Live Visuals, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Volume 19 Issue 3
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).   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.