In partnership with the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab, we are happy to announce Garnet Hertz’s March 18th workshop at UVic. Details and poster below. Hope to see you there!

Critical Making Cards: Sketching New Technologies
Garnet Hertz, Emily Carr University
Wednesday 18 March at 4:30pm
Maker Lab in the Humanities
Technology Enterprise Facility (TEF) 243
Public Workshop, sponsored by the ETCL and MLab
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Hertz will give a workshop on his newly prototyped “critical making cards” that are currently in development. These cards aim to bring together approaches to technological design like critical making (Ratto), critical technical practice (Agre), reflective design (Sengers), near futures (Bleecker), critical design (Dunne & Raby), values in design (Nissenbaum), tactical media (Lovink), and adversarial design (DiSalvo). The cards are built as an aid for practitioners to put aside traditional engineering goals of efficiency, speed, or usability in favour of more complex cultural, social, and human-oriented values. During the workshop, participants will sketch and prototype a new technology that is culturally relevant, socially engaged, or challenging. In addition, they will give feedback on the critical making cards before the cards are publicly released.

Dr. Garnet Hertz is Canada Research Chair in Design and Media Arts and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media at Emily Carr. His art and research explore themes of DIY culture and interdisciplinary art / design practices. He has shown his work at several notable international venues in thirteen countries, including SIGGRAPH, Ars Electronica, and DEAF. He was awarded the 2008 Oscar Signorini Award in robotic art. Hertz is founder of Dorkbot SoCal, a monthly Los Angeles-based lecture series on DIY culture, electronic art, and design. He has worked at Art Center College of Design and University of California Irvine. His research is widely cited in academic publications, and popular press on his work has been disseminated through 25 countries, including The New York Times, Wired, The Washington Post, NPR, USA Today, NBC, CBS, TV Tokyo, and CNN Headline News. More about Hertz’s work at

Hertz Workshop

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Visiting Artist and Researcher, MLab