Kite: Makȟóčheowápi Akézaptaŋ


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Kite (aka Suzanne Kite) is an Oglála Lakȟóta performance artist, visual artist, and composer raised in Southern California, with a BFA from CalArts in music composition, an MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School, and is a Ph.D. candidate at Concordia University. Kite’s scholarship and practice highlight contemporary Lakota epistemologies through research-creation, computational media, and performance. Her performances, compositions, sculptures, and sound installations showcase the use of experimentation in new media and digital technologies that touch on issues such as nonhuman and human intelligence, the ethics of extractive technologies, and software design. Kite co-runs the experimental electronic imprint Unheard Records and has published extensively in several journals and magazines, including in The Journal of Design and Science (MIT Press), where the award-winning article, “Making Kin with Machines,” co-authored with Jason Lewis, Noelani Arista, and Archer Pechawis, was featured. She also contributed the essay “How to Build Anything Ethically” to the “Indigenous Protocol and Artificial Intelligence Position Paper.” Currently, she serves as a Research Assistant for the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. She has been a presenter and advisor to the Media Art Xploration (MAX) FestivalMore info:


This project was made possible with funds from the County of Onondaga through the Tier Three Program administered by CNY Arts.