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Artists on Artists Lecture Series

eagles with eyes closed for the sun tunnels

November 17, 2021, 6 pm, Dia Chelsea

Event Details
Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 6 pm (launch event)

Further Screenings
Thursday, November 18, 2021, 12–6 pm
Friday, November 19, 2021, 12–6 pm
Saturday, November 20, 2021, 12–6 pm

Dia Chelsea
537 West 22nd Street
New York, New York

Free. Register for the launch event here.


eagles with eyes closed is a musical project consisting of Tobias Linklater (Alutiiq/Omaskêko Cree), and Duane Linklater (Omaskêko Cree), which explores the generative experience of watching films together as intergenerational collaborators, as father and son, and as two Indigenous artists. Their methodology of simultaneous watching and playing back to the image with various instrumentations and processes, improvisations, and a careful non-diegetic Indigenous positionality results in complex propositions to the selected films and images and to the audience itself. 

eagles with eyes closed is an articulation of their love (indifference) for art, film, and music.

eagles with eyes closed are two generationsssss listening at the past present and future. 

eagles with eyes closed will be presenting a new video / score / drawing for Nancy Holt’s seminal film Sun Tunnels (1978).


Tobias Linklater (Alutiiq/Omaskêko Cree) was born in 2004 and lives in North Bay, Ontario. He is a senior student at West Ferris Secondary School in North Bay, Ontario. His short films have been included in exhibitions at Trinity Square Video, Toronto (2020); All My Relation Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota (2017); and 80WSE Gallery, New York (2016­–17). His video Origin of the Hero (2016) is in the permanent collection of the Tate Modern, London.

Duane Linklater (Omaskêko Ininiwak from Moose Cree First Nation) was born in 1976 and lives in North Bay, Ontario. His practice explores the physical and theoretical structures of the museum in relation to the current and historical conditions of Indigenous peoples, their objects, and approaches to materials. He articulates his explorations through sculpture, photography, film and video, installation, and text works. He has presented solo exhibitions at the Frye Museum, Seattle (2021); Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, Lansing, (2017); 80WSE Gallery, New York (2016–17); Mercer Union, Toronto (2016); Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City (2015); and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2015). Linklater has been featured in group exhibitions, most recently at SFMOMA, San Francisco (2019); Artists Space, New York (2019); and Taipei Biennial (2019). 

The Artists on Artists Lecture Series is organized by Matilde Guidelli-Guidi, associate curator at Dia, with Theodora Bocanegra Lang, curatorial assistant.

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