Other Sides of the Story
Other Sides of the Story welcomes students and faculty to discuss and examine historical, technological, and theoretical constructs of the contemporary Indigenous Canadian mediascape. This conference aims to investigate and explore the material, socio-cultural, discursive, and political themes inherent in communication policies and media projects within local, regional, and (inter)national Indigenous contexts.
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Special Thanks To:
Jason Edward Lewis is Full Professor of Design and Computation Arts. He is a digital media artist, poet and software designer. He founded Obx Laboratory for Experimental Media, where he directs research/ creation projects using virtual environments to assist Aboriginal communities in preserving, interpreting and communicating cultural histories, devising new means of creating and reading digital texts, developing systems for creative use of mobile technology. He is the director of the Initiative for Indigenous Futures, a seven-year SSHRC-funded Partnership focused on how Indigenous communities imaging themselves seven generations hence. Lewis co-founded and co-directs the Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace research network that is investigating how Aboriginal people can participate in the shaping of our digital media future, and co-directs workshop combining traditional stories and game design at the Kahnawake First Nations' high school. He is deeply committed to developing intriguing new forms of expression by working on conceptual, creative and technical levels simultaneously. Lewis' creative work has been featured at the Ars Electronica Center, ISEA, SIGGRAPH, Urban Screens and Mobilefest, among other venues, his writing about new media has been presented at conferences, festivals and exhibitions on four continents and his work with Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace has won multiple awards.
He received his MPhil from the Royal College of Art for Dynamic Poetry: Introductory Remarks to a New Medium.
MPhil Design (Royal College of Art), B.S. Symbolic Systems (Stanford), B.A. German Studies (Stanford)
Areas of expertise
Digital text, electronic literature, computational typography, Aboriginal new media, critical history of digital media