Greater Toronto Art 2024, March 22–July 28.



Canadian Art Encounters: Trevor Paglen

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
 | 7:30 pm
 – 9:00 pm 
 | Free

Join internationally renowned, Berlin-based artist Trevor Paglen on November 19th for a lecture at Ryerson University.

Paglen is an artist whose work spans disciplines including image-making, sculpture, investigative journalism, writing and engineering. Among his chief concerns are learning how to see the historical moment we live in and developing the means to imagine alternative futures. Paglen will discuss his ongoing research into artificial intelligence and the relationships between technology and power.

Trevor Paglen’s work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Smithsonian American Art Museum; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, among others. He has launched an artwork into distant orbit around Earth in collaboration with Creative Time and MIT, contributed research and cinematography to the Academy Award-winning film Citizenfour and created a radioactive public sculpture for the exclusion zone in Fukushima, Japan. Paglen is the author of several books and numerous articles on subjects including experimental geography, state secrecy, military symbology, photography and visuality.


This event is a co-presentation between MOCA Toronto, Canadian Art and Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts. This event coincides with MOCA’s concurrent exhibition Age of You (September 5, 2019 to January 5, 2020) which features Paglen’s installation Behold These Glorious Times!

All advance tickets have been sold. A limited number of standby tickets will be available at the venue. A standby line will form as of 6:30 pm, and any remaining seats will be sold to the standby line beginning 10 minutes before the start of the talk. Pay-what you-can, cash only.

The George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre is an accessible venue.

Trevor Paglen, CLOUD #735, Scale Invariant Feature Transform; Region Adjacency Graph; Watershed, 2019. Dye sublimation print, 48 × 66 in. Courtesy of the Artist and Altman Siegel, San Francisco.