Upcoming: Hacked Matter Part II



 Hacked Matter Workshop: Part II

OCT. 18-21 2013

In conjunction with the Shanghai Maker Carnival

Organizers: Silvia Lindtner, Anna Greenspan & David Li

A collaboration by:
Transfabric, Shanghai Studies Society & XinCheJian

 Supported by:

Seeed Studio, DFRobot, Transit, KIC Shanghai
Fudan University, NYU Shanghai, XinCheJian


This workshop will take place in conjunction with the 2013 Shanghai Maker Carnival. Its goal is to explore the role that China is playing in the visions and practices of contemporary ‘maker’ culture. Current rhetoric tends to portray manufacturing in China as dominated by enormous, impersonal factories that pump out products that are invented and designed elsewhere. Many dramatically contrast this with the ‘return to manufacturing’ embodied in contemporary ‘maker’ culture that is celebrated for a creativity that traces its roots back to the 1960/70s US Internet counterculture. Hacked Matter aims to challenge such rigid dichotomies and globalizing narratives by focusing on how the professionalizing of ‘maker’ culture is developing increasingly intimate relations with the small-scale factory owners and micro-entrepreneurs that make up China’s core of hardware manufacturing. This exploration implicitly questions distinctions such as copy versus quality, DIY versus professional, ‘made in’ versus ‘created in,’ and dominant culture versus counterculture. Our aim is to produce alternative narratives of China’s role within the bottom-up technological innovations that are currently being produced by a global ‘maker’ culture.

In order to facilitate this rethinking we will engage with science fiction narratives, which shape technological innovation and have long imagined a particular future for Asia. One specific focus is on the dichotomy—most vividly depicted in Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner—that separates a shadowy street culture filled with hackers and noodle shops from a far removed, high-end corporate realm that towers in the skyscrapers above.  Our aim in incorporating such speculative visions is both to reflect upon the role science fiction plays in the making of technological futures and to consider the ways that these stories are complicated by the contemporary practice of global hardware production.

Workshop Program

Friday Oct. 18
BBQ Party XinCheJian/W+K [invite-only]
Location: 1035 Changle Rd, Xuhui, China, 200031

Day 1: Saturday Oct. 19

9:30am – 11:00am:  Explore Maker Carnival.
Location: KIC Main Square
11:00am – noon: Keynote lecture Massimo Banzi (Arduino).
Location: KIC Auditorium (signage will be posted on site).

12:30pm – 2:00pm: Group Lunch.
Location: KIC Noodle Shop

2:00pm – 3:00pm: DIY Bio Showcase
Shingo Hisakawa, Vivian Xu, Andreas Siagian, Marianne Petit, Yongting Wang
Location: KIC Auditorium

3:30pm – 5:30pm: Panel Discussion I.
Location: KIC Auditorium
“Future Now: Making the Machines of Tomorrow”
Zach Hoeken Smith (Makerbot, HAXL8R)
Paul Dourish (University of California, Irvine)
Anil Menon (Author of Speculative Fiction)
Nick Land (Urbanatomy)
Moderated by: Anna Greenspan (NYU Shanghai) & Suzanne Livingston (Wolff Olins)

7:00pm: Makers’ Dinner
Location: Maker Carnival/KIC

Day 2: Sunday Oct. 20

9:30am – noon: Group tour of the JiuXing Market guided by David Li (XinCheJian) [invite-only]
Meet at Donghu Hotel: 70 Donghu Road

3:00pm – 5:00pm: Panel Discussion II.
Location: KIC Auditorium.
“Made in China” versus “Innovate with China”
Mitch Altman (Noisebridge)
Bunnie Huang (Bunnie Studios)
Eric Pan (SEEED Studio)
Ricky Ye (DF Robot)
Moderated by:
Silvia Lindtner (UCI & Fudan University) & David Li (XinCheJian)

Day 3: Monday Oct. 21
Location: NYU Shanghai

10:00am – 11:30am: “Open Science: DIY Bio Hacking” Mini-Workshop. Led by Denisa Kera (National University of Singapore), Andreas Siagian (Lifepatch), Shingo Hisakawa (Tokyo Hackerspace) & Chuan-Che Huang (University of Michigan) [invite-only]

11:30am – noon: break

noon – 2:30pm: Lunch, followed by Group Discussion

2:30pm – 3:00pm: break

3:00pm – 5:00pm: “Building Institutions: Higher Learning and the Maker Community” Mini-Workshop run by Marianne Petit (NYU Shanghai) [invite-only]


Mitch Altman (Noisebridge)
Bunnie Huang (Bunnie Studios)
Eric Pan (SEEED Studio)
Ricky Ye (DF Robot)
Zach Hoeken Smith (Makerbot, HAXL8R)
Paul Dourish (University of California, Irvine)
Kavita Philip (University of California, Irvine)
Anil Menon (Author of Speculative Fiction)
Suzanne Livingston (Wolff Olins)
Alice Tagliabue (Arduino)
Massimo Banzi (Arduino)
Andrew Schrock (University of Southern California)
Denisa Kera (National University of Singapore
Marianne Petit (NYU Shanghai)
Matthew Belanger (NYU Shanghai)
Andreas Siagian (Lifepatch)
Shingo Hisakawa (Tokyo Hackerspace)
Anne McClard (Intel)
Anna Greenspan (NYU Shanghai)
David Li (XinCheJian)
Silvia Lindtner (Fudan University & University of California, Irvine)
Chuan-Che Huang (University of Michigan)
Vivian Xu (Parsons, Genspace, New York City)
William Hooi (Science Centre Singapore & HacKIDemia)
Richard Kelly (Li & Fung)
Celeste LeCompte (Freelance Writer)
Yongting Wang (Jiaotong University, MED-X Lab)
Stephen Eichenlaub (Intel Labs Strategic Growth)

