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 many circles overlap. They’re a queer, multi-racial/lingual artist, activist & academic passionate about using common or discarded objects, stories, zines, and performance in public spaces to make accessible art. Their research examines how we practice “hope” and meaning through space, architecture and the environment. They’re currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Performance Studies at UC Berkeley. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, where they were involved in queer Asian activism and making art, they received the Watson Fellowship to travel the world in search of queer artists and activists and made 8 zines highlighting what they learned under their publishing house Queer Scribe Productions. From 2014-2015 she lived in Ecuador and traveled by bicycle from Ecuador to Colombia cataloging traditional textiles, music and food. After returning, they built and lived in a mobile tiny house for a year (until selling it in May 2016).


  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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