Space, Gather, Make

A makerspace exhibition at Tate

In autumn 2017, I collaborated with Tate Digital Learning to curate a new mini-exhibit with the Journal of Peer Production at the Tate Modern that explored the sights and sounds of makerspaces, or open workshops where people learn how to make things with mentors, tools and equipment, as part of the Art:Work project.

We featured makerspaces around the world from Japan to Ghana to the U.K., and asked them what worker-owned labour looked and sounded like by envisioning their spaces as visual and auditory environments. Artworks included a work by sound artist Vasilis Moschas, who created a conceptual audio installation that combined the sound environments of the participating makerspaces. By combining practitioner contributions with machine-produced beats and spoken-word poetry, the work illustrated typical makerspace 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.