b.1990, Oglala Sioux Tribe
lives and works in Ma’eekanik koomhina (Hudson Valley)
Kite, aka Dr. Suzanne Kite, is an Oglála Lakȟóta performance artist, visual artist, and composer. Her groundbreaking scholarship and practice investigate contemporary Lakota ontologies through research, computational media, and performance, often working in collaboration with family and community members.
Kite has developed body interfaces for machine learning driven performance, sculptures generated by dreams, and experimental sound and video work. Her art practice includes developing machine learning and compositional systems for body interface movement performances, interactive and static sculpture, immersive video and sound installations, poetry and experimental lectures, experimental video, as well as co-running the experimental electronic imprint, Unheard Records. Working with machine learning techniques since 2017 and developing body interfaces for performance since 2013, Kite is a first American Indian artist to utilize Machine Learning in art practice.
Kite’s artwork and performance has been included in numerous exhibitions, recently Hammer Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Plug In Contemporary, PS122 and the Vera List Center, Anthology Film Archives, Walter Phillips Gallery, Chronus Art Center, Toronto Biennial, and Experimenta Triennial. Kite was a 2019 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Scholar, a 2020 Tulsa Artist Fellow, a 2020 Sundance New Frontiers Story Lab Fellow, a 2020 “100 Women in AI Ethics,” and a 2021 Common Fields Fellow. Kite was a United States Artist Fellow 2023, a 2022-2023 Creative Time Open Call artist for the Black and Indigenous Dreaming Workshops with Alisha B. Wormsley, and a 2023 Creative Capital Awardee. She is Distinguished Artist in Residence and Assistant Professor of American and Indigenous Studies, Bard College and a Research Associate and Residency Coordinator for the Abundant Intelligences (Indigenous AI) project.