POP Montreal x LOVE x AbTeC
Vernissage: 25 SEPT :: 17H - 20H
Opeing Hours: 26 - 28 SEPT :: 11H - 20H | 29 SEPT :: 12H - 17H
For the sixth edition of POP’s annual collaboration project with local non-profit organization LOVE (Leave Out Violence) Québec, we invited Mohawk new media artist Skawennati and members of her team at Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), Maize Longboat and Kahentawaks Tiewihsaw, to pair up with an inspiring group of youth aged 14-22 from Kahnawá:ke and all over Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal: Alice Costello, Angie, Budza, Justin, Rina, Teio, Tichi, Toasty, and Tyra.
Over the course of one week in July, participants met up each morning at Concordia University, logging onto the 3D virtual platform Second Life to explore new techniques in media art and graphic design. Starting with the question: "What will my descendants be like in seven generations?" the group set off on a process of imagining and then designing their own characters living in the far-future. From sketches with just paper and pencil, participants learned to create their own avatars with custom-made clothing, build virtual sets, and capture portraits of their avatars within the virtual world, finally using Photoshop to turn their portraits into original works of art.
LOVE Quebec is a local non-profit dedicated to reducing violence in the lives of youth across Montreal. Special thanks to Audrey Brunette (Program Coordinator), Dayna Halperin (Program Coordinator), Aicha Baldé (Photographer), and Joe Allen (Co-Executive Director) at LOVE.
Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC) is an Aboriginally determined research-creation network whose goal is to ensure Indigenous presence in the web pages, online environments, video games, and virtual worlds that comprise cyberspace. Niá:wen to Skawennati, Maize Longboat, Kahentawaks Tiewihsaw, Jason Lewis, Nancy-Elizabeth Townsend, and Anastasia Erickson.
Niá:wen/Thanks to Marcello Rodi and Martin Léger from Concordia University’s Centre for Digital Arts; Darlene Roberts, Robin Delaronde, and Carrie Brisson at Kahnawake Education Centre; Courtney Montour; Louann Stacey at K103.7 Kahnawake; and special thanks to Tao Fei who brought POP Montreal’s community collaboration art project into being six years ago, and who provided the initial spark for this year’s collaboration <3
Made possible with the support of the City of Montreal and the government of Quebec through the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal.