About Artinjun

Mission Statement is a project that supports radical inclusivity and welcomes innovative approaches to Aboriginal new media, electronic art and online Indigenous language, music and art projects, organizations and collectives vis-a-vis our evolving relationship with contemporary society via the world wide web.


Artinjun is committed to:

  1. The presentation, dissemination and promotion of Indigenous art and projects concerned with technological experimentation, both online and in the physical, realtime world.
  2. Carving out meaningful space in the online world by existing on the server with the direct goal of providing more profile and services for Indigenous artists and other related organizations and collectives and their audiences. These services include a directory linking artists' pages, projects and organizational urls for promotion; listservs and other network based services where available and applicable.
  3. Maintaining this site dedicated to technological experimentation with the recognition of the important role a locally-based community of practice plays in the artistic process. This space functions as a laboratory for production and presentation, and for the exchange of ideas and methods, both formal and informal, as they relate to technological based art.


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Who Is Artinjun

Cheryl L'Hirondelle: net.artist, musician, performance artist/originator
Cheryl L'Hirondelle (Metis/Cree/German) is a practicing multi and interdisciplinary artist and musician who's creative practice is an investigation of the junction of a Cree worldview in contemporary time and space.

Joseph Naytowhow: musician, artist/Cree language specialist
bio forthcoming

Ryan Stec: Artengine liaison
Ryan Stec is a Winnipeg born/Ottawa based media artist and curator working in documentary and experimental forms. Stec has been experimenting with live video for the last 6 years, producing mixes, performances and visual design for a wide range of art events, media arts festivals, club nights, parties and even the countries second largest folk festival. He has made his visual mark on the now legendary JIZZ! events at Galerie SAW Gallery, Inside Out Festival in Toronto, New Forms Festival in Vancouver and most recently with Ottawa's brightest electronic producers and DJs - Jokers of the Scene.
As a curator Stec has produced one of the only media art commissioning program in Ottawa, Remix (2002-2006), presented by SAW Video, the Available Light Screening Collective, Platform Gallery in Vaasa Finland, and Art Star, Galerie SAW Gallery Video Art Biennial. His experimental work has been presented in both single channel and installation forms such as the itch, included in the Ottawa Art Gallery's 2005 show My Culture Includes My Scene. He has completed two full-length documentary projects, the second of which, Bastard, premiered with the Canadian Film Institute (2004).
Stec is currently Artengine's Artistic Director, where he recently oversaw the Superfan project, which commissioned 5 works for installation in various sports bars in Ottawa.

Michael Lechasseur: Artengine programmer and web designer
bio forthcoming

Mathieu Bouchard; Artengine sysop
bio forthcoming

Alexandre Castonguay, (Honorary) Artengine liaison
Born in Hull, Quebec in 1968, Alexandre studied at the University of Ottawa (B.F.A. 1991 and B.A. 1993) and at Concordia University, Montréal (M.F.A. 2004). He currently teaches at the University of Ottawa and represented by the gallery Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain in Montréal. Castonguay's practice is based in new media and digital art, and his works exploit both obsolete technology and open source software. "Elements", a recent installation, was shown at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal in 2006. His interactive installation "Digitale" was shown at the Digital and Video Art Fair (2005), Medienkunstlabor in Graz, Austria (2004), at Pierre-François Ouellette Art Contemporain (2003), and at the Ottawa Art Gallery (2003). His digitally-mastered photographs have been featured in group exhibitions at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Jack Shainman and Laurence Miller Galleries in New York and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa. His works are included in the collections of the Canada Council Art Bank, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d'art contemporain of Montreal, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography found as part of many corporate and private collections.