Making a Temporary Autonomous Zone

Well, my last hunch went a bit long, so here I’m just going to plant a stake in the ground and try to leave it alone. It’s fair to say that many of us dissatisfied with the dominant model for organising society, whether we’re marxists, anarchists, or just artists (I’m only the last of these), are attracted […]

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Platforms are the new gatekeepers

This post is one of a series of hunches that explore ideas around Liberatory technology. I am thinking aloud. Caveat emptor. OK, so a strand of any discussion about technology and emancipation has to be about the role of the web in enabling more people to access tools, information, collaborators, distribution and markets, and conversely […]

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Thinking in public – Liberatory technology

I’m trying to articulate an argument about the liberatory potential — or otherwise — of technology, and in particular the technology of makers: to help humans become freer, more creative, less beholden to systems of constraint, and so on. It’s proving difficult, so instead of trying to finish the whole in a one-er, I’m going […]

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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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