Lunchtime Talk
Fri 8 Sep 2017 14:00

Bringing back the factory? Workshopping the case for local manufacturing

What if the Replicator from Star Trek really existed? What if, at the touch of a button, you could have whatever object you desire? Studio resident ginger coons discusses the future of digital fabrication.

4eme Revolution Industrielle

4eme Revolution Industrielle


·ginger coons

I make things and I study things. I study how people make and use things. And that means looking at the intersections of individuality, mass standards, and new production technologies. I'm interested in the place of the user…

What if the Replicator from Star Trek really existed? What if, at the touch of a button, you could have whatever object you desire? Digital fabrication technologies like 3D printing and laser cutting can't do that, but they do currently offer the opportunity to make one-off and custom goods, without some of the overhead involved in mass-production. Many advocates of digital fabrication are now arguing that it will bring an industrial revolution which will move the production of goods (back) to where those goods are consumed. 

This lunchtime, Studio resident ginger coons, a Research Fellow in the Digital Cultures Research Centre, will talk about her new project, Making It Here, which aims to understand, prod, and question the idea that digital fabrication will make manufacturing local (again). She will cover the scope of the project and show examples of work which hint at different ways of thinking about localized manufacturing. 

This Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday.

Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do.

After the talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm.

Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around just before the talk. Send an email to to book your place on a tour.

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