Transmissions: Sharing Indigenous Knowledge and Histories in the Digital Era

Feb. 28 – March 2

A three-day symposium on contemporary Indigenous film, media arts and exhibitionary practice featuring Canadian artists, filmmakers, scholars, and curators.

Transmissions: Sharing Indigenous Knowledge and Histories in the Digital Era is a three-day collaborative event including workshops, a film screening, an interactive art installation and a public symposium. Transmissions will explore the interface of Indigenous knowledge and oral history with digital technologies, experimental museology, and new communicative forms in twenty-first century exhibition and artistic practice. The symposium provides an opportunity for prominent academics, curators and museum professionals to discuss their recent research in the fields of Indigenous exhibition and curatorial practice, particularly as it relates to the experimental interface of museum work, art, and technology, and to enter into dialogue with Indigenous artists and arts professionals who also employ new media and digital technologies in their artistic practice.

Through workshops, panel presentations and roundtable discussions, Concordia students and faculty will join the Canadian Aboriginal creative and intellectual community in a dialogue on sharing Indigenous knowledge and histories in the digital era. This workshop is a production of Concordia’s CEREV lab, organized by Department of Art History faculty member and CEREV affiliate Heather Igloliorte, and generously sponsored by the Department of Art History, the Faculty of Fine Arts, CEREV, and the Gail and Stephen 
A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art.



Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Filmmaker and Owner of Unikkaat Studios, Iqaluit

Jason Baerg, Artist, Curator and Chair of the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, Toronto

Scott BenesiinaabandanAbTeC Artist-in-Residence at Obx Labs, Concordia, Montreal

Jordan Bennett, Indigenous Artist-in-Residence, University of Alberta, Edmonton

Dayna Danger, Artist and Research Assistant, the Aboriginal Art History Project, Montreal

Skawennati, Artist and Co-Director, Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), Montreal

Jason Edward Lewis, Associate Professor of Computational Arts and Research Director, Obx Labs, Concordia University, Montreal

Steven Loft, Curator and Trudeau Foundation Fellow, Toronto

Tricia Logan, Curator: Indigenous Content, Canadian Human Rights Museum, Winnipeg

Cathy Mattes, Curator, Assistant Professor, Brandon University and phd Student, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

Julie Nagam, Assistant Professor, Aboriginal Visual Culture, OCADU Toronto

Ruth Phillips, Canada Research Chair in Aboriginal Art and Culture, Carleton University, Ottawa

Sherry Farrell Racette, Associate Professor of Native Studies / Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg

Ryan Rice, Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Sante Fe

*With moderation by Concordia Faculty and other guests


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Center for Ethnographic Research and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Violence