CDCC at the 2017 Edition Art Book Fair

Critical Distance at the Edition Art Book Fair
October 26–30, 2017

Featuring Half Letter Press and works by Marc Fischer/Public Collectors and Temporary Services, Magali Duzant, Graphic History Collective with Paul Buhle, Project 40 Collective, Mark Mulroney, Brandon Dalmer & Erin Ornstein, Maggie Groat, and Tings Chak; plus selected publications from Independent Curators International and Cura Magazine; and selected catalogues and editions produced by Typology Projects and Critical Distance Centre for Curators

Critical Distance is pleased to participate in the 2017 Edition Art Book Fair, running concurrently with Art Toronto at Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For our second year at Edition, CDCC presents selections from the prolific and politically engaged output of Chicago-based artist-run publisher Half Letter Press. Half Letter Press is an experimental imprint initiated by Temporary Services, a three-person collective supporting people and projects that have had difficulty finding financial and promotional assistance through mainstream channels. Alongside our offerings from Half Letter Press will be a selection of related projects by co-director and artist Marc Fischer, including two series from his Public Collectors initiative, Hardcore Architecture and Library Excavations.

We are also pleased to kick off our newest initiative, the CDCC Curators’ Library/Bookshop and Reading Room. Through an introductory display of selected publications, journals, and reference works, we invite visitors to participate in the visioning process for an openly accessible space and collection of curatorially-focused references and resources. Through this initiative we will highlight the practical, experimental, theoretical, and aesthetic dimensions of publishing as a critical engagement with curating and exhibition-making in a diverse array of formats and approaches. A “short stack” display of representative works to be included in the collection will be accompanied by a participatory survey/wishlist for interested visitors to make suggestions for future additions to the collection. A sampling of recently produced publications from the NY-based Independent Curators International, including Apichatpong Weerasethakul Sourcebook: The Serenity of Madness and the Martha Wilson Sourcebook, will also be available for review and purchase.

And finally we are pleased to present an eclectic array of artist’s books, publications, and editions selected or produced by CDCC members and participants including Noa Bronstein, Sarah Comfort, Mirae Lee, Anthony Stepter, and many more. Representing the interests, passions, and approaches of just a few of our many collaborators and contributors, our presentation is a vibrant snapshot of a curatorially-focused community that continues to evolve and expand. Join us/find out more at

Thursday, October 26th: 6:30–10 pm
Friday–Saturday, October 27-28th: 12–8 pm
Sunday–Monday, October 29-30th: 12–6 pm

For more information, visit the Edition Art Book Fair website

CDCC Call for Board Members — apply by Nov 8th!

Critical Distance Centre for Curators, a not-for-profit initiative and space devoted to the support and advancement of curatorial practice and inquiry in Toronto, is seeking enthusiastic, self-motivated and collaborative individuals to join the organization’s active Board of Directors. Serving as a Board member provides an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of the organization and contribute to important decision-making processes regarding programming, operations, fundraising, communications and governance. Working closely with CDCC’s Director, Board members will consider short and long-term strategic planning for the organization. Serving as a CDCC Board member provides an opportunity to help grow this emerging organization and contribute to creating equitable practices that will sustainably expand the gallery’s multi-faceted programming.  

Ideal candidates will be able to help develop and implement strategies that will generate revenue and build the gallery’s audience by developing collaborations and attracting new visitors. While we welcome candidates from a wide range of backgrounds and with different levels of experience, we are looking for individuals with any or all of the following:

— Knowledge of non-profit Board management and strategic planning
— Experience with fundraising strategy, grant writing, and donor relations
— Interest/engagement with curatorial inquiry/theory and/or practice
— Ability to commit to a hands-on, collaborative and detail-oriented volunteer position

Interested candidates should send a one-page letter of interest and CV to info (at) criticaldistance (dot) ca by November 8, 2017. Any inquiries may also be addressed to this email.

CDCC is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment and encourages candidates who reflect the diversity of our communities to apply. As always, we thank all participants for their time, energy, interest, and support.