Details for the Mini Workshops, Monday Oct 21:

“Building Institutions: Higher Learning and the Maker Community” Mini-Workshop run by Marianne Petit (NYU Shanghai)

Institutions of higher learning have had a longstanding relationship with the open source movement. Research and development from universities have helped developed some of the most pervasive tools we use from the earliest days of the internet to the current DIY movement.. Today, community skill share, maker spaces, and small business developers have grown internationally in number and significance. This open discussion will examine the future role of higher education to the maker movement as well as its relationship to the community.

Marianne Petit is an Associate Arts Professor at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and is currently living in Shanghai launching NYU Shanghai’s Interactive Media Program (IMA). Marianne teaches courses in digital media, animation, storytelling, paper arts, and assistive technology.  Prior to joining the full-time faculty at ITP, Marianne worked in the nonprofit technology sector and continues to work with a variety of nonprofit and educational organizations. She is the co-founder of her own arts organization, Greylock Arts, a non-commercial arts space located in the Northern Berkshires dedicated to emerging arts practices. Her artwork has appeared internationally in festivals and exhibitions, has been featured in WIRED and broadcast on IFC and PBS. In addition, her pop-up books are in numerous collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern ARt, the Boston Public Library, the Berlin Public Library, the Savannah College of Art & Design as well as numerous private collections.

“Open Science: DIY Bio Hacking” Mini-Workshop.

Hackerspaces, such as Karkhana Collective in Nepal, LifePatch (Citizen
Initiative in Art, Science and Technology) and The House of Natural
Fiber (HONF- Yogyakarta New Media Art Laboratory) in Indonesia, Manila
Biopunk Movement in the Philippines or Sustainable Living Lab in
Singapore are part of an informal research network, which supports
communities through prototypes using open source hardware platforms.
The convergence of ICTs with emergent biotechnologies, especially
bioinformatics, has its counterpart in this alternative culture of
circuit board customization and DIYbio hacking, which created some
unique opportunities for research in the Global South. The OSHW
hacking enables the creation of cheap laboratory and citizen science
equipment used Indonesia, Nepal, and in various hackerspaces around
the world.

We will run a workshop to show how open hardware enables science communication in  Indonesia and describe the networks behind OSHW. While the official biotech industry operates under the strict patent logic of the global biotech business, the emergent hackerspace movement explores alternative possibilities of doing science. It supports open licenses and open source approaches, which created conditions for  community based research and development bringing closer policy and science, community building and prototype testing. Furthermore, the OSHW prototypes also open unique possibilities for interaction between traditional crafts and open science. In Shanghai we will introduce a new global DIYbio project on open drug discovery of antibiotics.

Denisa Kera is a philosopher and a designer, who uses prototypes to rethink history of science, but also future scenarios related to emerging technologies. She views prototypes as critical probes and tools for public deliberation, reflection and participation in science. In 2013 she became a collector of DIYbio prototypes and Hackteria.org network archivist. The collection she is building will support open science and citizen science advocacy. The open hardware prototypes enable us to map the network between community labs, alternative R&D places (Hackerspaces, FabLabs), DIYbio movements, and citizen science initiatives. They revive tinkering and 16.century pre-modern science, but also serve as tools of democratizing science and supporting R&D in the Global South. She has an extensive experience as a curator of exhibitions and projects related to art, technology and science, and previous career in internet start-ups and journalism. Currently, she works as an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore and Asia Research Institute fellow, where she is bringing together Science, Technology, and Society (STS) studies with Interactive Media Design. Between 2010 – 2012 she was organizing the DIYbio Singapore movement http://diybiosingapore.wordpress.com/, which is becoming active again as part of the Hackteria network in SE Asia and gathers a community of scientists and designers interested in open hardware for science projects with a special emphasis on supporting research in the Global South.; Publications http://nus.academia.edu/DenisaKera

Andreas Siagian is an artist, engineer and internet troll,  a cross disciplinary artist with an engineering background focusing on creative communities, alternative education, DIY/DIWO culture and interdisciplinary collaboration in art, science and technology. Since 2004, he is working in community-base initiatives to produce installations, workshops, lectures and organizing events as well as festivals in Indonesia. His collaborative actions with the local creative community developments included him as a co-founder of several initiatives such as breakcore_LABS, a platform for experimental audiovisual performance;  urbancult.net, an online street art documentation and mapping for Indonesia and lifepatch.org – citizen initiative for art, science and technology, an independent community-based organization working in creative and appropriate application in the fields of art, science and technology.


2 Responses to “Upcoming: Hacked Matter Part II”

  1. Open to the public? And if so, *thank you* for putting this on a weekend so that “normal people” can go.

    Posted by Micah S | September 25, 2013, 4:50 pm


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