Open Wetlab

Pre-release position paper Critical Making

22-5-17 19:00
Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam

How can 21st century creative practices – art, design, technological making overcome the industry logic of techno-optimistic makeability and aestheticized products of creative industry? We propose to research and practically explore a critical notion of making as an alternative to the commonly accepted notion of creative industry. This project will bring together practices in contemporary art, design and technology with artistic research.

Since 2015 a Dutch research group engages itself to deepen the understanding of the notion of Critical Making, an existing concept used in Maker Culture and to further develop this notion in arts and design.

The consortium consists of Janneke Wesseling of Leiden University/PhDArts and Florian Cramer of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences/Willem de Kooning Academy, The New Institute Rotterdam, Waag Amsterdam and West Den Haag.

Over the coming four years the Critical Making group will organise a diverse program of workshops, symposiums and publications.

As kick-off the group launches on May 22nd a first draft of a position paper about Critical Making. You are invited to participate and react to that draft. During two following meetings this process will be continued to finally reach a final version of the Position Paper Critical Making.


  • 22 May 20.00 Waag, Amsterdam: Critical making and bio art
  • 13 June 20.00 West, The Hague: Critical Making, arts and media theory
  • 15 June 19.30 Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam: Critical Making and algorithmic culture