What do reddit users, birds, and ghosts have in common? They all tell stories.

The work I do is a translational practice as much a creative one, just like stories themselves. At different stages of my practice I have been taken with stories as they appear in writing and speech, and in other-than-human modes, like song or wind or the sound of breathing. The act of listening, though honed to the specificity of media, is also a needle and thread that can puncture and repair, making and remaking boundaries as it goes. In this sense we can listen to writing, just as we can listen to memory; we listen for the stories wherever they come from.

Listening with care and attention is an art of making boundaries otherwise. Of course, there are some boundaries that aren’t meant to be punctured (even if matter is so often already porous and filled with holes, parading as things we think about as objects, containers, enclosures). Listening closely, with needle and thread, is not an isolated gesture, then—it is a responsibility. What do I stitch together? Who do I tie together? How do I weave together? Many who come before me, not just the relations I claim but the extensive sets of relations that care for the land I breathe, cry, fuck, grow, and play on, have already posed these questions, thought about them, worked them through. And still they’re there (because they’re good questions). Boundaries are critical for anything to be learned when listening.

Listening is situated and embodied. I like to ground my practice in acts of listening because it reminds me that I have a body and it is only with my body that knowledge and practice can come together in meaningful ways. The things I make are not just things that tell stories (something I share with many other makers and thinkers) but exercises in and invitations to listen differently, referencing my own ways of being in the world as a listener, which are always in the process of being adjusted and tuned.

The work I do is translational because it is referential; it relies deeply on all the beings and things that tell me stories, and it relies on my practice and ability, which are never consistent, of being a good listener. (But the person who wrote this text wants you to know that I am a really, really good listener.)

Lately, here are some of the things that I have been listening to:
> What Can’t a Body Do? - Michelle Murphy
> Life in a Barrel - Radiolab
> Place in Research: Theory, Methodology, and Methods - Eve Tuck, Marcia McKenzie
> Pollution Is Colonialism - Max Liboiron

Lately, here are some of the things that I have been translating:
> Stone Tape: A haunting
> On Interdependence

I commissioned Lindsay Leblanc, a dear friend, longtime collaborator and esteemed colleague to write this text. Thank you Lindsay. ︎
upcoming:
Artist in Residency, Ada X, Montreal, QC, Fall 2022
Gare Matapedia Residency, Fonderie Darling et Vaste et Vague, Matapedia, QC, Winter 2023 

2022:
During April 2022, my docuseries On Interdependence will be presented as an immersive installation @ Concordia University, Montreal, QC.

This Country is Like a Dreamland (a collaborative work with Yoon Rachel Nam and Tam Khoa Vu), JUSTICEMAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), March 24 - April 9, 2022

2021:
Stone Tape, Video installation @ Jardins de Métis, October 1 - 3, 2021 Grand-Métis, QC

Witnessing Change: A conversation around memory and changing landscapes, Artist talk in collaboration with Antoine Desjardins, October 10, 2021, Grand-Métis, QC

Maison d'Ariane Research Creation Residency, September - October 2021, Grand-Métis, QC

Remaking Edgware as part of Videofenster, June 23, 2021, Cologne, DE

Remaking Edgware: Presentation and Video Screening, February 17, 2021

2020:
Wednesdays, Before Piano. as part of the group exhibit "Rencontre avec l'autre soi-même" curated by Karen Tam, September 19, 2020 - December 20, 2020 @ EXPRESSION, Saint-Hyacinthe

2019:
Wednesdays, Before Piano., September 9th - October 18th, 2019 @ The FOFA Gallery, Montreal, QC.

For Nennen, as part of the group exhibit "Beyond the Veil" co-curated by Joyce Yahouda, September 7th - October 5th, 2019 @ Mémoire de l'Avenir, Paris, FR.

For Nennen, as part of the group exhibit "Beyond the Veil" co-curated by Joyce Yahouda, May 9th - June 10th, 2019 @ ARTLIFE for the World Gallery, Venice, ITA.

Between Pieces of our Past (an iteration of Wednesdays, Before Piano. in collaboration with Ivanie Aubin-Malo) Public Syntax (Group Exhibit), February 7th - March 31st, 2019 @ Critical Distance, Toronto, ON. More details here.

selected press:
Maison d'Ariane artist residency feature in journal le soir and journal l’horizon, September 2021.

Remaking Edgware with naakita feldman-kiss interview with NIV Magazine, June 2021.

Tell Me Again interview with Never Apart Magazine, May 2021.

Virtual gallery tour for Rencontre avec l'autre soi-même @ EXPRESSION, curated by Karen Tam, November 2020, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC.

« Une exposition collective et le début d’une nouvelle tendance pour Expression » Le Courier de Saint-Hyacinthe, October 2020.

Podcast feature with COHDScast, May 2019, Montreal, QC.

Radio interview with atelier, March 2019, Montreal, QC.

Public Syntax: SAW Video at Critical Distance, Digital Catalogue, February 2019.

Digital artist talk for Chercher des personnes, des lieux ou d’autres choses @ Galerie-B312, July 2016, Montreal, QC.

