Public Syntax

Public Syntax
SAW Video at Critical Distance
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Featuring 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
Curated by Neven Lochhead and presented in partnership with SAW Video Media Art Centre, Ottawa and Critical Distance, Toronto.

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. Responding to Critical Distance’s mandate to advance curatorial inquiry and encourage collaborative frameworks, exhibition curator Neven Lochhead employs a conversational mode to form ‘syntactical’ relations between these various practices, identifying collective editing processes where the ‘sequence’ becomes a vector on which to group together. In the gallery and public spaces, artists in this exhibition generate affinities not through the question of where will we meet, but rather when will we occur?

Please join us for the opening reception and a building-wide tour of the exhibition with curator Neven Lochhead, who will be here from Ottawa, on Saturday, February 9th starting at 2 pm. Admission is free as always, refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Artscape Youngplace and Critical Distance is fully accessible by Ontario standards, with a wheelchair ramp at the 180 Shaw Street doors, an elevator servicing every floor and a fully accessible washroom on every level. The nearby 63 Ossington bus on the TTC is wheelchair accessible. All stairwell installations will be viewable from accessible locations. 


Critical Distance
Suite 302 at Artscape Youngplace (take elevator or stairs to 3rd Floor)
180 Shaw Street btw Dundas and Queen
Toronto, M6J 2W5

View the Catalogue online here.


Critical Distance Centre for Curators