Antiuniversity and Deinstitutionalisation

There’s some power in negating what already exists. Even if you reinforce the dominant institutions by accepting their framing and language. Anyway, without wishing to get into that, I’m intrigued by these anti-school systems that are popping up. This quote via Antiuniversity, who are reviving an original idea from – when else – 1968: ‘The […]

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Ruskin and the Maker Movement

I’m helping put together a conference later this month at the V&A called Maker Assembly. It’s an attempt to catalyse a more critical reflective discussion about maker culture, and add some more depth to our understanding of what making is about, and how we can do it better. As part of that effort, I interviewed […]

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Loughborough Market Town

I spoke today at an event organised by Loughborough University Arts, as part of their Market Town programme. I promised I’d post my slides, and some useful links, and so here they are. Makerspaces on the High Street There is a great deal of interest in the rise of makerspaces and other sites of autonomous […]

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Makers, come together

For several years now, I’ve been turning over the idea of a gathering of makers. Not a Maker Faire, that aims to bring new people into the fold, but a coming together of people who are already makers, or who are interested in making as a practice, a progressive movement; an energy that demands critical […]

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Nesta Makerspaces research complete

I’m pleased to say the research project I’ve been working on with Nesta is now complete. Together with Hannah Stewart, I’ve been collecting data to build a picture off the state of makerspaces in the UK, and we have published a structured data set under an open Creative Commons licence here, together with a handy […]

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