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Makhóčheowápi Akézaptaŋ

(Fifteen Maps)

October 22, 2022

Add to Calendar2022-10-22 2:00 pm2022-10-22 2:00 pmEDTMakhóčheowápi Akézaptaŋ

Lecture by Suzanne Kite
Part of Disturbance, Re-Animation, and Emergent Archives, a conference hosted by Rethinking Place: Bard-on-Mahicantuck, a Mellon Foundation Humanities for All Times project.

Fisher Center, LUMA Theater,
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Makȟóčheowápi Akézaptaŋ (Fifteen Maps) explores the Hudson River site known as Cruger Island, which was “purchased” in the 19th century by John Cruger, who used it as a backdrop for stolen Mayan ruins he transported as casts from Honduras. By the 1960s, Cruger Island had become a place for archeological excavations that displaced Indigenous artifacts and remains now held by the New York State Museum. Confronting those histories, Kite interrogates these knowledge systems and explores how AI might function as a conduit for alternative ways of nonhuman knowing. In this experimental lecture, multimedia artist Kite will explore how artificial intelligence reproduces the logics of coloniality, flattening land, people, and lifeworlds into objects of knowledge—data points to be extracted.

Please join us for a post-lecture reception, held in the LUMA lobby. 

Suzanne Kite

Kite aka Suzanne Kite is an Oglála Lakȟóta performance artist, visual artist, and composer raised in Southern California, with a BFA from CalArts in music composition, an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School, and is a Ph.D. candidate at Concordia University for the forthcoming dissertation, sound and video work, and interactive installation Hél čhaŋkú kiŋ ȟpáye (There lies the road). Kite’s scholarship and practice explores contemporary Lakota ontology through research-creation, computational media, and performance. Kite often works in collaboration, especially with family and community members. Her art practice includes developing Machine Learning and compositional systems for body interface movement performances, interactive and static sculpture, immersive video and sound installations, poetry and experimental lectures, experimental video, as well as co-running the experimental electronic imprint, Unheard Records. Her work has been featured in various publications, including the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, the Journal of Design and Science (MIT Press), with the award-winning article, “Making Kin with Machines”, and the sculpture Ínyan Iyé (Telling Rock) (2019) was featured on the cover of Canadian Art.

Conference Schedule

This lecture is a part of the Disturbance, Re-Animation, and Emergent Archives Conference held October 20–22, 2022 at Bard College.

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About the Project

Rethinking Place: Bard-on-Mahicantuck is a three-year project which proposes a Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) approach to a revitalized American Studies curriculum and undertakes an expansive understanding of land acknowledgment that goes beyond addressing a single institution’s history in regards to Native peoples.

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Support comes from the Mellon Foundation “Humanities for All Times” initiative.

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