Brave fixed world

Charny, Daniel [Curator] (2014) Brave fixed world. Lodz Design Festival 2014. .


The flagship exhibition of the Lodz Design Festival 2014, attended by 40,000 visitors. The future needs a new relationship with making. A making born of the imaginative use of skills. Something like fixing. The world we live in is shaped by the heroic successes of mechanisation and mass-production. The democratisation of access to goods and improved quality of life brought about by industrial production has come at a price. While the abundance of cheap standardised products strain our environment, we are distanced from the experience of making, so leaving many with the limited choices of buying new or doing nothing. This ‘Brave New World’ needs fixing. The Fixhub prototyped in the Brave Fixed World exhbition explores other options, those of repair or making things ourselves, showcasing what people do when they fix and what is the role of fixing in the future. It proposes a platform for fixing in day to day life, building on models of public-facing makerspaces like the Fablabs and repair cafes. The aim is to offer access, experience, engagement and confidence in making, and in this case with a focus to inspire fixing and repair. In collaboration with the emerging Maker Library Network it further includes a library and a gallery.

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