Justin Marshall, All Makers Now? Conference Chair for Democratising Technology
Affiliation: Makernow, Falmouth University
Key words: Democratising technology, Community Making, Digital Interaction
Justin Marshall is a practitioner researcher who has been investigating the integration of digital design and production technologies into art and craft practices for over ten years. Justin is particularly interested in the development of new making processes that use digital tools in creative ways and the impact of this on developing locally sustainable working practices and businesses. Through the development of Makernow, the digital production workshop at Falmouth University, Justin is extending his practice-based research into new approaches to facilitating user participation in design process, and exploring the potential to reconfigure the relationship between consumption and production in 21st century culture. This research is underpinned by an indepth understanding of digital manufacturing and traditional making, aligned with developments in web capabilities. Makernow’s central aim is to empower individuals and communities to ‘make’ using rapidly developing and increasingly accessible digital manufacturing technologies.
Justin launched Makernow as the first open digital fabrication Lab in Southwest England in 2013.