November 26, 2021 | Toronto, Canada
Together / Apart
DIY Culture, Alternative Spaces, and Collaborative Place-Making
As part of La Station x Long Winter Toronto, the second instalment of a bi-city, binational exchange that includes two multi-arts festivals co-presented by Collectif MU/La Station (FR) and Long Winter (CA), Together Apart is an in-person academic symposium meant to facilitate international knowledge exchange and encourage further research on DIY culture and cultural and creative “third places”.
DIY scenes are highly threatened spaces. This was true before the pandemic, and has never been more evident. Despite being sources of the most prescient, often revolutionary, developments in arts and culture, DIY artists and community leaders remain systemically under-resourced and under-represented. Radical organizing, experimentation, and divergence have always been characteristic of DIY spaces.
Conducting and promoting research on the pursuit of creative solutions and opportunities for social and cultural benefit holds valuable lessons, and applicability, for many other sectors. As such, this symposium seeks to explore the value and exceptionality of these spaces through a range of disciplinary lenses.