Now Open: Greater Toronto Art 2024, March 22–July 28.



What is The Extreme Self?

Thursday, September 5, 2019
 | 7:00 pm
 – 9:00 pm 
 | General: $10; Members: Free

Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland and Agnieszka Kurant in conversation.
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.


Interdisciplinary artist Agnieszka Kurant explores how complex social, economic and cultural systems can operate in ways that confuse distinctions between fiction and reality or nature and culture. She investigates “the economy of the invisible,” in which immaterial and imaginary entities, fictions, phantoms and emergent processes influence political and economic systems.

Since 1991 Douglas Coupland has written thirteen novels. He is a columnist for the Financial Times, and since 2000, amplified his visual art production with a number of museum retrospectives, in Canada, The Netherlands and Germany.

Joachim Johnson is a Toronto-based artist, creative consultant and the Creative Director of HXOUSE; a non-profit, next-generation incubator and accelerator at the forefront of fostering innovation and opportunity for creative entrepreneurs. For over ten years, Johnson has worked internationally as a photographer and filmmaker with brands including Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford, and with artists including Nelly Furtado and The Weeknd.

Shumon Basar is a Berlin/Dubai based Commissioner of the Global Art Forum. He is Editor-at-Large at Tank magazine, Contributing Editor at Bidoun, Curator-at-Large at Art Jameel and a member of the Fondazione Prada’s Thought Council.

This event is sold out. Please see all our Age of You public programmes here.

Age of You will be open until 7pm on September 5. Please arrive early to view the exhibition.

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

Venue Information

MOCA Toronto

158 Sterling Rd
Toronto, ON  M6R 2B7