Making a Kit for Cultural History

Conducted at the Maker Lab in the Humanities @ UVic

with the Humanistic Fabrication Lab @ Western

Research Supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Making a Kit for Cultural History

Research by Nina Belojevic, Laura Dosky,
Devon Elliott, Jon Olaf Johnson, Shaun Macpherson,
Katie McQueston, Jentery Sayers,
William J. Turkel, and Zaqir Varani

Research Supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

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www.maker.uvic.ca/hastac/

(pssst...that "www" bit is important)

Kits Prompt People To ...

Reassemble historical technologies based
on the contingencies of the present,

Conduct and test historical experiments,
including lab-based experiments, and

Better understand the historical functions
of transduction, with an emphasis
on the cultural embeddedness of media.

Today's Talk

The Content of the Kits

The Principles of the Kits

An Example Kit

The Content of the Kits

The Principles of the Kits

Produce scholarship through new media.

Make objects that make arguments.

Build things that prompt hands-on engagement + reuse.

Objects are not removed from social relations.

Politicize forensics and "digging" into media.

We cannot perceive the world like they did back then.

Historicize the eversion.

Timo Arnall's Robot-Readable World

Propinquity, by Wyld Collective

Players come close without touching each other

Early Wearables Kit

Images care of Nina Belojevic, Shaun Macpherson + Katie McQueston

Research Implications

Unfold What's Beyond Trouvé's Documentation

Make Pieces that Weren't or Couldn't Be Built in the 1800s

Historicize Relations between Wearables and Bodies

Articulate an Alternate History for the Eversion

Thank You

Special Thanks to:
Ministerio de Cultura (Perú), Ministerio de Educación (Perú),
PerúEduca, HASTAC, and the Organization of American States

25 April 2014 | HASTAC 2014

Nina Belojevic | University of Victoria

Jentery Sayers | University of Victoria

maker.uvic.ca | @UVicMakerLab