Art, Tech & Culture

Culture capture, additive defacement, and other tactics towards realizing Indigenous futures

Art, Tech & Culture
13 Apr, 2022

Culture capture, additive defacement, and other tactics towards realizing Indigenous futures

with Adam and Zack Khalil

Presented as part of the ATC | Art, Technology and Culture Colloquium and the Indigenous Technologies Initiative and copresented by Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA), with co-sponsorship from American Cultures, The Arts Research Center, and the American Indian Graduate Program. This event is the first in a two-part series; on Thursday, April 14th, BAMPFA will host a screening of films by the New Red Order with Adam Khalil appearing in person.

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Zack and Adam Khalil will talk and share excerpts of new, old, and unfinished work that specifically relates to exploring the nuanced and complicated relationship between Indigenous epistemologies and settler-colonial institutions that produce knowledge. Ranging from more material concerns, such as the return and respectful reburial of ancestors to the communities they are from, to the more esoteric, presenting the concept of Savage Philosophy and how it could be a helpful tool in realizing 'crimes against reality'. Informed by a process founded in Indigenous ways of gathering information - illuminating an issue from multiple angles before forming a thesis or argument or making a decision - their presentation will shine a light on how the history of science and colonialism form a double helix bind onto Indigenous epistemologies, while also presenting technological tactics for realizing Indigenous futures.

About Adam Khalil and the New Red Order

Adam Khalil, a member of the Ojibway tribe, is a filmmaker and artist from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, whose practice attempts to subvert traditional forms of ethnography through humor, relation, and transgression. Khalil is a core contributor to New Red Order and a co-founder of COUSINS Collective. Khalil’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Sundance Film Festival, Walker Arts Center, Lincoln Center, Tate Modern, HKW, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Toronto Biennial 2019 and Whitney Biennial 2019, among other institutions. Upcoming exhibitions will be held at Gasworks in London, Spike Island in Bristol, and Artists Space in NYC. Khalil is the recipient of various fellowships and grants, including but not limited to a 2021 Creative Capital Award, Sundance Art of Nonfiction, Jerome Artist Fellowship, Cinereach and the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

A public secret society consisting of Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, and Jackson Polys, as well as a changing group of collaborators, New Red Order (NRO) creates videos, performances, and exhibitions related to indigeneity. Using humor, reappropriation, and an array of forms of address and artistic strategies, New Red Order variously undermines traditional ethnography and creates alternative forms of documentary.

Indigenous Technologies

Indigenous Technologies is a program of the Berkeley Center for New Media that engages questions of technology and new media in relation to global structures of indigeneity, settler colonialism and genocide in the 21st century. Our Indigenous Tech events and ongoing conversations with Indigenous scholars and communities aim to critically envision and reimagine what a more just and sustainable technological future can look like. We will highlight Indigenous engagements with robotics, computer science, telecommunications, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, social media, online activism, video games, and more.

Read a full description of the program and find more resources here.


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