A Place in the Circle: Listening to Water
Work in Progress as part of the Intergenerational LGBT Artist Residency 2018
Toronto, Canada // Tkaronto, Dish With One Spoon Territory, traditional lands of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnaabe and the Wendat.
This work in progress takes form as field recordings (above and under the water of Lake Ontario// Niigaani-gichigami (in Anishinaabemowin) as well as field recordings with myself reading a text while walking in a circle around the microphone in the lake. These recordings are part of a larger personal archive of recordings done by myself in significant bodies of water (significant to myself). The second part of this work takes form as a 30 minute session for a closed group of invited participants. A Place in the Circle: Listening to Water is an in-process work that falls between guided meditation, personal storytelling and listening exercise. Drawing upon practices of Pauline Oliveros’ Deep Listening, participation is as an active listener. This means listening with an open mind, open heart, and open will. Listening to Water is an experiment in relearning how I listen, how I adapt my senses, and how I attune my attention. Listening to Water is an experiment in cultivating vulnerability of my body to reflect on colonized bodies, settler bodies, fat bodies, queer bodies, non-human bodies, water bodies, and your bodies.