Skite’kmujuawti (Ghost Road) – Exploring Digital Futurism and Virtual Spaces to Empower Two Spirit Indigenous Queer Identities
April 22, 3pm EST
This event is co-presented with InterAccess as part of “Rhizomatic Pedagogies,” a pilot project aiming to foreground the new media leadership and innovation of Black, Indigenous, and Disability Justice communities.
Digital and virtual spaces have become sites for queer and Indigenous world-building.
Systematically displaced identities have been empowering themselves through intentional community building via online and virtual placemaking, using technologies like augmented reality art and zoom workshops to learn cultural and material practices. This roundtable discussion will examine crafting and knowledge-building from a Two Spirit and Indigenous context and the re-emergence of queer and Two Spirit storytelling within online and virtual spaces. How has technology contributed to cultural revitalization and knowledge transfer, as well as influenced our traditional cosmologies and stories?
Discussion will center how online hubs provide safe social spaces to queer identities by establishing a third space (Bhabha, 2008) outside of the mainstream. What are the ethics and protocol related to preserving and protecting culturally sensitive knowledges and navigating closed communities? What are the similarities and differences between augmented reality and traditional material practices of body-based mediums, such as beadworking, as distinct cosmological practices?
This discussion will feature exclusive access to an augmented reality scene powered by STYLY where attendees can use their phone or laptop to experience a virtual exhibit on Two Spirit cultural art and sovereignty. The presentation will follow a Q+A period.
This event is an online workshop, hosted via Zoom. To attend, please log into your TQFF account and return to this page when the event is live. The Zoom link will be available for TQFF Website Registrants. No other registration is required.