Lecture: Maker Assembly Belfast

Two of Many Possible Futures of Making

For this talk, I was invited to the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland to speak about my research on critical making practices for the Maker Assembly NI gathering, organized by the inspiring Pip Shea and Irish hackspace Farset Labs. As part of a panel on speculative making, I shared two different potential futures of making (presentation here), based on a look into different kinds of emergent makerspace cultures around the world.

The first future (of many possible) looks like a top-down one, dictated by corporate entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley futurecasters, where makerspaces are framed around goals regarding leisure and profit. The second future comes from local grassroots endeavours, where diverse, autonomous spaces around the world are fostered, seeding new fabrication practices that are sustainable, critical and in collaboration with local communities.