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Workshop 2013: Hacked Matter

HACKED MATTER PART I:
Panel & Workshop on Shanzhai & Maker Culture

Shanghai and Shenzhen: April 6-8 2013

Organizers: Anna Greenspan (NYU Shanghai) & Silvia Lindtner (ISTC & Fudan University)

With support from the Shanghai Studies Symposium, NYU Shanghai, ISTC (Intel Science & Technology Center for Social Computing) UC Irvine, the Rockbund Art Museum, and Xinchejian 新车间

The three-day workshop explored connections between the informal networks of shanzhai 山寨 (copycat) production and the open innovations of DIY (do it yourself) Maker culture.Through a series of panel sessions, discussion rounds and tours through open manufacturing sites in Shenzhen and Shanghai, we explored the fertile zones of creativity emerging between the dense commercial webs of cheap ‘copycat’ electronics, and the back-room tinkerers playing with the latest developments in open source hardware.

The event brought together key practitioners and scholars in the fields of DIY making, design and open hardware: David Li from xinchejian 新车间, Amanda Williams from Wyld CollectiveTom Igoe from ITP New York, Eric Pan from SeeedStudio, Ricky Ye from DFRobot, Wu Hao from Claremont Investment Consultant , Zach Hoeken Smith from HAXLR8R, Gao Lei from IMLab.

 

The workshop included a public panel discussion at the Rockbund Contemporary Art Museum in Shanghai that led to an intriguing conversation with audience members about the relationships between copy and innovation, fake and open source, and the ethics of DIY making and labor practices in manufacturies. In Shenzhen, the workshop took participants through the Huaqiangbei electronics markets to source copycat versions of the open source hardware platform Arduino as well as the infamous shanzhai phones, a visit to the local hackerspace Chaihuo and a tour through Seeed Studio, an open hardware manufacturer that has established fruitful bridges between DIY Makers and Chinese manufacturers, remaking what making and production can mean in Shenzhen today.Check out the podcast of the panel discussion at the Rockbund here.Workshop Participants: Denisa Kera, Tom Igoe, Suzane Livinstone, Luke Stark, Monika Lin, Juerg Neuschwander, Paul Gazillo, Davide Gomba, Alice Tagliabue, Bruno Nadeau, Amanda Williams, Silvia Lindtner, David Li, Anna Greenspan

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