Event Series+Screenings

Public Displays of Affection

September 28–ongoing

Critical Distance is excited to announce Public Displays of Affection (PDA), a new ongoing programming initiative exploring creative possibilities in accessible arts publishing. PDA will work within disability arts communities and beyond, building on Kelly Fritsch’s notion that “to crip is to open up with desire to the ways that disability disrupts.” Over the next several months, PDA will produce a collective learning opportunity that considers the pleasures, desires, and disruptions of making arts publishing initiatives more accessible.

Continuing from our Fall 2019 exhibition Access is Love and Love is Complicated (co-curated by Emily Cook and Sean Lee), we will host conversations, workshops, and case studies on topics such as audio description, plain language, digital platforms, ASL translation, access intimacy and others. Just as the title of Access is Love, and Love is Complicated directly cited disability activist Mia Mingus’ writing on understanding accessibility as an act of love, PDA will continue the conversation, asking: How can crip desire push at the boundaries of how we design, write, and distribute exhibition catalogues and other arts publications? How can we welcome new forms of affection? 

 

Public Displays of Affection will run throughout late 2020 and early 2021. 
Click on the event title for full details and to register:

Monday, September 28 | 5:30pm
Panel Discussion: Crip Culture and Digital Experiments
with Jessa Agilo, Aimi Hamraie, and Yo-Yo Lin
Led by Lindsay Fisher, Creative Users Projects (First up — see details below!)

Sunday, October 4 | 2pm
Case Study: A distinct aggregation / A dynamic equivalent / A generous ethic of invention
Conversation with Aislinn Thomas, Shannon Finnegan, and Ramya Amuthan

Sunday, October 18 | 2pm
Alt-Text Time
Led by Aislinn Thomas, Shannon Finnegan, Bojana Coklyat, and Ramya Amuthan

Thursday, November 12 | 2pm
Workshop: Plain Language in Arts Writing
Led by Victoria Anne Warner and Tamyka Bullen

The first four events mentioned above will be held online via Zoom. All PDA sessions coordinated and led by Emily Cook, Sean Lee, and Daniella Sanader, in partnership with Creative Users Projects


Monday, September 28 | 5:30pm

Panel Discussion: Crip Culture and Digital Experiments
A Panel Discussion with Jessa Agilo, Aimi Hamraie, and Yo-Yo Lin, led by Lindsay Fisher, Creative Users Projects

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This event will take place over Zoom. Please register via Eventbrite (link above) to receive the Zoom link closer to the event date.

 

Artists, activists, and others in disability communities have been adapting online tools and platforms for work and play since well before the pandemic forced able-bodied people online. What creative solutions and experiments in the digital sphere have been happening within disability communities? What have we learned so far from the efforts to come together and adapt tools that were not designed with disability in mind? Join us as we discuss the particular joys and challenges of creative access in an online world, with reflections from Jessa Agilo, Aimi Hamraie, and Yo-Yo Lin. This conversation is moderated by Lindsay Fisher, Founder and Director of Creative Users Projects. 

This discussion will set the stage for Public Displays of Affection (PDA): an expanded series of events on creative possibilities in accessible arts publishing, hosted by Critical Distance. PDA will work within disability arts communities and beyond, building on Kelly Fritsch’s notion that “to crip is to open up with desire to the ways that disability disrupts.” Over the next several months, PDA will produce a collective learning opportunity that considers the pleasures, desires, and disruptions of making arts publishing initiatives more accessible.


Sunday, October 4 | 2pm

Case Study: A distinct aggregation / A dynamic equivalent / A generous ethic of invention
Conversation with Aislinn Thomas, Shannon Finnegan, and Ramya Amuthan

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This event will take place over Zoom. Please register via Eventbrite (link above) to receive the Zoom link closer to the event date.

 

In August 2019, artists Aislinn Thomas and Shannon Finnegan published a broadsheet and accessible PDF for A distinct aggregation / A dynamic equivalent / A generous ethic of invention: Six writers respond to six sculptures through the Walter Phillips Gallery at the Banff Centre. Also presented as a series of sound works, the project invited writers and poets across Canada to produce creative audio descriptions for a range of public sculptures installed throughout the Banff Centre.

For this case study session, Thomas and Finnegan will be in discussion, reflecting on the project and the challenges and opportunities of creative audio description in both accessible publishing and gallery/museum practices. They will be joined by Ramya Amuthan, host and producer at Accessible Media Inc, for further reflection.


Sunday, October 18 | 2pm

Alt-Text Time
Led by Bojana Coklyat, Shannon Finnegan, and Aislinn Thomas, with Ramya Amuthan

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This event will take place over Zoom. Please register via Eventbrite (link above) to receive the Zoom link closer to the event date.

 

Alt-text and image description are important access measures, especially for blind and low vision communities and others who use screen readers. Alt-text is a written description of an image posted online. It provides access to the image for those who can’t see it. It is not visually displayed on a website or app, so if you aren’t a web developer or a screen reader user, you mostly interact with alt-text by writing it and adding it to your images through designated form fields during the image upload process. Yet so many images are posted and circulated online without accompanying alt-text, leaving many people out of what could be a shared experience.

Bojana Coklyat, Shannon Finnegan, and Aislinn Thomas will lead a group work session to dig into our collective backlog of alt-text writing for websites or social media. We can share what we’re working on, ask questions, and learn from each other in a more intimate way. Together, we’ll collaborate on making the internet a more engaging, fun, and welcoming place. In the spirit of a community quilting bee, we’ll come together to work individually and collectively toward a shared goal.

