MAKER ASSEMBLY MANCHESTER
12 NOVEMBER 2016
A CRITICAL GATHERING ABOUT MAKER CULTURES
Maker Assembly brings people together to have a critical conversation about the cultures of making – its meaning, politics, history and future. By combining short talks with contributions from the attendees, the events are informal and conversational, and everyone is encouraged to participate
Following on from previous Maker Assemblies in London, Belfast and Sheffield, the latest event, co-produced by Lighthouse, will take place this November in Manchester, in conjunction with the Crafts Council’s Make:Shift conference. The Manchester event will explore three themes:
1. International Maker Cultures
In this session we’ll hear from representatives of making cultures in Paris, Shenzhen, Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro.
2. Making and Manufacturing
This session aims to explore making and manufacturing at all levels, including; informal production by individuals for individuals, collaborative production by hyper-local communities, (re)distributed and networked manufacturing, and finally, new business models for local/global production chains.
3. Making and Humanitarian Relief
What roles can making play within responses to humanitarian challenges? How can the use of digital platforms enable individuals and communities to organise themselves globally in order to collectively work on solutions?
Maker Assembly will take place at Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab) on Saturday 12 November. MadLab is a grassroots innovation organisation based in Manchester, and focusing on science and technology, arts and culture.
We’re organising this event in conjunction with the Crafts Council’s Make:Shift conference, which takes place in Manchester on 10-11 November.
Maker Assembly is produced by a network of individuals (Andrew Sleigh, Irini Papadimitriou, Liz Corbin, Marc Barto and Tom Lynch) and organisations (Lighthouse, V&A, Elephant and Castle Mini Maker Faire, and others).
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