Meet the team of volunteers.
The low recognition and reward for maintaining things that matter, compared to the kudos and resources for shiny new things, has long frustrated me. Inspired at a Maker Assembly event in December 2017, I instigated the Festival and it’s been great to see the energy and enthusiasm of others, working together to make this happen 🙂
I became involved in the Festival following, among other things, a stint working in innovation policy. I became quite disillusioned, feeling that ‘innovators’ were often self-selecting, and frequently contemptuous of everything that had become before, without learning from history. I’m now interested in how we value maintenance and innovation, how we fund them and why. I hope that the Festival is a way to explore this false dichotomy and foster new conversations about how we can better care for others around us, our communities and environment.
Co-founder of Maker Assembly and Digital Programmes Producer at the V&A.
Maintenance plays an essential role in our lives but is too often portrayed as low value compared to the exciting narratives around innovation. I joined the festival team to help the communities of maintainers connect together and to start a lasting conversation about fixing and maintaining the things we care about.
I work as an infrastructure researcher at Urban Innovation and Policy Lab, and whether it’s a road network, rail line or water supply system – making the case for maintenance is an ongoing challenge! I’m excited to be part of the diverse and multidisciplinary community that the Festival brings together each year, to champion the value of maintenance and maintainers.
Following an open call for maintainers a couple of years ago, I came across this group which I haven’t met in person yet 🙂 but already have so much in common. I have been working with net.art in Brazil for many years in projects that excavates and proposes collective concepts and decolonial practices of technological anthropophagies – digitophagy, tecnoxamanism, metareciclagem et al. For a wild maintenance!
mimoSa: Urban Intervention and Information Correctional Machine
MetaReciclagem: Technological appropriation for social transformation
Frustrated with assumptions around the Maker meme that miss the point of the Dark Matter of Makerspaces and obscure an important part of technical culture; a communal resilience that sits just below the surface of the shiny stuff. I’m interested in the opportunity to articulate this in STEM/STEAM education and beyond. Also slowly discovering the maintenance required in bio-science through research at Lancaster University. Once you put on the maintenance glasses you see it everywhere!
I am interested in automation and machine intelligence and its impact on the future of work. We will all need to adapt. Lifelong learning is likely to become the norm rather than the exception. Teaching methods will need to evolve too. I suspect engaging with online communities will be one of the most effective ways to learn and develop skills. By helping to organise the Festival I will meet interesting people from a range of backgrounds while learning more about broader maintenance issues.
Jackie Pease @jackie_pease
Hwa Young Jung