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ONLINE PROGRAM: Data Colonialism: Decolonial Gestures of Storytelling

Data Colonialism: Decolonial Gestures of Storytelling
A Performance Lecture by Tiara Roxanne
Saturday April 18, 4:30PM

Streamed live at

Co-presented in partnership with Images Festival and Squeaky Wheel

Aztecas del norte, mojados, Indigenous peoples, First Nations People, mestizos, Redskins, American Indians, Mexican Indians, Native Americans, Natives, savages, minorities, at risk peoples or asterisks peoples are some names or codes the Indigenous body is subjected to using settler colonialist language. These settler names the Indigenous person continues to codifies and marginalizes. Not only does artificial intelligence learn from these colonial pre-existing biases, it also re-inscribes the notion that Indigenous peoples no longer are but were.

As part of the data visualization project They are. We are. I am., through performance Indigenous cyber feminist Tiara Roxanne will explore how traditional storytelling methodologies can negotiate with the contemporary mechanics of erasure of both physical and virtual settler colonialism.

Audio composition and production by Abigail Toll (aka Ionian Death Robes)

Dr. Tiara Roxanne is an Indigenous cyber feminist, scholar, and artist based between Berlin and New York. Her research and artistic practice investigates the encounter between the Indigenous Body and AI. More particularly, she explores the colonial structure embedded within artificial intelligence learning systems in her writing and her performance art through textile.