Jackson Leween, Two Bears

Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts Research and Technology

Tier 2 - 2020-01-01
University of Lethbridge
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

Research summary

Digital technology offers a way to celebrate the spirit of contemporary Indigenous culture. But it can also have a profound effect on contemporary politics, culture and society with regards to First Nations communities.

As Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts Research and Technology, Dr. Jackson Leween, Two Bears is looking at reconciliation and decolonization in the digital age. He and his research team are focused on Indigenous land-based histories and embodied cultural knowledge. They are exploring the use of digital technologies to support the innovation, transmission, expression and transformation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit creative and cultural practices. To this end, he and his team are creating large-scale, site-specific, interactive, multimedia installations. They are also developing a geolocation-based multimedia app featuring mobile media and virtual reality artwork.