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Public Programmes

Guess what this century’s most valuable resource is? It’s you — and all your online behaviours, enriched data sets and millions of meta-data points.

Age of You is a timely exhibition about how the self has become more extreme, and what it means to be an individual today. It is curated by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland and Hans Ulrich Obrist, with graphic design by Daly & Lyon and over 70 visual contributors from the worlds of art, design, filmmaking, photography, performance and electronic music.

A series of public programmes runs in parallel and expand upon the exhibition’s themes. 

Talks

September 5: What is the Extreme Self?

7 pm
All ages

Panel discussion with Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland and Agnieszka Kurant. Moderated by Joachim Johnson

During the opening week of Age of You, we present a conversation that delves into the exhibition’s key concern: data. How have we become our data, and how is our data becoming us? Artist Agnieszka Kurant and two of the exhibition’s curators, Shumon Basar and Douglas Coupland, are joined by moderator Joachim Johnson of HXOUSE to discuss our current and ever-accelerating technological moment.

This panel discussion is presented in partnership with HXOUSE.

Tickets: $10
Members: FREE – Please log in to access member pricing

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Artists on Artists Tours

MOCA’s Artists on Artists series is a programme where local artists are invited to discuss MOCA’s current exhibitions, or a single artwork, in any format or direction of their choosing.

September 20: Shirin Fathi

6 pm
All ages

Shirin Fathi is an Iranian-Canadian artist whose work focuses on cultural changes in relation to gender identity. Through role-play and the use of cosmetics, masks and prosthetics, Fathi uses her own body as a subject to stage ambiguous and often marginalized identities. Fathi will lead a tour and discussion of Age of You, with refreshments to follow.

Free with museum admission. No tickets or registration required.

October 11: Hannah Epstein

6 pm
All ages

Hannah Epstein works at the cross-section of textiles, experimental games and video art to reimagine the iconography of popular culture, highlighting the cultural negotiation between bottom-up (folk) and top-down (institutional) storytelling. By blurring the lines between traditional craft, popular culture and contemporary art, she aims to isolate and eliminate notions of hierarchy as archaic relics. Epstein will lead a tour and discussion of Age of You, with refreshments to follow.

Free with museum admission. No tickets or registration required.

Digital Justice Lab Workshops

The Digital Justice Lab’s (DJL) mission is to focus on building a more just and equitable future. DJL engages with diverse communities to build alternative digital futures. Working alongside technologists, community activists and policymakers, DJL helps to shape a better understanding of technology and its impact on communities across the country. Through capacity building, public engagement and continuous collaboration, DJL supports communities in making informed decisions around digital issues. Digital Justice Lab is a project of Tides Canada, a registered Canadian charity dedicated to providing uncommon solutions for the common good.

September 12: Digital Security 101

Digital Justice Lab Workshop with Nasma Ahmed
6pm
Ages 16+

This workshop takes a holistic approach to digital security, investigating what it means to find practices to protect yourself in a digital environment. This workshop, led by Digital Justice Lab’s Director, Nasma Ahmed, will explore how we relate to our virtual bodies, and what we can do to navigate and counteract components of hyper-surveillance through digital practices.

We recommend that workshop participants bring a laptop, but it’s possible to partake without one.

Tickets: $5
Members: Free

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October 23: Mapping Digital Futures

6pm
Ages 16+

In this workshop, we will reimagine the digital future of Toronto and what it could look like in 2040. Together we will build narratives about the future and map out local policy recommendations in relation to Sidewalk Labs’ Smart City plans.

Tickets: $5
Members: Free

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Drop-in Activities

September 29: Draw the Internet

11 am – 4 pm
All ages

What does the internet look like to you? MOCA invites you to consider this question as you explore the exhibition Age of You, which highlights themes like data, artificial intelligence, surveillance and the limitless capabilities of the internet. Draw how you imagine the internet in your mind’s eye. You can add your drawing to a cumulative piece that will reveal, over the course of the day, how our visitors see the internet — as an infinite, sprawling collective of images and ideas.

Free. No tickets or registration required

October 27: Defying Facial Recognition

11 am – 4 pm
All ages

Think you can outsmart facial recognition? In this workshop, participants will design and construct masks and headpieces inspired by CV Dazzle, a project by artist Adam Harvey that provides information and tips for creating “looks” that can camouflage the face from face detection technology. Using elements such as asymmetry, tonal inverse and the concealment of certain facial features, you will be able to learn and test which design combinations are most effective in hiding from facial recognition technology.

Suggested Donation: $5
No tickets or registration required.

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Agnieszka Kurant, A.A.I., 2017.
Sculptures built by colonies of living termites from colored sand, gold and broken crystals. Courtesy artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York / Los Angeles.