Satellite X DESIS: Summer Residency Presentations | October 6

September 25, 2020

Please join us for a set of public presentations emerging from the work of residents in Satellite X DESIS in the summer of 2020.

Tuesday, October 6, 12:00 – 2:00 pm PSTps
Free & Open to All – RSVP here


Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 964 6704 0333
Passcode: 017290



12:00 Welcome
12:10 Lauren Thu and Zara Huntley, Studio Peal
12:30 Jean Chisholm, Annie Canto and Nura Ali, POOL
12:50 Morgan Martino and Naomi Boyd, Pocket Change

1:20 Josh Singler, Fruitcake Press
1:40 Garima Sood and Damien Stonick, The Radical Waste Project

Presentations of work-in-progress will be 10 minutes, followed by 10 minutes for questions and discussion.

Please note this discussion will be recorded and published at a later date on this website and shared through the DESIS Network.

Studio Peal: Zara Huntley and Lauren Thu

Advisors: Nu Goteh, Room for Magic; Cas Holman, Rigamajig; Gillian Russell; Amanda Huynh; Pratt Institute; Thomas Thwaites; James Auger

Peal is a design studio created to address the lack of platforms for critically minded design work in Vancouver, BC. We see opportunities for inquiry in everyday routines and discarded endeavours, and use design to address issues in new ways. By embracing humility in our work, we allow ourselves to be vulnerable to new perspectives and dialogues regarding resiliency, empathy, accessibility and agency. Our projects are not meant for consumer consumption, instead, they are tools and devices for social conversation and change. They are meant to be lived with, taken along as talismans towards our unknown fate.

Our first project as Peal will explore and address issues surrounding materiality and place. We are currently in a conceptual phase, experimenting with local material collection and processing techniques to find new ways of talking about the land around us and the context in which we operate on it. Through storytelling and engagement with non-experts, we speculate that interactions with materialities can help connect these concepts and support the passing of tacit knowledge.

POOL: Annie Canto, Nura Ali and Jean Chisholm

Mentor: Bopha Chhay, Artspeak

POOL fosters community-based practises that explore new ways of gathering and collective learning. Antiracist pedagogy, decolonial methodology, and peer-to-peer solidarity make up the core of our practises. With these interests at the heart of our work, this project expands our understanding of community support and activism by exploring new ways to gather that embody relational and mutually supportive ways of being, and challenge the hegemonic structures that disconnect us from the communities and ecologies we live within.

Through different iterations of social gatherings we aim to build relationships with community leaders and activists in our networks while reflecting on the flexibility of our socially engaged practices as they transition in the face of new and unforeseen social barriers. We aim to work with mentors and collaborators who support their communities through equity work in various ways – individuals who enact an understanding of homeplace as a site of resistance. We are excited to explore the new kinds of connectivity that can be fostered in this time of precarity and to learn from the practices of labour organizers, artist/activists, and social justice scholars who are beginning to transition their work to and from distant spaces.

Pocket Change: Morgan Martino and Naomi Boyd

Mentor: Kate Fletcher, UA London and Union of Concerned Researchers in Fashion

Pockets facilitate the interactions we have with everyday objects and the world around us. They give us autonomy and freedom to carry things, privacy for our possessions, spaces to share, exchange, and demonstrate reciprocity with our friends and community. Their size and placement can show us gender inequality, their contents; wealth inequality, their materials and construction; environmental injustices.

Pocket Change is an opportunity to engage others in dialogues related to experience of gender, class, place and the environment through accessible and shareable design activities centering around pocket equity. These activities will explore the repair/reuse/redesign of pre-existing artifacts and materials as a sustainable practice, rather than relying on the consumption of new products. They will be celebrations of identity sharing, storytelling and worldmaking through textiles. We see this moment as an excellent occasion for individuals and communities to interrogate their role in global material and cultural economies, to create and enact meaningful and significant paradigm shifts within our relationship to textile design, production, consumption, and equity.

Fruitcake Press: Josh Singler

Mentor: Be Oakley, GenderFail Press

Fruitcake is an independent queer publishing initiative that exists within a constant state of flux and disorientation. Born out of the belief that within the conflict of disorientation lies great potential, Fruitcake pulls on queer and feminist theories to support this ideology. All Fruitcake projects accept and welcome failure, open dialogue, and respectful critique through queer design, art, and writing. Fruitcake aims to publish works that engage in a critical reimagining of self to contribute to a more inclusive understanding of the world that we live in.

The Radical Waste Project: Garima Sood and Damien Stonick

Mentor: Michelle Austin,

Radical Waste reimagines the food system by considering waste from the food industry as a resource to generate social and material resilience. The project aims to map local waste streams in order to redirect and reformat waste as a method of reimagining our existing economic, social and political systems. Through meaningful interaction with waste material and other material and social endeavours, these systems can be restructured around local resilience, circular patterns of production and consumption, as well as reciprocity and interdependence.

Ongoing works are grounded in material exploration and development, collaborative design exercises, social innovation and impact and  waste redirection through crafts and design. By developing a network of information flows, this project encourages dialogue with industry, business, and agriculture to support equitable and accessible food systems.

About Satellite x DESIS

Satellite x DESIS is a five month residency for Emily Carr project teams to develop major sustainability and social innovation projects that are applied and self- directed.

Facilitated by Laura Kozak, residents have access to studio space, mentorship, peer support and funding toward the goal of developing products or services; initiating events, programs, or community partnerships; or starting studios, collectives, agencies or non-profits.

Satellite x DESIS projects:

— Create new relationships, or expand/enhance existing ones
— Support community or seek to create social equity
— Expand relationships with the natural world/nature
— Celebrate the small, slow and local
— Reassemble existing assets rather than making new artefacts or media
— Are shareable, with learning that is open to others
— Do not create new hierarchies or systems which funnel wealth
— Support designer agency, practicality, navigating a way forward
— Establish designers’ participation in or creation of community
— Help establish conditions for designers to financially support themselves
— Negotiate “how” alongside “what”

Special thanks to Cemre Demiralp and Kate Armstrong, Shumka Centre; Louise St. Pierre and Hélène Day Fraser, DESIS Lab; and Vidya Crawley and Paola Qualizza, Groundswell.


Realized with support from the Vancouver Foundation, the Ministry of Advanced Education, and the Association for Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (ACE WIL).