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Indigenous Futures at the British Library

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Time 19:15
Date 12/11/19
Price £9

Join Mohawk artist Skawennati & writer J R Carpenter for a discussion of historical records, 3D environments, & indigenous futures in relation to First Nations materials held at the British Library.


Born in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Skawennati holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, where she is based. Skawennati makes art that addresses history, the future, and change. Her pioneering new media projects include the online gallery/chat-space and mixed-reality event, CyberPowWow (1997-2004); a paper doll/time-travel journal, Imagining Indians in the 25th Century (2001); and TimeTraveller™ (2008-2013), a multi-platform project featuring nine machinima episodes. These have been widely presented across North America in major exhibitions such as "Now? Now!" at the Biennale of the Americas; and "Looking Forward (L’Avenir)" at the Montreal Biennale. She has been honored to win imagineNative’s 2009 Best New Media Award as well as a 2011 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. Her work in is included in both public and private collections.

J. R. Carpenter

J. R. Carpenter is a Canadian-born UK-based artist, writer, performer, and researcher working in the intersecting fields of Performance Writing, Digital Literature, and Media Archaeology. Her pioneering web-based works have been exhibited, published, performed, and presented in journals, galleries, museums, and festivals around the world. She is a winner of the CBC Quebec Writing Competition (2003 & 2005), the QWF Carte Blanche Quebec Award (2008), the Expozine Alternative Press Award for Best English Book for her first novel, Words the Dog Knows(2008), the Dot Award for Digital Literature (2015), and the New Media Writing Prize (2016). She served as President of the Board of Directors of Oboro New Media Lab in Montreal from 2006-2010 and as Digital Literature and Performance Writing faculty mentor for the In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge residency program at The Banff Centre from 2010-2014. She is a Fellow of the Eccles Centre For North American Studies at the British Library and a member of the Scientific Committee of Labex Arts-H2H, University Paris 8. She lives in Plymouth, UK.

COMPETITION: Win 1x pair of tickets to attend Indigenous Futures at the British Library at 19:15 on Tuesday 12 November. To enter the competition, send an email to vienna@run-riot.com with the correct answer in the ‘subject’ line. The winner will be randomly selected.

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