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meet the project team

The 6 accomplished artists and technicians who led the tour


Our team - including some of the nation's brightest emerging talents - travelled hundreds of kilometres over the course of the Northern VR RV Project.

Nyla Innuksuk

Nyla Innuksuk is a producer and director of film and virtual reality content.  She is the Founder of Mixtape VR, which produces VR and AR content. She was featured in the widely distributed Vice Motherboard article, “How an Inuit Filmmaker Is Using Virtual Reality to Tell Her Culture's Stories”, for her use of VR as a tool to break free from stereotypes. She wrote and produced the short film Kajutaijuq: The Spirit That Comes, a retelling of an Inuit myth that deals with isolation in the Arctic Tundra. Kajutaijuq premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was included in TIFF Top 10. Innuksuk has worked with artists including Glenn Gould, Kent Monkman, Tanya Tagaq and A Tribe Called Red. Her recent VR project with A Tribe Called Red, DocX: A Tribe Called Red: Indian City 360°, is an immersive virtual reality piece that allows the audience to become a DJ and mix their own track to the experience. Innuksuk was the imagineNATIVE AR/VR Artist in Residence 2018 and is a a member of the board of directors of the Glenn Gould Foundation. She regularly consults with Marvel, has co-created its first Indigenous character, Showguard, and has recently directed her first feature, Slash/Back.

Ksenia Stassiouk

Ksenia Stassiouk is a graduate of the CMPA Mentorship Program, and a post production supervisor for titles such as The Witch, Rememory, The People Garden, and Bang Bang Baby, as well as 360 experiences for the CBC and Paris Fashion Week.  She is an editor, photographer and tech enthusiast. Prior to joining Mixtape VR, Ksenia was head of production at Scythia Films.  She holds a double bachelor's degree in Media Studies and Journalism from the University of Guelph-Humber.  

Mason Mantla

Mason Mantla is a Tlicho Dene from Behchoko, Northwest Territories, Canada. As an Indigenous Filmmaker, Mason strives to create dialogue with his films, using art to talk about social injustices and show the truth that marginalized people in Canada face today. He has used film to help youth speak their story and has tried to be a good role model for the next generation.

Chelsea Reid

Chelsea Reid is a filmmaker, artist and author from Northern Ontario. She is a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, and her work highlights  fractal geometry and digital networking as a means of cultural preservation. Currently attending the University of Guelph for a Master's of Art History and Visual Culture, Chelsea worked in collaboration with the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation and the History of Indigenous Peoples Network of York University to film conferences on Anishinaabe History as part of the Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute in 2018 and 2019. In 2019 Chelsea worked as Project Coordinator to program six weeks of 360 film workshops focused on working with Indigenous youth in six Northern communities across Ontario.

Sappho Hansen-Smythe

Sappho is a sci-pop musician and 360 filmmaker based in Toronto. She produced her first 360 music video for her single, “Get My Sh*t Together”, in 2018 using a combination of Tilt Brush graphics and live action. Her first full length solo album, “Time Machine”, will be coming out on all platforms later this year. Since discovering her passion for the virtual world, Sappho has worked with many VR companies (including VRTO/FIVARS, MRSV.io, and House of VR) helping curious n00bs step into the future. She has spoken on future-focused panels at Canadian Music Week, Tech in Motion, and Electric Perfume.

Casey Koyzcan

Inspired by history, culture, technology, and their interactions with the human world, Casey Koyczan seeks to bridge the gap between visual and audio art. His large-scale artworks provide compositional value and experimental techniques to achieve his aesthetic; previous installations take on traits of amorphous beings that are invading or reclaiming space in modern architecture. Now as an interdisciplinary artist, he utilizes a wide skill-set within media-based outlets such as experimental video and virtual reality as a platform to present his visions.Casey has acquired a Multimedia Production Diploma from Lethbridge College, a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Thompson Rivers University, and is currently working on his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba. His artwork has been shown across Canada and in parts of Europe and South America. He is also a musician, actor, writer, and overall arts advocate for the future generations in Canada.

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We would like to thank all the communities that welcomed and collaborated with us throughout the Northern RV VR Project, which would not have been possible without their support.

The content and assets produced during these workshops throughout the project will be archived and made accessible to the communities and other interested parties (pending community consent) through the Near North Mobile Media Lab. Please contact N2M2L for inquiries.

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