Category:Events

Talk+Screening April 1, 2019 | AMANDA BEECH: Constructing Time

Critical Distance Centre for Curators and SAW Video Media Art Centre, in partnership with Equitable Bank and Pleasure Dome, are pleased to present an artist talk and screening followed by a celebratory reception with LA-based artist, writer, and Dean of Critical Studies at CalArts, Amanda Beech.

Beech has presented her work at major international venues including Tate Britain, The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, and Remai Modern. For her talk, she will speak on the main themes that have mobilized her practice, focusing on how the relation between art and power is constructed in the choreographing of time. The machinations of time-based art have often led it to privilege ‘the open’ and to identify art with the future as an indeterminate potentiality. This means that it has often rejected any regulative principles that would provide a sense of determination for a future. But this rejection still formats a future that is present to us, and often this has proved unsatisfactory in meeting our political aspirations. Beech will also delve into how the ordering of time in sequence, assemblage, montage and abstraction can offer the construction of another sense-experience of time as well as craft the possibility for another, future, time and space.

Tickets to this special event are FREE UPON REQUEST thanks to our presenting partners, SAW Video Media Arts Centre (Ottawa), Equitable Bank, and Pleasure Dome. Please send your full name and number of tickets requested to rsvp (at) criticaldistance (dot) ca — seating is limited, so be sure to reserve early! Continue reading

Toronto Launch March 23, 2019 | ARCHI-FEMINISTES! by OPTICA, centre d’art contemporain

Join us for a celebratory book launch for ARCHI-FÉMINISTES! Contemporary Art, Feminist Theories
Published by OPTICA, centre d’art contemporain, Montreal
Toronto launch to take place at Critical Distance Centre for Curators Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 3–5 pm

Critical Distance is pleased to host the Toronto publication launch for ARCHI-FÉMINISTES! Contemporary Art, Feminist Theories, produced by OPTICA, centre d’art contemporain, Montreal. Edited by Marie-Ève Charron, Marie-Josée Lafortune, and Thérèse St-Gelais, this publication brings together an important body of work produced between 1970 and the present, including the contributions of Sophie Bélair Clément, Rebecca Belmore, Olivia Boudreau, Marie-Claude Bouthillier, Marie-Ève Charron, Sorel Cohen, Raphaëlle de Groot, Philippe Dumaine, Vera Frenkel, Andrea Geyer, Cynthia Girard-Renard, Clara Gutsche, Rashid Johnson, Marie-Josée Lafortune, Suzy Lake, arkadi lavoie lachapelle, Maryse Larivière, Emmanuelle Léonard, Deirdre Logue, Allyson Mitchell, Wanda Nanibush, Abdi Osman, Camal Pirbhai, Claire Savoie, Johanne Sloan, Jana Sterbak, Thérèse St-Gelais, Camille Turner, Rinaldo Walcott, and Giovanna Zapperi.

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Opening Feb 9, 2019 | Public Syntax: SAW Video at Critical Distance

Performance documentation (still), Ivanie Aubin-Malo in response to work by naakita feldman-kiss at SAW Video (Ottawa), 2018.

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 9th from 2–4 pm

Curated by Neven Lochhead and presented in partnership with SAW Video Media Art Centre, Ottawa. Featuring work by naakita feldman-kiss, Ivanie Aubin-Malo, Henry Andersen, Mara Eagle, Phil Rose, Molly Teitelbaum, Anna Queen, and The Video in the Public Sphere Working Group.

In partnership with SAW Video Media Art Centre (Ottawa), Critical Distance is pleased to present ​Public Syntax, ​an exhibition that highlights the distinct time-based practices and approaches of seven artists, as well as those participating in the Video in the Public Sphere Working Group, the majority of whom are either Ottawa-based or connected. Situated in-gallery at Critical Distance and across multiple public spaces at Artscape Youngplace, the works in the exhibition embody and expand upon the recent and ongoing programming initiatives of SAW Video and their Knot Project Space​, ​launched in early 2018​.​

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Critical Distance to launch two new catalogues at Edition 2018

CDCC Edition/3 featured book covers

Critical Distance is pleased to participate in the 2018 Edition Art Book Fair, running concurrently with Art Toronto at Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For our third year at Edition, CDCC presents publications and editions from STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM (NY), CONTEMPORARY& (Berlin), INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL (NY), DOMINICA (LA), and HALF LETTER PRESS (Chicago); artist’s editions by KAYFA TA/MAHA MAAMOUN and ALA YOUNIS (Cairo), QIANA MESTRICH (Brooklyn), ED PANAR (Pittsburgh), and KHALED HOURANI (Palestine); plus two new catalogues produced in conjunction with recent exhibitions at Critical Distance. Continue reading

