Friday, March 4, 2011 - 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Jackson 2bears is a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) multimedia artist currently based in Halifax, NS. 2bears' has exhibited his multimedia works in solo and group exhibitions across Canada, most recently at SAW Gallery (Ottawa ON.); the Vancouver Art Gallery; ImagineNative Film + Media Arts Festival (Toronto O.N.); and at the Visual Eyez Festival (Edmonton AB.) He has also been exhibited internationally in media arts festivals and group exhibitions, most recently at Bbeyond (Belfast, Ireland) and Digital Art Weeks (Zurich, Switzerland). 2bears is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Victoria.
" My current work focuses on the aesthetics of Indigenous identity in contemporary times, and I envision my practice as a form of cultural critique in which I explore alternative ways to engage with the question of Native spirituality in our modern, technological society.
My artworks typically take the form of new media/ interactive installations or multimedia performances where I work primarily with video and audio media as a means to reflect on issues of: racism, colonialism, discrimination, Indigenous subjectivity and Native stereotypes. My conceptual interests lay in identifying points of convergence between contemporary technocultural studies, and Indigenous teachings the aim of which is to reconceive of a means by which we can understand contemporary Indigenous subjectivity in the context of our technological culture by identifying alternative means of engagement and resistance.
My performance work is primarily inspired by electronic music and dj/vj culture, and takes on the form of the remix as a tool for cultural critique. Often emerging as a playful take on popular Native stereotypes, these Live Cinema/Scratch Video remixes function as mixed-media interventions against extirpative and discriminatory representations of First Nations culture. In this way, these multimedia collages are for me a means of discovering a self-reflexive path of engagement with my own Native heritage by way of remixing and reappropriating Indigenous identity for myself. "