Techno Powwow is a mixed-media installation combining techno-rave music, interactive animation, video projection, and Native American dance forms. Northern Cheyenne Spang collaborates with filmmaker Gabe Shaw, Navajo installation artist/techno DJ Bert Benally. Together they create an environment in which Native American dancers move to a mixed soundscape of techno and powwow music, and interact rhythmically with computer generated animation on a rear-projection screen. Costumes worn by the performers are designed to be an amalgam of traditional powwow dress and contemporary materials.
Bently Spang’s work has been exhibited widely. Public commissions include Indian 101-Duct Tape and Bailing Wire: for Survival in Santa Fe, The Identity Project: Garden of Cultural Delights in Phoenix, and Hoxovestave (Journey Across Country) in Aurora, CO. Spang’s work has also been presented at the Museum of the American Indian in New York, Westfaelisches Museum in Muenster, Germany, and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. He has received funding from the Joan Mitchell Foundation and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Spang has also lectured and published widely in conjunction with his exhibitions and performances.