Ruth Dusseault: Makers in the Woods
Frustrated by the corporate chokeholds of resource control and planned obsolescence, some millennials are combining new technologies with radical primitivism to purport a vision of economic equity. Ruth Dusseault recently began documenting these makers in the woods while working on a six-year national survey of homemade recreational battlefields, Play War - published through UC Berkeley this fall. She will showcase findings from both projects. In her new project, Ecotopias, she will glimpse the inner mindset of a generation that perceives itself in a dual role - technology wrangler and keeper of the planet. She visits remote maker communities such as Open Source Ecology (OSE), which operates from a remote farm in Missouri. Using local resources and open source development tools, they conduct design/build experiments and practice a new type of manufacturing that is agile, hand-craed and free. Their rescue plan for the planet is the Global Village Construction Set - 50 machines needed to start a small civilization, a downloadable Noah's Ark. While politically antithetical, both utopian expressions reflect the ironies and aspirations of our cultural imagination in the face of an incomprehensible future.
Monday, September 29, 2014 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
ID Building, 600
161 South Main Street, Providence, RI