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02:00 pm

Listening as Wayfinding: Cobble Beach

Lindsay Dobbin

Lindsay Dobbin, Listening As Wayfinding: Magdalen Islands, 2016. Participatory Performance. Photo: Nigel Quinn.

Lindsay Dobbin, Listening As Wayfinding: Magdalen Islands, 2016. Participatory Performance. Photo: Nigel Quinn.


NOTICE: DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES, LISTENING AS WAYFINDING HAS BEEN CANCELLED. We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage you to join us for some of the many other incredible events throughout the festival.



Cobble Beach’s eroded clay cobblestones are sewer pipe remnants from the National Sewer Pipe Limited, which operated its Clarkson plant at the site of the current Lakeside Park from 1955-1980. When the plant ceased operation after cheaper plastic pipes were introduced, the remaining clay pipes were buried underground, and now fall out of the eroding bluff at the park’s east end, where the plant was located.


Materiality of sound. Sounding material. Honour fragments of erosion, and return to the water cycle.


In a world that is suffering due to intense fragmentation and trauma, listening to the land is a path of embodiment, relationship, responsive creativity and re-membering what has been scattered. On the Cobble Beach shoreline, a buried history emerges from the banks of the earth, eroding into smaller and smaller pieces due to the action of water. Rather than reassemble, can we be present (with our listening) with the process of erosion as the fragments become part of the water cycle, flowing through all awareness? What is the knowledge hidden in this shoreline clay? What sounds emerge from fragmentation? What is wholeness? Where does trust emerge? Dust? How can our awareness be like living water? Join artist Lindsay Dobbin for collaborative, listening-based actions on the Cobble Beach shoreline. Engaging in sensorial intimacy with the borderland, let’s find the place where true communication and relationship exists, with the land and each other, and improvise there.



Lindsay Dobbin is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk)-Acadian-Irish artist, musician, curator and educator who lives and works on the Bay of Fundy in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. Born in and belonging to the Kennebecasis River Valley in New Brunswick, Dobbin has lived throughout the Maritimes as well as the Yukon Territory. Their place-responsive practice includes music, media art, performance, sculpture, installation, social practices and writing, and is invested in and influenced by Indigenous epistemologies and cultural practices, such as drumming. Dobbin is a passionate educator and active artistic collaborator—they are currently working with the Quiver Artist Collectives on a cross-Canada initiative that brings together Indigenous and settler artists.