Prayers For Dreamy Boys
We are Star People
Jason Baerg/Jean-Sébastien Gauthier
Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space
Wednesday, October 23 - Saturday, October 26, 2019
Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space
401 Richmond St W, #440
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Inyan Iye by Kite (Oglala Lakota) and Devin Ronneberg (Kanaka Maoli)
Inyan Iye is an interactive hair-braid sculpture utilizing Oglala Lakota ontology and epistemology to explore the human-computer relationship. This sculpture uses Inertial Motion Units and flex sensors which are entwined with braids (in the Lakota style) which control sound. The sound is 'heard' by the computer program, and the computer responds with light patterns. This sculpture invites the audience to interact with Lakota ways of being and knowing. From a Lakota perspective, what should our relationship with AI be? Lakota ways of relating to non-humans (and objects) in the world are rooted in an ontology which recognizes that interiority is possessed not only by humans but also by a wide range of non-human entities. One of the most important aspects of Lakota ontology is its acknowledgment that some rocks have volition and intelligence. Does AI, both as an aggregate of metals and minerals and as a cohesive entity, have interiority in the sense made possible by Lakota ontology?
*Please join artists Kite + Devin for an Oglala blessing for Inyan Iye on Wednesday, October 23 at 2:15 pm.
Kite aka Suzanne Kite is an Oglala Lakota performance artist, visual artist, and composer raised in Southern California, with a BFA from CalArts in music composition, an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School, and is a PhD candidate at Concordia University. Currently she is a 2019 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar and a Research Assistant for the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. Her research is concerned with contemporary Lakota epistemologies through research-creation, computational media, and performance practice. Recently, Kite has been developing a body interface for movement performances, carbon fiber sculptures, immersive video & sound installations, as well as co-running the experimental electronic imprint, Unheard Records.
Devin Ronneberg (Aerial) born 1992, Los Angeles, is a multidisciplinary artist of mixed Native Hawaiian, Asian, and European heritage with a BFA in Music Technology from California Institute of the Arts, Herb Alpert School of Music. His practice is concerned with blending the technical and aesthetic through sculpture, sound art, and design. He is an experimental aircraft designer with Berkut Engineering and co-runs the imprint Private Selection Records.
Prayers For Dreamy Boys by Fallon Simard (Anishinaabe)
Prayers For Dreamy Boys applies traditional Indigenous medicine and ecological knowledge to trans masculine bodies to dream alternate masculinities
Fallon Simard is an Anishinaabe artist and filmmaker from Couchiching First Nation, in Treaty #3 Territory. His work examines state violence perpetrated on to Indigenous
bodies within a context of colonialism. His work looks at intersections of land, extraction, mental health, and violence.”
We are Star People by Jason Baerg (Cree Métis) in collaboration with Jean-Sébastien Gauthier
We are Star People is an interactive new media journey through Cree cosmology. Inspired by Cree scientist Wilford Buck, and additional research focusing on Cree star constellations, Jason Baerg leads us to Pakone-Kisik (Cree)/ Behgonay Geeshik (Anishinabe)/Hole in the Sky (English). This audio and motion responsive new media installation is created in collaboration with Fransaskois artist Jean-Sébastien Gauthier.
Jason Baerg is a registered member of the Métis Nations of Ontario that serves the community as a curator, educator, and visual artist. 2017 curatorial projects include exhibitions with Toronto's Nuit Blanche and the University of Toronto. Baerg graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers University. He currently is teaching as the Assistant Professor in Indigenous Practices in Contemporary Painting and Media Art at OCAD University. Dedicated to community development, he founded and incorporated the Métis Artist Collective and has served as volunteer Chair for such organizations as the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective and the National Indigenous Media Arts Coalition. Creatively, as a visual artist, he pushes new boundaries in digital interventions in drawing, painting and new media installation. Recent international solo exhibitions include the Illuminato Festival in Toronto, Canada, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia and the Digital Dome at the Institute of the American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jason Baerg has adjudicated numerous art juries and won awards through such facilitators as the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and The Toronto Arts Council. For more information about his work, please visit Jasonbaerg.com.