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Live Audio-Visual Art + First Nations Culture

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Beat Nation [Live], Corey Bulpitt and Larissa Healey, 2012. © International Arts Initiatives, 2012. Used with permission.

Beat Nation [Live], Corey Bulpitt and Larissa Healey, 2012. © International Arts Initiatives, 2012. Used with permission.

Live Visuals, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Volume 19 Issue 3

ISBN: 978-1-906897-22-2
ISSN: 1071-4391

Volume Editors: Lanfranco Aceti, Steve Gibson and Stefan Müller Arisona
Editor: Ozden Sahin

Live Audio-Visual Art + First Nations Culture
by Jackson 2bears

This essay focuses on a selection of First Nations artists that have envisioned their own unique style within the sphere of ‘Live Cinema’ performance, and other associated genres such as ‘Vjing’ and ‘Scratch Video’ – relatively new forms of artistic practice that here I conceptualize as being modernized versions of our ancient traditions of storytelling. Following a ‘remix’ logic, this essay means to explore some aspects particular to the art of live audiovisual performance, and the ‘rhythmic’ aesthetic at the heart of Live Cinema that has attracted a number of artists from my generation to make work in these fields, and develop their own strategies for creative expression that remain faithful to our traditions as Onkwehonwe (Indigenous peoples). [1]

[1] Onkwehonwe, a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) word meaning ‘original people.’

Full article is available for download as a pdf here.

Volume 19 Issue 3 of Leonardo Electronic Almanac (LEA) is published online as a free PDF but will also be rolled out as Amazon Print on Demand and will be available on iTunes, iPad, Kindle and other e-publishing outlets.

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