“Resistance in the Materials”: a Gathering of Printers Pressing for Change

Event Start Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 12:00 am

Event End Date: Friday, February 26, 2021 - 11:59 pm

Resistance in the Materials

Co-sponsored by Santa Clara University’s Center for Arts and Humanities and the University of Maryland’s BookLab and Center for Literary and Comparative Studies, “Resistance in the Materials” is a bicoastal event that will center BIPOC artists, scholars, and interventionists (and allies) and celebrate “printing” (broadly construed across many media) as an accessible form of activism capable of leaving its own unique impressions in diverse communities.

This two-day program begins with a plenary panel featuring Lillian-Yvonne Bertram and Jonathan Senchyne on Thursday, February 25th at 12pm PT/3pm ET. On Friday, February 26th at 12pm PT/3pm ET, there will be a roundtable of four print artists including Victoria Law, Sarah Matthews, Amy Suo Wu, and Rio Yanez. Harkening to the immediacy and impact of mail art, our participants have exchanged a “print” with each other as an anchor point for collaborative reflection and discussion of the possibilities of printing as political action.

In addition to our main programming, all registrants will receive an invitation to a pop-up print mixer following our roundtable. This casual virtual event is a great opportunity to share your current print project with participants and reflect on the symposium.

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Thurs Feb. 25 @ 3pm/12pm (EST/PST)

  • Plenary Session featuring talks by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram and Jonathan Senchyne (90 min. with q&a)
  • Lillian Yvonne Bertram: “Rich Light is in the Riot: Programming Gwendolyn Brooks for Page & Screen”
  • Jonathan Senchyne: “Wisconsin Ideas”

Fri Feb. 26 @ 3pm/12pm (EST/PST)

  • Print Exchange Roundtable with Victoria Law, Sarah Matthews, Amy Suo Wu, Rio Yañez (90 min. with q&a)

Fri Feb. 26 @ 4:30pm/1:30pm (EST/PST)

  • Pop-Up Print Mixer with audience participation and print sharing, BYOB. (Approx. 1 hr.); the link will be distributed to attendees at the other two events.

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