Fairytale and the moral of the story

December 28, 2017

The Artist’s Fairytale (the humanity fairytale)
“Jeder Mensch ist ein Künstler” – “Every human is an artist” (Joseph Beuys)
Making art is an important part of being human.
Moral of the story: Mass-production of technology has taken this art away from the people by killing individual ability to dream up unique solutions and applications.
Visible/accessible local, small-scale production that everybody can engage with has the potential to keep this creativity alive because people can see, understand, having influence on how and what things are made.

Small scale local production Economy Fairytale
Craftsman/woman-ship in the digital age is still a viable means of making a living. We would like to see the good old days style of small workshop producing goods we need in town. Is this economically possible in the time of mass production and profit driven society?
Moral of the story:
a) No, this is not possible. Because: labor prices and city living costs are economically prohibitive.
b) Yes, this is possible. Because: this can be considered a startup(???). Because there are alternative funding models. Because we can reconsider the cost of electronics and the way it is consumed. (higher price, longer use)

Question: How much does it really cost to run our shop?
salaries: 2 x 2,000 Euro/month
rent (warm): 1,000 Euro/month
running costs: 200 Euro/month (insurance, power, internet, server, supplies…)
____________
total: 5,200 Euro/month
–> 1,300 Euro/week
–> 260 Euro/day

The Craft-Craftsman’s Fairytale
Craftsman/woman-ship in the digital age is still a viable means of making a living. Making technology “by hand” is an important human ability, an intellectual voice, a healthy past-time….. When robots take over, what is there left for us to do?
Moral of the story: The world will end miserably without crafts…
One can argue that nobody has the skill-set to practice such a craftsmanship, and there is no demand for tailored technology (because people are unable to dream). But we can still believe that we will acquire enough skills and knowledge through sharing (open source, apprenticeships, summer school) and can dream of the future where the craftsmanship in technological age continues.

The Activist’s, The Craft-revolutionist’s Fairytale
Diversity above all else! We need to counteract the mainstreem techno-monoculture because it is not sustainable environmentally, economically and societally. It is not necessary that the tailoring/craftsmanship approach that needs to oppose this, but this is one alternative we choose because it is our skill-set and our utopia.
Moral of the story: Many different ways of making must be kept alive. The skills, and infrastructures to make them possible need to be supported to keep them alive.



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