Project Description

Ways of the Hand – Tinkering in a Digital Age

This project explores the notion of “tinkering as a 21st century literacy.” Tinkering involves strategies of improvisation and iteration. As a practice of the technological imagination, it pushes the boundaries of original contexts. It creates hybrids from heterogeneous parts and components. It incorporates media strategies of collage, appropriation, and montage. It encourages open-ended exploration of possibilities. It develops porous and ad-hoc communities. It is a key reproductive practice of contemporary culture.

The Ways of the Hand project includes 14 video postcards from makers and tinkerers who participated in Maker Faire, 2009 in San Mateo, CA. I had the opportunity to ask them about their motivations and aspirations for their making practices.

Faculty Project Credits – Anne Balsamo


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