Indigiqueer Media Artist Theo Jean Cuthand: Participatory Radio Workshop
May 30 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT
Join media artist Theo Jean Cuthand for a Be The Media! participatory radio workshop, to focus on Indigiqueer and ecological issues.
Using improvisational documentary techniques, the Be The Media! workshop participants will create a short radio play with Theo Jean Cuthand, loosely inspired by Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds broadcast but based on the colonization of what is now Troy by European Settlers. This workshop will begin with a brief presentation of Cuthand’s work.
Cuthand’s Sanctuary presentation is sponsored by iEAR Presents, with NYSCA, the School of Humanities and EMPAC at RPI, and the NEA Our Town creative placemaking project Sanctuary Eco-Art Trail, which connects Indigenous legacy with environmental justice (in partnership with the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians). The participatory radio play created in this workshop will be featured as a multimedia element on the Sanctuary Eco-Art Trail.
Theo Jean Cuthand was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1978, and grew up in Saskatoon. Since 1995 he has been making short experimental videos and films about sexuality, madness, Queer identity and love, and gender and Indigeneity, which have screened in festivals internationally.
His work has also exhibited at galleries including the MOMA in NYC, The National Gallery in Ottawa, and The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. He completed his BFA majoring in Film and Video at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in 2005, and his Masters of Arts in Media Production at Toronto Metropolitan University in 2015. He has also written three feature screenplays and has performed at Live At The End Of The Century in Vancouver, Queer City Cinema’s Performatorium in Regina, and 7a*11d in Toronto. In 2017 he won the Hnatyshyn Foundation’s REVEAL Indigenous Art Award. He is a Whitney Biennial 2019 artist. He is of Plains Cree and Scots descent, a member of Little Pine First Nation, and currently resides in Toronto, Canada.
This is the second night of a series of two events in a collaboration between the Arts Department and EMPAC at RPI, by Plains Cree and Scots artist Theo Jean Cuthand. At EMPAC on March 26, Cuthand presents an artist talk and screening that explores his work and process through an Indigiqueer lens. At the Sanctuary on May 29, Cuthand will engage directly in the community as part of the Sanctuary Eco-Art Trail project, with a particular focus on Indigiqueer and ecological issues.
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