Opening | September 13 | Through lines

Curated by Noa Bronstein and presented in partnership with the Koffler Gallery, Through Lines brings together the works of seven artists that challenge notions of redaction, tackling its typical devices of shredding, blacking out, editing and covering up. Lise Beaudry, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Michèle Pearson Clarke, Leila Fatemi, Maria Hupfield, Raafia Jessa, and Nadia Myre create works that engage a restorative gesture, speaking to the ways in which history and memory are conceptualized within a contemporary context.  Continue reading

Opening | August 11 | Exposing Liminalities

Gallery 44 and Critical Distance presents Exposing Liminalities, an exhibition which brings together the work of five artists that expand, challenge, and question notions of the in-between. Employing elements of both analogue and digital photography practices, this exhibition considers the myriad intersections that can define oneself. Reflecting on liminality as a critical discourse, artists probe places and contexts that are immediate yet deeply personal – embodying and responding to conditions that approximate liminal space through investigative means.

Curated by emerging curator Emma German, Exposing Liminalities features alumni from Gallery 44’s OUTREACH program, and winners and honourable mentions of the David Barker Maltby Award. Continue reading

CDCC E-Shop Launch and Celebration

Critical Distance is pleased to participate in Art Book Week in conjunction with the 2018 Toronto Art Book Fair. For our third year of art book-related programming in support of TOABF, we will launch our newly stocked e-shop with a celebration and sale on Saturday, July 7th from 4–7 pm.

Watch our Instagram and Facebook feeds for previews of new and bestselling titles selected by CDCC team members and participants, featuring such publishers and artists as: Contemporary& (Berlin), Half Letter Press (Chicago), Kayfa-ta (Maha Maamoun and Ala Younis, Cairo), Independent Curators International (NY), Domenica (LA), and Maake (US); and Qiana Mestrich (Brooklyn), Khaled Hourani (Palestine), Ed Panar (Pittsburgh), Ciprian Muresan (Romania), Jeanette Ehlers (Denmark), Maggie Groat (Ontario), Sara Knox Hunter (Queens, NY), and Tings Chak (Toronto); plus a selection of catalogues and editions produced by TYPOLOGY Projects and Critical Distance Centre for Curators. Continue reading

Opening | June 23 | … move or be moved by some ‘thing’ rather than oneself.

Nadege Grebmeier Forget

Critical Distance is pleased to present … move or be moved by some thing rather than oneself., an exhibition that considers curating and choreography as materials and subjects. Bringing together the work of Guillaume Adjutor Provost, Adam Basanta, Adrienne Crossman, and Nadège Grebmeier Forget, the exhibition is curated by Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau and Maude Johnson. The title, taken from a quote by choreographer Yvonne Rainer, echoes the curators’ desire to question the potentialities of artworks as well as presentation contexts from the position of transdisciplinary instability. Continue reading

Workshop | April 22 | Make Your Own Bike Tube Flogger with Dayna Danger

Bike Tube Flogger Making with Dayna Danger
Make your own mini flogger from rubber bike tubes in this hands-on workshop with Dayna Danger, who will be here from Montreal for FORWARD FACING‘s opening weekend. Workshop is PWYC, and materials will be provided.

Date and Location
Sunday, April 22 from 2-4 pm
Artscape Youngplace
180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5

To Register
Even though this workshop is PWYC, space is limited so pre-registration is required.
Please contact us at rsvp (at) criticaldistance (dot) ca to inquire/register.

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Opening | April 21 | FORWARD FACING | Exhibition presented in partnership with ACC-CCA

In partnership with Aboriginal Curatorial Collective–Collectif des commissaires autochtones, Critical Distance is pleased to present FORWARD FACING, a Featured Exhibition of the 2018 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Curated by Cass Gardiner (Toronto/Brooklyn), FORWARD FACING is an exhibition that examines intersectionality within Indigenous identity through the photographic, video, craft, and installation practices of Dayna Danger (Montreal), Lacie Burning (Vancouver), and Jade Nasogaluak Carpenter (Calgary).


Opening Weekend Events

Saturday, April 21 from 2-4 pm
FORWARD FACING Reception with Curator’s Talk
Please join us in the gallery (Suite 302 at Artscape Youngplace) for a very special reception with Toronto/Brooklyn-based curator Cass Gardiner, featuring a tour of the exhibition followed by beverages and bites courtesy of Pow Wow Cafe. Stay for artists’ performance at 5 pm.

Saturday, April 21 starting at 5 pm
Performance featuring DAYNA DANGER, LACIE BURNING, and KANDACE PRICE
Three collaborators negotiate time, boundaries, and songs. Starting location to be announced at the opening.

Sunday, April 22 from 2-4 pm
Bike Tube Flogger-Making Workshop with DAYNA DANGER
Make your own mini flogger from rubber bike tubes in this PWYC hands-on workshop with Dayna Danger.  Materials will be provided. Space is limited so please contact us at rsvp (at) criticaldistance (dot) ca to inquire/register. Location to be confirmed upon registration.

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