FabLabs are one of the key empirical fields of my PhD research. They do not only make digital fabrication publicly accessible but open the possibilities for more distributed and equal technosocial arrangements in profound ways.
The research on FabLabs led me to initiate and co-found FabLab Karlsruhe e.V. In times of change like these ‘action research’ is back again, collaboration shouldn’t stop at the doors to universities.
My working paper on the history of FabLabs and the organisation of FabLab Karlsruhe is published here. In this text I argue that the global assemblage of FabLabs constitutes a set of ‘real-life experiments’ which include experiments with technology and the processes of organising FabLabs. Comments and feedback are very welcome.
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