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Maker Culture Talk at WSU-Vancouver, Fall 2014


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Talk about Maker Culture at WSU-Vancouver in the Fall of 2014.

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Maker Culture Talk at WSU-Vancouver, Fall 2014

  1. 1. Maker Culture: Histories, Politics, Applications @RogerWhitson Wash State U - Pullman 6 Nov 2014
  2. 2. Introduction History Politics Arduino Demos
  3. 3. Material Consciousness: “People invest in things they can change, and such thinking revolves around three issues: metamorphosis, presence, and anthropomorphosis. Metamorphosis can be as direct as a change in procedure, as when potters switch from molding clay on a fixed platter to building it up on a rotating wheel; potters who do both will be conscious of the difference in technique. Presence can be registered simply by leaving a maker’s mark, such as a brickmaker’s stamp. Anthropomorphosis occurs when we impute human qualities to raw material; supposedly primitive cultures imagine that spirits dwell in a tree, and so in a spear cut from its wood; sophisticates personalize materials when using words like modest or sympathetic to describe the finishing details on a cabinet.” —Richard Sennett, The Craftsman (2008)
  4. 4. Introduction History Politics Arduino Demos
  5. 5. The Luddites need to “distinguish between machinery and its employment by capital [because] any other utilization of machinery than the capitalist one is [to the bourgeoise economist] impossible.” —Karl Marx, Capital, 1867 [When technology is introduced] [n]ot only do the objective conditions change in the act of reproduction, e.g. the village becomes the town, but the producers change too, in that they bring out new qualities in themselves, develop themselves in production, transform themselves, develop new powers and ideas, new modes of discourse, new needs and new language” —Karl Marx, Grundrisse, 1858
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  8. 8. Introduction History Politics Arduino Demos
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  10. 10. “One effect of broadly articulating the material and social environment is that the situations and actors of the political are greatly expanded. […] Who would have previously considered a subway car a space for engaging issues of network surveillance or a houseplant a thing for engaging in issues of energy consumption, and individual actions and desires? Computation and the visions and practices of ubicomp seem to amplify the potential for political engagement with objects by enabling them to be linked to and link others into associations that have political meaning and significance.” —Carl Di Salvo, Adversarial Design (2012)
  11. 11. 5 minute Break
  12. 12. Introduction History Politics Arduino Demos
  13. 13. Introduction History Politics Arduino Demos
  14. 14. /* Blink Turns on an LED on for one second, then off for one second, repeatedly. This example code is in the public domain. */ // Pin 13 has an LED connected on most Arduino boards. // give it a name: int led = 13; // the setup routine runs once when you press reset: void setup() { // initialize the digital pin as an output. pinMode(led, OUTPUT); } // the loop routine runs over and over again forever: void loop() { digitalWrite(led, HIGH); // turn the LED on (HIGH is the voltage level) delay(1000); // wait for a second digitalWrite(led, LOW); // turn the LED off by making the voltage LOW delay(1000); // wait for a second }
  15. 15. Thanks! @RogerWhitson