Settlement - an indigenous digital occupation

‘Settlement’ was a digital-based programme featuring art, performance, discussion and social interaction from key artists Indigenous to North America and the Pacific.

Featuring up to 30 artists Indigenous to North America and the Pacific, the programme was designed as a creative response and claiming of digital space to consider the impacts of colonisation on a diverse number of tribal nations who continue to thrive despite its long-term effects.

Originally a month-long encampment in Central Park, Plymouth, UK, to take place summer of 2020 within the context of the Mayflower 400 commemoration events, Settlement was intended to go beyond conversations of decolonisation and actively practice indigenisation as a radically immersive onsite experience. Physical engagement was halted due to the pandemic and was reimagined as a vibrant digital occupation.

Main image: Cannupa Hanska Luger with Ginger Dunnill. Project: Here Song. Image Credit: Ginger Dunnill

  • Read: Major Native American artists announced for STTLMNT

    Featuring up to 30 artists Indigenous to North America and the Pacific, Settlement was designed as a creative response and claiming of digital space to consider the impacts of colonisation on a diverse number of tribal nations who continue to thrive despite its long-term effects.

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  • Red Brigade Films short documentary featuring Emily Johnson

    Emily Johnson is an artist who makes body-based work. She is a land and water protector and an activist for justice, sovereignty and well-being.

    A Bessie Award-winning choreographer, Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award, she is based in New York City.

    Watch the short film here.

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  • Watch: Call for participation in each/other embroidery project

    What would the world look like if, as humans, we thought of ourselves as companion species? Can acts of creative collaboration help heal broken bonds with the environment and each other?

    Artists Cannupa Hanska Luger and Marie Watt invited the public to consider questions while contributing to the physical manifestation of a large-scale sculptural installation.

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  • Settlement website

    Settlement included performance, artist discussions, social engagement, mini docs and new work, all online. This project facilitated an honest representation of complex living Indigenous cultures, intersectionality and the Indigenous led new media and theory.

    Find out more at the project's dedicated website

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