Seeing is Believing
Featuring collective works by Kite and Devin Ronneberg
October 07 – November 12, 2022
Co-presented in partnership with imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Seeing is Believing is an assemblage of works by Kite and Devin Ronneberg that consider the parallels between nuclear development of the 20th century and the advancements of artificial intelligence in the 21st century, and their consequential relationship to family history, mythmaking, collective narratives, and Indigenous ontologies.
With ancestral trajectories that stretch across the Pacific Ocean – from Oceti Sakowin (Sioux) to Okinawan – this exhibition acknowledges the artists’ colloquial, radioactive realities that derive from uranium extraction and Western imperialist war-making as performed through settler colonial psyche and ideologies. In tracing these familial associations to nuclear power, conspiracy and myths towards the apparent progress of industrial technologies reveal themselves, exposing conscious misrepresentations of documented events, as well as their latent correlations to on-going genocide and state oppression.
Here, the fallout of these technologies affirms their eroding connection to reality, providing an opportunity for conspiracy to be generative in forming speculative representations of history and future that are both critical and focused on truth-making. Seeing is Believing attempts to decipher the compounded influence and impact of nuclear and machine-learning technologies have on Indigenous histories, offering puzzle pieces of myth and epistemology to better understand its transformational power and our position within its narrative.
Image credit: Kite
Kite aka Suzanne Kite is an award winning Oglála Lakȟóta performance artist, visual artist, composer and academic, known for her sound and video performance with her Machine Learning hair-braid interface. Kite’s practice explores contemporary Lakota ontology through research-creation, computational media, and performance. Kite often works in collaboration with family and community members.
Devin Ronneberg (Kanaka Maoli, Okinawan, European) is a transdisciplinary artist working primarily between sculpture, sound, image-making, installation, programing, engineering, computational media, and Artificial Intelligence. His work is currently focused on the unseen implications of emergent technologies and artificial intelligence, information control and collection, and the radiation of invisible forces.