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What is making the ones we call maker?

What is making the ones we call maker?

This project was realized thank to the partnership with the company XL Insurance and the consultancy agency in innovation Passage Management.

A program extended throughout the year composed by a workshop about new working spaces and FabLabs and a partnership with the insurance company XL for the design of an interactive stand of a professional fair.

How to explain what a FabLab is and why this format of production gains more and more importance today? How to combine an exhibition/display space and a space of production/working?

The first part of the workshop was to think and design an exhibition about the culture and the function of FabLabs in the High School.
We started by giving a presentation on the roles and tasks of curators, designers and makers. Then in groups of three, the students worked in thematic days on:
- An iconographic selection of images relevant to the technical and cultural function of FabLab
- A collective mind map to explain and to transmit information about the components and the ways of working in a FabLab
- Volumes and displays allowing us to show all the machines and tools useful in a FabLab

Months later, four students developed their first drafts from the workshop into a technical and relational display to trigger technological innovation culture and to activate a 3D printing machine at a professional fair of insurance. A series a games tackling the issue of societal risks as the sea-bed resources, experimental architecture and the big data was prototyped and printed with the 3D machine by the students. A furniture display was adapted from “the connectors” by the designer Jérôme Dumetz and a collection of postcards on the social movement of the Makers was live printed.

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