“2167: AN IN­DIGE­NOUS FU­TURES VIR­TUAL REAL­ITY PROJECT”

TIFF BELL LIGHTBOX AND IMAGINENATIVE, TORONTO June and Oc­to­ber

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What could Canada look like in 150 years? Scott Be­n­e­si­inaa­ban­dan, one of six In­dige­nous artists asked by TIFF, imaginenative, Pin­nguaq and the Ini­tia­tive for In­dige­nous Fu­tures to en­vi­sion the year 2167 through vir­tual real­ity, ex­plains his vi­sion.

SCOTT BE­N­E­SI­INAA­BAN­DAN: Lan­guage is a time cap­sule that could bring us from now into the future and what­ever its ma­te­rial cul­ture might look like. My project is an ex­plo­ration of Anishi­naabe lan­guage and its ca­pac­ity as a gluti­nous lan­guage. We did­nõt have the words for Òblue­berry pieó 150 years ago, so I worked with lin­guist Alan Cor­bier to cre­ate new words, like Òblack holeó or Òtime di­la­tion.ó Youõll hear nar­ra­tives based on the idea that Anishi­naabe peo­ple were low­ered down from the sky world onto Earth through a spirit called Spi­der Woman, along a spi­der­web. The nar­ra­tive in­ter­pre­ta­tion is that the spi­der­web was a worm­hole to the orig­i­nal place. I de­vel­oped a nar­ra­tive of go­ing back to that place, back through that worm­hole. I worked with an Elder from Man­i­toba, Roger Roulette, to get these trans­la­tions, so youõll hear the Anishi­naabe­mowin nar­ra­tives com­ing back through the worm­hole. There are four scenes, all ab­stracted in scale, so that you feel small in some scenes, and ripped through space in oth­ers. Itõs play­ing with dis­lo­cat­ing you.

Scott Be­n­e­si­inaa­ban­dan Blue­berry Pie Un­der the Mar­tian Sky (video stills) 2016

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