AN ARTIST TALK by POSTCOMMODITY SATURDAY 15th 2PM

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Main Space and Parkade

Runs from February 1, 2014 to February 15, 2014

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Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary arts collective comprised of Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, Kade L. Twist and Nathan Young.

Postcommodity’s art functions as a shared Indigenous lens and voice to engage the assaultive manifestations of the global market and its supporting institutions, public perceptions, beliefs, and individual actions that comprise the ever-expanding, multinational, multiracial and multiethnic colonizing force that is defining the 21st Century through ever increasing velocities and complex forms of violence.

Postcommodity works to forge new metaphors capable of rationalizing our shared experiences within this increasingly challenging contemporary environment; promote a constructive discourse that challenges the social, political and economic processes that are destabilizing communities and geographies; and connect Indigenous narratives of cultural self-determination with the broader public sphere.

The artists of Postcommodity are currently faculty at The Banff Centre for the Global Positioning System or Hacking the Coordinates to Enable Shapeshifiting and Shadow Networks Thematic Residency.
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Admission is free for TRUCK members & invited guests

When: Saturday, February 15 @ 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: TRUCK Gallery, 2009 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB

Postcommodity

Postcommodity is an interdisciplinary arts collective comprised of Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, Kade L. Twist and Nathan Young. Postcommodity’s art functions as a shared Indigenous lens and voice to engage the assaultive manifestations of the global market and its supporting institutions, public perceptions, beliefs, and individual actions that comprise the ever-expanding, multinational, multiracial and multiethnic colonizing force that is defining the 21st Century through ever increasing velocities and complex forms of violence. Postcommodity works to forge new metaphors capable of rationalizing our shared experiences within this increasingly challenging contemporary environment; promote a constructive discourse that challenges the social, political and economic processes that are destabilizing communities and geographies; and connect Indigenous narratives of cultural self-determination with the broader public sphere. Postcommodity are the recipients of grants from the Telluride Institute (2007), American Composers Forum (2008), Arizona Commission on the Arts (2009), Elly Kay Fund (2010), Joan Mitchell Foundation (2010), Creative Capital (2012), and Art Matters (2013). In 2011 the collective’s work was featured in “Close Encounters,” an international Indigenous exhibition exhibited in multiple venues throughout the city of Winnipeg, CA; Contour the 5th Biennial of the Moving Image in Mechelen, Belgium; Nuit Blanche, Toronto, CA; “Half Life: Patterns of Change,” Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM; “The Night is Filled With the Harmonics of Suburban Dreams,” Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS; “Here,” Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum; 18th Biennale of Sydney in Sydney, Australia; Adelaide International in Adelaide, Australia; and Time Lapse, Site Santa Fe, in Santa Fe, NM. In 2013, Postcommodity will exhibit their work at the Headlands Center for the Arts, as well as open their art space, Spirit Abuse in Albuquerque, NM. Throughout the year Postcommodity will prepare to exhibit their work at Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art in 2014, where they will exhibit a survey of their recent work and stage a site-specific 2 mile long land installation on the traditional homelands of the Tohono O’odham.

Raven Chacon:
born Fort Defiance, Navajo Reservation, Arizona, USA is a composer of chamber music, a performer of experimental noise music, and an installation artist. He performs regularly as a solo artist as well as with numerous ensembles in the Southwest. He is also a member of the American Indian art collective Postcommodity. Chacon's work explores sounds of acoustic handmade instruments overdriven through electric systems and the direct and indirect audio feedback responses from their interactions. He has a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has served on the Music and Native American Studies faculties at the University of New Mexico and as a visiting artist in the New Media Art & Performance program at Long Island University. Chacon has presented his work in different contexts at Vancouver Art Gallery, ABC No Rio, REDCAT, Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, San Fransisco Electronic Music Festival, Chaco Canyon, Adelaide Festival, Ende Tymes Festival and The Kennedy Center. He lives and works in Albuquerque, NM.

Cristobal Martinez:
Cristóbal Martínez was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and raised in the Española Valley Pueblo de Alcalde. He is an artist, and a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University. Cristóbal draws from his cultural roots to express metaphors and stories. He achieves these expressions by weaving rhetoric, interactive media, media theories, indigenous knowledge, and conceptual art to form a continuum of literacies, which he uses to project indigenous worldviews. As a central part of his work, Cristóbal collaborates as a member of Xicano and Native American transdiciplinary collectives. These groups generate conceptual artworks and research outcomes that express North American indigenous worldviews and their relationships to place, while also considering the impacts of colonization, imperialism, neo-liberalism, and globalization. Cristobal's work is a synthesis of his experiential knowledge as a mestizo, his scholarly work, and the knowledge he gains from the indigenous intercultural collaborations he participates in. His thesis is to contribute toward the ever emergent development of Native American and Xicano media as re-imagined ceremony for dialogues, learning, and survivance.

Kade L. Twist
is a multi-disciplinary artist working with video, installation, sound, text and two-dimensional media. Mr. Twist’s work embeds Indigenous postcolonial narratives within a contemporary landscape of American popular culture and consumerism. Twist’s new series of two-dimensional work, The First Syntax Rebellion, is available at Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art. His mixed-media installation, Just As I Am, was recently accessioned into the Arizona State University Art Museum’s permanent collection. Twist’s multi-media installation work is currently featured in Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of the American Indian. He is one of the co-founders of Postcommodity, a contemporary American Indian artist collective working to advance postcolonial Indigenous discourse through collaborative, interdisciplinary, transborder actions. Twist received the 2007 Native Writers’ Circle of the Americas First Book Award for his poetry manuscript, Amazing Grace. Twist graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a BA in American Indian studies, with an emphasis on tribal policy and economic development. Twist has worked in Washington DC as a tribal telecommunications policy analyst for the Benton Foundation and the Native Networking Policy Center. He is currently a member of the Federal Communications Commission Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age. Twist is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Nathan Young:
born 1975, Tahlequah, OK is a multidisciplinary artist working in the mediums of film, documentary, animation, multi-media installation and experimental and improvised music. He is the founder of Native Airspace, a media production company that focuses primarily on health care and social justice issues in American Indian communities. Nathan is also a founding member of the interdisciplinary indigenous artist collective Postcommodity. Through his long form drone compositions and videos, Nathan’s work engages ritual, trance, the spiritual and the political, through indigenous sacred imagery and investigations into contested space. As a member of the electronic doom metal duo Ajilvsga (ah-gee-luh-ska), with Brad Rose, Young has released more than 40 recordings on various international music labels such as Not Not Fun, Stunned and Blackest Rainbow Records. In 2007 Young’s feature length screenplay Heavy Metal Indians was selected as a project for the Sundance Institute’s Native Initiative and received the Honorable Mention prize in the 2008 Tribeca All Access Screenwriting Competition. Nathan is a recipient of the 2005 National Video Resource Media Arts Fellowship. Nathan received his Bachelors Degree in Art History from the University of Oklahoma and is currently pursuing his MFA in Music and Sound at Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts where he studies with artist - composers Marina Rosenfeld, Bill Dietz, Laetitia Sonami and Alex Waterman. Nathan is of Pawnee, Kiowa and Delaware decent.