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The Final Frontier puts a Canadian spin on Afrofuturism, a movement that mixes digital culture and history to posit alternative futures reflecting the black experience. Using performance as social research, the black body is used as a “site” of colonial encounter and resistance. The Final Frontier was created in response to Camille Turner’s identity as a hyphenated Canadian who is searching for home and her frequent experience of feeling like a “stranger in a strange land.” Beginning with a performance that took place in 2007 in Lethbridge and the surrounding landscape, Turner’s project went on to include a second performance in the urban spaces of Toronto. Presented as an installation with video and sculptural components, The Final Frontier returns to the place that inspired its creation.
Camille Turner is a Toronto-based media/performance artist and curator whose inter-cultural engagements explore the social dimensions of technology. She uses digital media art to build bridges across cultures and differences, help communities and individuals tell their stories and create meaningful exchanges that contribute to social change. Turner has presented talks, performances and exhibitions of her work throughout Canada, USA, UK, Senegal, Australia, Germany and Mexico.