Final indigiTALKS Now Available Online!: Rachelle Dickenson’s thesis continues instigation and discourse on Indigenous made youth screen media

Final indigiTALKS Now Available Online!: Rachelle Dickenson’s thesis continues instigation and discourse on Indigenous made youth screen media

by aanationtalk on January 22, 2014754 Views

(January 21, 2014 – Toronto) The newest and final indigiTALKS: Video Essay Project is now available online!

Rachelle Dickenson presents her online video and written thesis (Co-written by Carla Taunton), Indigenous Youth Screen Media – Next Generation Practice and Production which investigates the cultural and thematic perspectives found in youth-made digital media, their representations of identity and the methodology by which they are created.  Viewers are recommended to read the written, and then watch the video essay here:

Rachelle Dickenson (British/Irish/Cree) is an emerging curator and established arts administrator and educator. Dickenson is currently completing her PhD in Art History and Visual Culture at York University and is the Curator-in-Residence at the National Gallery of Canada.

This year imagineNATIVE presented its inaugural indigiTALKS Video Essay Project. Entertaining, daring and investigative, three Ontario-based artists and curators took the stage at a TED Talks-style production during imagineNATIVE 2013 to present and discuss their commissioned essays. The three artists/curators – Wanda Nanibush, Ariel Smith and Rachelle Dickenson – were challenged to initiate new theses about Indigenous-created film and video works, stimulating and contributing to the much-needed discourse surrounding artistic and cultural themes found in Indigenous-made film and video.

With access to research and review imagineNATIVE’s archive, which has over 14 years of contributions, Wanda Nanibush, Ariel Smith and Rachelle Dickenson were invited to present their theses and spark a public conversation on October 19, 2013 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. 

Through partnerships with Vtape and Big Soul Productions, each artist prepared their video essay, tall of which are now available online (via private link) for six months after their online release. Written essays and audio recording of their individual and post-screening curator talk (with TIFF Head of Film Programmes, Jesse Wente) are also available at .

What are your thoughts about the Indigenous cinematic movement? imagineNATIVE invites you to continue the discussion and share your hypothesis about Indigenous media arts. Comments can be left directly on each artists essay page at the above link or video responses can be uploaded at imagineNATIVE will highlight videos on its homepage.

About the Other indigiTALKS Artists and Their Works

In her thesis, Indigenous Film: Outsiders, Lovable Losers and Nerds, Wanda Nanibush explores the memorable and necessary roles of the underdog, like Evan Adams’ character in Smoke Signals, Thomas Builds-the-Fire. Wanda Nanibush (Ojibway) is an artist, activist and curator, currently in residency at the University of Toronto. Her exhibitions and video works have been exhibited worldwide, including her most recent, Arrivals and Departures at imagineNATIVE 2012.

Ariel Smith explores the link between colonialism and violence through a series of short films by Canadian Indigenous Artists and featuring the works of Jeff Barnaby in her essay This Video Essay Was Not Built on an Ancient Indian Burial Ground: Examining Horror Film Aesthetics within Indigenous Cinema. Ariel Smith (Cree/Ojibway/Roma/Jewish) is an award-winning filmmaker and video artist who has been creating independent works since 2001. Her works have programmed nationally and internationally, including imagineNATIVE.

About imagineNATIVE

The imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival celebrates the latest works by Indigenous peoples at the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media. Each fall, imagineNATIVE presents a selection of the most compelling and distinctive Indigenous works from around the globe. The Festival’s programming, cultural & social events, and Industry Series attract and connect filmmakers, media artists, programmers, buyers, and industry professionals. The works accepted reflect the diversity of the world’s Indigenous nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media. 

imagineNATIVE continues to increase its commissioning projects nationally and internationally to expand opportunities for Indigenous artists.  We are proud to receive financial support from the Ontario Arts Council for the indigiTALKS Video Essay Commissioning Project.



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