions, where issues that surface are immediately taken seriously due to the implications to a large user and manufacturing base… small decisions affect a lot of people. From fields to factories to distribution channels and office staff — an established business losing pace in high growth markets mean eventual job losses across the board, in countries where there sometimes aren’t safety nets for employees.

Q.

how would you characterize the difference in decision-making?

A.

Working on dominant brands in a category (sometimes with century-old legacy companies), they tend to be less focused on $ growth and scaling due to their global dominance. The key focal points are usually how they are pacing against category and (global) GDP growth vs. currency fluctuations across regions... and also emerging/ competitive innovations. These tend to reveal where changes are needed to ensure market dominance is maintained. The domestic companies, startups and non-profits I’ve been exposed to tend to be more concerned with attracting resources, scalability and capacity building (in that order) where addressing one gives rise to issues in the next.

Q.

what was your specific role within these contexts?

A.

My role was very specialized. I’d usually focus on a particular brand when a cross-disciplinary team couldn’t move the needle on a creative reinvention/ repositioning. I’d be involved for 8-10 months to lead a strategic and creative change, then turn it back over to the team lead to continue. Sometimes this would be regionally, sometimes locally. Increasingly, my insight was sought out more upstream in the product development process.  

Q.

what are your proudest accomplishments and biggest disappointments... and why?

A.

I am proud of my ability to immerse myself in teams that were really different to me — to induce paradigm shifts, to dig up new insights, to elevate the strategic and creative capacity of the teams — and how we collectively came up with interesting ideas and experiences. These were across cookies and crackers, jeans, san pro, haircare, beauty, gum, and a few other categories.

My disappointments stem from growing too tired to be interculturally persuasive… that even though it may be more difficult than people anticipate, there really is an interesting world out there and people aren’t that different. In the current geopolitical context, it’s become easier to let people swim in their (preferred) sameness.

Q.

how does your business experience inform your media art practice?

A.

I've always been interested in experimenting with media, its evolving forms and its role as a catalyst for systemic and societal changes. It’s always an interesting time to experiment when technology is being absorbed into the social, ecological and biological. The role of media + technology in societal de-/re-construction and how individuals are using it to circumnavigate long-standing oppressions, are themes I am currently exploring. These are informed by navigating global infrastructures, seeing how legal structures and trade policies seem to shape them, and falling through structural gaps and perceptual disconnects in a rapidly globalizing world.  

Q.

why doesn't your education track with your int'l experience?

A.

When I was university age, the media industry was globalizing and as my career progressed, I swam with the global current. With frequent relocation and business travel, it was difficult to pursue further education until I returned to Canada and it became clear my stay would be for an extended period.

Q.

what citizenships do you hold?

A.

While I’d like to say I’m a citizen of the world, I actually only have citizenship (and voting rights) in Canada. Although, I also seem to have citizenship in Trinidad & Tobago by descent.

Q.

what is gngha.media... what was it set up for?

A.

With frequent relocation, I found billing int'l clients through an incorporated Canadian company allowed me to work on short-term contracts in different countries without a work visa. After founding a company in 2005 for this purpose, it fell dormant for several years before being recently resurrected as gngha.media. It now houses R&D and production for my bigger artistic projects and collaborations.