Suzanne Kite at the M:ST 9 Biennial

Festivals: M:ST 9 Biennial | September 7 – October 7, 2018.

Something is coming

Friday, October 5 | 9:30 PM | National Music Centre, Performance Hall

Something is coming is a site specific sound performance which listens into the electrical grid. Utilizing ground loop noise, field recordings, digital processing, and analog manipulation, Kite and Young propose a way to listen through the grid to the source. This form of listening is not a metaphor, but a way to access and reimagine power systems. This mode of listening is a relin­quishing of belief. To listen to the grid and hear the physical source of power is to not mistake the map for the land itself. This form of listening provides an opportunity to hear and think beyond colonial constraints of cartography and large-scale exploita­tions of natural resources.

Kite (born 1990, Sylmar, CA) is an Oglala Lakota performance artist, visual artist, and composer. She was raised in Southern California and earned a BFA from CalArts in music composition, an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School, and is a Ph.D. student at Concordia University. 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 and immersive video & sound installations.

Nathan Young (born 1975, Tahlequah, OK) is a multidisciplinary artist and composer working in an expanded practice that incorporates sound, video, documentary, animation, installation, and experimental and improvised music. Nathan’s work often engages the spiritual and the political and re-imagines indigenous sacred imagery in order to complicate and subvert notions of the sublime. A 2016-2018 Tulsa Artist Fellow, Nathan is a founding and former member for the artist collective Postcommodity (2007-2015) and holds an MFA in Music / Sound from Bard College’s Milton-Avery School of the Arts.

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