Of makerspaces and Hacklabs: emergence, experiment and ontological theatre at the Edinburgh Hacklab, Scotland

Thomas S. J. Smith

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    Abstract

    This paper commences a geographical engagement with makerspaces, hacklabs, and other workshop spaces which form part of a broader ‘maker movement’. It examines the arts of inquiry and experimentation found at one such site, drawing on ethnographic field work at the Edinburgh Hacklab, and makes connections with emerging themes of interest to geographers, including creativity, experiment, art, and nonhuman agency. Putting standard innovation-driven narratives of makerspaces into question, attention is instead turned to the events of emergent experimentation and creativity taking place in these spaces. To this end, Andrew Pickering’s concept of ‘ontological theatre’, describing powerful focal instances of agential symmetry between humans and nonhumans, is engaged with, in order to understand the links between Hacklab activities and emergent and complex aspects of nonhuman agency.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)130-154
    Number of pages24
    JournalScottish Geographical Journal
    Volume133
    Issue number2
    Early online date19 May 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Keywords

    • Cultural Geography
    • Political Ecology
    • Social Geography
    • Posthumanism
    • Makers
    • Hacklab

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