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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


[CANCELLED] Hungry Listening: Book Launch

7 p.m. | April 29, 2020


Free, no registration required.


When: Wed, Apr. 29 | 7 p.m.

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

Additional Info: Presented by SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, SFU Indigenous Studies, SFU Department of English, and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

PLEASE NOTE: It is with great regret that we are cancelling the book launch of Dylan Robinson's Hungry Listening that was to take place on Wednesday, April 29.

At this time, provincial health authorities are advising against all public gatherings of more than 50 people in an effort to contain the COVID-19 virus.

While the interest in the event was high, we recognize the need to prioritize the health and safety of the community, faculty, staff and students.

SFU continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and helpful information can be found on the FAQs page.

We appreciate your understanding. Please stay tuned for a potential new date for this event.

Join us for the launch of Dr. Dylan Robinson’s book Hungry Listening: Resonant Theory for Indigenous Sound Studies, with featured speakers including Lorna Brown, Peter Morin, Matt Sakakeeny.

Hungry Listening considers listening from both Indigenous and settler colonial perspectives alongside an inquiry into the unmarked terms of inclusion in performing arts organizations and compositional practice. Throughout the book, Robinson shows how decolonial and resurgent forms of listening might be affirmed by writing otherwise about musical experience. Through event scores, dialogic improvisation, and forms of poetic response and refusal, he demands a reorientation toward the act of reading as a way of listening. Indigenous relationships to the life of song are here sustained in writing that finds resonance in the intersubjective experience between listener, sound, and space.

About the Author

Dylan Robinson is a Stó:lō (Skwah) Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts at Queen’s University. From January – August 2020 is also a Shadbolt Humanities Fellow at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Robinson’s research has focused on Indigenous public art, the incarceration of Indigenous songs in museums, and redressing the appropriaton of Indigenous song in classical music. Robinson’s publications include Hungry Listening, about settler colonial and Indigenous forms of listening, and the edited volume Arts of Engagement: Taking Aesthetic Action in and Beyond the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (2016). With Candice Hopkins he is the co-curator of the Soundings exhibition, currently touring internationally with Independent Curators International, with upcoming locations at the Kitchener Waterloo Gallery (Summer 2020) and Belkin Gallery at UBC (Fall 2020).

About the Featured Speakers

Lorna Brown is Associate Director/Curator at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, University of British Columbia and a visual artist, writer, educator and editor, exhibiting her work internationally since 1984. Brown was the Director/Curator of Artspeak Gallery from 1999 to 2004 and is a founding member of Other Sights for Artists’ Projects, a collective of artists, architects and curators presenting projects that consider the varying conditions of public places and public life. She has taught at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Simon Fraser University. Brown received an honorary doctorate from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (2015), the Vancouver Institute for the Visual Arts Award (1996) and the Canada Council Paris Studio Award (2000). Her work is in the collections of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada, the BC Arts Council, the Surrey Art Gallery and the Canada Council Art Bank.

Peter Morin is a Tahltan Nation artist, educator, and curator. Morin’s artworks are shaped, and reshaped, by Tahltan epistemological production and often take on the form of performance interventions. Morin’s practice has spanned twenty years so far, with exhibitions in London, Berlin, Singapore, and New Zealand, as well as across Canada and the United States. In addition to his exhibition history, Morin has curated exhibitions for the Museum of Anthropology, Western Front, Bill Reid Gallery, and Burnaby Art Gallery. He was longlisted for the Brink and Sobey Awards, in 2013 and 2014, respectively. In 2016, Morin received the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Canadian Mid-Career Artist. Morin holds a SSRHRC grant, Crossing media, Crossing Canada: performing the land we are, which explores the meeting up of media and durational performance. Morin is an Associate professor with the Faculty of Art, at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto.

Matt Sakakeeny is Associate Professor of Music at Tulane University in New Orleans. He is the author of Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans (Duke Press, 2013) and articles in several edited collections and journals, including EthnomusicologyBlack Music Research Journal, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society. His work combines political ethnomusicology and public ethnomusicology to interrogate racial inequalities in relation to musical performance. He has also brought an ethnomusicological perspective to sound studies, and along with David Novak he edited the reference work Keywords in Sound (Duke Press, 2015). Beyond music and sound, he is a scholar of New Orleans history and culture, and edited the recent volume Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Exceptionalism and Authenticity (Duke Press, 2019). He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Awards to Louisiana Artists and Scholars, and the New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, and awards from the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Popular Music Section of SEM, and Tulane University’s Center for Public Service. A grant from the Spencer Foundation will support his next book on marching band education in the New Orleans school system. Matt is a board member for two nonprofit organizations, the Roots of Music afterschool program and the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund. He is also the guitarist and bandleader of Los Po-Boy-Citos, and he released a solo album in 2018 as The Lonely Birds. 

Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!


Free, no registration required.


When: Wed, Apr. 29 | 7 p.m.

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

Additional Info: Presented by SFU Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, SFU Indigenous Studies, SFU Department of English, and SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement.

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