Panel Discussion with Dylan Robinson, Tanya Lukin Linklater, and Raven Chacon

Panel Discussion with Dylan Robinson, Tanya Lukin Linklater, and Raven Chacon
Thursday, May 27, 2021
2pm EDT

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Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts includes art scores by Indigenous artists that take the form of objects, videos, music notation, and language-based instructions. Many of these scores require the participation of musicians or the general public, while others are for specific performers.

In this conversation, Soundings artists Raven Chacon and Tanya Lukin Linkater and Soundings co-curator Dylan Robinson discuss the role of scores in their work, and the ways in which scores offer different avenues for action.

This program is offered through the University of British Columbia Okanagan’s Indigenous Art Intensive program and organized by Tania Willard.

Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts is on view at the Kamloops Art Gallery until July 3, 2021. For more information about the exhibition and event, click here.

Image: Tanya Lukin Linklater, We wear one another, 2019, performance documentation. Courtesy of the artist and the Agnes Etherington Art Centre.

May 27, 2021


Tanya Lukin Linklater

Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performances in museums, videos and installations have been exhibited in Canada, the United States and abroad. Her work centres Indigenous knowledge production in and through orality, conversation and embodied practices, including dance. She considers That which sustains us a conceptual and affective line within her work, alongside histories and structural violences that Indigenous peoples continue to respond to. In 2017, as a member of Wood Land School, she participated in Under the Mango Tree – Sites of Learning, a gathering for documenta14 in Athens and Kassel. In 2018, Lukin Linklater will present a commissioned performance for Art for a New Understanding: Native Voices, 1950s to Now at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Lukin Linklater was the inaugural recipient of the Wanda Koop Research Fund administered by Canadian Art. She originates from the Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions in Alaska and is based in Northern Ontario.

Raven Chacon

Raven Chacon is a composer, performer and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. As a solo artist, collaborator, or with Postcommodity, Chacon has exhibited or performed at Whitney Biennial, documenta 14, REDCAT, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Chaco Canyon, Ende Tymes Festival, 18th Biennale of Sydney, and The Kennedy Center. Every year, he teaches 20 students to write string quartets for the Native American Composer Apprenticeship Project (NACAP). He is the recipient of the United States Artists fellowship in Music, The Creative Capital award in Visual Arts, The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation artist fellowship, and the American Academy’s Berlin Prize for Music Composition. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Toronto, ON.

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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