Month: November 2016

reclaiming identity

Of the myriad of impacts from colonization is the fragmentation of cultural/ ancestral knowledge. At the intersection of technology, identity and creativity for several media artists from indigenous and displaced communities, is the reconstruction and perpetuation of cultural of knowledge. Contemporary media artists from these communities are using emerging technologies to explore, recapture and revitalise cultural knowledge and spiritual connections to reclaim identity and preserve this knowledge for future generations. This essay focuses on projects by Mi’gmaq-Canadian artist and professor, Dr. Lila Pine and Afro-Caribbean-American artist, Vashti Harrison; looking at their use of technology to reclaim indigenous knowledge and to (re)construct identity.    Linguistic Visualizations Dr. Lila Pine is a Mi’gmaq-Canadian new media artist and professor based in Toronto. She combines oral and scholarly traditions, sociolinguistics and media making into her work, to deepen the understanding of the ways we ‘speak’ and ‘know’ (RTA).   Dr. Pine’s “Imag(in)ing Indigeneity in Language” project digitally captures visualizations of linguistic sound. The intention is to uncover visual differences in linguistic structures as a means to explore/ convey impacts …