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Indians in Cyberspace
by Mike MacDonald

Who is artinjun.ca?
by Cheryl L'Hirondelle

First Nations in Cyberspace
by Mike Patterson

Welcome to ConunDrum Online

Welcome to the premiere issue. ConunDrum Online is dedicated to Aboriginal art and culture on the digital land.

Each quarter ConunDrum Online presents the works of Aboriginal writers and artists creating new pathways, gathering places, stories, songs and images of our rich cultures.

   
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Steve Loft and Ahasiw Maskegon-Iskwew at the launch of Urban Shaman's new web site, ConunDrum Online, and New Media Gallery on 23 April 2005.

(Model wearing launch gifts in an image by KC Adams.)

 

 

Urban Shaman Gallery

ConunDrum Online is a production of Urban Shaman Gallery in Winnipeg and launched during the exhibition A Study of Indian-ness by Jeff Thomas.

Please visit our featured writers, read the editorial, contribute to the forum, check out our links, and suggest your own. You can also view our site map.

The drum asks big questions and ConunDrum Online invites you to explore them.

ConunDrum Online Overview

Art is a manifestation of the interpretive nature of human interaction. It provides a point of departure for engagement with cultural, metaphorical, aesthetic, political and personal reflection. Native artists work from a history grounded in the colonial experience. Yet an aesthetic has developed in spite of cultural oppression and repression that is distinct, vibrant and multi, as well as cross disciplinary.

Experimentation in art by Aboriginal artists challenges control by others of the resources and perception of Aboriginal culture. In many ways, the work of Aboriginal media artists can be seen as the outgrowth of distinctly Aboriginal visual and literary cultures - a wide diversity of practices that maintain a strong aesthetic relationship with oral storytelling traditions, historical/traditional art and cultural production. One of the essential components of Aboriginal artistic innovation has always been the exploration of new forms, spaces and acknowledgement for creative expressions that honour and celebrate the contemporary vitality of Aboriginal history. Innovation based on strong relationships to Aboriginal history is further invigorated because this focal orientation also differs significantly from the generally accepted foundations and practices of contemporary Canadian art and society. The historic and contemporary imbalances within this difference place extraordinary demands on creative negotiation and rigorous analysis for continual rejuvenation and strength of Aboriginal culture.

It goes beyond the notion of simple publication and enters the realm of translation, exploring how media refashions the logic of communication strategies to encompass a broader understanding of contemporary cultural phenomena.

The ezine format of ConunDrum Online is an articulation of creative and cultural space foregoing the territorialized domains of cultural and artistic canons. It goes beyond the notion of simple publication and enters the realm of translation, exploring how media refashions the logic of communication strategies to encompass a broader understanding of contemporary cultural phenomena. For curator and theorist Catherine Mattes, "translation can loosely be defined as the act of expressing the sense of one language into another parlance or form of representation. When applied to visual languages, translation can transcend the boundaries of specific movements and discourses and does not bind artists by locating them in (or up against) a particular realm."

By using the internet as a publication vehicle, information resource, discursive and interactive forum, and artistic medium, ConunDrum Online builds a greater audience for Aboriginal art, adds to the body of critical dialogue around it, aids in the production of new art, and contributes to the emergence and strength of new artists and arts communities.

Steve Loft and Ahasiw Maskegon-Iskwew, March 2005

 
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