This workshop took place from Oct. 18 - 21, 2013 in conjunction with the 2013 Shanghai Maker Carnival. Its goal was 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.

Workshop Program

Day 0: Friday Oct. 18 7:00pm

BBQ Party XinCheJian [invite-only]
Location: 1035 Changle Rd, 2F, Shanghai, China, 200031

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, Marianne Petit, Yongting Wang
Location: KIC Auditorium

3:30pm – 5:30pm: Panel Discussion I. “Future Now: Making the Machines of Tomorrow”
Location: KIC Auditorium
Zach Hoeken Smith (Makerbot, HAXL8R)
Paul Dourish (University of California, Irvine)
Anil Menon (Author of Speculative Fiction)
Nick Land (Urbanatomy)
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

10:00am – 11:30am: “Open Science: DIYBio Hacking” Mini-Workshop. Led by Denisa Kera (National University of Singapore), Andreas Siagian (Lifepatch), 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: Higher Learning and the Maker Community” Mini-Workshop run by Marianne Petit (NYU Shanghai)


Mitch Altman (Noisebridge)
Bunnie Huang (Bunnie Studios)
Eric Pan (SEEED Studio)
Ricky Ye (DF Robot)
Celeste Compte (Writer)

Zach Hoeken Smith (Makerbot, HAXL8R)<br>Paul Dourish (University of California, Irvine)
Kavita Philip (University of California, Irvine)
Anil Menon (Author of Speculative Fiction)
Suzanne Livingston (Wolff Olins)
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)
Stephen Eichenlaub (Intel)
Anna Greenspan (NYU Shanghai)
David Li (XinCheJian)
Silvia Lindtner (Fudan University & University of California, Irvine)
Chuan-Che Huang (University of Michigan)


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