Settlement - an indigenous digital occupation

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

The programme showcases creative works that question the impacts of colonisation on a wide number of tribal nations who continue to thrive despite its long-term effects.

Featuring up to 30 artists Indigenous to North America and the Pacific, it is 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 has been 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 is 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.

    The platform intends to go beyond conversations of Decolonisation and actively practice Indigenisation as a radically immersive onsite experience that showcases contemporary culture as a response to long-term effects of colonisation including the impact of the Mayflower’s wake on communities across North America and the previously untold side of the Mayflower’s history.

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

    Contribute to a monumental artwork by embroidering a message onto a bandana which artists Cannupa Hanska Luger and Marie Watt will incorporate into a forthcoming large scale sculpture for the Each/Other exhibition at Denver Art Museum, May 23-August 22, 2021. Watch this video with Cannupa Hanska Luger & Marie Watt discussing how you can take part in #eachotheratdam

    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 invite the public to consider questions while contributing to the physical manifestation of a large-scale sculptural installation.

    For full details of how to apply, click here.

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  • Settlement website

    Across the winter, Settlement will include performance, artist discussions, social engagement, mini docs and new work, all online. This project facilitates 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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  • Event: Virtual Sewing Circle with Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger

    Join artists Marie Watt and Cannupa Hanska Luger for a virtual sewing circle and contribute to their collaborative artwork for the Each/Other exhibition.

    During this event, participants will embroider a word, message, or visual sentiment onto a bandana. The sewing circle is open to everyone, all ages and no experience is required.

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  • Event: Red Brigade Films short documentary featuring Raven Chacon

    Raven Chacon is a composer, performer and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation.

    As a solo artist, collaborator, or with Postcommodity, Chacon has exhibited or performed at Whitney Biennial, documenta 14, REDCAT, Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, Chaco Canyon, Ende Tymes Festival, 18th Biennale of Sydney, and The Kennedy Center.

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  • Event: UK Each/Other weekly sewing circle launch

    Each/Other sewing circles will be held in Plymouth, UK, and hosted online by Melinda Schwakhofer, an American artist and citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation with Austrian-American ancestry, who now lives and works on Dartmoor in the UK.

    The Each/Other Sewing Circles will run online from 11am to midday (UK time) every Saturday starting on 24 October for five weeks.

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  • Event: Yatika Starr Fields: New Effigy Mural

    Yatika Starr Fields will premiere the second mural for his ongoing Effigy project.

    Colourful and contemporary in painting process, yet historical and done in good faith, the Effigy pots will confront non-Indigenous viewers to evaluate their place on the land they are on and to hold dialogue and thought in a new way to understand the past, an Indigenous past.

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  • Event: wiGw@m VLOG update

    Throughout the STTLMNT winter program, participating artist Haley Greenfeather English will construct a contemporary wigwam structure and present video documentation of the creation process in through VLOG entries throughout the winter months.

    Presented on this day will be the first of the wiGw@m VLOG updates.

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  • Event: Red Brigade Films short documentary featuring Haley Greenfeather English

    Haley Greenfeather English is an artist and educator of Red Lake and Turtle Mountain Ojibwe descent.

    Her work draws from observation, personal narrative and recycled memories, to break down imposed notions of reality based on western cultural biases.

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  • Event: |-|—|-| aHome4Her; [for/four] Project Update One

    Over the course of STTLMNT, Eric-Paul Riege will be welcoming you to the story of |-|—|-| aHome4Her; [for/four].

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  • Event: Red Brigade Films short documentary featuring Dylan McLaughlin

    Dylan McLaughlin is a video artist working to foster creative processes that inform multi-media installation, interactive, and performative works.

    McLaughlin is born of the Diné (Navajo) people. He received his BFA in New Media Art from the Institute of American Indian Arts and is pursuing an MFA in Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico.

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  • Event: Demian DinéYazhi´: Debris of Human Forgetting

    An online engagement and poetic performance by Demian DinéYazhi´.

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  • Event: Blood Memory UK

    Blood Memory app expands to include natural spaces in Central Park, Plymouth, UK.

    Interact with Blood Memory stories while engaging with the land.

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  • Event: 'Whirlwind Smokes the Sound Waves' Song Release

    Premiere song release from the developing album, 'Whirlwind Smokes the Sound Waves' .

    Laura Ortman is collaborating with other STTLMNT artists on a new album in music, sound, artworks, broadcast, conversation, movement, and beyond.

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  • Event: Breathing Within a Burn

    Breathing within a burn: A social choreography of grief and gratitude- a dance for humans, trees, and fire as more-than-human kinstillations.

    You are invited to a happening between kinstillatory thought sisters, Emily Johnson and Karyn Recollet who read from, discuss and further their thinking of the kinstillatory and the overflow, particularly in relation to their new article, written together via distance during the deep months of the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • Event: Here Song App Launch

    Here Song is an interactive app for your mobile device created by artists Cannupa Hanska Luger and Ginger Dunnill, with the support of Flux Projects.

    Using this application connects the user to place through unique coding which encourages users to scan the world around them and create a one of a kind sound composition to map the land.

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  • Event: Love and Fury Film Screening / Q&A Zoom with Director Sterlin Harjo

    Plymouth Arts Cinema will host two on-site screenings of Love and Fury accompanied by a live Zoom Q&A with director Sterlin Harjo.

    Sterlin Harjo follows Native artists as they navigate their careers in the US and abroad. The film explores the immense complexities each artist faces of their own identity as Native artists, as well as, advancing Native art into a post-colonial world.

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  • Event: Wampum / ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᎦᎫᏗ performance by Elisa Harkins

    Wampum / ᎠᏕᎳ ᏗᎦᎫᏗ is an ongoing project where Elisa Harkins sings in a combination of Cherokee, English and Muscogee (Creek) to electronic dance music, some of which is inspired by of sheet music of Indigenous music notated by Daniel Chazanoff during the 20th century.

    As an act of Indigenous Futurism, it combines disco and Indigenous language in an effort to alter the fate of these endangered languages through active use, preservation on pressed vinyl and radio play.

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  • Event: Red Brigade Films Director Razelle Benally, Director's Cut Premiere

    Razelle Benally, 'STTLMNT' film series Director from Red Brigade Films, says: "The STTLMNT video series is not only a response to the current state of the world, but illuminates the proactive nature and resilience of the artists, bringing back a sense of unity in a time where social engagement is limited."

    Red Brigade Films short documentary series releases a new feature each week through the Winter Programme.

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  • Event: Black Belt Eagle Scout Exclusive Video Release

    Exclusive world premiere of previously unreleased music video by artist Black Belt Eagle Scout.

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  • Event: Bead N Bitch w/ Dayna Danger

    Through online social engagement with the global community we will connect through an interactive art experience reflecting on 'kitchen table talks' or 'bead and bitch' gathering hosted by artist Dayna Danger.

    'Metis Kitchen Table Talks' were started by Cathy Mattes and Sherry Farrell Racette, two influential and prolific Metis scholars and knowledge keepers.

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  • Event: Screening and responsive witnessing with Emily Johnson and collaborators

    You are invited to a screening of the film performance, The Ways We Love and The Ways We Love Better, Monumental Movement Toward Being Future Being(s), followed by a responsive witnessing with Karyn Recollet, Emily Johnson, Dylan Robinson and Camille Georgeson-Usher.

    In partnership with Digital Hub and Socrates Sculpture Park.

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