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Coal-powered Craft: a past for the future

Carpenter, Ele. 2011. Coal-powered Craft: a past for the future. Journal of Modern Craft, 4(2), pp. 147-160. ISSN 1749-6772 [Article]

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In the spirit of steampunk this paper juxtaposes ideas about craft, technology, and labor from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century to explore new ways of thinking about contemporary making. Richard Sennett's concept of open-source software as “public craft” is investigated through the history of free speech and free software, as a precursor to the integration of crafter and hacker culture. These concepts are embodied in the recent work Coal Fired Computers (2010) by YoHa, and FLOW, a watermill by Ed Carter and the Owl Project (2010–12). The integration of technology and the handmade is considered as a form of contemporary craft.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number (DOI): 10.2752/174967811X13050332209242
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Departments, Centres and Research Units: Art
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Item ID: 5679
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2011 14:28
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2015 10:09
URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/5679

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