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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Call for CDCC Board Members

Now in our sixth year, Critical Distance is seeking enthusiastic, dedicated, and knowledgeable individuals to join the organization’s active Board of Directors for a three year term (renewable) starting in April 2019. Anyone who is committed to supporting and participating in CDCC’s programs, mission, and organizational development is encouraged to apply; experience in fundraising, and financial and strategic planning in the not-for profit arts and culture environment are big plusses. As with all of our programs and initiatives, Critical Distance welcomes candidates with a range of backgrounds, skills, and experiences to participate.

Critical Distance is currently focused on considering how to evolve or expand for the future. This is an exciting opportunity to work closely with colleagues on positioning the organization for long-term sustainability and to continue to build the organization’s

profile locally, nationally, and internationally. The CDCC Board of Directors works closely with the Director, team, and volunteers to realize the organization’s unique mandate, establish priorities for fundraising, programming, and operations, and advocate for sustainable financial and administrative practices across the sector. Board members play an active role in fostering vital, responsive, and accessible programs for many distinct audiences.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Board members are responsible for the operation of CDCC in accordance with the strategic plan, policies and by-laws. More specifically, Board members:

— Attend and participate in the scheduled Board and Committee meetings (8-10 per year);

— Serve on at least one additional administrative or programming committee;

— Actively engage in and support CDCC programs;

— Collaborate with team and stakeholders to advance CDCC’s mission and vision;

— Contribute to expanding the organization’s objectives and operational goals;

— Participate in HR, administrative, planning, programming and financial decision-making;

— Assist in drafting and monitoring policies, governance and budgets;

— Act as ambassadors for the organization and stewards for participants and partners;

— Contribute to fundraising initiatives.

DEADLINE: MARCH 22, 2019

We invite interested candidates to apply by sending a letter of introduction with your brief bio (<75 words) and a statement of intent outlining the skills and interest you would like to bring to Critical Distance (< 150 words), plus your CV (max 4 pages) as a single PDF to: opportunities@criticaldistance.ca with the subject line CDCC Board Application 2019.

CDCC is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment and encourages candidates who reflect the diversity of our communities to apply. Interested applicants who have any specific questions are encouraged to contact us at opportunities@criticaldistance.ca well in advance of the deadline. Please note that Board members are volunteers and therefore cannot be financially compensated while serving their term.

Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview by the end of the month. As always, Critical Distance thanks all participants for their time, energy, interest, and continued support.

Since 2013, through the production and co-production of a wide-ranging program of multidisciplinary guest-curated exhibitions and related publications and events, Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) has pursued its mandate as the only not-for-profit gallery, publisher, and professional association in Toronto dedicated to supporting and advancing curatorial practice and inquiry at all levels of professional development and across the spectrum of curatorial and artistic perspectives. 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 provides opportunities, resources, and an open platform for the exchange of ideas on curating and exhibition-making as ways to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life.

DIYing Free: CDCC at DesignTO

Timelines by Lois Shklar, installation with mylar balloons that spell out "DO NOT RESUSCITATE", 2019 in Design TO Festival at Artscape Youngplace, 2019.

Critical Distance is pleased to participate in hosting Taboo Health’s interactive exhibition DIYing Free, a project by artist Justin Tyler Tate as part of the 2019 edition of DesignTO Festival. Tate’s open source cardboard coffin sits before rows of chairs within the gallery, welcoming visitor use. In this speculative piece, we ask: can we promote a process of death which uses design, technology, and recycled materials for a more ecological practice of grieving? We can’t avoid dying but we can be more ecologically conscious at the end of life – we can D-I-Y.

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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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2019 Programming Update

2019 Programming Update with book covers

In the new year Critical Distance will be welcoming visitors during our new gallery hours. We are open Wednesday to Friday 12-6 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11-5 pm, and by appointment during exhibitions. Unless otherwise noted, we are open on holiday weekends during exhibitions and closed for installation between shows. We encourage you to confirm exhibition dates before making the trip, and hope to see you soon!

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Welcome to Our Newest Team Members!

View from CDCC window with logo and gradient

Critical Distance is thrilled to announce the appointment of three new team members​ Emily Peltier​, ​Rowan Lynch, ​and​ ​Alessia Dowhaniuk-Oliva​. Emily will be taking the role of Curatorial Programs Coordinator, Rowan as Gallery Assistant focusing on Curatorial Programs and Design, and Alessia joins us as Curatorial Intern. Emily, Rowan, and Alessia bring a wealth of knowledge and experiences to their individual roles and we are excited to work with them on our upcoming programs and on exciting new initiatives. Thanks to OCAD University’s Career Launchers Program for making this possible.

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Seasons Greetings from Critical Distance and 1st Annual CDCC Edition!

What a tremendous year we had in 2018! Thanks to everyone who participated in, contributed to, and attended our exhibitions and events, including: guest curators for our annual program Toleen Touq, Nahed Mansour, Cass Gardiner, Florence-Agathe Dubé-Moreau, Maude Johnson, and Noa Bronstein; special/partner project curators Emma German, Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys; presenting partners SAVAC, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Koffler Gallery, and Gallery 44; fair and festival partners Images Festival with ImagineNATIVE, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto Art Book Fair, and Edition Art Book Fair; project funders and supporters Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Artscape Youngplace; and all of our wonderful board, advisory, and team members; contributing designers, writers, and editors; and last but not least, our engaged and growing audiences in Toronto and around the world. Continue reading