Realizing The Virtual: A Timetraveller Experience

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Above is an image from an exhibition by First Nations artist Skawennati called Realizing the Virtual: A Timetraveller Experience that opens at the Dunlop Gallery on Friday Nov. 27.

Conceived as a “website from the future” that the artist stumbled upon, the digital art project consists of nine linked episodes that function as a futuristic gaming system that features the exploits of a Mohawk bounty hunter called Ratorats “Hunter” Dearhouse.

As the word “Timetraveller” implies, Dearhouse has the ability to move through time, and through the nine episodes Skawennati revisits incidents from North America’s colonial history to offer an indigenous perspective to counter the dominant narrative of the colonizing forces.

You can find more information on the DAG website. On Friday there’s an artist talk by Skawennati at 6 p.m., and that’s followed by a reception at 7 p.m.


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