Calgary, Alberta – Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts), the province’s newest university and the only one dedicated to art, craft and design education, will launch its Premier Visiting Speaker Series with a presentation by two groundbreaking artists and researchers.
Skawennati and Jason Edward Lewis are pioneers in Canada’s vibrant digital art scene. They are especially significant for their use of creative and emerging technologies in exploring issues of identity, indigeneity and the power of the digital imaginary.
They co-direct Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace, Skins Workshops on Aboriginal Storytelling and Video Game Design, and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures while both maintaining active personal practices.
“In the light of Canada’s efforts for truth and reconciliation, it is significant that AUArts is leading off with a discussion how art and technology can create possible spaces for future indigeneity that has been nearly eradicated during a very complicated past,” says AUArts Media Arts Professor, Kurtis Lesick. “The power of Skawennati and Lewis’ work is that it questions how the past can be resolved when we are unable or unwilling to imagine certain communities in the future.”
AUArts President and CEO, Dr. Daniel Doz adds, “It is the social responsibility of art, craft and design educators to ask and explore hard questions and lead essential dialogues about our future. Alberta University of the Arts is proud to take on its leadership role in brokering these conversations. I cannot imagine two better artists to help us launch this endeavor.”
WHEN: Wednesday, February 13, 2019, from 2pm – 3pm
WHERE: Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre, AUArts
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