Jason Edward Lewis - Initiative for Indigenous Futures QC/US

Keynote: Making Kin with the Machines
August 21, 2019, 09:30 - 10:45
Keynote: 09:30 - 10:45

Jason Edward Lewis is a digital media poet, artist, and software designer. He founded Obx Laboratory for Experimental Media, where he leads research/creation projects exploring computation as a creative and cultural material. He also co-directs the Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace research network and the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. Lewis is committed to developing intriguing new forms of expression by working on conceptual, critical, creative and technical levels simultaneously. He is the University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary as well as Professor of Computation Arts at Concordia University, Montreal.

Lewis' research interests include emergent media theory and history, and methodologies for conducting art-led technology research. He is the lead author on the award-winning “Making Kin with the Machines” essay, and co-founder of the Indigenous Protocol and AI Workshop. He has worked in a range of industrial research settings, including Interval Research, US West's Advanced Technology Group, and the Institute for Research on Learning, and, at the turn of the century, he founded and ran a research studio for the venture capital firm Arts Alliance. Born and raised in northern California, Lewis is Cherokee, Hawaiian and Samoan.

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