At the Edge of Canada: Indigenous Research presents interviews with researchers about their work with Aboriginal peoples. The objective is to assist people in better understanding Indigenous people, our issues and the often asked Google term “what is aboriginal.” It is originally produced as a radio broadcast on UMFM 101.5 FM in Winnipeg Manitoba and hosted by Dr Robert-Falcon Ouellette while working at University of Manitoba. He is now an Member of Parliament in Ottawa. Ekosani.
I had a conversation with Jessica Jacobson-Konefall about her research entitled Decolonizing Settler Legacies: Indigenous New Media Art in Canadian Cities. Jessica is a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University and a visiting affiliate at The Center for Globalization and Cultural Studies. Her research focuses on how First Nations new media art shapes and defies concepts of civic space and related notions of identity and community in Winnipeg.
Her research The Decolonizing Settler Legacies: Indigenous New Media Art in Canadian Cities has three objectives:
1)to understand how notions of identity and community currently function vis-à-vis what Sherene Razack calls civic “place-images” (2002) in Canada, how these mobilize civic practices and power relations in settler society;
2)to analyze Indigenous new media art practices (video art, digital photographs, multimedia installations) within cities: how civic “place images” interact with Indigenous epistemologies in these works, reorienting prevailing notions of urban space, identity, and community for Indigenous and settler citizens; and
3)to look at public responses to these artworks: the ways in which these artworks allow for the building of new “place-images,” towards decolonized citizenship practices in Canadian cities.
The conversation here covers aspects of New Media art, First Nations artists, and how their work intersects with city spaces. We also discussed how civic planning and design demonstrate the ideals of settler societies and how Winnipeg and its urban design also demonstrates settler principles.
Ouellette, Robert-Falcon. (Director) (2012, Dec 27). At the Edge of Canada: Indigenous Research. Indigenous New media Decolonizing Canadian Cities with Jessica Jacobson-Konefall. [Audio podcast]. Retrieved fromhttp://www.attheedgeofcanada.com
Ouellette, Robert-Falcon, dir. "Indigenous New media Decolonizing Canadian Cities with Jessica Jacobson-Konefall."At the Edge of Canada: Indigenous Research.. N.p., 27 2012. web. 27 Dec 2012. <http://www.attheedgeofcanada.com ›