2167: Indigenous Storytelling in VR

TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2
October 20, 11:00am–12:30pm



The art of story creation in virtual reality offers a point of view and presence of place, space and environment that may be closest comparison yet to Indigenous oral storytelling practice. How are Indigenous artists bringing their world view and concepts of time and narrative to this medium in conjunction with the Indigenous futurism movement, and what are they learning through their first forays in VR?

This engaging discussion brings the creative, cultural, practical considerations and reflections of a group of the Indigenous filmmakers and artists of the 2167 initiative -- who were commissioned to create VR projects envisioning Indigenous life 150 years in the future. 2167 is a project between imagineNATIVE, TIFF, Pinnguaq and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF).

Moderated by Jason Ryle, imagineNATIVE's Artistic Director.


Scott Benesiinaabandan is an Anishinabe intermedia artist that works primarily in photography, video, audio and printmaking. He has completed international residencies at Parramatta Artist Studios in Australia, Context Gallery in Derry, North of Ireland, and University Lethbridge/Royal Institute of Technology iAIR residency, along with international collaborative projects in both the United Kingdom and Ireland. Scott is currently based in Montreal.


Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary arts collective based in the Southwestern United States and comprised of Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez and Kade L. Twist. The collective operates through a shared Indigenous lens that engages the assaultive manifestations of the global market. Through Indigenous narratives of cultural self-determination, Postcommodity braces against the ever-increasing velocities and complex forms of violence that have colonized the 21st century.

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Award-winning filmmaker Danis Goulet’s short films have screened at festivals around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Sundance, Aspen Shortsfest, imagineNATIVE and the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2013, her film Barefoot was recognized with a Special Mention from the Berlin International Film Festival and her film Wakening screened before the opening night gala at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Her work has been broadcast on ARTE, CBC, Air Canada, and Movieola. She is an alumnus of the NSI’s Drama Prize Program and the TIFF Talent lab. She is the former Artistic Director of imagineNATIVE, has developed initiatives for the Ontario Arts Council and has served on the boards of the Toronto Arts Council and the Images Festival. She is the former Artistic Director of imagineNATIVE and currently programs short films for TIFF. Danis (Cree/Metis) was born in La Ronge, Saskatchewan and resides in Toronto.

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