Registration Now Open Atlanta, GA September 20-23, 2017

2017 Tapia Conference

Made in the Machine: New Cultural Practices, Critical Analyses, and Techniques in Digital Fabrication, Making, and Manufacturing

Friday, September 22, 2017 — 10:45AM - 12:15PM



What does the so-called “maker movement” and its embrace of open source hardware mean for the underlying politics and socioeconomics of small- and large-scale manufacturing? What are the implications for minorities as a new political regime attempts to “bring back manufacturing jobs” to the United States? Are new opportunities opening up for historically underrepresented groups? Do the same historical bigotries persist in a different guise?

This workshop aims to explore these questions. It will focus on relevant hardware and software tools, an introduction to fabrication machines and culturally-aware methods for using and teaching these technologies, and basic considerations for structuring a culturally-aware engineering course. Participatory workshop activities include 1) Making and Meta-Making: Learning the Anatomy of Digital Fab Machines to Make What You Want; 2) Critical Examination: Considering the Sociopolitical, Demographic, Economic, and Ethical Histories of Digital Fabrication; 3) Synthesis: Digital Fabrication for the Community.

This workshop, by Professor Arlene Ducao, is based on her NYU graduate course. Listed in NYU’s catalog as “Digital Fabrication,” the course’s scope aims beyond the teaching and sharing of fabrication techniques; instead, the course is structured to provide opportunities for embodied learning, physical fabrication, self-reflection, historical examination, and critical synthesis.

Workshop Organizer/ Moderator:
Arlene Brigoli Duao, New York University