Arts Commons Presents
ka-kî-pêhtahk ôma mêskanaw kâ-mahkâskâk/Cuin a chluinnear ramh nan tonn?
Jessica McMann and Amy Wilson
Location: +15 Soundscape
Dates: September 30 - December 9, 2021
ka-kî-pêhtahk ôma mêskanaw kâ-mahkâskâk/Cuin a chluinnear ramh nan tonn? was created by Jessica McMann and Amy Wilson. The two artists investigated alternative experiences in post-human theories. Instead of turning towards techn-humans as post-human, they turned to the non-human and more-than-human world to see where humanity would end up. Field recordings were taken from Wreck beach near Vancouver at 4:30 AM in unceded Musqueam territory, and edited ever so slightly. The ensuing sounds allow for moments of uncomfortableness, the listener reckoning with what a relationship with the post-human might be.
ka-kî-pêhtahk ôma mêskanaw kâ-mahkâskâk/Cuin a chluinnear ramh nan tonn? is not site specific but rather site reverent, weaving together times, spaces and oceans - bygone yet present. Rooted in an exercise of ethical deep listening conducted by the artists with the Pacific Ocean, a sound experience is reimagined here to invite listeners to question the relentless drone of human progress when it is confronted with rhythms of more-than-human existences that interpenetrate our lives, yet exceed us.
To speak to my work is to speak to its origins deep within the land where I was born (Mohkinstsiss/Calgary), and where the blood and bones of my ancestors are buried (Saskatchewan). My connections/relationships to these two places are vastly different due to the ‘60s Scoop and my displacement that followed. The work I create is steeped in these landscapes and soundscapes, and in a critique of institutional and colonial practices that frame them.
My current album project explores movement as a source of inspiration for song and soundscape. As a dancer, performance artist, musician and composer, I incorporate ritual as a way of inviting the viewer to become an active part of the work itself. My vision is to continue to investigate de-colonization methodologies in performance creation through my own embodied experiences.
I am an artist, educator and poet from Glasgow, Scotland currently based between Vancouver, Canada and the Island of Gigha, Scotland. My work aims to create opportunities for people to cultivate careful and attentive responses toward the ecological and material relationships within which they are enmeshed with nonhumans - be that elemental forces, plants, animals or microorganisms. My most recent research has moved between investigating relationships between soil communities on the Northwest Coast of Canada and Scotland, with a particular focus on the lifeways of mushrooms and endangered plant species. This research considers the ways in which modes of human and nonhuman making and care meet around sites of ecological collapse.
My current series of artworks, titled Edgelands (2019-Ongoing) weaves together care practices within and across species, lands and timescapes through plant based sculptures and gardens, soundscapes (including gaelic song/poetry) and caretaking performances.
Jessica McMann is a dancer, choreographer, musician, composer and cultural artist. She has been hoop dancing and powwow dancing for 18 years, and has been working as an Indigenous contemporary dancer since 2008. She has a B.Music from University of Calgary in Flute and an MFA from Simon Fraser in Interdisciplinary studies. She combined her practices of dance/choreography with music/composition in her thesis while maintain a firm grounding in Indigenous methodologies. She recently released two singles that were recorded at the Banff Centre for the Arts during their Musicians in Residence program 2019.
Amy Wilson is an artist, educator and poet from Glasgow, Scotland who is currently based in Vancouver, Canada. Her practice and research considers the ways in which modes of human and nonhuman making and care meet around sites of ecological collapse through hybrid collaborative projects that combine sculpture, horticulture, installation, and performance.
As an educator Amy has led community-based artistic and environmental projects throughout the UK, Europe and most recently, the Northwest Coast of Canada. Amy is an alumna of the University of Oxford and Simon Fraser University, a member of the Earth Charter International’s Learning Network and the co-founder Isle of Stories; an interdisciplinary research project connecting island communities across the globe through place-based learning adventures in nature.
(in the +15 hall across from the Hub)