Premiere installation of FUTURE ANCESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES for the 2018 Northern Plains Indian Artist in Residence. John A. Day Gallery University of South Dakota Vermillion SD.
Materials: Telescoping tipi poles designed by artist Cannupa Hanska Luger
Installation includes sound, light and video components, other materials include canvas, acrylic, pvc, fiber, ceramic, wool, caution tape, steel, and various recycled materials.
Future Ancestral Technologies is a science fiction. Science fiction has the power to shape collective thinking and help to imagine the future on a global scale. Future Ancestral Technologies does this from an Indigenous lens; it articulates a future narrative in which migration of humans is essential for survival on and with the land and water and people of color are the primary characters. As the future of our planet is threatened by capitalism’s continued devastation, new strategies of survivance are needed. With global instability, widespread financial crisis and unaffordable housing, our lifestyles must change. Future Ancestral Technologies is an ongoing investigation of our past in order to move forward, advancing new materials and new modes of thinking. This work prepares us for a highly adaptable lifestyle that lives with the land, not off the land. “In this ongoing series, I prototype designs for objects and their use. I test ritual and conduct ceremony. This project operates with the assumption that these “artworks” will become customary in the future. I create a space of futuristic vision in which societies are nomadic, tipis are solar-powered, and humans create their own functional regalia to live through ceremony in acknowledgement of land.” -Cannupa Hanska Luger