Research article #1
A More Lovingly Made World
Author McKenzie Wark explores the complexities of "Maker Culture".
Wark, M. (2013). A More Lovingly Made World. Cultural Studies Review, 19(1), 296-304.
Article #1: Guiding Questions
1. Wark asks, "What if we made 'making' -- the process of labour on a resistant world -- the central category of a certain kind of materialism?" Discuss.
2. What is the difference between an artist, an artisan, a designer, a maker, a labourer?
3. Wark argues that the critical dimension of maker culture "points to the separation of the realms of producer things from consumer things". Discuss this in the context of your own experiences with or understanding of maker culture.
Research Article #2
Maktivism: Authentic Making for Technology in the Service of Humanity.
Mann, S. (2014). Maktivism: Authentic Making for Technology in the Service of Humanity. In Ratto, M. & Boler, M. (Eds.). DIY Citizenship: Critical Making and Social Media. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.
To accompany this chapter by Steve Mann, view his TED Talk:
Wearable Computing and the Veillance Contract
Research Article #2: Guiding Questions
1. How does Mann distinguish between maktivism and hacktivism?
2. What does Mann mean by "learn-by-being"?
3. What are the implications of surveillance and sousveillance in today's digital world, especially related to wearable technologies?
Research Article #3
Rosenfeld Halverson, E., & Sheridan, K. (2014). The maker movement in education. Harvard Educational Review, 84(4), 495-504.
Is It a Hackerspace, Makerspace, TechShop or FabLab?
How Makerspaces Help Local Economies
Making Matters! How the Maker Movement is Transforming Education