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LAVA at the 4th Annual Symposium on the Future Imaginary


August 21, 2021


Jason Leigh speaks as a panelist at the symposium organized by the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. The Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF) is a partnership of universities and community organizations dedicated to developing multiple visions of Indigenous peoples tomorrow in order to better understand where we need to go today.


The panel, titled: Indigenous Digital Media Labs – Critical Mass, brought together the founders and/or directors of Indigenous-led, Indigenous-focused digital media labs and studios together to discuss the challenges of supporting Indigenous media creation and building capacity in digital technology with and for indigenous communities. It also discussed the exciting opportunities for regional, national and international collaboration now that critical mass of these Indigenous-determined spaces for creation and research is growing.


Panelists included:

Tania Willard (Site/action Studio, Instructor in Visual Arts at University of British Columbia Okanagan) Loretta Todd (IM4 Initiative) T’uy’t’tanat-Cease Wyss (IM4 Initiative) Jackson Two Bears (Artist, Onkwehonwe Research Environment) Renaltta Arluk (Banff Indigenous Arts) Jason Leigh (LAVA Laboratory of Advanced Visualizations / Academy for Creative Media, Honolulu) Johnson Witehira (Indigenous Design and Innovation Aotearoa)

Moderator: Jason Edward Lewis (Initiative for Indigenous Futures)




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