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, works for camera, installations, and writings centre histories of Indigenous peoples’ lives, lands, and structures of sustenance. Her performances in relation to objects in exhibition, scores, and ancestral belongings generate what she has come to call felt structures. She investigates insistence in both concept and application. Her work has been shown at ICA at Virginia Commonwealth University, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Remai Modern, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, Winnipeg Art Gallery and elsewhere. She will participate in Soft Water Hard Stone, the New Museum Triennial 2021. Her first book of poetry, Slow Scrape, was published by The Centre for Expanded Poetics and Anteism in 2020. She studied at University of Alberta (M.Ed.) and Stanford University (A.B. Honours), and she is a doctoral candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University. In 2021 Tanya received the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Her Alutiiq/Sugpiaq homelands are in the Kodiak Island archipelago in southwestern Alaska (Native Villages of Afognak and Port Lions). She is represented by Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver.

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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