Hungry Listening: A conversation between Aruna D’Souza and Dylan Robinson

Hungry Listening: A conversation between Aruna D’Souza and Dylan Robinson
Monday, September 14 at 1pm EST
ICI Online
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Watch below to listen to a conversation between Aruna D’Souza, writer and curator, and Dylan Robinson, author of Hungry Listening: Resonant Theory for Indigenous Sound Studies and Co-Curator of ICI’s Traveling Exhibition, Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts. A previously recorded conversation on Robinson’s new book, Hungry Listening is followed by a live Q&A.

Hungry Listening is the first book to consider listening from both Indigenous and settler colonial perspectives, and a critical response to what has been called the “whiteness of sound studies.” In addition to examples of how decolonial practices of listening emerge from an increased awareness of listening positionality, Hungry Listening includes a series of event scores, dialogic improvisations, and forms of poetic response and refusal that demand a reorientation toward the act of reading as a way of listening.

This program is co-presented with the Belkin Art Gallery in Vancouver, Canada, where Soundings is on view September 8 - December 6, 2020. The exhibition will be activated by a series of performances throughout the fall, so please click here to stay up to date on all Soundings programs at the Belkin.

Cover design by Kristina Kachele Design, llc
Cover Art: Atsi, gathering songs to return to our families by Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv/Klahoose/Kwakwaka’wakw).

This program was supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

September 14, 2020


Aruna D’Souza

Aruna D’Souza is a writer and critic based in Williamstown MA, which lies on unceded land formerly occupied by the Mohican people who are now known as the Stockbridge-Munsee community. She writes about modern and contemporary art; intersectional feminisms and other forms of politics; and how museums shape our views of each other and the world.  Her most recent book, Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts (Badlands Unlimited), was named one of the best art books of 2018 by the New York Times. Her work appears regularly in, where she is a member of the editorial advisory board. She is currently editing two forthcoming volumes, Making It Modern: A Linda Nochlin Reader, and Lorraine O’Grady: Writing in Space 1973-2018, and is co-curator of the upcoming retrospective of Lorraine O’Grady’s work, Both/And, which will open in March 2021 at the Brooklyn Museum. Photo credit: Dana Hoey.

Dylan Robinson

Dylan Robinson is a xwélméxw artist and writer of Stó:lō descent, and the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen’s University. His current work focuses on the return of Indigenous songs to communities who were prohibited by law to sing them as part of the Indian Act from 1882‒1951. Robinson’s previous publications include the edited volumes Music and Modernity Among Indigenous Peoples of North America (2018); Arts of Engagement: Taking Aesthetic Action in and Beyond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2016) and Opera Indigene (2011). His monograph, Hungry Listening, is was published in early 2020 with Minnesota University Press.

Part of Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts

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