‘Place-Less’ Making? Re-Articulating the Power-Geometries of Digital Platforms in China Through Tactical Co-Creation

In The Critical Makers Reader: (Un)Learning Technology, edited by Loes Bogers & Letizia Chiappini, 258-269. Amsterdam: Institute of Networked Cultures, 2019

12 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2020

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

What happens when makers, or people who use tools to hack, remix and create things, interact on virtual or 'place-less' rather than physical or 'locally situated' spaces? What happens when they encounter other digital actors – the kind who want to control them?

This article is about 數據線 Shùjùxiàn, or 'drinking from the data line', a creative experiment with digital makers in China that was inspired by Furtherfield's DIWO (Do It With Others) call in 2006 for decentralized endeavors that would disrupt hierarchies through networked collaborations. By engaging in 'place-less making', projects like Shùjùxiàn attempt to playfully subvert censorship algorithms through co-creation.

Keywords: China, Making, Maker-spaces, Remix, Place, Digital Culture

Suggested Citation

Braybrooke, Kat, ‘Place-Less’ Making? Re-Articulating the Power-Geometries of Digital Platforms in China Through Tactical Co-Creation (2019). In The Critical Makers Reader: (Un)Learning Technology, edited by Loes Bogers & Letizia Chiappini, 258-269. Amsterdam: Institute of Networked Cultures, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3533560 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3533560

Kat Braybrooke (Contact Author)

University of Sussex ( email )

Sussex House
Falmer
Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RH
United Kingdom

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