Indigenous Science Fiction, The Imagination, and Long-term Thinking

Indigenous Science Fiction, The Imagination, and Long-term Thinking

Presented by Long Now Boston and Emerson Contemporary

Wed, October 16, 2019.   Reception 6:30-7:30pm and Talk 7:30-8:30pm.

Emerson College, Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre, 559 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111 

Space is limited.  RSVP HERE 

The event:

Join us for a provocative conversation about indigenous science fiction, the imagination, and long-term thinking. Featured speakers are artist Cannupa Hanska Luger and author Dr. Jimena Canales. Both speakers are concerned with the nature of time – historic, present, and future – and how science/fiction, storytelling and long-term thinking intersect.

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition FUTURE ANCESTRAL TECHNOLOGIES nágshibi, featuring new art work by Cannupa Hanska Luger. Future Ancestral Technologies is an approach to making art objects, videos, and performance with the intent to influence global consciousness. This Indigenous-centered science fiction uses creative storytelling to radically reimagine the future. 

The conversation will be moderated by Dr. Leonie Bradbury, Henry and Lois Foster Chair of Contemporary Art Theory and Practice and Distinguished Curator-in-Residence at Emerson College.

The Speakers:

Cannupa Hanska Luger is a New Mexico-based, multi-disciplinary artist. Raised on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota he is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian descent. Through monumental installations that incorporate ceramics, video, sound, fiber, steel and repurposed materials, Luger interweaves performance and political action to communicate stories about 21st century Indigeneity. Luger lectures and produces projects around the globe and his work is collected internationally. He is a 2019 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant, a 2019 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Honoree and the recipient of the 2018 Museum of Arts and Design’s inaugural Burke Prize. Luger holds a BFA in studio arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts. 

Dr. Jimena Canales is an expert in 19th and 20th century history of the physical sciences, working for a better understanding of science and technology in relation to the arts and humanities. Her book, A Tenth of a Second: A History explored the relation between science and history as one of the central intellectual problems of modern times. Her second book, The Physicist and the Philosopher: Einstein, Bergson and the Debate That Changed Our Understanding of Time explores the nature of time, the meaning of relativity, and the place of philosophical thought in a scientific age. She received an M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University in the History of Science and a BSC in Engineering Physics from the Tecnológico de Monterrey.