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The Free Universal Construction Kit: On Appropriation and Parasites

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With the increasing economic accessibility of 3D printers, the lessons learned and the logics cultivated on digital Web 2.0 now seems applicable to the world of material things. Released in early 2012 by the artist groups F.A.T. and Sy-lab, the Free Universal Construction Kit is a set of 3D drawings that, when printed, enable everyone with access to a 3D printer to make connectors, “the missing links”, between intellectual property restricted toy concepts like LEGO, Tinkertoys, and Fischertechnik. However, when describing this project as “reverse engineering as a civic activity”, it seems obvious that F.A.T.’s greater agenda is not just to enable cross-over playing but rather to problematize and ultimately open up closed formats through critical appropriation. But how does that, for instance, conform with the fact that the connectors are parasitically attached to these toys, whose logic it is simultaneously defying?
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftSelected Papers of Internet Research
Vol/bindir14
ISSN2162-3317
StatusUdgivet - 2013
BegivenhedInternet Research 14.0 - Denver, USA
Varighed: 23 okt. 201326 okt. 2013

Konference

KonferenceInternet Research 14.0
LandUSA
ByDenver
Periode23/10/201326/10/2013

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