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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 May 29, Cuthand presents an artist talk and screening that explores his work and process through an Indigiqueer lens. At the Sanctuary on May 30, 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.

This event is curated by iEAR Presents! and is made possible in part by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This event is a collaboration between the iEAR Presents!series with support from RPI’s ARTS department and School of Humanities, Arts and Social Science, and from the New York State Council for the Arts/ NYSCA, with The Sanctuary for Independent Media, and is a featured project of the NEA Our Town “Sanctuary Eco-Art Trail” creative placemaking grant.

3361 6th Ave
Troy, 12180 United States
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