DOMAGAYA - The Meeting of Aboriginal Cultures and Digital Arts


21 Jun au 01 Jul 2008
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The Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] has the pleasure to announce DOMAGAYA – An Encounter with Aboriginal Cultures and Digital Arts. This event, a presentation by the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, is scheduled to be held from June 21st (National Aboriginal Day) to July 1st, 2008 at the Louise Basin in the Quebec City's Old Port.

This event has three facets and reveals the contemporary face of Aboriginal cultures where a rich cultural heritage co-exists with achievements permeated with the current artistic realities and the digital arts. DOMAGAYA wishes to create the opportunity of an encounter between the various Aboriginal cultures, canadian people, and visitors from abroad, anybody who has a desire to discover these innovative cultures, still in harmony with their ancestral traditions.

For this occasion, the SAT will bring in the SAT[osphère], its latest immersion projection device. This mobile inflatable hemisphere, which measures 18 metres in diameter, has an audience capacity of 350 to 400 people. It is equipped with online culture technologies and represents an exciting prototype for new forms of open systems architecture. The SAT[osphère] is a true techno-Circus that can be used either as a performance hall, a conference hall, a workshop hall or a lounge, depending on the needs.

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WHO WAS DOMAGAYA?

The event is named Domagaya in honour of the son of Donnacona, a chieftain of the Iroquois village of Stadacona, on the present site of Quebec City, during the sixteenth century. Domagaya and Donnacona were key participants in early First Nations encounters with French explorers led by Jacques Cartier.

In the winter of 1535-1536, during Cartier's second expedition to the New World, scurvy broke out at their winter quarters near Stadacona. Twenty-five of the 110 crewmates died of the disease. Although he too was afflicted, Domagaya showed the sailors how to brew a potion from the fronds of native plants, and they soon regained enough strength to survive.



Complete program and schedule

Free event opened to everyone


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Facet 1 – Immersive continuous loop projection : BETWEEN HEAVEN & EARTH every day from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Immerse yourself into a 360-degree experience that will transport you BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH. Participate in a poetic trip like a pendullum oscillating between the ancestral Aboriginal cultures and its mutations in the digital era.

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Facet 2 – Evening conferences from June 21st to June 30th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Meetings about current issues as seen by the Aboriginal communities

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Facet 3 – SAT[MixSessions] – Origin 360

Experience live performances of visual and sound mixes between Aboriginal cultures and digital art, a true focal point for exchanges between musicians and visual performers, organized jointly with several Aboriginal artists.

Biography of the artists of the MixSessions - Origin 360

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Facet 1 – Immersive experience : BETWEEN HEAVEN & EARTH


A collective production of the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT]
Continuous loop projection every day from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


A live 360-degree audio-video immersion experience which will take audiences BETWEEN HEAVEN & EARTH, a kind of pendulum that oscillates between the ancestral Aboriginal cultures and their mutations in the digital era. Specifically designed for the SAT[osphère], this visual production is a contemplative voyage onto the heart of the earth. A return to First Nations’ ancient sources in six tableaus where reality and imagination are intimately linked. Contemporary Aboriginal artists (Samian, Odaya, Gaétan Gingras, Sophie Lavigne, Akinisie, Sylvia Cloutier) take part in this original production which shows present-day Aboriginal reality while at the same time plunging into the past.

The space-bound stratospheric music associated with images endowed with a rare intensity, reinforces the impression of total immersion in an ancestral voyage.

BETWEEN HEAVEN & EARTH aspires to be the link between the past of the Aboriginal communities and the present of the young generation of creators: the language of images and the traditional iconography of these cultures is allied to the audacity of the digital artists.

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Bernard Hébert and Renée Claude Riendeau work in tandem as scriptwriters, film directors and producers. Since 2003 they have been at the helm of Claire Obscura, a film and television production company, and, more recently, at the helm of Cima Claire Obscura, a New Media company. They have made several art films and documentaries, among them the series L’Art du Nu and Vente de garage..

