About Us

Our Goals

  1. to develop tools that help users to rethink pre-conceived notions of what it means to have a dis- or differing ability
  2. to generate avenues for discussion and debate about attitudes towards difference
  3. to expand pedagogical practice to include more gameplay
  4. to engage in pedagogical and technical innovation in socially responsive ways
  5. to use research-creation and co-creation to create games and experiences that exemplifies these ambitions.


Dobble Debate recognizes that every individual's life experience is different, and changes significantly based on their current environment. The term disability used throughout this project explicitly acknowledges the D/deaf and hard of hearing, disability, differing abilities, autism, and neurodiversity plus (DDDAND+). This acronym does not cover all the diverse identities usually lumped under 'disability'; we are using it to draw attention to the variety of human experience.

Who We Are

Dobble Debate is a project brought to OCAD University by Nina Czegledy in collaboration with Lynn Hughes of the Technoculture Art and Games (TAG) Research Centre, Concordia University. The project involves OCAD University’s faculty, graduate and undergrad students and alumni, as well as other internal and external researchers. The project has been generously supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Government of Canada and eCampusOntario, Virtual Learning Strategy and the Government of Ontario.

lead researchers

Nina Czegledy
Nina Czegledy is an artist, curator, scholar and OCAD University and University of Toronto faculty member who regularly collaborates internationally on art, science and technology projects. She has exhibited and published widely, won awards for her artwork and has initiated, researched, lead and participated in symposia worldwide. Czegledy gives master classes and lectures, along with developing and co-organizing numerous educational forums and workshops for institutes and international symposia such as the Media Art Histories conference series, ARS Electronica and the International Society of Electronic Arts.

Latest curatorial and exhibitions projects include: SPLICE, re_examining Nature, Oulu Art Museum, Finland (2017), SPLICE At the Intersection of Art and Medicine, Galeria de Arte do Finotti, Uberlândia, Brazil (2015), Water & Peace for SCANZ2015, New Plymouth, New Zealand, Open Culture – Urban Interventions, for Subtle Technologies2014, Paul H. Cocker Gallery, Toronto; SPLICE, At the Intersection of Art and Medicine, Pratt Gallery, New York, UTAC, Toronto, Blackwood Gallery, Mississauga, West Vancouver Museum (2012-2013). Czegledy’s latest publications include: Interdisciplinary Knowledge Transfer: The future of learning In International Yearbook of Arts Education Vol 3; Art as a Catalyst. Leonardo Transactions Sept. 2014; Data in Public – Data Visualization in Art In: Aspects of Art 2014, Fekete Publishing Budapest; Homage to Polar Lights 2013, In: Light Image Imagination ed. Martha Blassnigg, Amsterdam University Press.

Find out more at www.ninaczegledy.net.
Lynne Heller
Lynne Heller is a post-disciplinary artist, an educator and academic. Her interests encompass material culture, new media performative interaction, graphic novels and sculptural installation. Heller completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2004 and her PhD in 2016 at University College Dublin, Ireland from the department of Gender, Culture and Identity in the School of Humanities and Arts, with a research focus on feminist practice in online culture. Her research was practice-based, with a specialty in Digital Media Arts.  She is an Adjunct Professor at OCAD University, as well as co-director of the Data Materialization Studio. She is also an adjunct faculty member of SMARTlab, Ireland. 

Heller has an extensive exhibition record both nationally and internationally and is the recipient of grants from the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Canada. Recent exhibitions include Slippage at the Robert Langen Art Gallery, University at Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Chelsea Girls, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON, Homeostasis Lab, The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale, made and exhibited worldwide, Another Season: An International Exchange Project, Gallery 44, Toronto, ON (the exhibition travelled to the Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, the Detroit Centre for Contemporary Photography, and the Hippolyte Photographic Gallery, Helsinki) and Hysteria: Past, Present, Future curated by Anonda Bell, Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA. She exhibited this past year at WARC Gallery, Toronto, ON, ISEA2014, Dubai, UAE, touring - Salisbury, Leicester, Bristol, London and online, 2014-15. Recent publications include the chapter “Found Objects, Bought Selves” in New Opportunities for Artistic Practice in Virtual Worlds, ed. Dr. Denise Doyle and “One for Sorrow: A Handmade Virtual Reality Experience” in Contemporary Paths: Realities of Art, Science and Technology, ed, Dr. Pablo Gobira.

Public and private collections of her work include Art Metrople, Toronto, ON, CA; The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA; Artist’s Book Collection, OCAD University Toronto, ON, CA; Artists’ Health Centre Foundation, Canada, Sheila H. MacKay Foundation, Canada; External Affairs, Government of Canada, Tokyo Embassy; and private collections. Reviews include ETC. Montreal, Canada; Art Papers, USA; The Globe & Mail, Canada; Canadian Art, Canada; Fiberarts, USA; The National Post, Canada and The Hamilton Spectator, Canada. She has been the recipient of numerous grants from both the Canada Council for the Arts as well as the Ontario Arts Council.

Find out more at lynneheller.com.

About Dobble Debate

Dobble Debate is an umbrella project that uses games, humour and imagination to promote discussion and education about dis- and differing abilities.

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