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Makery has been an independent media since 2014. Our vocation is to report on the dynamics of the circular economy, creative communities and local lab scenes: fablabs, makerspaces, hackerspaces, alternative spaces, creative hubs, medialabs, biohacklabs, artlabs.

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MAKERY, MEDIA FOR ALL LABS SINCE 2014

Makery publishes regular articles, reports, features and interviews, in French and in English, that capture and relay the activities of these communities. Makery also curates a biweekly newsletter and a world map of creative labs.

All freely accessible online  – no paywall, no advertising.

Makery is a participatory work-in-progress, for and by these creative lab communities. Makery
attempts to redefine and extend the spectrum of what constitutes “maker culture”.
Makery’s business model includes offering professional training for the digital age, national and international cooperation and partnerships.

But all this is not enough. Now the future of Makery depends on the engagement of its readers.

Your donation will help:

✅ Guarantee salaries
✅ Pay independent authors and journalists
✅ Pay social fees
✅ Produce the features and reports that are published each week on Makery.info
✅ Guarantee our financial and editorial independence
✅ Support a unique editorial project in France
✅ Enable our continuous development

MAKERY: OUR MODEL, OUR PROJECTS, OUR DIFFICULTIES

As a faithful reader of Makery, you may recall that following our extensive coverage of FAB14 in France in July 2018, Makery significantly downsized. From September 2018 through these last few months, Makery has entered a new phase in its history, building and consolidating its membership in training and research networks around France, as well as partnerships across Europe. It’s also an opportunity to redefine our editorial line and publishing cycle. We have decided to pursue our overview of maker culture as the bilingual media for labs, but with a sharper focus on art and open health relations, the circular economy and Fab City dynamics, intersections between arts, sciences and technologies, travel and exploring creative eco-socio-conscious communities around the world.

SO WHAT ARE OUR CURRENT PROJECTS ?

ART4MED: ART MEETS HEALTH AND BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH

ART4MED fosters encounters between art practices and biomedical health research. 5 partners from 5 EU countries unite around their common interest to experiment and disseminate collaborations between hands-on medical humanities and investigative art methodologies, within a fast-changing societal environment in need of new perspectives for radical care.

How can we foster encounters between art practices and biomedical health research? How can art raise issues of equity in access to healthcare? How can we survive in a fast-changing societal environment, under the influence of big data, material and technical innovation? What kind of vocabulary and methodologies can we use to engage and encourage cross-disciplinary collaborations that might actively relieve global but unequally distributed vulnerability, illness and exhaustion? And how can we respond to such urgent issues as the exclusion of marginalized groups from healthcare, global migrations, collapses in environmental health and the need to foster radical care in these pandemic times?

In order to tackle these issues, we propose to form a consortium: 5 partners from 5 EU countries will unite around their common interest to experiment and disseminate collaborations between hands-on medical humanities and investigative art methodologies. In 2021 and 2022, the consortium will propose 5 residencies, 5 symposiums, talks, co-creative methodology workshops, online collaborations, hands-on sessions, exhibitions, and a final publication and festival in Paris.

ART4MED aims to:

  1. Build-up interdisciplinary transnational cooperation between artists and the health sector in order to support and produce exploratory artistic projects that promote access to healthcare;
  2. Open new fields of creative experimentation for artists to challenge the current status of science and healthcare;
  3. Enable cross-fertilization and sharing of knowledge, technologies, skills and experiences among artists, researchers and open/citizen science communities, and provide conditions for fruitful creative exchanges. By collaboratively co-designing methodologies and discussing their implementation in local contexts, we can learn from each other, identify best practices and opportunities to grow our own communities with long-lasting bonds;
  4. Produce open and transferable resources to better understand co-creative processes between art, science and technology;
  5. Raise audience awareness of the role of artists in opening disruptive paths that significantly tackle societal and technological challenges in access to healthcare, beyond the scope of existing art-science peer communities.

 

WE WANT TO ORGANIZE ANOTHER OPEN SOURCE BODY FESTIVAL

In 2018, the Makery medialab organized its first Open Source Body festival, bringing together health professionals, scientists, technologists, artists, designers, open source and DIY activists to discuss frugal technology that could improve access to health care. ART4MED will give us the context to organize a second edition in 2021 (postponed from 2020) and a third in 2022.

Open Source Body 2018. © Makery

 

WE ARE CONTRIBUTING TO A EUROPEAN STUDY ON MAKERS’ MOBILITY

Within the MakersXchange (MAX) program, we have begun our collaboration with the European Creative Hubs Network, Fablab Barcelona and UPTEC Porto to carry out a large pilot study on the mobility of makers for the European Union in 2020-2021 that could serve as a prototype for future exchange and mobility programs. This program will introduce us to numerous makers and existing mobility programs within the European Union. While the current health crisis challenges the very notion of mobility, MAX is also an opportunity to imagine a different, more reasonable mobility of the future. Moreover, MAX is the perfect opportunity for us to expand Makery’s visibility and readership, to conduct more research and in-depth interviews with community leaders.

One objective: improving Makery’s map. © CC

 

WE WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP OUR NETWORK OF SUMMER CAMPS

Makery and his medialab are also members of the Feral Labs Network of summer camps. After having organized our ArtLabo Retreat on the island of Batz in Brittany during the summer of 2020, we are now participating in the edition of a publication summarizing the activities of the network over the last two years. Our medium-term objective: to extend the network!

Solder-thon at PIFcamp. © Katja Goljat

 

OUR PROJECTS ARE JEOPARDIZED BY CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES

Lockdowns and curfews resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic has hindered our journalistic activity. Our journalists without official media badges have more difficulties to move about professionally; many events have been cancelled and with them potential media partnerships; our editorial schedule is uncertain, and our independent journalists are already having difficulties making ends meet. More financial flexibility would enable us to support our team through this difficult period. While government aid is welcome, it is far from sufficient.

SO WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW!

✅ We need funds to see us through to the next distribution of European co-financing.
✅ We want to support our correspondents.
✅ We need to grow our team with at least one more staff member.
✅ We need to finance our move to a new office.

For all this, we estimate our financial needs to be about 30,000 euros (minimum). 

Thank you for any contribution you can offer!

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