2023 Distinguished Visiting Speakers

March 20, 2023 - March 24, 2023
Venue and Registration information will be announced soon

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New Red Order

The New Red Order (NRO) is a public secret society with a rotating and expanding cast, informed by core contributors Jackson Polys, who is Tlingit, living and working between what are currently called Alaska and New York, and Zack Khalil and Adam Khalil, Ojibway filmmakers and artists from Sault Ste. Michigan who work in Brooklyn.

They amplify and invert their current position as Informants, in the currently called United States, employing video, performance, and multimedia installation to create sites of acknowledgement, savage pronouncement, recruitment, and cumulative interrogation to shift obstructions to Indigenous growth, enjoining potential non-Indigenous accomplices to participate in the co-examination and expansion of Indigenous agency.

Meet the NRO


Schedule of Events

“Crimes Against Reality”

Monday, March 20, 3:30 to 5:00 PM
This live event will feature multiple presenters and formats presented as a public assembly for the ‘public secret society’ New Red Order. Given our ready made settler colonialism as a public secret, that when probed, amplifies the proliferation of attendant fears that create sites of paralysis — quagmires of cultural appropriation, occlusion, imposter syndrome, inappropriate speech and empathic overreach — what routes for the production of movements can escape impinging on Indigenous bodies and their accomplices? Summoning red flags, New Red Order (NRO) supported by a host of proxies in a multimedia lecture performance, targets the aporias formed by desiring indigeneity. Through presentation, performance, projection and live music this desire will be harnessed, converted, and channeled to promote Indigenous futures.

INAATE/SE/ and The Violence of a Civilization

Tuesday, March 21, Evening (Time TBD)
This event will consist of the screening of a feature length film with post screening discussion; 85 minutes.

“Anti-Ethnography Lecture/Screening”

Wednesday, March 22, 3:30 to 5:00 PM
Anti-Ethnography is a selection of video works which examines the violence inherent in the ethnographic impulse, and unveils the absurd fetishism underpinning the discipline. For indigenous peoples the camera is a dangerous weapon, one that has been wielded against us since the device’s inception. Anthropology's obsession with preserving images of our “vanishing” cultures, through ethnographic films or archives filled with boxes of our ancestors' remains, has long been a tool used to colonize and oppress indigenous peoples. By relegating our identities to the past, and forcing us to authenticate ourselves through this past, our existence as contemporary individuals living in a colonized land is denied. It is in this sense that ethnography confines indigenous agency. The anthropologist's encapsulating gaze ignores the fact that for indigenous communities tradition is not an immutable set of truths handed down by revelation, but a set of ever-evolving social practices whose continuity cannot be repaired by preservation, only elaborated through struggle, and finally achieved under conditions of genuine self-determination.

Never Settle: The Program

Thursday, March 23, Evening (Time TBD)
This event will consist of the screening of an in-progress featurette with post screening discussion; 70 minutes

The Informants (screening)

Friday, March 24, 3:30 to 5:00 PM
Through video and performance, THE INFORMANTS will examine the desire for indigeneity in the myths, dreams, and political foundations of the so-called Americas. Featuring videos by Diane Burns; W.K.L. Dickson/Thomas Edison; Guillermo Gómez-Peña; Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Gustavo Vázquez; Sky Hopinka; Tonia Jo Hall; Adam Khalil, Zack Khalil, Jackson Polys; Kent Monkman; The New York Times, Shelley Niro; and Chris Spotted Eagle.

Workshops

Informants Get Paid! Workshop

Tuesday, March 21, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
The focus of this half-day graduate seminar workshop will be to discuss how the desire for indigeneity persists into our imagined future and how we can collectively inform on those desires to better understand and rechannel them. The workshop will consist of readings, screenings, talks as well as interviews and filmed interrogations. Students will have an opportunity to join as an accomplice to the New Red Order. Includes lunch with graduate students.

Office Hours

Wednesday, March 22, 12:00 to 1:30 PM

Workshop on Filmmaking

Thursday, March 23, 2:00 to 4:00 PM
A workshop on how to make anti-ethnographic films in under 120 minutes.

Student Workshop

Friday, March 24, 10 AM - 12 PM
A two hour workshop with art and design students and/or studio visits/feedback on students' work.

Cost
Free
Contact
Department of English and Film Studies
efs@ualberta.ca
Audience
Alumni
Community, Public
Faculty, Staff
Undergraduate Students
Graduate Students
Category
Alumni Arts, Culture Conferences, Meetings, Forums Lectures, Seminars Presentations