TotematonsArtisan Open Source Hardware(OSHW) & AnimismDenisa Kera, Jan Rod, Charith Fernando
Open Source Hardware (OSHW)
FabLabs, Hackerspaces, DIYbio labPrague, Singapore, Kathmandu, Tokyo, Yogykarta,San Francisco… lately Shenzhen
hacking food truck in fablab, yogyakartafor Molecular Cuisine Nomadic Science Lab
Research in Developing countriesDIYbio lab OSHW equipmentConnecting DIYbio hackerspaces: Biocurious,Hackteria, LifepatchGe...
scanned my brain in Londonperformed “brain uploading” over Dropbox & FBused the fMRI and SPNs data in a workshop on datali...
Design FictionOpen Science, Data activismConnecting universities & hackerspacesOpen Bio Data MarketsClouds for Citizen sci...
recreated Hieronymus Bosch garden withspherification in Fribourg/ Swiss hackerspaceuse microfludics to meditation upon the...
Lab and Science “archeology” and historyAlchemy & DIYbioTinkering in the 16.century…preparing an puppetry opera withmicrof...
How to connectDesign & Philosophy?From “no theory without a model”to “no theory without a prototype”
Convergence of Research & Communitybuilding community around prototypesGrassroots Innovation & Researchoutside of Academia...
Safecast from March 2011 - 2013From 0 to 5 mil pointsJapanese government: 30 000 data points
iGeigie = iPhone Radiation DockPortable Geiger counter that docks with aniPhone. By calling your iPhone, you can listento ...
TOTEMATONS.orgTotem Hardware for Cosmopolitical TribesTotem & automaton?Connect old & new artisan techniquesDispersing evi...
Totematon is….Totem hardware is a prototype,which serves as an emblem fora cosmopolitical clan, definingnew lineages and t...
Prototype 1: Radiation chimesTraditional windchimes4 Geiger TubesCustom made PCBTribute to traditional artisantechniques, ...
Myochin Hibashi FuurinTong Wind ChimesTraditional crafts typical of Himeji – soundMyochin’ s iron chopsticks used for soun...
“Because I am the only one who cando this. No one else can producethese sounds. That’ s why I feel Icannot be defeated …”M...
Chimes, Tongs & SensorsWindchimes – the first sensor technologyRituals of protection & taming our fearsEnhance old rituals...
Geopolitical Tribute to Open SourceHardware (OSHW)Traditional artisan chimes from Himeji 姫路市Geiger tubes used after Cherno...
(Ar)Duino ElegiesGeopolitical Tribute to OSHWDoes the cosmic space,we dissolve into, taste of us then?Duino Elegies, Rilke
Manifest of TotematonsWith this prototype we are exploring theconcept of totem hardware, of technologiesdispersing evil sp...
Technology & AnimismEmbrace tools supporting techno-animismEnhance sensitivity to our connection with theelements and the ...
Totem hardware WorkshopsInMojo.comJan Rod, Charith FernandoKarkhana.asia.... Workshop in October 2013Sakar PudasainiHONF Y...
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A Totematon is an artifact which explores the relationship between traditional artisan techniques and custom made open source hardware (OSHW). In this talk, Denisa presents a prototype totematon in the form of a traditional Kyoto windchime made by a local artisan and connected to Chernobyl Geiger tubes with custom made PCB from Tokyo based inMojo team of hackers and makers with electronic components from Shenzhen markets. These radiation chimes react to elevated radiation levels, but more importantly they extend old rituals of protection from evil spirits. The prototype explores the concept of totem hardware, of technologies dispersing evil spirits and geopolitical fears, which can create new collective identities based on hacker and maker cultures refusing present geopolitical divisions and reminding us of our common non-human ancestry by creating powerful new techno-totemic myths.

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  1. 1. TotematonsArtisan Open Source Hardware(OSHW) & AnimismDenisa Kera, Jan Rod, Charith Fernando
  2. 2. Open Source Hardware (OSHW)
  3. 3. FabLabs, Hackerspaces, DIYbio labPrague, Singapore, Kathmandu, Tokyo, Yogykarta,San Francisco… lately Shenzhen
  4. 4. hacking food truck in fablab, yogyakartafor Molecular Cuisine Nomadic Science Lab
  5. 5. Research in Developing countriesDIYbio lab OSHW equipmentConnecting DIYbio hackerspaces: Biocurious,Hackteria, LifepatchGeekNomads.com
  6. 6. scanned my brain in Londonperformed “brain uploading” over Dropbox & FBused the fMRI and SPNs data in a workshop on dataliberation for citizen science in Prague Hackerspace
  7. 7. Design FictionOpen Science, Data activismConnecting universities & hackerspacesOpen Bio Data MarketsClouds for Citizen science projects etc.
