Liz Corbin's materials demonstration at Make:Shift:Do. Photo courtesy Crafts Council, Tas Kyprianou
Liz Corbin's materials demonstration at Make:Shift:Do. Photo courtesy Crafts Council, Tas Kyprianou

MAKER ASSEMBLY

Part of the Crafts Council's Make:Shift:Do programme


October 24 2015
Victoria & Albert Museum, London


A ONE-DAY SYMPOSIUM TAKING A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAKER CULTURE: ITS MEANING, POLITICS, HISTORY AND FUTURE


Maker Assembly aims to begin a conversation about the maker movement. Tackling maker culture, new digital tools, makerspaces and the wider context makers operate in, the speakers will take a deeper look at the movement today.

We’ll be exploring the critical challenges, and trying to get beyond the hype. What are the cultural, political, environmental, social and technological problems facing makers? We’ll be looking to the past to learn from previous maker movements and responses to technological upheaval. And we’ll be looking at how we make together, in the city, where agendas align and collide in ways that can give makers new opportunities, or leave us battered by more powerful forces.

SPEAKERS

Dean Brown – A London-based designer with an interest in concept retail, narrative driven installations and cultural artifacts.

Read our interview with Dean Brown.

Liz Corbin – Researcher, maker, collector, curator and eternal student of materials. Founder of Open Workshop Network.

Tomaz Diez – Making stuff at Fab Lab Barcelona – IAAC. Smart Citizen and Studio P52 co-founder. Urbanist and technologist

Janet Gunther – An American/British activist, anthropologist, co-founder of the Restart Project.

Nat Hunter – Strategic director at Machines Room makerspace.

Phoenix Perry – Professor, CS PhD researcher, game company owner, artist, programmer, game designer, activist and lunatic extraordinaire.

Dr. Rebecca Ross – Communication Design Course Leader at Central Saint Martins. Working at the intersection of visual culture, interaction design, and urban studies.

Adrian Smith – Researcher of society, technology and politics at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex.

James Tooze – Design consultant, researcher and lecturer at Royal College of Art.

EVENT DETAILS AND BOOKING

Date: Saturday 24 October 2015
Times: 10am–5.30pm
Venue: Victoria and Albert Museum, Learning Centre Seminar Room 3, on level 3 of the Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL London
Tickets: Free* (book your place through Eventbrite)
Website: Maker Assembly

*Thanks to the support of our sponsors, the event is free to attend, but we will take a £10 deposit at booking, which will be refunded on the day for those who attend. We want to ensure the event is as accessible as possible, so travel bursaries are available for those coming from outside London. Please see Eventbrite for details. A lunch will also be provided.


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