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 Peoples Plastic Princess, a survey
of more than thirty years of Barbie art. During her two-year stint in
San Francisco, Skawennati produced Arts Alliance Laboratorys 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 UCLAs Design | Media Arts Lecture Series. Recent essays have
been published in Blackflash, Fuse and HorizonZero. You can learn more
about her projects at www.skawennati.net.
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. Jasons 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 Universitys 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.
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. Favells
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.
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
Joseph wants to tell unique and entertaining stories while keeping his
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
Through the Banff Centres 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 www.ryanj.org.
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.