Video by Carrie Gates
Illustrations by Jason Baerg
Sound by Michael Red
Kisik Acimowina (translated most often as Sky Story in Cree)
Kisik Acimowina is an experimental collaborative multimedia piece created for exhibition purposes by New Media Artists Carrie Gates, Jason Baerg, and Music Composer, Michael Red. The work explores a time-collapsing journey in our land, from the perspective of a single traveller inside an ever-evolving land and sky scape.
Red’s music was inspired by the image of the calling of a rattle and an outdoor fire, while the individual illustrations by Baerg are abstractions of the Cree cosmological world. Gates then used sound-reactive animation and experimental motion graphics techniques to bring the abstractions to life alongside the music.
This piece is the first collaboration in a larger project between Gates, Baerg, and Red. Spread across Canada, the artists created this piece remotely from one another, and they are looking forward to developing this storyworld in more detail with an upcoming project that includes a longer, live performance version of this material.