Wayne Marci, MFA will be visiting UCD on Thursday, October 8 to speak about SHIFT, Indian Country’s Changing Landscape: Decolonial Data-Visualiztions, Shifting the Perspective of American History. SHIFT is an innovative, interactive digital humanities installation and online archive. While Wayne won’t be installing the exhibit, he will be talking about the process of creating it, showing slides, explaining the web interface, and discussing the goals and next steps for the project. Please join us on 10/8/15 from 2pm-3pm in 1002 Geidt to hear Wayne discuss SHIFT.
Please see attached flyer for information on the lecture, and the press release pasted below for more information on the project.
Shift – Indian Country’s Changing Landscape
You are invited to see Shift, Indian Country’s Changing Landscape, an immersive installation that offers a reversal of ideologies that are often normalized in the United States—including settler colonialism, genocide and imperialism—through a series of decolonial data visualizations. Data of and from the Indigenous peoples of the area now known as the United States is shown in a series of interactive and intuitive displays that attempts to re-teach American history.
I began compiling a corpus of all Native American treaties from the Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties archive compiled by Charles J. Kappler. The search for this archive took an extensive period of time. The translation of the time spent searching for the almost hidden and secret archive is this piece; the treaty images are only visible through the magnifying glass.
After reflecting on my findings of the compiled data, I realized that these words were a part of manifesting what is now America. The flag displays the most used verbs with its associated frequency. This analysis was compiled with the Python programming language and the Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK).
The words are much more than words however, the words are seizure of lands, places, spiritual areas. My Lakota friend, Sinte Numpa, and I then began to geocode every treaty’s location. During the geolocating, I also began to georeference (convert to digital) historical maps produced by Dan Cole for the Handbook of North American Indians and geolocate every war, battle, and massacre. The decolonial map is the culmination of this research.