Critical Distance provides a venue and context for curators and artists in all stages of their professional development. As an independent curator-led initiative, our mission springs from the interests, motivations and methodologies of contemporary curatorial practice, foregrounding critical inquiry, collaboration, and experimentation in making new connections between artists, art forms, ideas, images, objects, environments, and audiences.With a focus on critically engaged, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary practices, underrepresented artists and art forms, and community outreach and education in art and exhibition-making, Critical Distance is an open platform for diverse curatorial perspectives, and a forum for the exchange of ideas on curating and exhibition-making as ways to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life.

Since 2013 we have produced and co-produced 22+ exhibitions featuring nearly 100 artists working in all media, and have welcomed over 9600 visitors to our gallery and events such as talks, screenings, workshops, and more. Upcoming programming partnerships with SAVAC, Independent Curators International (NY), and the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective are in currently in development, and future initiatives include expansion within and around Artscape Youngplace through billboard, moving image, and library/reading room activations and events. Networking and educational programs for curators, artists, and local and international audiences are also a programming priority. CDCC is located in Suite 302 at Artscape Youngplace near Trinity Bellwoods Park; building and gallery space are fully accessible.

Interview with Catherine Heard, Creator of Magic Gumball Machine of Fate, by Mirae Lee

Anyone who has ever come by our space would probably have paused mid-walk in front of the gumball machine standing beside our door. Sparking a nostalgia of childhood enjoyment, or a collectible’s desire, the red gumball machine is inevitably a curiosity-inducing creature. But unlike the typical sweet tooth’s favourites or mini figurines and toys, the Magic Gumball Machine of Fate is filled with plastic balls of $2 surprises, including pieces of the Berlin Wall and cereal box butterflies.

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Critical Kombucha and Dirty Soap: Fermenting Feminism Reading Group

Can a Kombucha Workshop be Intersectional? Can a Feminist Live off the Grid? And Other
Fermenting Feminism Questions

Please join us for a tour, curatorial talk, and reading group facilitated by Fermenting Feminism curator Lauren Fournier

Saturday, November 4th from 3-5 pm
Refreshments will be served

Fermenting Feminism is a group exhibition at Critical Distance featuring work by Sharlene Bamboat, Hazel Meyer, Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint, Sarah Nasby, Kayla Polan, Walter Scott, and Agustine Zegers. Together with exhibition curator Lauren Fournier, workshop participants will discuss of some of the themes related to the Fermenting Feminism project, including what it means to “ferment feminism” today and the politics, aesthetics, and ethics of incorporating fermentation practices into feminist life. Following a brief curatorial tour and talk, the group will come together to discuss some of the key problems raised by Fermenting Feminism that the three readings — one academic article and two shorter texts — flesh out from Black, POC, and trans feminist frameworks, including issues of exit and escape, community, and vibrant life.

The workshop is free but limited to 15 participants — please RSVP to info (at) criticaldistance (dot) ca to reserve your spot. Workshop location will be in a third floor studio at Artscape Youngplace adjacent to Critical Distance, all spaces are accessible. PDFs of the readings will be pre-circulated beforehand to those who are attending.

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ACC+CDCC Call for Proposals: Indigenous Curatorial Projects at Critical Distance

Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) and Aboriginal Curatorial Collective–Collectif des commissaires autochtones (ACC-CCA) are pleased to announce this joint call for proposals for an exhibition or curatorial project to be mounted at CDCC in Spring 2018.

This opportunity is for Indigenous curators, artists, architects, collectives, writers, researchers, and others interested in engaging and expanding curatorial approaches to public programming and exhibition-making within a critical context. Projects that are conceptually experimental or innovative, introduce new artists to Toronto audiences, and deliver theoretical tools to think about contemporary Indigenous art in Canada are highly encouraged.

The selected applicant will receive a curatorial fee of $3000 for curation and writing in support of the project. Artist fees will be paid at 2018 CARCC rates. Further support in the form of a budget for exhibition materials and production (to be developed in collaboration with ACC-CCA/CDCC), installation assistance, design, promotion, and full documentation in an exhibition catalogue to be produced by CDCC will also be provided.