« La créativité de la Net Generation », Le Devoir, July 2016.
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
‘On Interdependence’, Audio installation, Concordia University Library, Montreal, QC (2022)
‘Stone Tape: A haunting in four parts’, Video and Audio Installation, Jardins de Métis, Grand-Métis, QC (2021)
'Wednesdays, Before Piano.', FOFA Gallery, Montreal, QC (2019)
'Wednesdays, Before Piano.', Knot Project Space, Ottawa, ON (2018)

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
JUSTICE (’This Country is Like a Dreamland’ - Video Installation in collaboration with Tam Khoa Vu and Yoon Rachel Nam), MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), Montreal, QC (2022)
The World is My Home ('Remaking Edgware' - Video Installation), Videofenster, Cologne, DE (2021)
Rencontre avec l'autre soi-même ('Wednesdays, Before Piano.' - Video Installation), EXPRESSION, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC (2020)
Beyond the Veil ('For Nennen' - Textile Installation), Mémoire de l'Avenir, Paris, FR (2019)
Beyond the Veil ('For Nennen' - Textile Installation), ARTLIFE for the World Gallery, Venice, ITA (2019)
Ateliers de Bellechasse, ('Rencontre autour d'une table' - Collaborative Installation), Montreal, QC (2019)
Public Syntax ('Between Pieces and Past.' - Video Installation), Critical Distance, Toronto, ON (2019)
OUTPUT: Annual Screening of SAW Video grantees ('Wednesdays, Before Piano.' - Video), The Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, ON (2018)
Decussation: Experiences Through Video, (‘Grandma's Crystal Flowers’ - Video Installation), Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON (2017)
Critical Ethics, ('Grandma's Crystal Flowers' - Video Installation) Trinity Square Video, Toronto, ON (2016)
Chercher des personnes, des lieux ou d’autres choses, ('Toward Be/Longing' - Print Media Installation) Galerie B-312, Montreal, QC (2016)
Unnoticed Art Festival, ('Sans y être' - Audio Performance in collaboration with Roby Provost-Blanchard), Nijmegen, Netherlands (2016)
Meet Me on the Tarmac, ('The Sharing Economy' - Video Installation), Art Mûr, Montreal, QC (2016)
THOUGHTBAGS (Or, Every Image is a Gushing Sack of Ideas), (‘The Best We Have’ - Audio Installation), YTB Gallery, Toronto, ON (2015)
Harbinger, (‘Could We Talk?’ - Site Intervention), Eastern Bloc, Montreal, QC (2015)
Ritual, (‘Ritual’ - Performance), MoMA PS1, New York, NY (2012)

PUBLISHED TEXTS
Invisibilities No. 2, "Wednesdays, Before Piano." (2019)
Making Spaces: Exhibition Catalog, “What is Light?” (2017)
Queer Codes - Studies in Gender, Sexuality, and the Digital: "Queering the Both of Us: The Subversive Potential of the Avatar" (2016)
KAPSULA Magazine: "I Feel So Far Away From You, Could We Talk?" Vol. 2, Theme 3 (2015)

RESIDENCIES/ARTIST PROGRAMS
Gare Matapedia Residency, Fonderie Darling et Vaste et Vague, Matapedia, QC (upcoming 2023)
Artist in Residence, Ada X, Montreal, QC (upcoming 2022)
Maison d'Ariane Research Creation Residency, Grand Métis, QC (2021)
CRFC Audio Storyteller Resident, CJLO, Montreal, QC (2021)
Hot Docs Podcast Career Accelerator (2021)
Micro-Residency, facilitated by Victoria Stanton, Entrelacs, QC (2019)
L'Externat, mentorship program with Les Territoires, Montreal, QC (2018-2019)
AIRO (Artist in Residence Online), at Cold Bench, International (2017)
Critical Ethics, themed commission residency at Trinity Square Video, Toronto, ON (2016)
MoMA PS1 Free School, with Marina Abramovic, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, and Steve Paxton, New York, NY (2012)

GRANTS AND AWARDS
Canada Council for the Arts "Explore and Create - Research and Creation" (2022)
Canada Council for the Arts "Explore and Create - Research and Creation" (2021)
Museum of Jewish Montreal Microgrant for Creative and Cultural Exploration (2020)
Canada Council for the Arts "Digital Originals" (2020)
SAW Video Jumpstart Grant (2017-2018)
Concordia Student Union Special Project Fund (2016)
Concordia University Alumni Association (2016)
FASA Special Project Grant (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Concordia University Travel Grants to Undergraduate Students (2015)
Concordia Council on Student Life Special Project Fund (2014)
Concordia Undergraduate Student Research Award (2014)
OCADU BMO Financial Group Award, Incoming Student Community Service Award (2011)

EDUCATION
Concordia University, Montreal QC – BFA Intermedia, with distinction (2012-2017)
I couldn't feel you then but I can hear you now is a multi-channel audio installation that explores the relationships between birds, humans and the environments we share. The work brings together field recordings, ecoacoustics and translations of bird songs sung by vocalists to create a form of non-linguistic storytelling. In it’s installation, these soundscapes create a choral-like experience that nods to the legacy of the climate crisis and speculates on empathic possibilities across species and habitats. 


I couldn't feel you then but I can hear you now is a work in progress made possible through the creative and technical support of Yoon Rachel Nam and the financial support of Canada Council for the Arts.
 
naakita feldman-kiss (they/she) is a queer, multidisciplinary artist and writer who lives and works in Tio'Tia:Ke / Montreal, QC.

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