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Wayne Booth Marci: Shift - Indian Country’s Changing Landscape

Wayne Booth Marci "Shift - Indian Country’s Changing Landscape"

Settler colonialism, genocide and imperialism included, are often normalized in U.S. ideologies. Shift, Indian Country’s Changing Landscape offers a reversal of those ideologies into decolonial data-visualizations. Data of and from the Indigenous peoples of the area now known as the U.S. constitute Shift, an immersive and colossal, yet intuitive display. Vine Deloria, a Native scholar defines true liberation as “chang[ing] the way that Western peoples think, the way they collect data, which data they gather, and how they arrange that information.” Shift visualizes Indigenous data-sets (population, land area, wars, and treaties from 1400-2014) into an immersive and colossal, yet intuitive display to re-teach American history. 

Wayne Marci is a technology savvy, rock climbing, data artist roaming the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the open road. Born in Oakland, schooled in Silicon Valley, and partially raised in South Dakota, he has experienced urban and rural views of what is now America. His work investigates the questions, “what are borders?” and “what is American history?” Video by Dani Williamson.