  8. 8. recreated Hieronymus Bosch garden withspherification in Fribourg/ Swiss hackerspaceuse microfludics to meditation upon the meaning of spheresin western cosmology
  9. 9. Lab and Science “archeology” and historyAlchemy & DIYbioTinkering in the 16.century…preparing an puppetry opera withmicrofluidics in Prague in May 2013
  10. 10. How to connectDesign & Philosophy?From “no theory without a model”to “no theory without a prototype”
  11. 11. Convergence of Research & Communitybuilding community around prototypesGrassroots Innovation & Researchoutside of Academia & Industry wallsResearch in Developing countries &Support of traditional, indigenous knowledgeResilient model for policy & public participation in scienceOSHW is an opportunity for…
  12. 12. Safecast from March 2011 - 2013From 0 to 5 mil pointsJapanese government: 30 000 data points
  13. 13. iGeigie = iPhone Radiation DockPortable Geiger counter that docks with aniPhone. By calling your iPhone, you can listento the familiar clicks that tell just how muchradiation is present in a particular area.
  14. 14. TOTEMATONS.orgTotem Hardware for Cosmopolitical TribesTotem & automaton?Connect old & new artisan techniquesDispersing evil spirits & geopolitical fearsEmblem for a cosmopolitical clanDefining new lineages and tribesExploring non-human ancestryTool of new techno-totemic myths
  15. 15. Totematon is….Totem hardware is a prototype,which serves as an emblem fora cosmopolitical clan, definingnew lineages and tribes, andreminding us of our commonnon-human ancestry bycreating powerful new techno-totemic myths.
  16. 16. Prototype 1: Radiation chimesTraditional windchimes4 Geiger TubesCustom made PCBTribute to traditional artisantechniques, indigenousdesign and OSHW
  17. 17. Myochin Hibashi FuurinTong Wind ChimesTraditional crafts typical of Himeji – soundMyochin’ s iron chopsticks used for sound checking of Sony productsFamily business: Munemichi Myochin, family of armor-makerssince Heian Period (A.D.794-1185)
  18. 18. “Because I am the only one who cando this. No one else can producethese sounds. That’ s why I feel Icannot be defeated …”Myochin Hibashi 明珍火箸
  19. 19. Chimes, Tongs & SensorsWindchimes – the first sensor technologyRituals of protection & taming our fearsEnhance old rituals with new artisan hardware?Ritual object helping us to deal with our fears fromradiation?
  20. 20. Geopolitical Tribute to Open SourceHardware (OSHW)Traditional artisan chimes from Himeji 姫路市Geiger tubes used after ChernobylPCB made by Tokyo based InMojo.com teamOSHW components from Shenzhen marketGlobal tinkering culture based on OSHWExplorations of hybrid and cosmopolitan futuresOSHW - platform for global, technological and political dialoguesupporting unique inter-cultural design and exchanges betweentraditional and new artisan techniques and aesthetic values
  21. 21. (Ar)Duino ElegiesGeopolitical Tribute to OSHWDoes the cosmic space,we dissolve into, taste of us then?Duino Elegies, Rilke
  22. 22. Manifest of TotematonsWith this prototype we are exploring theconcept of totem hardware, of technologiesdispersing evil spirits and geopolitical fears,which can create new collective identities basedon hacker and maker cultures refusing presentgeopolitical divisions and working on radicalnew visions.
  23. 23. Technology & AnimismEmbrace tools supporting techno-animismEnhance sensitivity to our connection with theelements and the ecosystemsCreate for cosmopolitical & cosmopolitan futureWe need artifacts, which enable us to taste theuniverse and experience what is left after acatastrophe….
  24. 24. Totem hardware WorkshopsInMojo.comJan Rod, Charith FernandoKarkhana.asia.... Workshop in October 2013Sakar PudasainiHONF Yogyakarta New Media Art Laboratory & HONFablab…Workshop this weekend April 2013Brmlab.cz, Prague… Workshop May 2013Xin Che Jian Shanghai….. Workshop in Shenzhen July 2013Silvia Lindtner, David Li

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