As part of the Biennial’s launch, in collaboration with Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship HMCS York, four musical scores by Kite will be performed along with the band’s own repertoire. Boasting the country’s only conch shell sextet, the Navy band will perform inside the Navy’s drill hall, a “stone ship” a highly resonant space which itself is played as an instrument.

Presented in partnership with the Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship HMCS York.

Image Credit: Althea Thauberger and Kite, Call to Arms, performance at the 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art. Photo: Sue Holland. Courtesy Toronto Biennial of Art.


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Althea Thauberger (born in 1970, Saskatoon, Canada) is an artist and filmmaker whose work seeks to contribute to experimental and collaborative social documentary practices. Her place-based projects consistently involve a community of articulation and awareness around issues disclosed and discovered through collective research. She lives and works in xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ / Tsleil-Waututh Nation territory (Vancouver) and teaches visual art and theory at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Kite, aka Suzanne Kite (born in 1990, Sylmar, USA) is an Oglala Lakota performance artist, visual artist and composer. She is a Ph.D. candidate at Concordia University, Montreal; Research Assistant for the Initiative for Indigenous Futures; a 2019 Trudeau Scholar; a 2020 Tulsa Artist Fellow; and a 2020 Women at Sundance x Adobe Fellow. Her research is concerned with contemporary Lakota ontologies through research-creation, computational media and performance practice.