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Age of You

An exhibition curated by Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, and Hans Ulrich Obrist

September 5, 2019
— January 5, 2020

If you’re wondering why the inside of your head feels so strange these days, this exhibition is for you.

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. Age of You has been commissioned and produced by MOCA Toronto.

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.

In this process, a large part of you is extracted from you, and now exists everywhere and nowhere, independently of your five senses. Are you really built for so much change so quickly? And what if individuality is in fact morphing into something else?

Age of You previews a forthcoming book by Basar/Coupland/Obrist, The Extreme Self, a sequel to their acclaimed previous title, The Age of Earthquakes: A Guide to the Extreme Present (2015).

Visitors to Age of You at MOCA will walk through 13 immersive chapters that chart how individuality is changing today, from the psychological (such as beauty, belief and empathy) to the social (work, wealth and democracy). In this graphic print space, wry words and slogans by Basar/Coupland/Obrist are juxtaposed with wildly eclectic portraits from the contributors.

Interspersed with the book chapters are major works in film, photography, fashion, sculpture and installation. Each articulates a salient aspect of The Extreme SelfNew commissions from Satoshi Fujiwara, Stéphanie Saadé and Yuri Pattison, deal with the paradoxical physicality of data, as found in crowds, screens and emoji. Films by Trevor Paglen and NVIDIA Research, and sculptures by Agnieszka Kurant, are informed by Artificial Intelligence and machine vision. Sophia Al-MariaFarah Al Qasimi, Toronto-born Victoria Sin and Vancouver-born Sara Cwynar all explore transformed perceptions and performances of the self. Craig Green‘s collection for Moncler fuses menswear, machine and habitat. And Toronto-based Dennis Kavelman visualizes visitor’s remaining mortality.

Throughout Age of You, visitors will encounter a recurring presence of “the face,” today’s dominant data metric, as well as new ways in which crowds are being composed or computed.

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

Additionally, MOCA has partnered with HXOUSE to provide mentorship and have their Tenants respond to the themes in Age of You, creating a local graphic interpretation that will be shared during the exhibition runtime.

An evolved version of Age of You, a collaboration between Art Jameel and MOCA Toronto, will be presented at the Jameel Arts Centre, Dubai, in fall 2020.

Welcome to Age of You.

Participating Artists

Agnieszka Kurant, Amalia Ulman, Amnesia Scanner, Ana Nicolaescu, Ania Soliman, Anna Uddenberg, Anne Imhof, Asad Raza, Barry Doupé, Bogosi Sekhukhuni, Cao Fei, Carsten Höller, Cécile B Evans, Chen Zhou, Christine Sun Kim, Craig Green x Moncler Genius, Dennis Kavelman, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Emmanuel Iduma, Farah Al Qasimi, Fatima Al Qadiri, GCC, Goshka Macuga, Heman Chong, Ian Cheng, Isabel Lewis, Jarvis Cocker, Jenna Sutela, Johannes Paul Raether, John Menick, Jürgen Klauke, Koo Jeong A, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Liam Gillick, Liam Young, Lorraine O’Grady, Lucy Raven, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Michael Stipe, Miles Gertler, Miranda July, Momus, NVIDIA Research, Pamela Rosenkranz, Pan Daijing, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Peter Saville & Yoso Mouri, Philippe Parreno, Pierre Huyghe, Precious Okoyomon, Rachel Rose, Raja’a Khalid, Samuel Fosso, Sara Cwynar, Satoshi Fujiwara, Simon Denny, Sissel Tolaas, Sophia Al-Maria, Stéphanie Saadé, Stephanie Comilang, Suzanne Treister, Tabita Rezaire, Thomas Dozol, Thomas Hirschhorn, Trevor Paglen, Urs Lüthi, Victoria Sin, Wang Haiyang, Yaeji, Yazan Khalili, Yu Honglei, Yuri Pattison


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

Since 1991 Douglas Coupland has written 13 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.

Hans Ulrich Obrist is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London. He has curated more than 300 exhibitions. His books include Ways of Curating, Mondialité, Somewhere Totally Else and Lives of the Artists, Lives of the Architects.

Daly & Lyon is the graphic design practice of Wayne Daly and Claire Lyon, producing publications, identities and exhibitions for clients including Institute of Contemporary Arts, Royal Academy of Arts, Remai Modern, Tate Britain, RIBA and Hayward Gallery.

Age of You with Curator Shumon Basar

Age of You Curators’ Talk: Shumon Basar, Douglas Coupland, Victoria Sin and November Paynter

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