Arts & CultureTranscending light, sound and time at MOCA this fall/winter

Transcending light, sound and time at MOCA this fall/winter

This season, the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto Canada (MOCA) has an exciting slate of exhibits exploring the manipulation of light, sound, time and realities. 

From dynamic architectural work to engaging sound installations the works on display throughout the fall/winter season are artfully connected by our unique and ever-evolving perceptions of reality, influenced by news, culture, ethics and environment. 

A highlight of the season was the return of the MOCA Awards on November 3. The awards champion the work of values-aligned artists who embody the museum’s mission to serve as an inclusive cultural hub. This year, Toronto-based artist Rajni Perera was selected to receive the award and a dedicated commission. Her commission will be exhibited in the museum in 2024. 

“The exceptional lineup of programming at the MOCA this fall offers our community the opportunity to experience works by international and Canadian artists that continue to grow and challenge our understanding of storytelling through art.” says Kathleen Bartels, executive director and CEO, MOCA.

Keep scrolling to learn about the artists exhibiting until January 8, 2023.


An image of HOUSE OF CARDS, now at the MOCA.

HOUSE OF CARD by Thomas Demand, in collaboration with Martin Boyce, Rirkrit Tiravanija and Caruso St John.


Thomas Demand’s paper and cardboard architectural ‘re-creations’ of ​​familiar scenes explore transience and structure while nodding to the artist’s practice as a builder. Demand reflects on how models can act as both a proposition and a memory while spotlighting similar works by influential artists, architects and designers.

“We are thrilled to present HOUSE OF CARD at MOCA and to have worked with Thomas Demand on this significant project. We look forward to welcoming and sharing with our audience the large-scale photographs and sculptures of Demand and his collaborators in our unique space,” says Kathleen Bartels. 


Saṅkhyā Stories: Machine Learning Fables by Debashis Sinha


Debashis Sinha’s series of video works, accompanied by a hypnotic lightbox display, is generated from outputs of a model trained on the Rig Veda. With a diaspora-focus, this work weaves Sinh’s cultural Indian heritage, his experiences as a second-generation south Asian Canadian and his training with master drummers from various world music traditions.


Growth, Change, Decay by Sarah Badr


Sarah Badr explores world creation, complex natural phenomena, and algorithmic media in this sound installation commissioned for MOCA’s South Stairwell. Accompanied online by an audio-visual animation, this piece develops a visual language using procedural systems for simulation and spatialisation in graphics and sound. It explores the association between form and place in new digital spaces.


Hannah Godefa is a Glossi Mag contributor.

Hannah is a PR consultant with Matte PR, and a writer. She has a background spanning tech, media and the non-profit world, and has served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. She holds a B.A. from Duke University in Political Science. She hopes to continue her advocacy work through media relations.


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