LUNA 2021 preview: Exploring the intersections of technology and Indigenous knowledge

Presented by GLAM Collective, Ebb and Flow is one of 14 projection pieces coming to Revelstoke for LUNA Reimagined.

Dark silhouettes outline a couple of small spectators as they take in the artwork. Photo: Contributed by Arts Revelstoke

This story originally appeared in the September 2021 issue of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. See the story in print here:

This year at LUNA Reimagined, GLAM Collective presents Ebb and Flow, a series of projection pieces by six Indigenous artists. Using media and performance based work, this exhibit explores how technology influences the communication of Indigenous knowledge, and how that relationship changes over time.

Starting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25, Ebb and Flow will be projected on the back wall of the Explorer Society, behind ArtFirst. The series is approximately 20 minutes long, and will be repeated throughout the evening until midnight. Attendees are encouraged to sit down, get comfortable, and enjoy the shows.

As described in the Ebb and Flow program, this “humorous, challenging and transcendent” display explores how Indigenous artists relay cultural practices and memories by transforming customary practices with contemporary arts. Curated by GLAM Collective, this piece is an exciting addition to the LUNA Reimagined lineup.

Window panes come alive to tell a story in this preview from Ebb and Flow. Photo: Contributed by Arts Revelstoke

“The GLAM Collective has created work for Nocturne Halifax and Nuit Blanche in Montréal. Both of these festivals were part of the inspiration behind the inception of LUNA Fest,” says Miriam Manley, Artistic and Executive Director for Arts Revelstoke.

For Revelstoke’s Ebb and Flow display, GLAM Collective selected six Indigenous artists, from traditional territories across Canada and New Zealand. Tania Willard, a Secwépemc artist, was added specifically by GLAM Collective for this edition of the display. Willard brings regional representation for the Secwépemc Nation, whose traditional territory is occupied by Revelstoke.

Alongside Willard, five other Indigenous artists are presenting performance and media based projections in downtown Revelstoke. Each piece has its own story, ranging from parodic interpretations of John A. MacDonald to traditional tales of the land and sea.

About GLAM Collective

Contrary to what one may assume, GLAM Collective’s name is not short for glamorous. GLAM stands for Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. This differentiation makes sense when considering who makes up GLAM Collective; a group of interdisciplinary Indigenous scholars.

Dr. Carla Taunton, Dr. Julie Nagam and Dr. Heather Igloliorte are the curators behind GLAM Collective. Founded in 2018, GLAM Collective focuses on Indigenous theory and methodologies from an interdisciplinary artistic approach. This includes public art, performance art, digital technologies, and curatorial and artistic practices that engage with space and place.

Revelstoke could be seeing more from GLAM Collective in the future. According to Manley, Arts Revelstoke hopes that Ebb and Flow marks the beginning of a new artistic and curatorial relationship, one that brings GLAM Collective back to LUNA in the future.

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