Computerless: An article I wrote for KNiK

I’m in Amsterdam now, a day before I head back to the States after 14 months of traveling! A friend I made in Amsterdam, Nora Uitterlinden who is an editor and writer for KNiK (interviews and articles on independent culture) asked me to write about being computerless for my travels. Here’s what I gave them:



About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip ( and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at and email her at


  1. This is actually such a great overview of your Watson year. It has all the countries you visited (15?!?!) and your mission statement. Although it sucks to hear about how your technology kept getting stolen (I mean, I knew that all that happened, but reading it again makes it sound even worse…), I think you counter it really well with your positivity and appreciation of your life experiences while traveling the world. 🙂

    • Thanks Andrew! Yep I went to 15 in total! I truly think that things turned out for the better without all of the electronics (though it was really unfortunate how I lost them all haha)

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