KISMIF Conference (2014 – ) is an international academic and artist / practitioner event based in Porto (Portugal) and focused on the discussion and sharing of information about underground cultures, DIY practices and related themes. KISMIF focuses on cultural practices that are often pitched against more mainstream, mass-produced and commodified forms of cultural production. Aligned with this is an anti-hegemonic ideology focused around aesthetic and lifestyle politics. The KISMIF Conference offers a unique forum where participants can discuss and share information about underground cultures and DIY practices. KISMIF focuses on cultural practices that are often pitched against more mainstream, mass-produced and commodified forms of cultural production and mediation. Aligned with this is an anti-hegemonic ideology focused around aesthetic and lifestyle politics.
KISMIF is the first, and so far only, conference in the world to examine the theory and practice of DIY cultures as an increasingly significant form
of cultural practice in a global context. The Conference has a multidisciplinary approach, welcoming contributions from the global community of scholars, artists, and activists working on all aspects of underground scenes and DIY culures, and based on various methodologies — quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods analysis. the goal is to discuss not only music but also other artistic fields such as film and video, graffiti and street art, theatre and the performing arts, literature and poetry, radio, programming and editing, graphic design, illustration, cartoons and comic fiction.
The first edition of the the KISMIF Conference was held in 2014 and focused on ‘UNDERGROUND MUSIC SCENES AND DIY CULTURES’. The 2nd edition (2015) was dedicated to the ‘CROSSING BORDERS OF UNDERGROUND MUSIC SCENES’. The 3rd edition (2016) promoted the discussion around the ‘DIY CULTURES, SPACES AND PLACES’. The 4th edition was held in 2018 and focused on the theme of ‘GENDER, DIFFERENCES, IDENTITIES AND DIY CULTURES’.
All KISMIF editions offer also a summer school/ advanced seminar, where participants can deepen discuss/study specific issues around these thematics.
Each KISMIF Conference edition, besides its scientific programme, is constituted by a diverse social and cultural programme, characterised by a series of artistic events, with special focus on underground music and other artistic expressions. THE AIM IS TO PROVIDE A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IN TERMS OF THE TRANSGLOBAL DIY CULTURES.