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Reparative interpellation: public art’s Indigenous and non-human publics

22nd March 2023 - 29th March 2023

A seminar with Dylan Robinson

22 March 2023, 17:00-19:30 BST

Online via Zoom with live captioning by Screen Language

A TECHNE Training day co-organised by: Cannach MacBride & Syma Tariq (CRiSAP), Astrid Korporaal (Kingston), and Eimhin Daly, Paul Paschal, and Sara Ruddock (all Roehampton)


Optional follow up peer study/reflection session for attendees: Listening and listening to listening, in and as research

29 March 2023, 17:00-19:00 BST

Online via Zoom with auto captioning


Dylan Robinson will present and share about his current research and creative work in a seminar format. The session will focus particularly on his work on the multiple ways in which public art interpellates viewers as settlers, Indigenous and non-human subjects, and consider how the reparative potential of public art might be re-envisioned through a consideration of Indigenous and non-human publics. The session is also grounded in Dylan’s research on listening positionality.

In the area of Indigenous sonic culture, Dylan’s research centers the epistemological stakes of listening positionality. Much of his research has examined the appropriation of Indigenous song in contemporary classical music, and artistic practices of repatriation and redress. Continuing this work, he leads the Indigenous Advisory Council of the Canadian Music Centre as co-chair with Marion Newman, to redress the appropriation of Indigenous song and mis-reperesentation of Indigenous culture in Canadian compositions. Another project, Xóxelhmetset te Syewá:l | Caring for Our Ancestors, involves Indigenous-led processes for re-connecting kinship between Indigenous songs and material culture—variously understood as loved ones, ancestors, life—and the communities that they come from. The project also takes as a central objective an examination of the carceral logics of museums as spaces that confine Indigenous life.

Dylan’s research on Indigenous public art is characterized by a focus on inter-arts forms (text-based art, sound art and devised performance) that engage multiple senses. This work questions how Indigenous rights and settler colonialism are embodied and spatialized in public space. His most recent work in this area examines public art and civic beautification initiatives in Canada that interpellate settler subjectivity by re-materializing colonial history. Doing so enacts violence toward Indigenous lands as a non-human relation that such work is situated upon.

In all these areas Dylan’s aim is to prioritize Indigenous resurgence and to re-envision dominant scholarly modes of dissemination (writing, gathering, festival and exhibition curation), working toward forms of expression that convey the sensory experience of Indigenous life, and address Indigenous publics.

A second (optional) session will offer participants further space to reflect on the seminar and connect its materials to their practices in a peer study/reflection session facilitated by Techne students.


Read the full details on the TECHNE website