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Monday Night Seminars: HotMessAge with Skawennati

Monday, December 2, 2019
 | 6:00 pm
 – 8:00 pm 
 | Free

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Join us for Call Forward, where our guest Skawennati will present her current project, Calico & Camouflage, currently in production. The project is a fashion collection of ResistanceWear that blends traditional regalia with military clothing.

The McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology’s annual theme, HotMessAge, explores how media and technology underlie today’s social, economic and environmental crises while at the same time offering us tools to address these challenges.

This year the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology amplifies some of the voices in Media Studies — voices that offer hot takes with cool possibilities of radical social change.

This programme is presented in partnership with the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology, University of Toronto.

Skawennati makes art that addresses history, the future, and change from her perspective as an urban Kanien’kehá:ka woman and as a cyberpunk avatar. Her work has been widely presented in both group exhibitions and solo shows and is included in public and private collections, such as the National Gallery of Canada and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

Born in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, Skawennati graduated with a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, where she is based. She is Co-Director of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), a research-creation network of artists and academics who investigate and create Indigenous virtual environments. Their Skins workshops in Aboriginal Storytelling and Experimental Digital Media are aimed at empowering youth. In 2015 they launched IIF, the Initiative for Indigenous Futures.

Portrait by Zoe Tennant, 2018.