Johnny Ranger is a video and visual artist. He is the founder and artistic director of Mindroots (mindroots.com), a laboratory of interdisciplinary connective creations devoted to developing new narrative techniques instead of linear codes. He works within the framework of stagecraft installations, the contexts of video improvisation, video integration to architecture, choreographic performances, DVDs and the web. He has exhibited his creations at the FILE Festival (São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro), Ars Futura (Barcelona), the New Museum of Contemporary Art (NYC), the Montreal Biennial, TransitioMX (Mexico) and the Canadian Cultural Centre (Paris).




Facet 2 – Conferences


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Saturday June 21st

Native Indian contemporary visual arts - The powers of new art hunters / shamans / warriors

Speaker: Guy Sioui-Durand, A theoretician, a sociologist, an art critic and freelance curator

Bio: a Huron-Wendat from Wendake; he holds a doctorate in sociology. He says: "Art has become my imaginary world and orality the primary demonstration of my identity in today’s art world. Since 1976, I have been an actor, a socially engaged poet of the art networks that function in parallel with the institutions and the contemporary resurgence of native Indian art".

Sunday June 22nd

Tradition and Modernity

Speaker: Nicole O’Bomsawin, Lake St-Pierre Biosphere Reserve development

Bio: to be provided later

Monday June 23rd

Earth and Environment

Speaker: Serge Bouchard - Phd, Anthropologist, Instructor and Speaker for Archetypes-Inter

Bio: to be provided later

Tuesday June 24th

Knowledge and Heritage

Speaker: Georges E. Sioui, Coordinator of the Aboriginal studies program, University of Ottawa

Bio: Georges E. Sioui was born in the Huron Reserve Village (Wendake), Quebec in 1948; he was awarded an M.A. degree (1987) and a doctorate (1991) in history from Laval University. Before enrolling in courses to complete his advanced studies in 1982, he was a literary and communications agent as well as an editor-in-chief of Tawow, a cultural review at the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Canada. He was responsible for the creation and the setting-up of government policies in matters regarding the preservation and the development of Aboriginal cultures in Canada. Georges Sioui is a polyglot, an international conference speaker, a poet, an essayist and a songwriter.

Wednesday June 25th

Language and Identity

Speaker: Marcel Godbout, President, Wendake Tourism

Bio: to be provided later

Thursday June 26th

Youth and Challenge

Speaker: David Gill, Entrepreneur and athlete, Total Coaching

Bio: David Gill is a model for success and perseverance for his community. He is an outstanding athlete: in 2005, he was awarded – among other things - three Golden Medals at the Canadian University/College Championships! He is powered solely by determination and self-reliance. He yearns to transmit this state of mind to Aboriginal youth – and others - through Totalcoaching.com, an Internet site which offers health solutions with the help of professionals.

Friday June 27th

Art and Culture –Clothing as a Cultural Marker

Speaker: Sylvain Rivard, Artist and Aboriginal art specialist

Bio: (English version, will be provided very soon) Par sa formation en théâtre, en danse et en chant, Sylvain Rivard, coauteur de Archéologie sonore Chants amérindiens, est activement engagé dans la diffusion des multiples aspects de la culture des Premières Nations. Son désir constant de rester fidèle à ce qu’il veut faire connaître en fait un animateur important auprès des écoles, des musées, des éditeurs et des producteurs de films ou de séries télévisées.

Saturday June 28th

Future and Success Model

Speaker: Manon Barbeau, Vice-President et founder, Wapikoni Mobile

Mélanie Charbonneau, Mathieu Vachon and Kevin Papatie will be on location with Manon Barbeau to introduce the latest adventures of the Wapikoni Mobile with one of the themes of the meeting: Future and Success Model.

Bio: Manon Barbeau founded Des Beaux Jours Productions – Good Days Productions - in 2002. The following year as a joint venture with the National Film Board of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador, and the Atikamekw Nation Council, she founded the Corporations of the Wapikoni Mobile and Video Paradiso - the ambulatory studios of video and music creations for Aboriginal communities and youth in disadvantaged urban outskirts. She is also the President of the Canada Documentary Observatory, Vice-President of the Wapikoni Mobile Corporation and President of the House of Nomadic Cultures.

