Space / Gather / Make

A mini-exhibit about shared machine shops at the Tate Modern

In autumn 2017, I collaborated with Tate Digital Learning to curate a mini-exhibit for the Journal of Peer Production at the Tate Modern to explore the sights and sounds of shared machine shops from around the world for Art:Work.

In thousands of cities, towns and villages – from Japan to Ghana, from the Norwegian Artic Circle to the United Kingdom - makerspaces are opening up where people can learn how to make things with mentors, tools and equipment. By asking what worker-owned labour looked and sounded like at these sites, we asked makerspace practitioners around the world to envision and illustrate their sites as distinct visual environments.

The exhibit also included a piece by sound artist Vasilis Moschas, who created a conceptual audio installation that explored the sound environments of participating makerspaces. Combining practitioner contributions with machine-produced beats and spoken-word poetry, his work further illustrated the typical on-site experiences of flow, discontinuity, repair and breakdown.

Details about the exhibit can be found on the Space / Gather / Make website and on the Tate Exchange summary of Art:Work.