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IFTF Foresight Talks: The Initiative for Indigenous Futures
Interested in the intersections between art, technology futures, and indigenous knowledge? Join Institute for the Future for a conversation between IFTF Executive Director Marina Gorbis and digital media artist Jason Edward Lewis, followed by plenty of time for your questions. We’ll learn what Jason is currently working on and what he recommends for other foresight practitioners to expand our minds, work practices, and imaginations.

Speaker bio:
Jason Edward Lewis is a digital media poet, artist, and software designer. He founded Obx Laboratory for Experimental Media, where he directs research/creation projects devising new means of creating and reading digital texts, developing systems for creative use of mobile technology and using virtual environments to assist Aboriginal communities in preserving, interpreting and communicating cultural histories. Along with the artist Skawennati, he co-directs Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace, Skins Workshops on Aboriginal Storytelling and Video Game Design and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. His other interests include computation as a creative material, emergent media theory and history, and methodologies for conducting art-led technology research.

Lewis is the author or co-author of chapters in collected editions covering mobile media, video game design, machinima and experimental pedagogy with Indigenous communities, as well as numerous journal articles and conference papers. He has worked in a range of industrial research settings, including Interval Research, US West's Advanced Technology Group, and the Institute for Research on Learning, and, at the turn of the century, he founded and ran a research studio for the venture capital firm Arts Alliance. Lewis is a Trudeau Fellow, and a former Carnegie Fellow. He is the Concordia University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary as well as Professor of Computation Arts at Concordia University, Montreal.

Jan 14, 2021 09:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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