AbTeC – LIVE Event Oct. 2 at 11am PST – Activating AbTeC Island Register Here
Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace is an Aboriginally determined research-creation network whose goal is to ensure Indigenous presence in the web pages, online environments, video games, and virtual worlds that comprise cyberspace.
Co-founded and co-directed by Jason Edward Lewis and Skawennati, our multi-faceted effort includes artwork, writing, lectures, workshops, residencies, and exhibitions. Since 2005, AbTeC has collaborated with many individuals and has been generously supported by a number of sponsors.
AbTeC’s roots lie with a project called CyberPowWow, a pioneering on-line gallery and chat space for contemporary Indigenous art. It was through CyberPowWow that we realized that, even on the Internet, Native people need a self-determined place to call home.
AbTeC Island is AbTeC’s headquarters in cyberspace, situated in the online 3D virtual world of Second Life. Here you can visit AbTeC Gallery to see art exhibitions, hang out in sets made for various machinimas created by Skawennti (and co-produced by AbTeC), or build in our studio/sandbox.
Activating AbTeC Island is an initiative to see what can happen if we open an Indigenously determined, virtual location to the public. We have committed to being in-world every week to greet visitors, show you around, help you to customize your avatar, or even teach you how to build a snowman! Invite a friend!