New Media Gallery, 777 Columbia Street, 3rd Floor Anvil Centre New Westminster, British Columbia  
Jan 03, 2019 - Feb 04, 2019 | All Day

Biidaaban: First Light (2018 | 6-9 min, Virtual Reality), by Lisa Jackson, Mathew Borrett, Jam3 and the National Film Board of Canada

Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square is flooded. Its infrastructure has merged with the local fauna; mature trees grow through cracks in the sidewalks and vines cover south-facing walls. People commute via canoe and grow vegetables on skyscraper roofs. Urban life is thriving.

Rooted in the realm of Indigenous futurism, Biidaaban: First Light is an interactive VR time-jump into a highly realistic—and radically different—Toronto of tomorrow. As users explore this altered city now reclaimed by nature, they must think about their place in history and ultimately their role in the future.

Schedule: daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm (8:00pm on Thursdays). Closed Monday. More information here.

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