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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The practice of artist and filmmaker Althea Thauberger (born in Saskatoon, SK, Canada; lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada) is primarily concerned with the use of performative and collaborative processes in social documentary forms. Thauberger’s local and international projects involve long-term negotiations, co-operations, and collaborations with individuals, communities, and institutions. Currently, Thauberger is Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Kite a.k.a. Suzanne Kite (Oglála Lakȟóta, born in Sylmar, CA, USA; lives in Montreal, QC, Canada) is a performance artist, visual artist, and composer. She is a graduate of Bard MFA Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson and a PhD candidate at Concordia University, Montreal. Kite is also a Research Assistant for the Initiative for Indigenous Futures and a 2019 Trudeau Scholar. Her research is concerned with contemporary Lakota epistemologies through research-creation, computational media, and performance practice.