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Difficult Conversations with Niki Landau

Saturday, October 13, 2018
 | 1:30 pm
 – 5:00 pm 
 | Free
Free with General Admission

Free with admission
Limited capacity (Registration required)
For ages 14 and over
Floor 4

Niki Landau, both a theatre artist and alternative dispute resolution practitioner, will facilitate conversations around disagreement through a series of exercises that help build useful skills such as self-awareness, listening, compassion, and mutual understanding.

Rehearsing Disagreement 

Hiba Abdallah and Justin Langlois’s Rehearsing Disagreement is the first project in MOCA’s Art in Use series on MOCA’s Floor 4. The project is comprised of four participatory works that explore disagreement and conflict through the lens of art and within the structure of the museum. Inviting visitors to share their lived experiences, the artists present the argument that co-existing in difference is a generative part of our civic responsibility.

As an extension to their project, a weekend program features participatory activities, talks, and workshops that frame the question: how does disagreement play a useful role in our everyday? By identifying the positive effects of differences, participants can develop the skill of agreeing to disagree.



Niki Landau is a mediator, actor, playwright, and theatre producer. She teaches theatre arts at York University and Seneca College, and is a Mediation and Communication Skills trainer who has worked with many individuals, families and organizations to help improve skills, relationships and group dynamics. She co­founded Theatre PANIK in 2005 and has taken part in the grassroots peacemaking initiative The Compassionate Listening Project.

Hiba Abdallah is a text-based artist who often works with others to develop public installations, projects, and exhibitions about the narratives of place. Abdallah’s work cultivates a playful yet reverent sense of community that seeks to foster collective public imagination.

Justin Langlois is an artist, organizer, and currently an Associate Professor and Assistant Dean of Integrated Learning in the Faculty of Culture + Community at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. His practice explores collaborative structures, critical pedagogy, and custodial frameworks as tools for gathering, learning, and making.



MOCA Toronto is a barrier-free and accessible museum for all. We are located on the first five floors of the Tower Automotive Building, with elevators serving each floor. The museum has wheelchair and stroller parking as well as two walkers and wheelchairs available onsite for use. If you have other needs we should know about, contact us at info@moca.ca ahead of time to make any arrangements.


Image Credit: Hiba Abdallah and Justin Langlois, Striking a Balance – Rehearsing Disagreement Commission, 2018. Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada. Photo by Toni Hafkenscheid.

Venue Information

MOCA Toronto

158 Sterling Rd
Toronto, ON  M6R 2B7