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Second Life Avatar with wheelchair costumeSecond Life: Virtual DIY

The third piece in our ongoing special topic series on DIY (Do-it-yourself) arts and culture moves into the world of online virtual worlds. Under consideration are ways in which organizations can utilize virtual spaces as locations for low-overhead international outreach. We are highlighting a specific organization, The Heron Sanctuary (THS), using a Second Life ( platform.  Of particular interest is that THS works with, and is administered by, people with disabilities (physical, mental, and emotional) using digital arts as forms of personal expression. What follows is an interview with THS co-founder Gentle Heron and artworks and poems by co-founder SuperQuiet Heron.

Elephant art work being designedDo.It.Yourself? –  Reflections on an arts exhibition in Portland, Oregon that was “independently” produced by the artists it showcased (with a little help from their peers, neighbors, patrons, lovers and the Whitney Museum of American Art)

As part of our special topic series on DIY (Do-it-yourself) arts and culture, we present a commentary by Wendy Miller, an arts consultant in Portland, Oregon.  In 2003, a group of Portland based artists resolved to form the large-scale exhibit, Core Sample, in reaction to the neglect they felt was created by an extensive regional presentation of artists. Miller outlines her experiences as the at-will production manager for Core Sample, exploring ways in which administrative practices may effectively organize and fund arts initiatives that support the hands-on nature of DIY culture.  To expand this inquiry, Miller further provides recommendations for working within a DIY organizational model.

Julie and Robert

Zine and Do it Yourself Democracy exhibit logoZines and Do-It-Yourself Democracy

Zines and Do-It-Yourself Democracy represents the explorations of the students and faculty associated with the Zines and Do-It-Yourself Democracy freshman seminar at the University of Oregon. This exhibit features examples of zines created by zinesters from around the United States as well as by students in the seminar. This exhibit is an online interpretation of a Spring 2005 University of Oregon Knight Library exhibit of the same title.

Doug Blandy
Robert Voelker-Morris