Digital fabrication and wellbeing, human agency in post-automation: an analysis into the appropriation of digital design and fabrication technologies by crafters and coders in non- industrial settings

O'Donovan, Cian (2017) Digital fabrication and wellbeing, human agency in post-automation: an analysis into the appropriation of digital design and fabrication technologies by crafters and coders in non- industrial settings. In: Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), 30th August to 2nd September 2017, Boston, Massachusetts.

[img] PDF - Presentation
Available under License All Rights Reserved.

Download (16MB)

Abstract

Craft's relationship with industrial design, production and manufacturing seems to be coming full circle. Where once craft was the refuge of pr oductive skills lost to industrialisation, recent innovations in distributed digita l fabrication technologies hav e contributed to a rise in small batch production, and a decline or devaluing of the homogenous, ma ss produced โ€” indicating new craft relations and sensibilities between designers, producers, consumers and things (Cardoso, 2010). Digital design and fabrication technologies, and their non-industrial use in community settings such as hackerspaces and makerspaces attract considerable attention in this regard and offer a site for empirical research. Enthusiasts celebrate a widening appropriation of tools such CAD/CAM, 3D printers, laser cutters and routers. Yet it is curious how technologies that deskilled machinists and damaged worker c ommunities in the past, are now celebrated as equipping m akers with new skills and capabilities. Perhaps the real picture is somewhat ambiguous?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Research Centres and Groups: Future of Work Hub
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic history and conditions > HC0079 Special topics, A-Z > HC0079.T4 Technological innovations. Technology transfer
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0831 Social change > HM0836 Causes > HM0846 Technological innovations. Technology
T Technology > TT Handicrafts Arts and crafts > TT0697 Home arts. Homecrafts Including sewing, embroidery, decorative crafts
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Cian O'Donovan
Date Deposited: 22 May 2018 10:20
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2019 17:05
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/75991

View download statistics for this item

๐Ÿ“ง Request an update
Project NameSussex Project NumberFunderFunder Ref
Responsible Innovation and Happiness: A New Approach to the Effect of ICTsG1889UNIVERSITY OF OSLO170100 - Happy ICT