Call For Makers: Critical Maker Faire at HASTAC 2019

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Thursday, May 16, 2019 (All day) to Saturday, May 18, 2019 (All day)

Critical Maker.Space is coming to HASTAC 2019! 

This 90-minute workshop, led by four researchers with experience in critical making as pedagogical and scholarly expression, invites HASTAC 2019 makers to share their work and methods in an open workshop. The session will begin with a 10-minute introduction to critical making, during which we will outline our goals of troubling the ways “maker” is currently centered in the norms of STEM and assigned primarily to white, cis-male, bodies and communities. 

Makers will then set up in faire-style spaces in which they will engage in different short hands-on experiments with participants. Participants will thus leave having not only listened and seen, but also having made their own discursive artifacts.

We will close with a 10-minute debriefing asking participants to consider the tools or approaches they just used and how they might facilitate shifting epistemologies of making. 

The organizers seek makers, including but not limited to: 

  • Textile artists, including embroiderers, subversive stitchers, quilters, and makers of expressive clothing
  • Wearable makers, including those who integrate circuitry into garments and devices intended for personal use
  • Glitch artists and disrupters, including those who intentionally break or transform the workings of existing technology through remaking software, hardware, and aesthetics (think possessed Furby installations, etc)
  • Procedural artists, including bot-makers and others who use tools such as Tracery to make expressive automated remixes, artwork, and commentary Community-based crafters, tinkerers, and makers

The date of the workshop is TBA, pending the publication of the conference program. The conference runs the evening of May 16 through the evening of May 18, 2019 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.

To indicate your intention to participate, please fill out the following form by April 7.

https://goo.gl/forms/h5bm1kxEOcoXtjms2

Depending on the number of proposals received, we may have to limit participation due to space. Participation will be confirmed by April 15  

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