In the making : digital fabrication and disability

Hurley, UK ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8275-7677 2019, In the making : digital fabrication and disability , Vernon Series in Sociology , Vernon Press, Wilmington, DE 19801 USA.

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Abstract

Digital fabrication combines virtual and material worlds; transforming thoughts into things, and things into data. It fosters complex and varied communities while enabling the pursuit of unique individual outputs. Current literature on digital fabrication concentrates on its technical and economic potential, with little attention yet being paid to the fundamental questions of how the technology might affect our understanding of identity, embodiment, or creative processes. Using case studies and experiences gained from ground-breaking fieldwork, "In the Making" explores these processes and their products from both cultural and aesthetic perspectives; with emphasis on its human interactions, not on technology. Embracing the absence of established methodologies in their emerging area of investigation, this volume offers a series of wide-ranging and original interdisciplinary framings which arise from the materials themselves. That very act of imagining, of selecting and committing to an envisaged but not yet physically present product, offers insights into needs and desires. What is the story of that design? How did it come to be? The basic principles of digital fabrication – the transformation from concept to physical entity – offer intriguing possibilities for aesthetic and cultural readings, particularly from the perspectives of disability. Online, open access maker communities mean that anyone with an internet connection and a desktop 3D printer is able to download and print a wide variety of replicable and customisable objects. What might this mean for disabled people? As digital fabrication technologies enter mainstream society, In the making poses urgently applicable questions about presence, existence, and authenticity and begins to suggest how we might explore them.

Item Type: Book
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Publisher: Vernon Press
Series Name: Vernon Series in Sociology
ISBN: 9781622733309
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Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Depositing User: Dr Ursula Hurley
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2019 12:07
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2020 15:05
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/52939

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