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Evie Johnny Ruddy is a trans non-binary white settler living in Treaty 4 territory. They are a socially engaged interdisciplinary artist and PhD Candidate in Cultural Mediations at the Institute for Comparative Studies in Literature, Art, and Culture at Carleton University. Evie Johnny's research is at the intersection of creative technologies, trans studies, queer theory, media and communications theory, critical race theory, critical geography, and design justice. Their SSHRC-funded doctoral research focuses on affective t4t (trans-for-trans) encounters with disruptive digital media art in public/urban spaces. 

Evie Johnny designs and creates interactive augmented reality, web-based, and locative audio experiences to explore how technologies can be harnessed to disrupt colonial, cisheteropatriarchal logics in the pursuit of reimagining more joyful and liberatory futures. In 2020, Evie Johnny's interactive web project with the National Film Board, Un/tied, won a Digital Dozen: Breakthroughs in Storytelling Award from Columbia University School of the Arts Digital Storytelling Lab and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award. Evie Johnny co-produced and created the locative audio tour Queering the Queen City, which features place-based stories told by queer, trans, and Two Spirit people in downtown Regina, challenging the notion that spaces outside of “gaybourhoods” are heterosexual or neutral spaces. Currently, Evie Johnny is coordinating an augmented reality art program, Digital Monuments: Buffalo Futurism, with Common Weal Community Arts and the Buffalo People Arts Institute, which will be shared in Spring 2024.

A Digital and Lab Ethicist with the Transgender Media Lab, Evie Johnny is researching intersectional feminist lab ethics and developing policies and protocols as the team creates a searchable online tool of film and audiovisual works made by transgender, Two Spirit, non-binary, intersex, and gender non-conforming artists. 

 

As a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Media, Art, and Performance at the University of Regina, Evie Johnny teaches Augmented Reality: Critical Theory, Art, and Activism, and Technology, Culture, and Art in the Creative Technologies and Design programs. They live in oskana kâ-asastêki, colonially known as Regina, in Treaty 4  – the territory of the nêhiyawak, Anihšināpēk, Dakota, Lakota, and Nakoda, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.

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