‘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
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
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