What does the future of Toronto look like through the lens of Indigenous futurism? See for yourself in an immersive VR experience created by the Anishinaabe contemporary artist Lisa Jackson, who collaborated with Mathew Barrett to produce a vision of what Canada’s largest urban centre might look like years from the present—an overgrown and decrepit city, reclaimed by nature, where people commute on canoes and grow vegetables on the roofs of their homes.
Biidaaban: First Light, which premiered in Nathan Phillips Square in partnership with Jam3 and the National Film Board of Canada, is a meditation on the relationship between humans and their environments, revealing “how Indigenous languages can help us understand our place in a reconciled version of Canada’s largest urban environment.” In between classes this week, make sure you check out this free, thought-provoking version of a place previously known as Tkaronto, where humans no longer dominate infrastructure, instead coexisting with the land as Indigenous people always have.
This exhibit runs for free until September 24 in Nathan Phillips Square. You can show up and wait for a time slot, or reserve ahead of time on http://nfb.ca/BiidaabanTO.
Biidaaban will also be returning to Toronto for imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival on October 17th through October 21st, and then again, at the Planet in Focus Festival on October 26th through the 28th.
Article by: Dominique Di Libero