Animation (silent): Lisa Roberts in conversation with Shawn Wilson. 2016

Growing and sharing knowledge

"...Indigenous Canadian scholar Shawn Wilson asks, "What does sharing and growing Indigenous knowledge look like?" He wants an animation for a presentation he's planning.

We have a long phone conversation. I load the presentation file he just sent to my computer. I see words spiralling out from the centre of the screen.

Shawn explains that knowledge itself has agency through art and science, and that the context in which that knowledge reaches us is the vital component in our understanding.

Listening to Shawn, and watching his spiralling words, I get a sense of the movement in the interaction we are having in this moment, and of how knowledge (our knowledge) is growing.

I use Adobe Flash animation software and a Wacom drawing tablet and stylus to create this animation that I recognise as minds meeting and opening up.

Lisa Roberts 2020


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