Livestream Performance of Kite’s Listener

In collaboration with Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Kite’s digital video installation Listener included in the exhibition Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts, is a visual representation of a machine made by the artist to listen to sound centered in Lakota understandings. This work is completed by Kite’s live performance of ‘Listener’ – which will livestream via Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery’s Facebook on Sunday, June 21 at 2 pm.

The performance is based on a science fiction story about a woman wandering alone in the future, receiving transmissions from the Far Place on her Listening devices. Through this work, the artist asks, “How can Lakota understandings of hair affect the design of technology? What does a Lakota data-visualizing interface look like?”

In order to perform this score, the listener must read the shapes as they appear, tantalizing the shapes through a hair-braid interface which changes a synthesizer, which sends sound to machine-learning software, which manipulates the video, affecting each shape as it forms and forms and forms.

For more information about upcoming Soundings events and performances at Kitchener-Waterloo Gallery, visit their website here.

Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts is a traveling exhibition curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson, and organized by Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University, Canada and Independent Curators International (ICI). The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, with the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and the ICI Board of Trustees. Additional support has been provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter Program, the Isabel and Alfred Bader Fund of Bader Philanthropies, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Kingston Arts Fund through the Kingston Arts Council, and the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund at Queen’s University.

June 21, 2020



Kite aka Suzanne Kite is an Oglala Lakota performance artist, visual artist and composer raised in Southern California, with a BFA from CalArts in music composition, an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School, and is a PhD student at Concordia University and Research Assistant for the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. Her research is concerned with contemporary Lakota epistemologies through research-creation, computational media, and performance practice. Recently, Kite has been developing a body interface for movement performances, carbon fiber sculptures, immersive video and sound installations, as well as co-running the experimental electronic imprint, Unheard Records.

Part of Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts

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