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 Nyla Innuksuk named inaugural imagineNATIVE Indigenous VR/AR Artist in Residence  





imagineNATIVE’s first time hosting an Artist-in-Residence


August 3, 2017 - imagineNATIVE is delighted to announce filmmaker and media artist Nyla Innuksuk as the participant of the inaugural imagineNATIVE Indigenous VR/AR Residency supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. 

As part of the Residency, Nyla will situate herself at imagineNATIVE’s office space at 401 Richmond on a part-time basis for 2 days a week, from June 2017 to May 2018.. As imagineNATIVE’s Artist-in-Residence, Nyla will have the opportunity and resources to research and experiment with AR and to lead and participate in a variety of on-site professional development and creative engagement initiatives aimed at nurturing, furthering, and firmly establishing Indigenous storytelling within the VR/AR landscape.


This initiative will be imagineNATIVE’s first time hosting an Artist-in-Residence and is part of the organization’s long-term strategy for the presentation of VR/AR works.


The imagineNATIVE Indigenous VR/AR Residency will also be the first artistic initiative to occupy imagineNATIVE’s new office facilities at 401 Richmond. During her residency, Nyla will investigate through virtual mapping, possibilities for future presentations of other VR/AR works within the multi-purpose presentation space at the new facilities, and explore how new technologies can transform the space into a “Virtual Gallery.”


Nyla is a leading force in the media arts and VR technology. She has produced several award-winning documentary and narrative films and interactive projects. In recent months, she has started her own VR production company, NKSK . Prior to this, Nyla was a producer at Pinnguaq Productions, one of the partner organizations on imagineNATIVE’s virtual reality project 2167, which is now available for FREE public viewing at TIFF Lightbox.


“Nyla has a long-standing relationship with imagineNATIVE and we are very excited to help her research, explore and initiate new directions in VR within her artistic practice through our Indigenous VR/AR Residency,” said imagineNATIVE’s Industry Director, Daniel Northway-Frank.


“The Residency will provide us with opportunities to present VR/AR from an Indigenous perspective and will ensure that imagineNATIVE continues to push boundaries in our presentation of the ever-evolving platforms used by artists."


Nyla began the imagineNATIVE Indigenous VR/AR Residency working with A Tribe Called Red on their "Indian City 360" VR experience as part of Sesqui Canada 150 project. The experience is now available on the Meridian VR App.


She will document her experiences throughout the Residency via a VR/AR blog containing both written and video entries that will be available on imagineNATIVE’s website.



About Nyla Innuksuk


Nyla Innuksuk is a filmmaker, media artist and a co-owner in Pinnguaq Productions, a company rooted in the creation of unique cultural experiences. Pinnguaq operates in Ontario, Nunavut and British Columbia, with a cutting edge mandate to create interactive experiences that push both the limits of technology and cultural expression. Nyla has produced both documentary and narrative films, with her short Kajutaijuq (2014) premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival and later selected to be a part of the TIFF Top 10 Festival. She won the TIFF Pitch This! Prize in 2016, and has previously worked with the National Film Board of Canada as a director of documentary films and interactive projects. In addition to film, she is an early adopter of Virtual Reality content creation, working with artists such as Philip Glass, The Strumbellas, A Tribe Called Red and Polaris Prize Winner Tanya Tagaq.



About imagineNATIVE

The 18th annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the largest international festival of its kind that celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio and new media. Each fall, the festival presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The Festival's screenings, parties, panel discussions, and cultural events attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world's Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media. This year’s Festival runs October 18–22, 2017.

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