Sunday June 29th

Encounters and Trade

Speakers: Serge Ashini Goupil, Elisabeth Ashini, Adventures Ashini and Jean-Philippe Messier

Bio:

Serge Ashini Goupil is an Innu of Matimekush, Lake John. He holds a B.A in Sciences, is specialized in geography; he is also trained as a Project Manager. Ashini Goupil has a wide knowledge in various important fields relating to Quebec Aboriginal nations, and more specifically the Innu Nation. As a freelancer, he cooperates in various social and community projects that aim at developing the targeted communities.

Elisabeth Ashini is an Innu born in a forest in Northern Quebec in Nitassinan, the traditional territory of the Innu Nation. From her Aboriginal life (she lived the first years of her life in a forest) to her contribution as a nurse in an Aboriginal and a Québécois milieu, Elisabeth Ashini offers her vision on the importance of developing exchanges between the Aboriginal communities and the Québécois.

Jean-Philippe Messier : bio to be provided later

Monday June 30th

Myths and Realities

Speaker: Pierre Lepage, Education agent, Human Right Commission and Youth Protection Rights

Bio: Pierre Lepage is an anthropologist and has been working within the Human Rights Commission and the Youth Commission since 1976. He is the author of several articles about Aboriginal people and human rights. In 2002, he published " Myths and Realities About Aboriginal People" following his participation to the Program to Raise Awareness on Aboriginal Realities with the theme : The Québécois-Aboriginal Encounter.




Facet 3 – Origin 360


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Experience of visual and sound mix of the Aboriginal cultures and digital art


  • Aboriginal artists


Saturday June 21st : Opening Night from 5 p.m.

Music performances


Nathalie Picard * (flute and traditional songs / Latin and Cuban Jazz)
Shauit * (Reggae)
Inuit Throatsingers *
Sapin (Electronica / House / Techno)
Milimetrik (Trip Hop / Tropical / Ambient)
Jan Pienkowski (Minimal / Tech / World Beat)
Komodo (Dub / Electronica / Experimental)

Live 360o visual performances

Ambroise | Vesac | TIND | Jocool

Dancer

Gilbert Niquay*

Sunday June 22nd : 8 p.m.

Music performances


Nathalie Picard * (flute and traditional songs / Latin and Cuban Jazz)
Shauit * (Reggae)
Manuel Chantre (Down-Tempo / Electro-Organic)
Jan Pienkowski (Minimal / Tech / World Beat)
Komodo (Dub / Electronica / Experimental)

Live 360o visual performances

Ambroise | Vesac | TIND | Jocool

Thursday June 26th : 8 p.m.

Music Performances


Mike O'Cleary * (Folk-Rock / Latin / Traditional Aboriginal)
Igloo Lounge * (Electro / Ethnogroovy / Chants de gorge)
DJ Madeskimo * (Electronica / Dub)
Jan Pienkowski (Minimal / Tech / World Beat)
Komodo (Dub / Electronica / Experimental)

Live 360o visual performances

Ambroise | Vesac | TIND | Jocool

Friday June 27th : 8 p.m.

Music Performances


Mike O'Cleary * (Folk-Rock / Latin / Traditional Aboriginal)
Igloo Lounge * (Electro / Ethnogroovy / Throat Singing)
DJ Madeskimo * (Electronica / Dub)
Jan Pienkowski (Minimal / Tech / World Beat)
Komodo (Dub / Electronica / Experimental)

Live 360o visual performances

Ambroise | Vesac | TIND | Jocool

Saturday June 28th : 8 p.m.

Music Performances


Mike O'Cleary * (Folk-Rock / Latin / Traditional Aboriginal)
Igloo Lounge * (Electro / Ethnogroovy / Throat Singing)
DJ Madeskimo * (Electronica / Dub)
Jan Pienkowski (Minimal / Tech / World Beat)
Komodo (Dub / Electronica / Experimental)

Live 360o visual performances

Ambroise | Vesac | TIND | Jocool

Sunday June 29th : 8 p.m.

