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Squeaky Wheel’s events are made possible with generous support by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts’ 2017 Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds Grant Program, administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, Erie County Arts & Cultural Funding, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, individual members, businesses, and supporters.






TimeTraveller™: Skawennati in Person


Sunday, February 12
@ Squeaky Wheel
General $7 | Free for Squeaky Wheel Members
Presentation followed by a live Q&A with the artist

Montreal based artist Skawennati will present her award-winning transmedia artwork TimeTraveller™ (2008–2013) at Squeaky Wheel. Created and shot in the virtual world of Second Life, this award-winning machinima video series re-imagines the history of colonization from the point of view of native peoples in a science-fiction future. Co-presented with PLASMA at the Department of Media Study.

Skawennati makes art that addresses history, the future, and change. Her pioneering new media projects include the online gallery/chat-space and mixed-reality event, CyberPowWow (1997-2004); a paper doll/time-travel journal, Imagining Indians in the 25th Century (2001); and TimeTraveller™ (2008-2013), a multi-platform project featuring nine machinima episodes. These have been widely presented across North America in major exhibitions such as “Now? Now!” at the Biennale of the Americas; and “Looking Forward (L’Avenir)” at the Montreal Biennale. She has been honored to win imagineNative’s 2009 Best New Media Award as well as a 2011 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. Her work in is included in both public and private collections.

Born in Kahnawake Mohawk Territory, Skawennati holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, where she is based. She is Co-Director, with Jason E. Lewis, of Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), a research network of artists, academics and technologists investigating, creating and critiquing Indigenous virtual environments. She also co-directs their workshops in Aboriginal Storytelling and Digital Media. Skins, This year, AbTeC launched IIF, the Initiative for Indigenous Futures; Skawennati is its Partnership Coordinator.