Studio Connections: Artist Networks is intended to specifically support our students in Interdisciplinary Master’s of Art, Media and Design, Digital Futures and Criticism & Curatorial Practice Masters programs with conversations to inspire the continued development of their practices.
Michelle Lee Brown is the Assistant Professor of Indigenous Knowledge, Data Sovereignty, and Decolonization at Washington State University, in the Digital Technology and Culture Program. She is a recent Eastman Fellow at Dartmouth College in their department of Native American and Indigenous Studies, and recently completed her PhD in the Indigenous Politics and Futures Studies programs in the Political Science Department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her work articulates Indigenous political praxis and futures through digital SF; she is currently working on a VR project on water, eels, and relationality, and a comic based on multiple levels of impostor syndrome. She is part of the Indigenous Protocol and Artificial Intelligence Working Group, and her chapter in the Position Paper is titled “Wriggling Through Muddy Waters: Revitalizing Euskadunak Practices with AI Systems.” More about her practice and praxis can be found at www.michelleleebrown.com
Euskalduna from Lapurdi (Biarritz/Miarritze Côte des Basques), she grew up on Wampanoag territories around Buzzards Bay and now lives on Umatilla, Cayuse, and Walla Walla lands and waters. She strives to uphold her relational commitments to these communities and is grateful to be working with WSU and OCAD faculty, staff and graduate students to imagine and build otherwise.