We will co-organize a Workshop at the conference on Critical Alternatives in Aarhus, Denmark, in August 2015:
The Future of Making: Where Industrial and Personal Fabrication Meet
This one-day workshop seeks to reflect on the notion of fabrication in both personal and industrial contexts. Although these contexts are very distinct in their economical and political vision, they share important characteristics (e.g., users interacting with specific fabrication equipment and tools). The workshop topic spans from personal fabrication to (automated) production, from applied to theoretical considerations, from user requirements to design as a crafting practice. We will address changes in production that affect humans, e.g., from mass production to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) production, in order to discuss findings and lessons learned for individual and collective production workplaces of the future. We aim to explore the intersections between different dimensions and processes of production ranging all the way from hobbyist to professional making. Furthermore, the workshop will critically reflect on current developments and their consequences on personal, societal, and economical levels, including questions of the reorganization of work and labor, innovation cultures, and politics of participation.
Further information: https://projects.hci.sbg.ac.at/fabrication2015/