Tradition + Technology

Authored by: WAG Staff on November 3, 2017

How does INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE bring tradition and technology together? Old and new are woven together in several of the artworks on view until spring 2018. Learn about the role technology plays by taking a closer look at some of these pieces, including Tsema Ighara’s Ejideh: Push it!, an amplified caribou hide. When asked about this work, the artist had this to say:

“Ejideh started as a moose hide tanned in Tahltan Territory with local tools and ingredients including moose brains and obsidian (volcanic glass). I completed the tanning process in my studio with repurposed items from the hardware store and Downy fabric softener. Once completing this tanning process, I adopted and learned these approaches and materials as traditional and Indige-nuitive. While tanning the hide, the sound of scraping became a continuous rhythm that I amplified with a contact microphone as a durational performance of my labour of love.”

Thousands of years ago, caribou hiding was innovative. Indigenous people were using what they had around them and turning it into necessary items – shelter, clothing, blankets, and as a means of currency. Hiding is still used today. Ighara blurs the lines of traditional with technology, creating “meaningful connections from materials to industrial sites and bodies to the Land.”

Continue exploring tradition and technology on November 28 when you attend the free Skawennati Screening of TimeTraveller™ and hear the artist panel with INSURGENCE/RESURGENCE co-curator Julie Nagam, presented by the Symposium on the Future Imaginary. Doors open 6pm; screening at 7pm. Learn more here.

Next month we will continue focusing on the theme of technology and the future and hear from artist Barry Ace.

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