Music Performances


Odaya * (Contemporary Aboriginal)
Sakay Ottawa * (Folk-Rock)
Jan Pienkowski (Minimal / Tech / Musique du monde)
Komodo (Dub / Electronica / Experimental)

Live 360o visual performances

Ambroise | Vesac | TIND | Jocool

Monday June 30th : 8 p.m.

Music Performances


Odaya * (Contemporary Aboriginal)
Sakay Ottawa * (Folk-Rock)
Jan Pienkowski (Minimal / Tech / World Beat)
Komodo (Dub / Electronica / Experimental)

Live 360o visual performances

Ambroise | Vesac | TIND | Jocool

Tuesday July 1st : Closing ceremony at 5 p.m.

Music Performances


Odaya * (Contemporary Aboriginal)
Sakay Ottawa * (Folk-Rock)
Mike O'Cleary * (Folk-Rock / Latin / Traditional Aboriginal)
Igloo Lounge * (Electro / Ethnogroovy / Throat singing)
Shauit * (Reggae)
DJ Madeskimo * (Electronica / Dub)
Sapin (Electronica / House / Techno)
Milimetrik (Trip Hop / Tropical / Ambient)
Manuel Chantre (Down-Tempo / Electro-Organic)
Jan Pienkowski (Minimal / Tech / World Beat)
Komodo (Dub / Electronica / Experimental)

Live 360o visual performances

Ambroise | Vesac | TIND | Jocool



Biography of the artist of the SAT[MixSessions] - Origin 360

MUSICIANS AND DJS

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Nathalie Picard : Nathalie Picard was born in Quebec City; she is a musician and a composer and a Huron-Wendat. She is mainly interested in flute, world music and traditional Native Indian songs. Over the years, she has cooperated with many groups in various styles : Yoël Diaz (Cuban jazz), Chloé Ste Marie, Florent Volant...



Shauit : Reggae music is generally associated with the Blacks of Jamaica. But who said that it could not be associated as well with Aboriginal Innu, formerly known as the Montagnais? Shauit Aster is an Innu artist, originally from the Maliotenam Indian Reserve who composes his own Reggae songs with a dancehall trend. In 2004, he launched his album Shapatesh nuna.
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Inuit Throatsinger : In the purest tradition of Inuit culture, Nina Segalowitz (Inuit/Chipewyan and member of the Igloo Lounge Group) and Lydia Etok (Inuit) have given regal performances of throatsinging for five years. Throatsinging has been practised by the Inuit for hundreds of years, and these songs are Inuit women’s prized moments of leisure and entertainment.



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Mike O’Cleary : the offspring of a bi-racial Aboriginal /Montagnais family, the artist draws his inspiration from Nature’s elements to compose his folk-rock songs permeated with traditional Aboriginal music. Singing to his guitar, he unveils a serene and organic universe overfilled with abundance but also with valour and energy. Generous, authentic and proud of his roots, Mike O’Cleary sings his heart out to achieve a interconnections among people.
http://www.myspace.com/mikeoclearyband


Igloo Lounge is the result of a mixture of the experiences, identities and musical tastes of its three members : Vainvard (Sylvain Rivard), Nina Segalowitz and Geronimo Inutiq. They display a desire to fashion traditional Inuit music into a more playful, urban and contemporary character. This is pure ethnographic material.
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Sakay Ottawa : This artist who is inspired by folk/rock exerts his fascination as soon as the listener tunes in for the first time. The music of Sakay Ottawa is particularly enthralling. His sincere and soft compositions are stirring, instill listeners with a yearning for freedom and invite them to a voyage. Played at the event ‘ My Aboriginal Date ’, during the first part of Chloé Ste Marie’s performance, in La Tuque in 2007, he further charms a larger and larger audience.



