Farewell from TYPOLOGY; Critical Distance to come


We’ve got new postcards, so it must be official — TYPOLOGY is relaunching as Critical Distance Centre for Curators this fall!

Since June, we’ve been working behind the scenes to lay the groundwork for our transition to Critical Distance. Much of this involves the gruntwork of revising our website and social media pages to reflect our new identity, and summarizing the information we’ve gathered thus far so that we can prioritize initiatives and new programming, and provide multiple avenues for people to get involved. This preparatory work will continue through the early part of September and once complete, we will begin to reach out to everyone who has expressed an interest in participating through our roundtable discussion and online survey. (If you’re just finding us now, the survey is still open and additional responses are very welcome).

We’ll be launching our updated website and networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) soon with details on our fall exhibitions and the many exciting events, projects, and opportunities we’ve got in store for our first year as CDCC. We hope you’ll make the transition with us and follow our new pages as they go live. The website and Facebook page for TYPOLOGY will continue to exist as archives and resources for anyone interested in the history of our organization and program, although we will be sure to include current artist/curator profiles and past exhibition pages at www.criticaldistance.ca as well.

It’s been an amazing three years as TYPOLOGY and we’re looking forward to many more as Critical Distance. Thank you to everyone who’s been with us, and will be with us, as we continue to build a truly dedicated centre for curators in Toronto, Canada, and beyond.


Survey for a Centre for Curators in Toronto


What a week! We wrapped up 30 great months of TYPOLOGY programming with a packed house during the Toronto Art Book Fair and an amazingly well attended roundtable discussion on our relaunch as Critical Distance centre for curators in Toronto.

Thanks to all the visitors to our exhibition, table, and workshop at TOABF, to Maxine Proctor, Karie Liao, and everyone behind the fair for a fantastic four days at Artscape Youngplace, and to our fellow exhibitors, curators, and artists for the amazing variety and quality of the work on display. Special thanks to the AGO Library and Archives for adding book works and editions by Working Title exhibiting artists Maria Flawia Litwin, Christopher Manson, Cathryn Miller, Susana Reisman, Lyla Rye, and Manuel Saiz to their wonderful collection.

We’re working on the transcription for Monday’s roundtable discussion and will post it shortly. In the meantime here’s the survey we promised to all who attended and to anyone who is interested in participating in establishing priorities and developing programming for the centre. The survey should take no more than 5–10 minutes to complete and we’re asking everyone to respond by the end of this week (Friday, July 1st) so that we can incorporate your feedback and develop initiatives right out of the gate.

Survey for a Centre for Curators in Toronto

Now is the time to think and dream big — what do you wish for the arts/exhibitions/curating/community in Toronto today? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts, ideas, and insights soon!

TYPOLOGY at the Toronto Art Book Fair: June 16–19, 2016


TYPOLOGY is pleased to participate in the inaugural edition of the Toronto Art Book Fair with a pop-up exhibition in the project space, a vendor table in the third floor hallway, and an artist-led book arts workshop on the front lawn, hosted in partnership with Gallery 44 and generously supported by Japanese Paper Place.

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We’re levelling up this fall with a new name and more focused mission


TYPOLOGY is pleased to announce our pending relaunch this fall as


Building on the foundation we’ve established over the past three years, during which we’ve provided opportunities for nearly thirty curators and artists to mount exhibitions within a critical framework, TYPOLOGY is adapting our model and mandate in response to the need, voiced by local and national curators, for a truly vital collegial community—one which pursues, shares and supplies information, advocacy, opportunity, and resources for practitioners at all stages in their professional development.

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Opening May 7th: On The Surface | Susana Reisman, a CONTACT Featured Exhibition


TYPOLOGY is pleased to present On The Surface | Susana Reisman, featuring the Toronto-based artist’s latest findings from her multi-year investigation into the nature of wood. Encompassing aspects of both drawing and painting even as it foregrounds relationships between sculpture and photography, the exhibition includes a selection of large-scale colour photographs and several freestanding wood sculptures.

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Moving Images in Contemporary Culture


This past fall, the Images Festival and TYPOLOGY launched Moving Images in Contemporary Culture, a new series of talks and workshops on the changes, challenges, and advances in curating and presenting the moving image. Our pilot event, Beyond the Projection, took place on October 17 with the participation of many local curators and programmers. Our second event, The Space of Production: Notes on Technical Support, took place January 23 and featured a presentation by Victoria Brooks, EMPAC Curator of Time-based Visual Art (more information on this page under Events).

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Opening soon: Script, Stage, Screen | Ciprian Mureșan, curated by Oana Tanase

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TYPOLOGY presents Script, Stage, Screen | Ciprian Mureșan, curated by Oana Tanase. Featuring a critical selection of this internationally known artist’s experimental films, Script, Stage, Screen is the first solo exhibition of 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).

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Upcoming event: 2 screenings featuring groundbreaking animation and cinema from China!

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(Note to our mailing list subscribers: sorry about that bait and switch from yesterday — but we hope you enjoyed the posts by our resident curator, Oana Tanase, and intern, Katelyn Gallucci. We’re now sending you the info on our upcoming screenings from CHINA NOW: Independent Visions, for reals! Read on for details, and if you’re as excited as we are, contact us at rsvp@typology.ca to get your own personal discount code for 10% off advance tickets — a bit of special treatment for our long suffering subscribers. :)

TYPOLOGY is proud to announce our support for CHINA NOW: Independent Visions, in the form of two exciting film screenings we’ll host in Small World Music Centre’s theatre space at Artscape Youngplace this spring.

Organized by Toronto-based curator and critic Shelly Kraicer, LA-based producer Karin Chien, and Chicago-based filmmaker JP Sniadecki, CHINA NOW is the touring arm of Cinema on the Edge, a program of 29 experimental films representing the best of Chinese independent film festivals from 2012-14. Launched to wide acclaim in New York last summer, Cinema on the Edge will debut in Toronto this March with a monthlong program of eight documentaries hosted by TIFF Cinematheque, under the series title The Crisis of the Real: New Chinese Independent Documentaries.

Following fast on their heels, TYPOLOGY will present our own selection from the original series: three groundbreaking animations and one experimental feature which comprise an eye- and ear-opening program of independent contemporary cinema from across China. Featuring filmmakers from Shenyang in the north to Guangzhou in the south, and Tibet in the west to Taiwan in the east, this selection bespeaks volumes on the vastness of space, time scales, and cultural difference experienced by these artists, who must find their voices in a country where censorship remains the order of the day.

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