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Living Trees and Networks: An Exploration of Fractal Ontology and Digital Archiving of Indigenous Knowledge

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dc.contributor.advisor Boetzkes, Amanda Reid, CA Bourget, Chelsea 2020-04-08T13:43:19Z 2020-04-08T13:43:19Z 2020-04 2020-03-31 2020-04-08
dc.description.abstract Fractal ontology is a holistic philosophy by which interconnectedness can be described and visualized as the repetition of a naturally occurring complex pattern. Using mtig bemaadzid (the living tree) as a primary example of a fractal, this thesis analyzes the digital network as a fractal form of establishing connections. In this way, I suggest that fractal ontology is an extension of Akinoomaagewin (physical philosophy) that describes Indigenous arts and culture archives in the digital age that crosses the humanities and sciences, and foregrounds systems theory. Working with film and photographic processes in three case-studies, I reflect on archival film and hypermedia databases as strengths within the digital network, emphasizing the importance of reciprocal and collaborative practices. This thesis also highlights global information politics, as well as information sovereignty in relation to digital media and online platforms, as fundamental components of digital archiving for arts and culture. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Atikameksheng Anishnawbek (Whitefish Lake First Nation) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
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dc.subject fractal en_US
dc.subject ontology en_US
dc.subject living en_US
dc.subject trees en_US
dc.subject network en_US
dc.subject networks en_US
dc.subject theory en_US
dc.subject indigenous en_US
dc.subject archiving en_US
dc.subject archives en_US
dc.subject digital en_US
dc.subject knowledge en_US
dc.subject knowledges en_US
dc.subject reid en_US
dc.subject traditional en_US
dc.subject philosophy en_US
dc.subject interconnectedness en_US
dc.subject rhizome en_US
dc.subject roots en_US
dc.subject branches en_US
dc.subject branching en_US
dc.subject models en_US
dc.subject holistic en_US
dc.subject holism en_US
dc.subject art en_US
dc.subject history en_US
dc.subject historiography en_US
dc.subject mtig en_US
dc.subject bemaadzid en_US
dc.subject infomation en_US
dc.subject sovereignty en_US
dc.subject reciprocal en_US
dc.subject akinoomaagewin en_US
dc.subject global en_US
dc.subject politics en_US
dc.subject social en_US
dc.subject informatics en_US
dc.title Living Trees and Networks: An Exploration of Fractal Ontology and Digital Archiving of Indigenous Knowledge en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Art History and Visual Culture en_US Master of Arts en_US School of Fine Art and Music en_US
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