Ínyan Iyé (telling rock) by Suzanne Kite

As Ínyan Iyé speaks, listeners may respond to it by bending and moving its braids, affecting the sounds.

This sculpture interrogates the relationships between human and non-human entities and intelligences. Through Oglala Lakota ontologies, even materials such as metals, rocks, and minerals can communicate of their own volition. By considering the ‘hearing’ and ‘listening’ capabilities of nonhuman entities, a method of engagement reliant upon mutual respect and responsibility becomes possible. Íŋyaŋ Iyé speaks, you respond to it by bending and moving its braids, effecting the sounds it makes. Íŋyaŋ Iyé listens to the changes in its own voice and generates a response in lights and sound.

More of Suzanne Kite’s work

SOUN 316 & SCLP 312 | 2019