Circuit of the Felt

Sensation is a Circuit

Sensation is a circuit of experience, a circuit of the felt traveling in and adjacent to the body

Tanya Lukin Linklater

As a Creative in Residence for the Ontario Culture Days 2022 Festival, Tanya Lukin Linklater has penned a series of scores which are shared here as a digital publication. To prompt listeners, the written scores are paired with an audio performance by Cedar Aisipi, Omaskeko Cree youth. The scores may be experienced as gentle instructions returned to daily, or intermittently, in a practice of listening, breath, sensation and embodiment.

This publication relates to a commission from The Toronto Biennial of Art 2022, in which Lukin Linklater wrote a series of open yet concise scores to prompt performances for camera with four dancers. Shot over late summer, fall and early winter in Toronto and Montréal neighborhoods, near rivers, lakes, land formations, under the sky and amidst weather, ‘Sensation is a circuit of experience, a circuit of the felt traveling in and adjacent to the body’ premiered in 2022.

Artist Biography:

Tanya Lukin Linklater’s performances, works for camera, installations, and writings centre Indigenous peoples’ lived experiences, (home)lands, and structures of sustenance. Her performances in relation to objects in exhibition, scores, and ancestral belongings generate what she has come to call felt structures. Her work has been shown at the Aichi Triennial, Toronto Biennial of Art, New Museum Triennial, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Art Gallery of Ontario, and elsewhere. Her Alutiiq/Sugpiaq homelands are in the Kodiak archipelago of southwestern Alaska. She lives and works in Nbisiing Anishnabek territory.

These programs would not be possible without the support of the Government of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Toronto Arts Council.

The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund is a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.

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