Co-Presentations

PRESSING THE ISSUE pt.2: Critical Arts Publishing in Canada Continued

August 9, 2019

Join us AUGUST 9, 2019, starting at 7pm at Small World Music Centre, Suite 101 of Artscape Youngplace; reception to follow in gallery at Critical Distance, Suite 302.

We are excited to continue the conversation on the state of independent critical arts publishing across Canada with a panel involving Anthea Black and Jessica Lynn Whitbread from The HIV Howler, Adrienne Crossman from Off Centre, Lauren Lavery from Peripheral Review, and Niki Little from imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, moderated by Maxine Proctor. Continue reading

PRESSING THE ISSUE pt.1: On Critical Arts Publishing in Canada

July 8, 2019

Join us JULY 8th, 2019 starting at 7pm at Small World Music Centre, Suite 101 of Artscape Youngplace; reception to follow in gallery at Critical Distance, Suite 302.

We are thrilled to host a conversation with founders and co-founders of indie critical arts publishing projects in Canada including; Cecilia Berkovic (EMILIA-AMALIA), and Ben Donoghue (MICE Magazine), Merray Gerges (CRIT paper), Steffanie Ling (Charcuterie, Bartleby Review, STILLS), and Vanessa Runions (Carbon Paper). This panel will be moderated by Maxine Proctor.

Curating for the Future with AGYU Visiting Curator Tian Zhang

June 19, 2019

A FREE PUBLIC PRESENTATION BY AGYU VISITING CURATOR TIAN ZHANG

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2019 starting at 7PM at Small World Music Theatre, Suite 101 of Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw Street, Toronto, ON, M6J 2W5

AGYU and Critical Distance Centre For Curators (CDCC) are pleased to co-present a curatorial talk by AGYU Visiting Curator Tian Zhang (Sydney, Australia). A presentation of Tian’s work will be followed by a facilitated conversation hosted by Emelie Chhangur (AGYU), Myung-Sun Kim (Toronto Biennial of Art), and Shani K Parsons (Critical Distance).
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PUBLISHING AGAINST THE GRAIN at CRITICAL DISTANCE

July 4–August 17, 2019

PRESENTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL, NY

OPENING SATURDAY, JULY 6TH from 11am–1pm

CRITICAL DISTANCE and INDEPENDENT CURATORS INTERNATIONAL (ICI) are pleased to present Publishing Against the Grain, a unique exhibition that provides visitors with a rare opportunity to engage in a variety of conversations from across the world. In the context of today’s corporatization and commodification of cultural institutions, and in many political situations where free speech becomes ever more precarious, independent publishing has shown extraordinary vitality and importance as a platform for disseminating alternative, progressive and autonomous positions.

Publishing Against the Grain is a traveling exhibition that highlights the current state of publishing and art criticism as it exists in small journals, experimental publications, websites, and podcasts, as well as other innovative forms. It is organized around projects that connect theoretical, social, political, and aesthetic questions with a focus on community, whether understood in relation to a particular place, or defined in identitarian or diasporic terms. In bringing these projects together from around the world, Publishing Against the Grain reveals how their material and discursive activities respond to intersecting subjects such as contemporary aesthetics, diaspora, sex and gender, gentrification, race, language, and art history.

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Room For Shifting Expressions: Critical Distance at NUIT ROSE 2019

June 15-23, 2019

On view: June 15–23, 2019 | Opening: Saturday, June 15th from 5–9 pm

Critical Distance is pleased to participate in Nuit Rose 2019 with a presentation of new work by Eric Chengyang and Ebrin Bagheri curated by CDCC Curatorial Programs Coordinator Emily Peltier.

Nuit Rose is an annual festival that showcases national and international 2SLGBTQ+ identified artists in Toronto. In response to the 2019 festival theme ARCADE, Room For Shifting Expressions will exhibit new works by Chengyang and Bagheri that explore individual, historical, and culturally-specific experiences of gender identity and sexuality made visible through illustration, motifs, language translation, and interactive installation.

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Nicole Kelly Westman: a slight space amidst

April 11–20, 2019

Curated by Steffanie Ling
An Off Screen presentation of the 2019 Images Festival

On view: April 11–20, 2019 | Opening reception: April 10th, 6 pm | Artist talk: April 14th, 1:30 pm

Critical Distance is pleased to co-present Nicole Kelly Westman: a slight space amidst in partnership with the 2019 Images Festival. a slight space amidst is a video installation that exists in the threshold between a screening and an exhibition. A secluded space just beyond sheer partitions, you determine the duration of your viewing as the film loops. Capturing arrested light and moments that meld and mesh, the film echoes the wavering movements proposed by the installation’s materiality: sheer silk curtains that partition here and there, before and after, daylight and nocturne.

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AMANDA BEECH: Constructing Time | Talk + Screening

April 1, 2019

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.

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Billboard on Shaw: Ivanie Aubin-Malo | Oposiyik

February 7-March 31, 2019

Billboard on Shaw curated by Neven Lochhead with the exhibition Public Syntax, presented in partnership with SAW Video, featuring Oposiyik [Performance Continuation] (2019) by Ivanie Aubin-Malo.

Public Syntax is 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.

Responding to Critical Distance’s mandate to advance curatorial inquiry and encourage collaborative frameworks, exhibition curator Neven Lochhead employs a conversational mode to form ‘syntactical’ relations between these various practices, identifying collective editing processes where the ‘sequence’ becomes a vector on which to group together. In the gallery and public spaces, artists in this exhibition generate affinities not through the question of ​where will we meet,​ but rather ​when will we occur?

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

PUBLIC SYNTAX: SAW Video at CRITICAL DISTANCE

February 7-March 31, 2019

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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