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Kite and Devin Ronneberg

Tulsa, United States (Muscogee (Creek) Nation)
Los Angeles, United States (Tovaangar)

Musicians and multimedia artists Suzanne Kite and Devin Ronneberg have long collaborated on work that brings together sculpture, sound, moving image and performance to represent the complexities of First Nations identities in the United States.

Kite is an Oglala Lakota performance artist, visual artist, and composer with a BFA from CalArts in Music Composition and a MFA from Bard College. She is a PhD candidate at Concordia University, Research Assistant for the Initiative for Indigenous Futures, and a 2019 Trudeau Scholar. Her research is concerned with contemporary Lakota ontologies, which include non-human beings and the development of protocols and relations for stones, metals, and Artificial Intelligence. Recently, Kite has developed Machine Learning body and hair interfaces, carbon fiber sculptures, and immersive installations and participated in the 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art.  Kite has also published in 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.

Ronneberg is a multidisciplinary artist of Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian), Okinawan and European heritage with a BFA in Music Technology and Digital Art from the Herb, Alpert School of Music, CalArts. Through sculpture, sound art, computational media and design his practice is currently concerned with emergent technologies and their unseen implications. He is an experimental aircraft designer with Berker Engineering and co-runs the imprint Private Selection Records.