Higher Learning Fall 2017

2167: Indigenous Storytelling in VR

Fri
Oct 20
  • Press & Industry screenings and events are only for accredited passes.
  • This event is free. Tickets are distributed at the venue two hours before the start of the event. (One ticket per person.)

The art of story creation in virtual reality offers a point of view and presence of place, space, and environment that may be the closest comparison yet to Indigenous oral storytelling practice. How are Indigenous artists bringing their world view and concepts of time and narrative to this medium in conjunction with the Indigenous futurism movement, and what are they learning through their first forays into VR?

This engaging discussion offers the creative, cultural, and practical considerations and reflections of the five Indigenous filmmakers and artists of the 2167 initiative — Jeff Barnaby, Kent Monkman, Danis Goulet, Scott Benesiinaabandan, and Postcommodity — who were commissioned to create VR projects envisioning Indigenous life 150 years in the future.

This event is presented by CMF as part of the imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, with support from TIFF Higher Learning.

Individual students wishing to reserve a ticket in advance (limit one per person) may do so using the sign-up form on this page. Administrators or faculty looking to reserve a block of tickets to this event can email hlf@tiff.net with their request. This event is also open to the public. Tickets will be made available from the Box Office 2 hours prior to the event start time.

Students: Sign up for a free ticket

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Guest
Jeff Barnaby

Jeff Barnaby is a Mi'gmaq filmmaker from Listuguj, Quebec. His short films have played in numerous festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, Fantasia, and Vancouver. His film The Colony (07) was selected by the Festival as one of Canada's Top Ten shorts. Rhymes for Young Ghouls (13) is his debut feature.

Guest
Postcommodity

Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary arts collective comprised of Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, and Kade L. Twist. They work to promote a constructive discourse that challenges the social, political and economic processes that are destabilizing communities and geographies, and to connect Indigenous narratives of cultural self-determination with the broader public sphere. Postcommodity are the recipients of grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2010), Creative Capital (2012), Art Matters (2013), Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (2014), and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (2017). The collective has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Contour the 5th Biennial of the Moving Image in Mechelen, Belgium; Nuit Blanche, Toronto; 18th Biennale of Sydney; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; the 2017 Whitney Biennial; Art in General, New York; documenta14, Athens and Kassel; and their historic land art installation Repellent Fence at the US/Mexico border.

Guest
Danis Goulet

Danis Goulet is co-programmer for the Festival’s Short Cuts programme. She is the former Artistic Director of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, where she curated award-winning short film commissioning projects. She has developed initiatives for the Ontario Arts Council and served on the boards for the Toronto Arts Council and the Images Festival. As a director and TIFF Talent Lab alumna, her films have screened at venues around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Berlinale, imagineNATIVE and the Sundance Film Festival.

Guest
Scott Benesiinaabandan

Scott Benesiinaabandan is an Anishinabe intermedia artist that works primarily in photography, printmaking and video. He recently completed international residencies at Parramatta Artist Studios in Australia (12) and Context Gallery in Derry, North of Ireland (10), and was awarded the University Lethbridge/Royal Institute of Technology iAIR residency (13). He is currently in Montreal, and recently completed a Canada Council New Media Production grant through OBx Labs/Ab-tech and Concordia. In the past four years, Benesiinaabandan has been awarded multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council. He has taken part in several group exhibitions across Canada and the United States, most notably in Harbourfront’s Flatter the Land/Bigger the Ruckus (06), Subconscious City at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (08), and Ghost Dance at the Ryerson Image Centre (13), and has also had a number of solo exhibitions, including unSacred at Gallery 1C03 (11) and Mii Omaa Ayaad/Oshiki Inendemowin in Sydney (12).