VR interactive experience, Unceded Territories, which will have its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in the Tribeca Immersive Virtual Arcade.
Acclaimed First Nations artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun and VR Director Paisley Smith have collaborated with award-winning musicians, A Tribe Called Red for this provocative interactive experience that deals with indigenous civil rights and environmental issues.
Unceded Territories is an interactive VR experience in which the audience creates a colorful natural world made up of acclaimed First Nations artist Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun’s iconic pop-surrealist art style. Through infectious interaction, the participant creates a beautiful, natural paradise. They experience freedom and joy and the satisfaction of control over this land. A Tribe Called Red provides the powerful music for the piece. Spirit Bear warns the participant of their parlous role in this new world, but it is too late. They are performing colonialism, draining the world of its resources. As the pulse of this world beats faster, they are increasingly faced with their lack of control. The wheel of environmental destruction has been set in motion. Evil colonialist snake emerges, leaving a trail of bones behind him and devours the audience in one gulp. Inside the psychedelic belly of Colonialist Snake the participant is faced to see the environmental chaos they have created.
ATTENDING TRIBECA IMMERSIVE:
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Co-Director & Artist
Paisley Smith, Co-Director & Writer
A Tribe Called Red
UNCEDED TERRITORIES PUBLIC VIEWINGS:
Friday, April 26th to Saturday, May 4th at Tribeca Festival Hub (Spring Studios – 6 St Johns Lane, 5th Floor, NYC, NY 10013)
For tickets, please visit https://www.tribecafilm.
UNCEDED TERRITORIES MEDIA CONTACT:
Justine Gamez Huckabay, Intercommunicate
Unceded Territories will have its World Premiere at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, Presented by AT&T, in the Tribeca Immersive Virtual Arcade.
Canadian First Nations artist, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun (of Coast Salish and Okanagan descent) uses First Nations imagery and surrealism to explore environmental issues and indigenous civil rights. His art has been exhibited widely throughout Canada and the US, including displays at the National Gallery of Canada.
A Tribe Called Red is a Canadian First Nations electronic music group. Their unique style blends dance music with elements of indigenous music. They won “Group of the Year” at the 2018 Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent to the Grammys).
Listen to their music here.
Unceded Territories was inspired by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun’s virtual reality experience called Inherent Rights, Vision Rights created in 1992 and exhibited at Banff Centre, 27 years ago. As one of virtual reality’s pioneers, Lawrence Paul, together with Paisley Smith, introduce audiences to a provocative interactive experience that is both entertaining and political in Unceded Territories.
Paisley Smith is a Canadian Virtual Reality director using art and technology to foster personal reflection and a deep connection with reality.
The project was proudly supported by the Creative B.C. Interactive Fund,
Sundance Institute & Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
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