Initiative for Indigenous Futures

2nd Annual Symposium

2nd Annual Symposium on the Future Imaginary

Date: Friday, August 5th, 2016
Location: University of British Columbia-Okanagan, Kelowna, B.C.

Photo Credit: “Hunter of Altered Game” by Ray Caplin

The 2nd Annual Symposium on the Future Imaginary was an interdisciplinary conversation about where Indigenous communities see ourselves in seven, twelve, even twenty generations, and about how to develop strategies to get us there. The half-day event was held during the _O k’inadas // complicated reconciliations_ artists residency at UBC-Okanagan, Kelowna, B.C., on August 5th, 2016. It featured artists, academics, activists and technologists envisioning their own particular Indigenous Future Imaginary.

Symposium Agenda


David Garneau From Colonial Trophy Case to Non-Colonial Keeping House
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Heather Igloliorte Inuit Resurgence: Arctic Art Futures
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Camille Turner The Landscape of Forgetting: An Afrofuturist Remapping of Home
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Loretta Todd Future: Beyond Time
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Brian Hudson If Sequoyah was a Cyberpunk
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Grace Dillon Bahweting: Gathering Indigenous Futurisms 
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Jolene Rickard Sensing Indigenous Time/s
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Virtual Reality Work-in-Progress Demonstrations

scott-Benesiinaabandan     Scott Benesiinaabandan


Blueberry Pie Under the Martian Sky

Scott Benesiinaabandan is an Anishinabe intermedia artist that works primarily in digital medias, audio and printmaking. In the past four years, Benesiinaabandan has been awarded multiple grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council and the Winnipeg Arts Council. Benesiinaabandan has taken part in several notable group exhibitions across Canada and internationally, most notably in Harbourfront’s Flatter the Land/Bigger the Ruckus (2006), Subconscious City at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (2008), GHOSTDANCE at Ryerson Image Centre (2013) and solo exhibitions,unSacred, at Gallery 1C03 (2011) and in Sydney, Mii Omaa Ayaad/Oshiki Inendemowin (2012) and Melbourne with “Blood Memories” (2013).

unnamed     Cristóbal Martínez – Postcommodity


Global Center for Self-Realization and Liberation

Cristóbal Martínez is an artist-scholar whose work extends from his Northern New Mexican Mestizo roots. As an artist-scholar his work is grounded in deep technical, rhetorical, and aesthetic knowledge for positioning metaphors through the composition, installation, and performance of conceptual art. In weaving his art and scholarship together, Martínez engages publics in inquiry and deliberation on pressing issues such as socio-economic inequities, structural racism, building public memory, the increasing velocities of media, digital media and learning, environmental degradation, and indigenous sovereignty.

Central to his work, Martínez collaborates as a member of inter-cultural Chicana/o and Native American interdisciplinary collectives. These learning communities generate conceptual artworks that encode North American indigenous values and produce co-intentional culturally-responsive research. He is a member of the indigenous artist collectives Postcommodity, Burning Wagon, and Radio Healer, and a former National Science Foundation Graduate Research Assistant at Arizona State University. His work has been published, presented, exhibited, and performed throughout North America, Europe, Australia, and in Africa.  Martínez recently completed his doctorate in Rhetoric, Composition and Linguistics at Arizona State University, where he is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.