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Bringing maker culture to cultural organisations

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My keynote on 'Bringing maker culture to cultural organisations' for VALA2014 More background at http://openobjects.blogspot.com/2014/02/bringing-maker-culture-to-cultural.html and http://www.vala.org.au/conf2014
Abstract: Should museums, libraries and archives be places for looking at old stuff other people have made, or could they also be places where new creations are inspired and made? If making - writing, designing, building - is the deepest level of engagement with heritage and culture, how can memory institutions avoid the comforting but deadly trap of broadcasting at the public and instead create spaces for curating, creating or conversing with them?

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Bringing maker culture to cultural organisations

  1. 1. Bringing maker culture to cultural organisations #VALA14 Melbourne, 2014 Mia Ridge, Open University, UK @mia_out Image: Garrett Mace CC-BY-NC-SA http://www.flickr.com/photos/macetech/5753597178/
  2. 2. Should museums, libraries and archives be places for looking at old stuff other people have made, or could they become places where new creations are inspired and made?
  3. 3. Should museums, libraries and archives be places for looking at old stuff other people have made, or could they become places where new creations are inspired and made? http://www.flickr.com/photos/lesterpubliclibrary/9094590029 Yes.
  4. 4. ...they always have been
  5. 5. ...they always have been So the question is really...
  6. 6. Looking -> inspiring ->making? Image Mitch Altman CC-BY-SA http://www.flickr.com/photos/maltman23/9741177431/
  7. 7. What is making? The value of making Creating maker spaces
  8. 8. 'MAKER CULTURE'?
  9. 9. Maker culture attitude Image: http://www.curiosityshow.com.au/photos.html
  10. 10. You probably grew up making
  11. 11. Hacking
  12. 12. Maker spaces: learning together Images: Pargon http://www.flickr.com/photos/pargon/2462917171/ Bill Ward http://www.flickr.com/photos/billward/ Lester Public Library http://www.flickr.com/photos/lesterpubliclibrary/
  13. 13. Shared equipment Image: http://blog.krrb.com/2013/06/20/tool-libraries-check-em-out/
  14. 14. Everyone's in? http://makeitatyourlibrary.org/
  15. 15. EXAMPLES
  16. 16. http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/7851693210/
  17. 17. Photography
  18. 18. Music
  19. 19. Baking Image: Maury McCownhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/maurymccown/4552183613/
  20. 20. ...not 'making'? http://from.ph/118023
  21. 21. Collecting then...
  22. 22. ...collecting now http://digitalnz.org/user_sets/fb45c2208f339e37
  23. 23. How much 'making' on social media? Source: Forrester
  24. 24. Augmented reality http://gizmogreetingcards.com
  25. 25. Yarn bombing http://oleknyc.com/gallery/guerilla/12
  26. 26. Knitting the past
  27. 27. Transcribing, tagging, labelling Transcribing, tagging, labelling http://oldweather.org/
  28. 28. From crowdsourced microtasks to maritime history
  29. 29. 3D printing http://www.flickr.com/photos/fayfreelibrary/8080294976/
  30. 30. 3d limb
  31. 31. 3D printing
  32. 32. ...mashed up Jonathan Monaghan's Leda and the Marsyas
  33. 33. Learning[studio model] school by copying is old
  34. 34. Sugru 'get the world repairing and making again'
  35. 35. MakeyMakey
  36. 36. Visualisations
  37. 37. Software
  38. 38. Unpacking the tacit knowledge in craft
  39. 39. WHY I LOVE MAKING
  40. 40. 'Hard fun' http://serendipomatic.org
  41. 41. http://serendipomatic.org/
  42. 42. Fixing problems in the world • Museums have lots of objects that lack descriptions • People are looking for fun distractions Objects People Metadata games!
  43. 43. http://museumgam.es
  44. 44. Cosmic Collections
  45. 45. What is making? The value of making Creating maker spaces
  46. 46. The value of making • • • • • • Fix things Tailor things Follow your imagination New skills Creating fans Creating community
  47. 47. The value in making • Fun and learning • Thinking through making • Deeper engagement with science, heritage
  48. 48. 'Four keys to fun' Easy Fun (Novelty) Hard Fun (Challenge) People Fun (Friendship) Serious Fun (Meaning) http://www.xeodesign.com/whyweplaygames.html
  49. 49. Engagement 'attending' 'participating' 'deciding' 'producing' Department for Culture Media and Sport 'Culture and Sport Evidence', 2011
  50. 50. Kids need spaces for making Lego's 'Rapunzel's Creativity Tower'
  51. 51. What is making? The value of making Creating maker spaces
  52. 52. Maker spaces can be... Physical Digital Intellectual
  53. 53. Physical maker spaces in libraries
  54. 54. Creating space through events Image: Mitch Altman CC-BY-SA http://www.flickr.com/photos/maltman23/11247864796/
  55. 55. Hack days Image: Scott Bealehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/255782023/
  56. 56. Intellectual space through open data
  57. 57. People create software to help... http://www.whatsthatpicture.com/flickr/commons http://workmachine.us/
  58. 58. So, create maker spaces ...but...
  59. 59. Who really has agency? "I participate, you participate, he participates, we participate, you participate...they profit.“ (1968) Via A Ladder of Citizen Participation - Sherry R Arnstein
  60. 60. WHY SHOULD YOU MAKE?
  61. 61. To spot the traps http://www.flickr.com/photos/floridamemory/11084674054/
  62. 62. Test your welcome http://www.flickr.com/photos/29454428@N08/2866498615/, State Library of New South Wales
  63. 63. Clayton's inclusiveness? Beatriz Maldonado: 'Why must we attend and learn about 'making'? How could community members contribute to the space and its work?' Image: adrianhon Quote: https://jwernimont.wordpress.com/2013/07/16/access-and-the-la-makerspace/
  64. 64. Be a secret shopper http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/4545457453/
  65. 65. Understand fiero
  66. 66. Why else? • Because it's fun • It takes time to get spaces right; learn with your communities • To understand the potential of new technologies • Learning how to learn is key for your future
  67. 67. SO WHAT CAN YOU DO? How much time have you got?
  68. 68. 'curate' online
  69. 69. Hold internal hack days
  70. 70. Try visualising your data
  71. 71. Hold an editathon
  72. 72. MOST IMPORTANTLY...
  73. 73. Reflect, learn, share Geoffrey POWELL Australia 1918 – 1989 Discussion (Hoyningen-Huene and Max Dupain) 1938 Via @serendipomatic
  74. 74. Thank you! Mia Ridge Open University, UK http://miaridge.com @mia_out Image: Matt Jones

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