If you are brand new to writing alt-text, we recommend reading Section 2 of Bojana and Shannon’s workbook Alt-Text as Poetry in preparation for this event. It includes some basic information about alt-text and how to write it, and / or watching one of Bojana and Shannon’s Alt-text as Poetry workshops.


Thursday, November 12 | 2-5pm

Plain Language in Arts Writing
Workshop led by Victoria Anne Warner and Tamyka Bullen

Click HERE to register.

This event will take place over Zoom. Please register via Eventbrite (link above) to receive the Zoom link closer to the event date.

 

Much has been said about the art world’s reliance on obscure or difficult language. But language complexity also opens up questions of access. This workshop explores the role of plain language in arts writing. Working with plain language creates an opportunity to widen the reach of your writing to include folks whose first language is not English (which includes ASL speakers) and folks with learning disabilities, processing disabilities, and Neurodiverse brains. How can we—as artists, arts writers, and arts publishers—make better use of plain language? What challenges does plain language produce? How can plain language best convey complex thought?

Join Victoria Anne Warner of Tangled Art + Disability and artist/performer Tamyka Bullen in this participatory workshop, introducing plain language strategies for arts writing of all kinds.

Workshop readings and requirements to be announced shortly.

Provisions Live reading poster image, consisting of partner logos, images of objects and dates of reading series

A Live Co-Reading of Provisions – Radical Care

July 22, 2020

We are thrilled to partner with The Site Magazine in co-hosting the third conversation in their event series, ‘A Live Co-Reading of Provisions,’ drawn from the contributions to The Site Magazine’s latest issue, Provisions: Observing and archiving Covid-19. This conversation will be hosted in collaboration with Critical Distance.

In this conversation we will be joined by Lori BrownCarol Anne Hilton, and Elke Krasny to discuss the radical approaches to care, ethics, and relationality in times of crisis (and how to make these times a moment for meaningful change) through a co-reading and discussion of their responses:

Lori Brown, Transformational Slowness

Carol Anne Hilton, Indigenomics

Elke Krasny, Radicalizing Care

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 | 3 – 4PM EST
This event will have live captioning.


image courtesy of The Site Magazine

Ocean Archive: CDCC in exchange with TBA21-Academy (Vienna)

September 28 - 29, 2019

CDCC, TORONTO x TBA21-ACADEMY, VIENNA at OCEAN SPACE, VENICE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019 from 11am—5pm EST

Critical Distance Centre for Curators is pleased to participate in an international exchange with TBA21-Academy in response to the release of the IPCC Special Report on the Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). Scheduled to be published on September 28th, the report and proceedings with be presented at the Climate Justice for a Living Ocean at Ocean Space in Venice as part of Phenomenal Ocean, a convening to be led by Chus Martinez, Director of Institut Kunst in Basel.

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ACCESS IS LOVE and LOVE IS COMPLICATED

Opening October 3, 2019

image: Vanessa Dion Fletcher,Quillwork in twenty-nine Parts, porcupine quill embroidery on paper, 6 x 9 inches. The quills are folded back and forth making a zigzag pattern and the design is raised off of soft paper. The colours of the embroidery are warm reds pinks and browns.


ACCESS IS LOVE and LOVE IS COMPLICATED
Co-curated by Emily Cook and Sean Lee
and presented in partnership with Tangled Art+Disability

Opening October 3rd from 6–9 pm / On view October 3–December 8, 2019

CRITICAL DISTANCE and TANGLED ART+DISABILITY are pleased to present ACCESS IS LOVE and LOVE IS COMPLICATED, an exhibition and event series featuring Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Kat Germain, Wy Joung Kou, Dolleen Tisawii’ashii Manning, Andy Slater, Aislinn Thomas, and Adam Wolfond and Estée Klar. This program is co-curated by CDCC Education and Accessibility Coordinator, Emily Cook, and Tangled Art + Disability Director of Programming, Sean Lee and represents the next level in our ongoing series of programs providing opportunities for curators and artists to consider new and more collaborative aesthetic and conceptual approaches to accessibility within and beyond the gallery context.

ACCESS IS LOVE and LOVE IS COMPLICATED takes inspiration not only from disability activist Mia Mingus’ idea that accessibility should be understood as an act of love, but riffs on a pop cultural understanding that love is complicated—and thus, if we truly wish to move towards an accessible future then we must embrace the frictions of it. A lived experience that is often as political as it is relational, disability is a springboard from which access is entangled in the political alterities of our bodies; how they move, navigate and shape the world.

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Day With(out) Art 2016: COMPULSIVE PRACTICE

Thursday, December 1, 2016 starting at 3pm

Critical Distance is pleased to support Day With(out) Art in partnership with Visual AIDS. As the Toronto host for a screening of COMPULSIVE PRACTICE, a 65-minute video compilation of compulsive, daily, and habitual practices by nine artists and activists who live with their cameras as a way to manage, reflect upon, and change how they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS, CDCC joins 60 other international organizations and institutions in commemorating World AIDS Day. Continue reading

Critical Distance presents SLIPSTREAMS in the Cinesphere

3 screenings: 9/17, 9/19, and 9/20, 2016

Critical Distance is thrilled to present SLIPSTREAMS, an original 30-min program of moving image works. Responding to the site and festival context, SLIPSTREAMS brings together five artists (Morehshin Allahyari, Maria Flawia Litwin, Manuel Saiz, Marianna Milhorat and Terence Nance), whose works envisage the slippage of time between past and future, and how humans seek to transcend the present moment. Continue reading

Moving Images in Contemporary Culture

2015–16 Event Series

In Fall 2015, the Images Festival and TYPOLOGY launched Moving Images in Contemporary Culture, a new series of peer-led talks and workshops on the changes, challenges, and advances in curating and presenting the moving image. Continue reading