Waves of Buffalo is an Indigenous-led, land-based, site-specific installation that seeks to envision a future where once again, the Great Herds of Buffalo walk freely. Following indigenous story knowledge, the buffalo’s impact reaches the above ground, on the ground, and below the ground. Team members: Tasha Hubbard, Jason Ryle and Marie-Eve Marchand.
Projects and People 2022
WAVES OF BUFFALO (Canada)
SEABREEZE BOP CITY (United States)
Seabreeze Bop City is a place-based, collaborative project focused on addressing land use and land rights issues that stem from systemic inequalities and climate change. Seabreeze, NC, is a historic Black-owned beach community with a rich but disappearing history characterized by Black land loss, hurricane destruction, and sea-level rise. After segregation ended, and after a sequence of human-made and natural coastal disasters, Seabreeze faded as a resort community. Today, there are few physical traces left to recall the vibrancy of its heyday. Many extended Freeman family members are still in residence, though much of the property in the neighborhood is undevelopable and under threat as heirs’ property. The project seeks to reveal the history of the place through immersive media and XR technologies and by extending these tools, create innovative community design tools.
YEAR 2180 (United States/Brazil)
Studioteka’s 2100: A Dystopian Utopia – The City After Climate Change, presents a compelling vision of a world that has adapted successfully to 4°C climate change. Year 2180 amplifies the often unheard voices that carry solutions, empowering us in the fight for climate justice. We are harnessing the immersive power of VR in an open-world game where players make use of Indigenous knowledge and groundbreaking strategies and techniques to solve the climate crisis.
Year 2180’s rewilded cities are like nothing you’ve ever experienced before! In Wellington, you vertical farm, collect renewable energy, and tend wildlife habitats from right outside your window. In New York, you gather storm energy and help with preparations in advance of hurricanes to keep the city safe. In Johannesburg, the coexistence of humanity and nature is a reality. In São Paulo, the rainforest and city have become one. And the Yawanawà Shukuvena Village rainforest settlement is a model of Indigenous knowledge and innovative strategies. Familiarity with current village practices will help us design the 2180 settlement and create in-game activities. Referencing Indigenous futurism, knowledge, and practices paired with emerging green tech and strategies, Year 2180 will address current and future issues relating to flooding, availability of potable water, energy, and the celebration of culture through ancestral knowledge, stories and rituals that create meaning and help us understand who we are and what we can become.
WILD Natures (UK)
WILD NATURES is a new artwork in development in the north of England. It is lead by socially engaged artist Hwa Young Jung and young people excluded from mainstream education in the UK working in early stage partnership with the The Howard League for Penal Reform, Dr. Will Jackson (Liverpool John Moores University), NACRO, and Natural England.
Through a co-creation gaming project the young people at risk will explore the intersection of criminal and environmental justice. An interactive gaming artwork will be co-created with the young people using socially engaged methods and driven by an approach involving workshops, with collaborators across gaming, music and performance, resulting in a large-scale interactive artwork that will have online and live exhibition iterations. Through the project we will examine ideas of what is ‘natural’, who belongs where, and how these decisions are made for humans and non-humans from the point of view of young people who have been let down by the mainstream education system. The young people’s voices are brought forward to the environmental discourse, centering their opinions on the current and future state of the planet, exploring wilding the city as part of the solution to the climate crisis.
100th Meridian (United States)
100th Meridian is a feature film that unpacks the hardship and conflicting interests brought on by the longest-running drought in the United States. The project follows people who are working the land as they come to terms with dwindling sources of water in three essential river basins of the American West.
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