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Hacked Matter Workshop: Part II

OCT. 18-21 2013
In conjunction with the Shanghai Maker Carnival

Silvia Lindtner, Anna Greenspan & David Li

A collaboration by:
Transfabric, Shanghai Studies Society & XinCheJian

 Supported by:
Fudan University, NYU Shanghai, XinCheJian


This workshop will take place in conjunction with the 2013 Shanghai Maker Carnival. Its goal is to explore the role that China is playing in the visions and practices of contemporary ‘maker’ culture. Current rhetoric tends to portray manufacturing in China as dominated by enormous, impersonal factories that pump out products that are invented and designed elsewhere. Many dramatically contrast this with the ‘return to manufacturing’ embodied in contemporary ‘maker’ culture that is celebrated for a creativity that traces its roots back to the 1960/70s US Internet counterculture. Hacked Matter aims to challenge such rigid dichotomies and globalizing narratives by focusing on how the professionalizing of ‘maker’ culture is developing increasingly intimate relations with the small-scale factory owners and micro-entrepreneurs that make up China’s core of hardware manufacturing. This exploration implicitly questions distinctions such as copy versus quality, DIY versus professional, ‘made in’ versus ‘created in,’ and dominant culture versus counterculture. Our aim is to produce alternative narratives of China’s role within the bottom-up technological innovations that are currently being produced by a global ‘maker’ culture.

In order to facilitate this rethinking we will engage with science fiction narratives, which shape technological innovation and have long imagined a particular future for Asia. One specific focus is on the dichotomy—most vividly depicted in Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner—that separates a shadowy street culture filled with hackers and noodle shops from a far removed, high-end corporate realm that towers in the skyscrapers above.  Our aim in incorporating such speculative visions is both to reflect upon the role science fiction plays in the making of technological futures and to consider the ways that these stories are complicated by the contemporary practice of global hardware production.

Workshop Program

Friday Oct. 18
BBQ Party XinCheJian/W+K
Location: 1035 Changle Rd, Xuhui, China, 200031
(Invite Only) 

Day 1: Saturday Oct. 19

9:30am – 11:00am:  Explore Maker Carnival.
Location: KIC Main Square
11:00am – noon: Keynote lecture Massimo Banzi (Arduino).
Location: KIC Auditorium (signage will be posted on site).

12:30pm – 2:00pm: Group Lunch.
Location: KIC Noodle Shop

2:00pm – 3:00pm: DIY Bio Showcase
Shingo Hisakawa, Vivian Xu, Andreas Siagian, Scott Edmunds
Location: KIC Auditorium

3:30pm – 5:30pm: Panel Discussion I.
Location: KIC Auditorium
“Future Now: Making the Machines of Tomorrow”
Zach Hoeken Smith (Makerbot, HAXL8R)
Paul Dourish (University of California, Irvine)
Anil Menon (Author of Speculative Fiction)
Moderated by: Anna Greenspan (NYU Shanghai) & Suzanne Livingston (Wolff Olins)

7:00pm: Makers’ Dinner
Location: Maker Carnival/KIC

Day 2: Sunday Oct. 20

9:30am – noon: Group tour of the JiuXing Market guided by David Li (XinCheJian)
Meet at Donghu Hotel: 70 Donghu Road

3:00pm – 5:00pm: Panel Discussion II.
Location: KIC Auditorium.
“Made in China” versus “Innovate with China”
Mitch Altman (Noisebridge)
Bunnie Huang (Bunnie Studios)
Eric Pan (SEEED Studio)
Ricky Ye (DF Robot)
Moderated by:
Silvia Lindtner (UCI & Fudan University) & David Li (XinCheJian)

Day 3: Monday Oct. 21
Location: NYU Shanghai
(Invite Only)

10:00am – 11:30am: “Open Science: DIY Bio Hacking” Mini-Workshop. Led by Denisa Kera (National University of Singapore), Andreas Siagian (Squaresolid), Shingo Hisakawa (Tokyo Hackerspace) & Chuan-Che Huang (University of Michigan)

11:30am – noon: break

noon – 2:30pm: Lunch, followed by Group Discussion

2:30pm – 3:00pm: break

3:00pm – 5:00pm: “Building Institutions: Maker Practice in education, design & knowledge production” Mini-Workshop led by Marianne Petit (NYU Shanghai) & Matthew Belanger (NYU Shanghai)


Mitch Altman (Noisebridge)
Bunnie Huang (Bunnie Studios)
Eric Pan (SEEED Studio)
Ricky Ye (DF Robot)
Zach Hoeken Smith (Makerbot, HAXL8R)
Paul Dourish (University of California, Irvine)
Kavita Philip (University of California, Irvine)
Anil Menon (Author of Speculative Fiction)
Suzanne Livingston (Wolff Olins)
Alice Tagliabue (Arduino)
Massimo Banzi (Arduino)
Andrew Schrock (University of Southern California)
Denisa Kera (National University of Singapore
Marianne Petit (NYU Shanghai)
Matthew Belanger (NYU Shanghai)
Andreas Siagian (Lifepatch, ID)
Shingo Hisakawa (Tokyo Hackerspace)
Anne McClard (Intel)
Anna Greenspan (NYU Shanghai)
David Li (XinCheJian)
Silvia Lindtner (Fudan University & University of California, Irvine)
Chuan-Che Huang (University of Michigan)
Vivian Xu (Parsons, Genspace, New York City)
Scott Edmunds (GigaScience)