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University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) pres.

U-M Native American Studies Presents: Against Hungry Listening with Dylan Robinson

How are settler colonial and Indigenous listening practices different? How can listening be extractive, a way to access and use Indigenous resources? What are alternative listening practices that connect listener and song-life rather than make a distinction between them? This presentation provides an overview of forms of extractive or “hungry” perception, and alternatives to these that emerge from Indigenous sensory engagement. 

Dylan Robinson is a xwélméxw artist and writer (Stó:lō Nation, Sqwa), and the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen’s University. His current work focuses on the re-connection of Indigenous songs with communities who were prohibited by law to sing them as part of Canada’s 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 forthcoming with Minnesota University Press in early 2020. Additionally, Robinson is curator of the Ka’tarohkwi Festival of Indigenous Arts in Kingston, and along with Candice Hopkins, is curator of the internationally touring exhibition Soundings featuring “scores for decolonial action” by Indigenous artists.

This program is organized by the U-M Department of Native American Studies and co-sponsored by the Department of American Culture, History of Art, the Humanities Collaboratory, Multi Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA), and the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA).
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