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Register for Pivot 2021 - Virtual Conference

Pivot 2021

Pivot 2021: Dismantling/Reassembling kicks off next week! If you haven't registered yet, you still have time until July 18th.

Pivot 2021 invites you for two days of intercultural conversations about decoloniality and societal transformation. We aim to identify tools and practices of dismantling and reassembling that could favor ways of reshaping human presence on Earth, as well as concrete cases of alternative future-making from all around the world.

THE THEME of Pivot 2021 focuses on the tools that we might design and use to dismantle the structures of the current civilizational model (aka patriarchal capitalist Modernity) and to reassemble the debris into new models, converting debris into the nurturing humus for worlds in the making.

BY TOOLS, we refer to not only artifacts but also to services, symbols, rules, institutions, policies, pedagogies, systems, environments, and so on. Tools constitute aspects of social life that we create to (re)shape the tangible reality.

DISMANTLING AND REASSEMBLING, two movements of social change. First, we need a phase of dismantling structures and unlearning normalized ways of thinking, being, and making. After dismantling, the debris – energy, nutrients, materials, bits, and pieces – of the old structures have to be reassembled in new ways, offering the rich humus for growing new worlds.


We have planned two full days of presentations, discussions, and musical performances. The conference will feature five keynote speakers – Dori Tunstall, Bayo Akomolafe, Jason E. Lewis, Cash Ahenakew, and Sharon Stein – and conversations with Arturo Escobar, Dany Pen and Casey Mecija. More than 70 presenters from around the world will share their work in 23 panels. All the sessions will be recorded and made available to registered delegates for six months.

As we aim to build and support a network of collaborators and allies with shared values, our online platform will also provide social networking opportunities to our participants. The virtual Social Longe will be a space to chat with other participants, interact with the speakers, enjoy musical performances, and chill between the sessions on Zoom.

Register on our website if you haven't done yet.

Pivot 2021: Dismantling/Reassembling is organized by the DRS Pluriversal Design Special Interest Group and the Public Visualization Lab of OCAD University, and hosted by OCAD University. Chairs Dr. Renata M. Leitão (Cornell University / OCAD University) Dr. Lesley-Ann Noel (North Carolina State University) Prof. Immony Men (OCAD University) Committee Members Dr. Laura Murphy (Tulane University) Prof. Pawel Pokutycki (Royal Academy of Art) Prof. Maria Rogal (University of Florida) Prof. Michele Washington (Fashion Institute of Technology) Dr. María de Mater O’Neill (Rubberband Design Studio) Prof. Sucharita Beniwal (National Institute of Design) Dr. Manuela Taboada (Queensland University of Technology) Nicholas B.Torretta (Umeå Institute of Design)