LINDSAY DOBBIN ON LISTENING AS A CREATIVE ACT
HARMONY WAGNER ON LISTENING TO THE ENERGY OF THE BODY
September 22 2017 2:30-4:00
Presented as part of Flotilla: National Conference of Artist Run Centres
Victoria Park Cultural Pavillion, Victoria Park
Drawing upon a lifelong relationship with sound, landscape and water, artist and musician DOBBIN will share stories about their creative practice of listening, and how it is a method to deeply communicate with, and be in relation to, the living land. As an artist who often works with(in) the natural world, Dobbin acknowledges the animacy of all things and employs listening as a path to collaborate with the environment — revealing that land is not an instrument for our own expression but a teacher and agent that we can be responsive to.
The body is an energetic system in a state of dynamic flux. While contained as a distinct environment, each body is also in relationship with the energy of the day, the season, and cosmic cycle of the greater environment. WAGNER will speak to how our bodies navigate this ever-changing, yet cyclical state, as seen through the lens of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Martial Arts.
Lindsay Dobbin is a mixed Indigenous (Mohawk) / Settler (Acadian / Irish) artist, musician, curator and educator who lives and works on the Bay of Fundy, Canada. Dobbin’s place-responsive practice includes media art, performance, sculpture, installation, social practices and writing, and is invested in and influenced by Indigenous epistemologies and cultural practices, such as drumming.
Harmony Wagner is a filmmaker, novelist, practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has instructed qigong and Internal-style Martial arts for 20 years.