Submission Deadline
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 5 pm EST

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CDCC FALL EXHIBITION: Fermenting Feminism | Sharlene Bamboat, Hazel Meyer, Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint, Sarah Nasby, Kayla Polan, Walter Scott, Agustine Zegers, curated by Lauren Fournier

Critical Distance is thrilled to launch our landmark 5th year of programming with FERMENTING FEMINISM, curated by Lauren Fournier and featuring Sharlene Bamboat, Hazel Meyer, Leila Nadir and Cary Peppermint, Sarah Nasby, Kayla Polan, Walter Scott, and Agustine Zegers.

Kombucha, guts, bacteria, vessels, vitalism, effervescence, degradation, and decay. Fermenting Feminism brings together artists whose work fleshes out the intersections between fermentation and intersectional feminisms. As the process of microbial transformation, fermentation becomes both a metaphor and material practice through which to approach feminist practices in the contemporary. Continue reading

The Site Magazine presents Future Legacies: Design for Canada’s Next 150 Years

Future Legacies: Design for Canada’s Next 150 Years is an exhibition of The Site Magazine’s inaugural design competition, featuring the five winners: Ali Navidbakhsh, Evan Wakelin, Karan Manchanda, Sarah Gunawan, and Shelley Long; plus five runners-up: Anna Longrigg + Jason McMillan, Fionn Byrne, Kyung-Kuhn Lee + Mamata Guragain + Nubras SamayeenMitchell Gray, and Rob McIntosh; and five honourable mentions: Dominique Cheng, Émélie Desrochers-Turgeon, Emma Mendel, Stephanie Mauer, and Studio Ha-ha.

Critical Distance is pleased to facilitate this exhibition in the 3rd Floor Hallway Gallery just outside our door at Artscape Youngplace, on view September 8–23, 2017 during building hours, 8–8 pm daily.

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Join us for the opening of Moving Home | The Art and Embodiment of Transience Emerging from Canada’s Child Welfare System, Thursday, August 17 at 6pm

FEATURING: Zula, Xavier Binette, Wolfie, Starchild Dreaming Loud, Sophia Nahz, Singing Thunder, Rachel Macintosh, Oddane Taylor, Nicholas Ridiculous, M.T. Ness, Michelle Charlie, Jessie Stone, Gen Gagnon, Elijah M, Bethany Papadopolous, Anonymous, Amelia Merhar

Critical Distance is pleased to announce our 2017 Summer Sessions exhibition, Moving Home: The Art and Embodiment of Transience Emerging from Canada’s Child Welfare System. Presented by York University Human Geography master’s candidate Amelia Merhar, this project is the second to be hosted as part of our Summer Sessions initiative, a program through which we support emerging curators and artists by providing free space, mentorship, and installation support for their thesis exhibitions.

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Opening Thursday: SIGNALS & SENTIMENTS, A Featured Exhibition of the 2017 CONTACT Photography Festival

Critical Distance is pleased to present Signals & Sentiments, a two-part exhibition that examines how gesture functions as a mechanism for the production of identity. In CDCC’s third floor gallery, Signals & Sentiments takes the form of an intimate group show for which five Toronto-based artists, Sebastián BenítezPetar BoskovicShelby FenlonMaxwell Hyett, and Mickey Mackenna, consider the inner workings of the gestural urge. Placing a varied selection of sculpture and photo-based objects in context with each other, exhibition curator Katelyn Gallucci investigates how seemingly divergent artistic gestures might fundamentally derive from inadequacies of language, disposition, desire, and whim.

In Artscape Youngplace’s expansive stairwell spaces, three site-specific installations address the more exterior and transitory dynamics of gesture. Extending themes of self-discovery, the relationship between perception and memory, and the search for emotional connection through time, these encompassing spatial interventions by Maggie Groat and Jimmy Limit (working in collaboration), Karen Henderson, and Josée Pedneault condition the viewer’s bodily response as much as they embody gestural acts and intentions themselves.

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