Graduate Symposium 2022: Do-It-Yourself/Do-It-Ourselves
December 1-3, 2022
This symposium explores DIY histories, practices, and counter-publics and their roles in fashioning the culture of the Pacific Northwest. DIY making spans writing, fashion, music, art, craft, design, and social practice.
The early days of the pandemic saw a return to DIY practices: cooking, crafting, mutual aid, and survival preparation. DIY has a rich history in our region, one which we hope to explore and critique, opening up new possibilities for DIY culture in the present and future. DIY means not only “doing it yourself”- but making in community and collaboration with others. Local makers create alternative economies, radical solutions, and parallel social worlds.
The symposium will feature an art exhibition, a zine symposium, keynote speaker, and hands-on workshops December 1, 2, and 3, 2022 at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (511 NW Broadway) in downtown Portland, Oregon. All events will be free to attend and participate in.
We welcome you to this event exploring DIY histories, aesthetics, politics, archives, and ongoing attempts at self-creation, worldmaking, and community building to survive and shape the present and future.
- Indigenous Knowledge and Creativity
- Queer and Trans DIY
- Anti-Capitalist Ingenuity
- Crip Wisdom
- Punk Inventiveness
- Maker Culture
- Craft and Craftiness
- Zines, Self-Publishing, Print Media
- Portland as a Hub of DIY Practice
Schedule of Events
|Thursday December 1|
|5-8 pm||Exhibition Opening Reception||Atrium|
|Friday December 2|
|12-4 pm||Workshops led by PNCA’s Sloth Skillshare Collective||PNCA 511 Campus|
|5pm||Keynote: Skawennati||Virtual on PNCA Live|
|Saturday Dec 3|
|11am||Welcome + Check in|
|11am-3pm||Drop-in Workshops with PNCA’s Sloth Skillshare Collective||Dorothy Lemelson Innovation Studio|
|1:30pm-2:30pm||Facilitated Conversation on DIY Practices|
|3pm-5pm||Open Studios: MFA Print Media + MFA Collaborative Design/MA Design Systems||PNCA 511 Building 2nd Floor|
|5pm-6:30pm||Keynote: Demian DinéYazhi’||Shipley-Collins Mediatheque|
Demian DinéYazhi ́ is a Portland-based Diné transdisciplinary artist, poet, and curator born to the clans Naasht’ézhí Tábąąhá (Zuni Clan Water’s Edge) & Tódích’íí’nii (Bitter Water). Their practice is a regurgitation of purported Decolonial praxis informed by the over accumulation and exploitative supremacist nature of hetero cisgender communities. DinéYazhi´'s praxis interrogates normative spaces by refusing to settle or perform for exploitative galleries and publishers that act as gatekeepers to the lethargic, toxic legacy of Western paradigms. They are a survivor of attempted european genocide, forced assimilation, manipulation, sexual and gender violence, capitalist sabotage, and hypermarginalization in a colonized country that refuses to center its politics and philosophies around the Indigenous Peoples whose Land it occupies and refuses to give back. They live and work in a post-post-apocalyptic world unafraid to fail. @heterogeneoushomosexual
Skawennati investigates history, the future, and change from her perspective as an urban Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) woman and as a cyberpunk avatar. Her early adoption of cyberspace as both a location and a medium for her practice has produced groundbreaking projects such as CyberPowWow and TimeTraveller™. She creates machinimas—movies made in virtual environments—as well as still images, textiles and sculpture.
Her works have been presented in Europe, Oceania, China and across North America in biennials, group exhibitions and solo shows. They are included in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and the Thoma Foundation, among others. She was honored to receive a 2020 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship and a Visiting Artist Fellowship at the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library. Recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, she is also a proud member of the Guild of Future Architects. She is represented by ELLEPHANT. Skawennati has been active in various communities. In the 80s she joined the nuclear-disarmament peace group, SAGE (Students Against Global Extermination), and the Quebec Native Women’s Association. In the 90s she co-founded Nation to Nation, a First Nations artist collective, while working in and with various Indigenous organizations and artist-run centres, including the Native Friendship Centre of Montreal and Oboro. In 2005, she co-founded Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace (AbTeC), a research-creation network based at Concordia University whose projects include the Skins workshops on Aboriginal Storytelling and Digital Media as well as the Initiative for Indigenous Futures. Throughout most of the teens, she volunteered extensively for her children’s elementary school, where she also initiated an Indigenous Awareness programme. In 2019, she co-founded centre d’art daphne, Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal’s first Indigenous artist-run centre.
Born in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk Territory, Skawennati belongs to the Turtle clan. She holds a BFA from Concordia University in Montreal, where she resides.
PNCA's Sloth Skillshare Collective was established in 2021 as a series of graduate student-led events created for the PNCA community to promote engagement and provide students with opportunities to teach and learn creative skills. The group came together in response to the need for connection post pandemic isolation and is interested in giving people a platform to grow their creative voice outside of their studio in a fun and inclusive atmosphere.