Raven Chacon and Gabi Dao’s Listening Party playlist included music by clipping., and Ed Balloon; Michael Pisaro, Håkon Stene, and Kristinen Tjøgersen; Luicidal and Ceci Bastida; Fatima Al Qadiri; Sadaf; Pan Daijing; Yves Tumor; Charles Bradley; Los Pirañas; Holly Herndon; David Lang and Augustin Hadelich; Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash; Elysa Crampton featuring Fanny Chuquimia Pankara and Money Allah; Diamond Black Hearted Boy; and Nkisi.
The Western Front foyer was also the satellite location for Chacon’s work Still Life No.4 (2019), which was remade for the exhibition Relations of Responsibility at the SFU Galleries’ Audain Gallery in 2019. Working with a Gitxsan Nation drum, Chacon created an oscillation pattern that indexed the physical distance between Western Front and where the drum was stored in the collections of the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. The work lets the drum sing—operating against an imposed script of silence and enclosure, and aligning the cultural belonging with its object-life-force.
Western Front’s Listening Party invited artists to share music that they have found thought-provoking and inspiring. This event series provided a stepping-off point for those looking to further explore new contemporary music.
Presented with support from the Hamber Foundation and in collaboration with SFU’s School for the Contemporary Arts’ Audain Visual Artist in Residence Program, alongside the exhibition Relations of Responsibility (2019).
Curated by Aram Bajakian.