Critical Practice / Week 12 / 19-1-2021

“Unpacking hidden assumption and values”
Critical making describes design oriented practices and pedagogies that include both conceptual and technical work.
It includes research practices that use material engagements with technologies.
It explores theories about the relationship between society and technology.
Critical thinking is understood as conceptually and linguistic based.
Physical making is understood as goal-based material work.

Focus on making emphasises the value of material production itself as a site for critical reflection to transform the socio-technical imagination.
Ultimately, critical making is about extending or not the current economical-political-social status quo by what we produce.

The ‘Critical’ in the critical making
The ‘making’ in critical making
The maker stands at the intersection of traditional media arts practice.
The goal is to build a ‘moral technology’


“Though objects are produced through such processes, these objects are not the main outcome. INStead, the intended results are these experiences are personal, sometimes idiosyncratic transformation in a participants’s understanding and investment.”Matt RATTO

Building electronic objects can be a form of argument or political protest.

DIY maker culture and local artisanal can have a strong nationalist and protectionist components to them - in some sense, populism can be seen as the rise of DIY non-experts.

Perhaps critical and speculative design are worthwhile approaches but not adversarial enough to reply to contemporary populist right wing movements (Brexit, Trump & Le Pen).

If we are living in a post-truth time, we should focus on trying to make progressive arguments and facts more legible and engaging to a wide and diverse audience.
Garnet HERTZ

See :
CITIZEN SENSE
https://citizensense.net/projects/pollution-sensing/

Below :
LIQUID TRACES - The Left-to-Die Boat Case, By Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani