©2018 Jon Michael Corbett
©2015 Jon Michael Corbett
ᑭᐢᑭᓇᐧᐦᐊᒪᑯᓯᐃᐧᐣ • kiskinwahamakosiwin • Education
Doctor of Philosophy - Interdisciplinary Studies
I started my Interdisciplinary Studies (Indigenous Studies & Computer Science) PhD in September of 2017 at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. I received a Dean's Entrance Scholarship ($10,000) and a SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Doctoral Scholarship ($105,000) to pursue my studies.
My PhD focus merges the domains Indigenous studies (art-making practices), computer science (programming), and linguistics (Cree language). For more information on my proposed plan you can read my SSHRC Doctoral application.
Master of Fine Art - Interdisciplinary Studies
I completed my MFA at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, in 2015, under the guidance of Aleksandra Dulic.
My final solo exhibition "Expressions of the Sacred" was held in June 2015 at the UBC FINA Gallery on the UBC Okanagan Campus. In addition to the exhibition of my visual works, I wrote a supplemental thesis titled "Indigitalized : traditional Métis artistic expression in contemporary media art" that can be downloaded from the UBC Open Collections Database. Check out my portfolio gallery for more images from this exhibition, and read about my methodologial process and the construction of these works in my final written thesis.
This thesis examines a re-indigenizing process facilitated through traditional and computer-based media artistic expressive forms. My recent discovery of my Canadian Indigenous ancestry has brought me to investigate how my identity as a contemporary artist has been impacted by my exploration of Indigenous forms of expression that were lost to me due to my grandmother’s assimilation to a homogenized Canadian ideal. I examined the relationships between my contemporary artistic practice and Indigenous perspectives to develop an exhibition of work that bridged computer-based media and traditional Métis beading practice. My artistic influences and a descriptive account of my current artistic practices is synthesised with my new Indigenous knowledge of identity and expression, which not only produced several works of art, but also generated new programmatic methodologies and a computer-based media toolkit that can aid Indigenous artists with developing computer and media based art projects.