DiY WiFi: Re-imagining Connectivity
Palgrave Macmillan Pivot (2014)
If you could re-make the internet, what would it be like?
This book critically examines the digital cultures and practices of a hand-made version of the internet. Forged around barbeques, located on rooftops and sheds and made of found, adapted and off-the-shelf materials, this original study documents the collective work of individuals committed to making ‘ournet, not the internet’.
Drawing on rich ethnographic material, the book examines the largest WiFi (Wireless Fidelity) community group in Australia provides an overdue account of the innovative digital cultures and practices of ordinary people making extraordinary things. Focusing on cultural technology use and creative misuse creates a compelling description of a unique version of the internet – an Australian one – and in the process enriches global understandings of wireless technology by signalling the potential for comparative studies.
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Works in progress:
Transmissions: critical tactics for making & communicating research, MIT Press (Science, Technology & Society)
This edited collection takes up the challenge to attend to other ways of ‘telling about society’ (Becker 2007). Fundamentally it is premised on the idea that far from operating as a point of closure, the way researchers make and share knowledge presents new means of engaging and understanding social worlds.
The book is an edited collection of richly textured projects that share interdisciplinary concerns and critical interests in experimenting with new approaches for the purpose of showing and sharing research. 16 expert authors discuss their tactics of transmission and translation of research.
While each acknowledges the persuasive power of text and talk (this is a book after all), they critically reflect on less conventional forms of knowledge exchange in their fields, pushing against disciplinary edges – sometimes politically, often physically – through the unexpected use of creative combinations of materials, platforms and practice. These dynamic, exciting and often risky cutting-edge projects push research and disciplines into new territories.
It is due to be published 2017.
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This book presents a unique perspective on cycling, sewing and suffrage in late nineteenth century Britain. It is a story of Victorian textile engineering, early wearable technology, hacker culture and radical feminist cultures of invention.
This monograph builds on the research project and website – Bikes & Bloomers – which explores how some cyclists creatively protested against restrictive ideas of how a woman should act and move in public through their clothing. Many women in the 1890s designed convertible costumes that enabled the wearer to transform when required. These garments inventively feature deliberately concealed technologies, such as pulley systems engineered into the infrastructure of dresses.
The book focuses on 5 stories of female inventors and hackers who pushed at the parameters of conventional gender norms and behaviours and forged new paths into socio-political worlds through the practices of sewing and cycling that together give shape to today’s urban cycling landscape.