Initiative For Indigenous Futures

an Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace production

Scott Benesiinaabandan

Blueberry Pie Under the Martian Sky
2016

Anishnabe artist Benesiinaabandan recounts a story he was told by Cree Elder Wilfred Buck about Spider Woman. From her home at the centre of the Seven Sisters, Spider Woman wove a long thread along which the Anishinabe people travelled to Earth. Some modern interpretations of this legend say that this spider thread is a metaphor for a wormhole. Another story says that some day, a young boy will return to that place from where the Anishinabe came. Blueberry Pie Under The Martian Sky is a virtual reality (VR) artwork that will take place seven generations in the future, when human beings are able to travel through wormholes. It will follow that young boy as he journeys back to his people’s place of origin.

​The background for the piece comes from the artist reflecting on the idea that the Anishnabemowin term for “blueberry pie” did not exist until relatively recently (blueberries having been around since time immemorial, but not pie). Benesiinaabandan wondered what other words will need to be created over the next seven generations to describe yet newer technologies, environments and our relations to and between them. He has also been exploring how Anishinabe stories resonate with recent scientific theories that suggest that time, rather than being like an arrow or a river, is actually more like a blanket: it can fold, and two points can even touch, connecting two points in time via wormholes.

Blueberry Pie Under The Martian Sky is produced in conjunction with the Initiative for Indigenous Futures (IIF) and the 2167 project. IIF conducts research and creativity activity aimed at helping Indigenous communities imagine possible lives seven generations from now. 2167 is an immersive media series that commissions six Indigenous filmmakers and artists to create VR projects set 150 years in the future. These works serve as a counterpoint to the 150 years of Canadian confederation celebrations that will take place throughout 2017. Scott was in residency at the Cluster March 28th – July 29th 2016.

2167 Press Release
Individual Project Press Release

Artist Contact Information

Email: chisel4@gmail.com | http://www.benesiinaabandan.com/

IIF Contact Information

Email: iif@abtec.org  | Phone: 514-848-2424 ext. 5935 | http://abtec.org/iif/

2167 is a partnership of IIF, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and Pinnguaq.


Teapot Wormhole

Virtual Reality/Digital Media

Blueberry Pie Under the Martian Sky - Teapot Wormhole

Tensides

Virtual Reality/Digital Media

Blueberry Pie Under the Martian Sky - Tensides