Skawennati Tricia Fragnito, originator and primary curator of CyberPowWow, is an artist, writer and independent curator who holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Design Art Major) and a Graduate Diploma of Institutional Administration (Arts Specialization) from Concordia University in Montreal. She served for four years as a board member at the artist-run centre, Oboro, and is co-founder of Nation to Nation, a First Nations artist collective. While Curatorial Resident at the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre for the Arts, she mounted Blanket Statements, an exhibition of art quilts, and The People’s Plastic Princess, a survey of more than thirty years of Barbie art. During her two-year stint in San Francisco, Skawennati produced Arts Alliance Laboratory’s monthly CRIT (Critical Reviews of Interactive Technology) nights and was invited to co-curate New Fangle for GenArtSF. She has been invited to speak at numerous engagements, most notably at the Banff New Media Institute and UCLA’s Design | Media Arts Lecture Series. Recent essays have been published in Blackflash, Fuse and HorizonZero. You can learn more about her projects at

Jason E. Lewis, co-curator of CPW 04, is a digital media artist and technologist interested in creating innovative forms of expression and the technology to support them. Jason’s main body of work revolves around experiments with dynamic and interactive text. Along with Alex Weyers, he created the C++-based ActiveText library which has provided a whole new way for artists to work with the medium. TextOrgan, an environment for performing interactive/dynamic texts in real-time in front of an audience, won an Honorable Mention at Ars Electronica 2000 and was subsequently on exhibit at the Ars Electronica Center for two years as part of the Print on Screen exhibition.

Jason currently holds an Assistant Professorship in Concordia University’s new Department of Digital Image/Sound & the Fine Arts (DFAR). Within DFAR he teaches the next generation of digital designers and artists how to think critically about the role of art and design in culture. After studying philosophy and computer science as an undergraduate at Stanford University, he moved to London to obtain an M.Phil. in Design from the Royal College of Art. He has conducted research into media technology at US West Advanced Technologies, the Institute for Research on Learning, and Interval Research. He is currently based in Montreal and San Francisco. He is of Cherokee and Pacific Islander descent.



Rosalie Favell received her M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and her Bachelor of Applied Arts in Photographic Arts from the Ryerson Polytechnic Institute, Toronto. Born in Winnipeg in 1958, Favell is based in Sault Ste. Marie where she teaches photography and visual culture at Algoma University College.

Favell has an extensive record of exhibitions, critical reviews, and awards dating from 1985. She has held many solo exhibitions since 1993, including exhibitions at the Winnipeg Art Gallery (2003), Thunder Bay Art Gallery (2000), the Taiwan International Visual Art Centre (1999), The Photographers Gallery, Saskatoon (1998), the Floating Gallery, Winnipeg, and The Winnipeg Art Gallery (1996), the Mount Saint Vincent University Art Gallery, Halifax (1994), and the Native Indian Inuit Photographers Association Gallery, Hamilton (1993). Favell has participated in group exhibitions in Canada, the United States, Germany, Scotland, and Chile. Recent group exhibitions include: Rielisms, The Winnipeg Art Gallery (2001), Emergence from the Shadows First Peoples‚ Photographic Perspectives, Canadian Museum of Civilization (2001), Present Tense: Native American Self-Representations in Photography, The Foster Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2000), and Exposed: Aesthetics of Aboriginal Erotic Art, Mackenzie Art Gallery (2000).

Favell is a recipient of numerous awards from visual arts funding bodies that include the Canada Council, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Ontario ArtsCouncil, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, the City of Winnipeg, and the Canadian Native Arts Foundation. Favell’s work is held by public collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, the Indian Art Centre, the Manitoba Arts Council Art Bank, Mount Saint Vincent University, the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the Woodland Cultural Centre.


Greg A. Hill is a multidisciplinary artist primarily working in installation, performance, and digital imaging, whose work explores his Kanyen'kehaka (Mohawk) and French identity through the prism of colonialism, nationalism, and concepts of place and community. He has been exhibiting his work since 1989, participating in many group exhibitions in North America. Hill has done three solo exhibitions and three solo performance works as well as collaborative projects with artist Sue-Ellen Gerritsen in performance productions and exhibitions in Canada, the United States, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Hong Kong.

Born and raised in Fort Erie, Ontario, Hill is a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation and is a father to two young children. His work can be found in the collections of the Indian Art Centre, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada; the Canadian Native Arts Foundation; the Woodland Cultural Centre; the City of Ottawa; the International Museum of Electrography in Cuenca, Spain; as well as a number of private collections in Canada, the U.S., and Germany.


Joseph Tekaroniake Lazare is a 19-year-old moviemaker from Kahnawake, a Mohawk community near Montreal in Quebec, Canada. At age 13, he made his first 20-minute short feature movie, "Bat Kidd". Over the following two years, he made two more movies, "To The Rescue!" and "Mervin". Both were accepted at the Toronto International Teen Movie Festival and were shown at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. In 2003, Joseph did a six-month internship at Big Soul Productions, a Toronto-based production company run by Aboriginal producers Laura J. Milliken and Jennifer Podemski. After seeing Joseph's work, the duo decided to executive produce his next project, "Might of the Starchaser". "Starchaser" has had its world premier at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Joseph wants to tell unique and entertaining stories while keeping his artistic vision.

Ryan Johnston
I am a Canadian Artist, programmer and designer. Since 1998, I have worked with Canadian and international Artists, educators and technicians in the production, design and development of new and pioneering interactive art. My current job is as the Lead Creative Programmer and Creative Mentor at The Banff Centre, located in beautiful Banff National Park in Canada.

Through the Banff Centre’s artistic co-productions, creative residencies, self-directed residencies and the Banff New Media Institute, I have helped to further the artistic practice and education of Artists and technicians with regards to interactive art and new media. I have worked with Artists to produce work that has been exhibited and shown both nationally and internationally including the Sao Paulo Biennial and the Low-fi and Rhizome collections. I studied at The University of Calgary and Red Deer College. I have given talks and workshops on new media and emerging technologies. I have been actively promoting open-source software for Artists and projects for over four years. Check out


Archer Pechawis is a media - integrated performing artist, New Media artist, writer and curator. He has been creating solo performance works since 1988. His current practice investigates the intersection of Plains Cree culture and digital technology. In addition to his New Media practice Archer works as a "First Nations stand up essayist" and MC.

My current fascination is what I call 'transitional Cree culture', the place where Cree culture meets the onrush of millennial technology. I explore this fascination in performance. Using digital technologies I attempt to locate and query this meeting place, however fleeting. My work is a temporary roadmap. These maps are signposts of the moment, which I create to share.