Odaya : From various Aboriginal nations across Canada, the six members of Odaya – Anik Sioui (Anishnabeg/Wendat), Émilie Monnet (Anishnabeg), Kary-Ann Deer (Kanienkehaka), Kim Picard (Innu), Lisa Gagné (Saulteaux) and Morning Star Orr (Cree) - are united to the achieve the dreams of their ancestors. The sound of their drums reminds us that their heartthrob and that of our Mother Earth are one. Through their cultural pride and their voices, they bring hope for the future generations and honour their elders.
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Madeskimo : Behind this legendary name Géronimo Inutiq, a member of the Igloo Lounge Group. Inspired by the forces of nature and the ingeniousness of the Inuit civilization, Madeskimo creates a music dub-electro-Aboriginal rhythmic, full of atmosphere and eclectic, a picture of his Québécois-Canadian-Inuit identity. He uses instruments and electronic software as well as samples and sounds collected by himself.



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Sapin : Simon Carpentier is a Quebec City native who underwent a metamorphosis and turned into Sapin around 2004 in order to expose his electronic and techno and house compositions tinged with 8-bit minimalist sounds. From the basement of his family house up to the waves of Radio-Canada, Sapin has not kept on growing since he started sampling, modifying and modulating sounds in 1998.
www.myspace.com/sapinmusic


Milimetrik : Milimetrik is the pseudonym of Pascal Asselin, a native from Quebec City. His project came to light in 2000 due to a marked interest in acoustic music and an electronic music full of atmosphere. Since then, Asselin has nurtured by every possible genre, from classic to hip-hop, in order to create a sound landscape which evolves continuously. Sometimes steeped in melancholy, always beautiful, Millimetrik’s music is the expression of the artist’s temperament. Besides, his opened approach has allowed him to collaborate with artists such as Ulrich Schnauss and Sixtoo. His music is an invitation to dream and voyages.
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Manuel Chantre is a Quebec City native, an audio-electronic artist who integrates composition, sound design and performance. For DOMAGAYA, he has created an atmospheric music which could illustrate fiction, romance or drama. Combining both Aboriginal music, electronic music and film music, he plunges his audiences onto the heart of a fantastic electro-organic universe.



Jan Pienkowski : He is a composer, a musician, a sound designer, a DJ, a physicist and the owner of Ono Record. Jan Pienkowski writes and performs with sounds which reflect his various experiences. Out of both his training in electroacoustics and his love of world music there come a specific mix of mechanical sound, acoustic spaces and ethnic themes. His projects in the theatre, in dance and visual production have allowed him to develop a flair for subtle and nuanced rhythms.
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Komodo
Komodo : Komodo is an artist who has been using Montreal as his base for a few years. As a musician and DJ, he is fascinated by the wealth of other cultures and draws his inspiration from them in his musical compositions. He is a specialist of dub rhythms performed using a didgeridoo. He plays several instruments and is particularly fond of the sounds of exotic instruments thereby producing an extremely organic music. In the Spring he participated in the famous MUTEK, the festival of electronic music.


VISUAL ARTISTS


Ambroise Vesac : A creator of electronic and digital arts, he was born in Europe. He creates robotic installations and immersion visual universes with salient colors and impressive movements through which he invites visitors to make new perceptual experiences. He translates in a digital language filled with colors, sound waves and movements biology and the natural world. He is part of an artistic current that he himself defines as hyper-actual, namely an interactive conception of time and space.
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TIND (This Is Not Design) : Specialized in the creating video and live performances, Francis Théberge works with experimental video, film engraving and the handling of errors in the compression and video signal, either analog or digital. This approach focuses on the rhythmic relationship between images and music thereby creating energetic and contrasted works.



Jocool : Joseph Lefèvre aka Jocool participates in the new scene VJ as an initiator of creation and research activities with this community, but also as a creator. His colorful style is figurative and poetic. He likes exploring all genres and indulging in creative games with musicians and the reactions with the public.
www.jocoolmultimedia.ca
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Location : Espace 400e - Bassin Louise in Quebec City's Old Port

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DOMAGAYA a presentation of




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Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador

Makivik Corporation

Huron-Wendat Nation




With the financial support of




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The Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] would like to thank all its partners that allow the realization of this extraordinary event



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And its collaborators



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