EXHIBITION: Script, Stage, Screen | Ciprian Mureșan

April 14, 2016 - April 23, 2016

Artist(s): Ciprian Mureșan
Curator(s): Oana Tanase

Featuring a critical selection of this internationally known artist’s experimental films, Script, Stage, Screen is the first solo exhibition of Ciprian Mureșan’s work in Toronto, which we are very pleased to present in partnership with the 29th edition of the Images Festival (April 14–23, 2016).

Through the use of puppetry, Mureșan engages performative modes of writing, enacting, and visualizing both the absurd and the whimsical, bringing viewers into surprising and intimate discourse with crucial themes of our times. Whether performing the scripts of influential playwrights such as Saviana Stănescu (Dog Luv, 2009) or generating new texts (I’m Protesting Against Myself, 2011, in collaboration with Gianina Cărbunariu, or Untitled, 2015, with members of the community), Mureșan’s projects speak to ideals of collective intelligence even as they concede the continuing failure of true communality. The audience is challenged not only to reflect upon themes of trust and belief, and the violence that often characterizes interactions between the self, society, and structures of power, but also to imagine a hybrid space in which the ordinary and fantastic can coexist

The films are supplemented with selections from an outstanding list of publications that offer multiple perspectives on Mureșan’s engagement with both the real world and works of others, and with the visual, literal, political and metaphorical discourses these works encompass. Script, Stage, Screen will also be accompanied by a new catalogue featuring an original essay by the Romanian-born, Toronto-based curator and researcher (and current TYPOLOGY curatorial resident) Oana Tanase. Dates for a catalogue launch and other exhibition-related events will be announced soon.

Programs, Events, and Public Art

Exhibition Opening Reception with Curator Oana Tanase
Friday, April 1st, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 pm: Please join us for a public opening reception and exhibition tour with the curator and artists. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Images Festival Launch Celebration
Thursday, April 14th, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 pm: Come to the first for an engaging evening centred on the exhibition and the conversation around it (complimentary refreshments will be served). Come to the second if you like your exhibitions served up with crowds :) as well as PWYC wine/beer. Coinciding with Koffler Gallery’s opening reception for Raymond Boisjoly on the ground floor.

Screening information:

Three films, with a total running time of 90 minutes, will be screened in the gallery space three times a day according to the following start times: 12 pm1:30 pm, and 3 pm. Screening order:

Dog Luv, 2009
HD video transferred to Blu-ray
30:56 minutes

I’m Protesting Against Myself, 2011
HD video
30:35 minutes

Untitled, 2015
HD video transferred to DVD
approx. 30 minutes

All films are in Romanian with English subtitles.

Event and Exhibition/Screening Location

Artscape Youngplace, Suite 101 (1st Floor theatre at Small World Music Center)
180 Shaw Street btw Dundas and Queen, Toronto, ON M6J 2W5 (click for Google Map)


Script, Stage, Screen | Ciprian Mureșan. Exhibition Catalogue.

Critical Distance Centre for Curators (CDCC) was founded in 2013 under our former name, TYPOLOGY. Established as a not-for-profit space devoted to curatorial and artistic experimentation, we devoted our first three years to providing opportunities for curators and artists to mount fully realized exhibitions within a critical framework. In 2016, we relaunched under our new name (CDCC) with a new Board of Directors and a commitment to meet the need, voiced by local and national curators, for a truly vital curatorial community—one that both supports emerging and underrepresented curators, and advances curatorial practice and inquiry. Script, Stage, Screen took place in CDCC’s exhibition space in 2016 under our former name, TYPOLOGY, originally located at 180 Shaw Street, No. 302, Artscape Youngplace, Toronto.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the 29th edition of the Images Festival (April 14–23, 2016).

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Produced in collaboration with Galeria Plan B Cluj/Berlin and proudly supported by dekla.

Image: Ciprian Mureșan, Dog Luv (still), 2009, courtesy the artist. Photo: Serban Savu. 

About the Curator(s)

Oana Tanase

Oana Tanase is a Toronto-based independent curator and visual arts researcher. She hold a doctoral degree from the National University of Arts Bucharest, with a thesis discussing the documentary practices in recent art.  Her projects investigate contemporary art and its display strategies, including issues around the nature of representation in the 21st century, knowledge production, and its institutional framework. As a contributing editor for various cultural magazines, she is questioning the social /community function of contemporary art and architecture. 

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About the Artists

Ciprian Mureșan

Ciprian Mureșan (b. 1977) lives and works in Cluj, Romania. Recent solo exhibitions and presentations include: Working from Language, Salonul de proiecte, Bucharest (2015), Your survival is guaranteed by treaty, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest (2015), Presentation and Video Screening, Centre Pompidou–Cinema 2, Paris (2015), Obstacle Racing, Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig (2014), Stage and Twist (with Anna Molska), Tate Modern, London (2012), and Recycled Playground, on view successively at FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Reims (2011), Centre d’art contemporaine, Geneva (2012), and Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2013).

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