Join Sundance Institute's Indigenous Program for a panel discussion with global Indigenous artists who are creating interactive media in the ever-evolving technological space of XR. Panelists will examine the importance of self-determination, agency, and protocol in Indigenized user experiences and will encourage budding artists to explore XR, and join them in the Indigenizing of a new media culture.

Bird Runningwater (Director, Indigenous Program), Amelia Winger-Bearskin (Contentful—Company; Wampum.Codes—Podcast), Tanu Gago (FAFSWAG—Indigenous Arts Collective; FAFSWAGVOGUE—Interactive Documentary), Nyla Innuksuk (Mixtape VR Inc—VR and AR Production Company; Slash/Back—Feature Film) and Terri Janke (Terri Janke and Company—Law Firm) will participate in a panel discussion and Q&A on topics including:   

  • What are today's entry points into the digital art space?
  • The benefits of working in a field where new technologies rapidly become outmoded.
  • The importance of protocol when translating human culture into digital content.
  • How artists deal with issues of representation and distribution of their work.
  • What the future of interactive media and XR looks like in a COVID world.


Amelia Winger-Bearskin

Tanu Gago

Nyla Innuksuk

Terri Janke

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Amelia Winger-Bearskin is an artist/technologist who empowers people to leverage bleeding edge technology to effect positive change in the world. In 2019, she was an invited presenter to His Holiness Dalai Lama's World Headquarters in Dharamsala for the Summit on Fostering Universal Ethics and Compassion. In 2018, she was awarded a McArthur and Sundance Institute fellowship for her 360 video immersive installation in collaboration with the artist Wendy Red Star (supported by the Google JUMP Creator program and exhibited at the Newark Museum and ASU in 2019). more...
Nyla Innuksuk is the founder of Mixtape VR. A writer for Marvel Comics, Innuksuk co-created the character of Snowguard, a teenage superhero. Most recently Nyla wrote and directed her first feature film titled Slash/Back, an alien invasion horror set in the Arctic. Nyla currently lives in Toronto and sits on the board of directors of Ontario Creates, and the Glenn Gould Foundation. more...
Tanu Gago is an award winning photographer, interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker and activist. He is the creative director of Queer Indigenous arts collective FAFSWAG, and in 2019 was inducted into the Order of Merit, with Queen's honours for services to Pacific arts and the LGBTQIA+ community. He is the creator of the interactive documentary with Piki Films and RESN. more...
Dr Terri Janke is Wuthathi/Meriam woman and an international authority on Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP). Her Sydney based legal firm innovates pathways between IP law and Indigenous cultural rights. She is the author of Screen Australia’s Pathways & Protocols: A filmmaker’s guide to working with Indigenous people, culture and concepts. more...
Bird Runningwater belongs to the Cheyenne and Mescalero Apache Tribal Nations, and grew up on the Mescalero Apache Reservation in New Mexico. Since 2001 he has guided the Sundance Institute’s investment in Native American and Indigenous filmmakers while building a global Indigenous film community. He has nurtured a new generation of filmmakers whose films have put Indigenous Cinema into the global marketplace. more...
Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand (Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa) Yana is a Spatial Designer, currently based out of Los Angeles. Yana came to Sundance Institute through Auckland University of Technology while completing their undergraduate degree in Spatial Design. Throughout that course, they grew a passion for drawing, ceramics, and queer/indigenous spatial theory. Making space for others is something they endeavor to strengthen their ability to do in their time at Sundance Institute more...

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