Skawennati
TimeTraveller™, 2008 – 2013
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal
22.10.14 - 04.01.15

TimeTraveller™ runs seventy-five minutes in nine episodes, but covers over 600 years, from a pre-Columbian America to a “present” well ahead of us.

Grounded in factual history, the science-fiction series is entirely engaging. In the introductory, framing narrative, we meet Hunter, a Montréal Mohawk who seeks an alternative to the “over-mediated, hyper-consumerist North America” of 2121. He logs on to his edutainment system, his TimeTraveller™, visiting significant confrontations between Natives and Whites, including the Minnesota Massacre in 1875 and the Oka Crisis at Kanesatake in 1990. At the occupation of Alcatraz Island in 1969, he meets the lovely Karahkwenhawi, whom he had rescued as a child at Kanesatake. They visit the Aztecs in pre-Columbian Mexico, the 2112 Manito Ahbee intergalactic powwow at the Olympic Stadium in Winnipeg and take up a sparkling new life together in 2121. As he states in closing, “I’m the luckiest man in history.”
—PG

Skawennati production stills from TimeTraveller™, 2008-2013, machinima, 75:43 minutes, English courtesy of the artist; produced by Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace with generous funding from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture, Hexagram Research Institute, Canada Council for the Arts, and Concordia University; www.timetravellertm.com/
Skawennati production stills from TimeTraveller™, 2008-2013, machinima, 75:43 minutes, English courtesy of the artist; produced by Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace with generous funding from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture, Hexagram Research Institute, Canada Council for the Arts, and Concordia University; www.timetravellertm.com/
Biography

Born in Kahnawake, QC, in 1969, Skawennati lives and works in Montréal. She makes art that addresses history, the future and change. Her pioneering New Media projects, including CyberPowWow (1997-2004), Imagining Indians in the 25th Century (2001) and TimeTraveller™ (2008-2013) have been widely exhibited across Canada, the United States and Australia in exhibitions such as Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, MB (2011) and Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 3, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2012). She won imagineNATIVE’s 2009 Best New Media Award and received a 2011 Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship from the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, IN. Her work is found in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, Edd J. Guarino and the Aboriginal Art Centre at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, among others.

www.skawennati.com

Videos
Panel: Skawennati, Amanda Beech, Jillian Mayer, Hito Steyerl - BNLMTL 2014