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CDCC+SAVAC Present: We Look At Animals Because, curated by Toleen Touq and Nahed Mansour

WE LOOK AT ANIMALS BECAUSE
January 25–March 25, 2018

Featuring Quratulain Butt, Khaled Hourani, Maha Maamoun, Smriti Mehra, Huma Mulji, Ed Panar, Alex Sheriff, and Andrea Luka Zimmerman | Curated by Toleen Touq and Nahed Mansour

In partnership with South Asian Visual Arts Centre (SAVAC), Critical Distance is pleased to present We Look At Animals Because, an exhibition that gazes on animality. Through the lens of spectatorship, the show explores the shifting ways in which animals are regarded, represented and accorded meaning in post-industrial landscapes. Exhibiting photographs, video, works on paper, and sculpture, the featured artists reveal the nuanced, complicated and unexpected paradoxes that mark our relationships with cosmopolitan animals.

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Interview with Yan Wu

Shanghai-born, Toronto-based curator Yan Wu has worked with Canadian arts institutions including Gendai Gallery, Art Metropole, and Blackwood Gallery, co-curated the Canada Pavilion with Janine Marchessault at the 5th Bi-city Urbanism/Architecture Bienalle in Shenzhen, China in 2013, and was Assistant Curator of the 2015 Shanghai Urban Space Art Season. As a translator, she completed the Chinese translation of Rosalind Krauss’s Passages in Modern Sculpture with James Carl, published in 2016.

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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

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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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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

CDCC Survey Update

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Over the past few months, we’ve spoken with some of you regarding your responses to our summer survey, and are (slowly but surely) working our way through the list of people who expressed interest in getting involved. Having lots of interest and feedback to consider is a great problem to have, so we thank you for your patience.

We’ve also met many new people who hadn’t seen the survey or had the chance to participate, so we’ve created a revised and streamlined version which incorporates some of the feedback we’ve received to date and includes additional opportunities on the list of ways to get involved. Everyone is invited to participate in this updated survey, even if you filled out the first one.

CLICK HERE TO DO THE SURVEY!
Total time to respond to this survey should be no more than 5–10 minutes.

This is your best chance to let us know what you would like to see happening in a dedicated centre for curatorial practice and inquiry. Should we establish an international residency? Open a curators’ library and lounge? Initiate a series of peer-led presentations and workshops? Advocate for standard minimum curatorial fees? Other ideas?

Survey deadline is mid-January, but why not do it now so you won’t have to remind yourself?

Results from both winter and summer surveys will be used to establish priorities, organize planning sessions, and identify participants in the new year. Thanks for your continued support and participation!

Slipstreams in the Cinesphere — and beyond

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Critical Distance is thrilled to present Slipstreams, an original 30-min program of moving image works by Morehshin Allahyari (Brooklyn), Maria Flawia Litwin (Toronto), Manuel Saiz (Logroño, Spain), Marianna Milhorat (Chicago), and Terence Nance (Brooklyn). Our program will screen in the Cinesphere at Ontario Place on three dates during in/future, an exciting festival of art and music presented by Art Spin in partnership with Small World Music, September 15-25, 2016. Responding to the site and festival context, Slipstreams brings together five artists whose works envisage the slippage of time between past and future, and how humans seek to transcend the present moment.

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