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_BIIDAABAN: FIRST LIGHT

Rooted in the realm of Indigenous futurism, Biidaaban: First Light is an interactive VR time-jump into a highly realistic—and radically different—Toronto of tomorrow. It illuminates how Indigenous languages can provide a framework for understanding our place in a reconciled version of Canada’s largest urban environment.

2018 Lisa Jackson
Anishinaabe,EN,Kanien'keha:ka,Wendat Visit the project

“The piece is looking at how we organize our society… it’s a commentary on what the original languages of the land are… and I thought that it would have the greatest impact to actually highlight the languages that have been spoken [in Toronto] for thousands of years”

Lisa Jackson, Author, in CKLB Radio interview

 

Created by Anishinaabe artist Lisa Jackson, Biidaaban: First Light is a work of Indigenous futurism that explores how Indigenous languages can provide a framework for understanding the user’s place in the world and open up a space for new imaginings of the future. The experience takes place in future Toronto, once known as Tkaronto, that has been reclaimed by nature. The town square has flooded, buildings and subways have merged with local flora, and Indigenous languages and knowledge are thriving in a radically different Tkaronto. As users move through the space, they hear Indigenous languages traditionally spoken in the region. Users engage with written text of the Wendat (Huron), Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) and Anishinaabe (Ojibway) through gaze-based interactions and gain insight into the complex thought systems of this land’s First Peoples.

Biidaaban: First Light illuminates how Indigenous languages can provide a framework for understanding our place in a reconciled version of Canada’s largest urban environment. The importance of language for understanding Indigenous perspectives is one of the main themes of the piece. As Indigenous languages risk disappearing, we risk losing what they have to teach us.

Project at a Glance :

Language : Anishinaabe,EN,Kanien'keha:ka,Wendat
Country : Canada
Year : 2018
Author : Lisa Jackson
Producer : Dana Dansereau,Jason Legge,National Film Board of Canada,Rob McLaughlin
Team : Dirk Van Ginkel,Fader Master Sound studios,Jam3,Matthew Borrett,Media Ridha
Developers : Jam3Media
Designers : Jam3Media,Matthew Borrett,Mike Lamont,Peter Altamirano
Festivals : American Indian Film Institute,Banff World Media Festival - Rockie Awards,Camden International Film Festival,imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival,Los Angeles Film Festival,Melbourne Film Festival,New Orleans Film Festival,RIDM - Montreal International Documentary Film Festival,Tacoma Film Festival,Tribeca Film Festival,Webby Awards
Awards & Nominations : Canadian Screen Awards (Best Immersive Experience Fiction),imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival (Award Best Interactive Work),Tacoma Film Festival (Best Virtual Reality Film),Tribeca Storyscape Award
Funders AND Incubators : National Film Board of Canada
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